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Hanwha bearing fruits of Q Cells, SolarOne integration

Hanwha Q Cells HQ.

Hanwha Q Cells has published its 2015 annual report today, in which the advantages of bringing together its German and Malaysian Q Cells and Chinese SolarOne manufacturing were demonstrated. Booking a profit of $44 million, on...

SMA to start South African inverter production by Q1 2014

SMA inverter production.

German company is expanding South African presence with manufacturing facility and will supply 125 of its Sunny Central inverters to two new PV schemes announced today.

NRG Energy completes 250 MW California Valley Solar Ranch

California Valley Solar Ranch

The newly completed 250 MW California Valley Solar Ranch is set to fully go online in October.

Audi opens 6 MW power-to-gas facility

Audi e-gas plant in Wertle, Lower Saxony.

Audi has opened a new 6 MW power-to-gas facility in Germany, making it the first automaker to develop a chain of sustainable energy carriers.

BYD and Fenecon sign storage systems deal

BYD, Fenecon at Intersolar Europe 2013

BYD Europe and Fenecon have signed a contract for 1,000 DESS-series energy storage systems, which the German wholesaler will offer to PV installation companies.

K Road Power axes Calico solar project in California

Renewable energy project developer K Road Power has decided to withdraw its application to develop a large-scale solar project in California. K Road Power stated "changed market conditions" as a reason for canceling the Calico...

PV users help shine light on UK's future energy needs

Newcastle, England

The Customer-Led Network Revolution (CLNR), the U.K.'s largest smart grid project, is conducting innovative smart grid trials with more than 400 PV customers, who are taking part in an effort organizers hope will help pave the...

Solar scores goal at Confederations Cup semifinal

The Mineirão Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Regardless of who wins tonight's Confederations Cup semifinal between Brazil and Uruguay, it will be solar energy scoring the main goal.

Schmid sells three module lines to Turkey

German photovoltaic equipment manufacturer the Schmid Group has sold three module lines to Turkey. The module lines totaling 150 MWp will be delivered in the second half of this year.

Solar has a place as Obama outlines climate change policy

Barack Obama.

The U.S.' historic climate change policy, announced today, has a role for solar, but only alongside natural gas, nuclear and CCS as "clean energy technologies." Pledges will add up to more than 13 GW of renewables by 2025.

Samsung and Ontario row back on renewables commitment


Samsung has reduced by C$2 billion its commitment to wind and solar in Ontario. Provincial government denies the move has anything to do with recent WTO ruling against its FIT program's domestic content requirement.

Italian FIT payments to stop in July

The Italian flag.

Subsidy limit of €6.7 billion has been passed triggering a halt to future FIT payments from a point one month after the limit was reached. Italy is the third EU member state to halt its solar incentives.

U.S. opens $135 million clean energy research center

NREL Campus Golden, Colorado

The U.S. Energy Department and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have announced the opening of the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF), which is focused on utility-scale clean energy grid integration.

EU rules household PV systems exempt from VAT

The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg.

Austrian homeowner successfully argued he should not pay VAT when purchasing the system as it is used as an economic activity. Luxembourg based court agrees that regardless of profit or loss, a system which feeds into a grid for...

JinkoSolar supplies 25 MW of modules to India's first private solar park


Chinese manufacturer to supply modules for the project being developed by Indian turnkey provider Enrich Energy in Maharashtra state.

Cupertino Electric builds 30 MW projects in California

Cupertino Electric projects in Huron, California.

The U.S.-based solar installation company Cupertino recently completed two utility-scale solar generation projects totaling 30 MW in Huron, California. The plants are part of Pacific Gas and Electric Company's ambitious 500 MW...

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