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8point3 Energy to raise $420 million in IPO, details $525 million loan

The yieldco vehicle of First Solar and SunPower is expected to raise around US$420 million in its upcoming IPO, which is set to value the company at up to $1.49 billion. It has also secured $525 million in credit facilities.

SunEdison sells 30 MW PV project

Austin, Texas

SunEdison has sold its 30 megawatt (MW) Webberville photovoltaic project, located near Austin, Texas, to MetLife and Longsol Holdings US Inc., a private owner and operator of solar projects in the U.S. and Europe.

Germany: PV FIT cap snuck in through the back door

Germany solar photovoltaic system next to the road

An addition to Germany’s new photovoltaic feed-in tariff (FIT) plan could prevent the construction of solar farms in many places in Germany in the future.

Germany’s cabinet approves FIT plan

Germany solar demonstrations

A week after the country’s new feed-in tariff (FITs) scheme was unveiled, Germany’s Cabinet has today approved the proposal, meaning it will now be sent to the Parliament for consideration.

PV Expo Japan: Solar Spring to bloom

Increased numbers of visitors and a host of new international exhibitors were evident on a slightly chilly trade-show floor today, at the fifth-international PV Expo Japan. While the final rates for the country’s feed-in tariff...

Ukrainian PV industry ramping up

Activ Solar's 20 MW solar photovoltaic park in Ukraine

The Ukrainian photovoltaics industry is on the verge of big change, as more and more investors announce their plans to build power plants in the country.

Spain: 4.3 MW greenhouse PV project completed

Spain solar photovoltaic on greenhouses 4.5 MW

The 4.3 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic project was commissioned last week by Switzerland-based Innotech Solar, Jendra Power and Energie Wasser Bern. Located in the Andalusian municipalities of Atarfe and Moclin, the systems are...

Greece: More details emerge for 10 GW Project Helios

Greek flag

During a conference held in Brussels last week, George Papaconstantinou, Minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Change of the Hellenic Republic, unveiled Greece’s plans for the massive 10 gigawatt (GW) photovoltaic project.

Australia: BP Solar withdraws from 150 MW project

The NSW town of Moree.

Details have emerged today that BP Solar will withdraw from the consortium that was successful in bidding to install the Moree Solar Farm, under a Government solar program. The photovoltaic power project is partly...

Italy’s MX Group selected as contractor for 1 GW Serbian solar farm

Serbia countryside

Italian photovoltaic panel manufacturer, MX Group has been awarded the exclusive EPC contract for the design and construction of a one gigawatt (GW) solar farm that will extend over an area of 3,000 acres in Serbia.

Solar Frontier selected for second fab subsidy

A Solar Frontier power plant in Japan.

While it has only been a matter of months since all lines were opened at its 900 megawatt (MW) Kunitomi production facility, CIGS-module manufacturer, Solar Frontier has been selected for a Japanese government subsidy to...

PV tracker system revival to boost BoS revenue growth

IMS Research photovoltaic BoS 2012 graph

New research has found that although balance of systems (BoS) revenues are forecast to fall in 2012 due to price erosion, they will increase over the next four years to hit US$24 billion in 2016. Meanwhile, tracking systems are...

Germany unveils radical new FIT strategy

Norbet Röttgen

As was reported yesterday, Germany’s politicians have made some serious changes to the country’s pioneering feed-in tariff (FIT) scheme. Specifically, a one-off cut will be applied in March, monthly tariff reductions will begin...

Germany plans PV cuts of over 30 percent


According to initial media reports, Germany’s politicians want to implement sharp cuts, earlier than scheduled, to its photovoltaic subsidies. Furthermore, the guaranteed tariff should be limited at 90 percent. The ministers...

JinkoSolar opens module testing lab

Solar photovoltaic park with JinkoSolar modules

China-based JinkoSolar has opened a "cutting edge" photovoltaic module testing laboratory in China’s Jiangxi. The manufacturer aims to conduct test programs independently.

UK firm expands pay-as-you-go solar

An organic pv module.

Cambridge-based Eight19 today expanded its pay-as-you-go solar system into the world’s youngest country, Sudan. The company hopes to deploy 1,000 of its solar module, battery, light and phone charging systems to rural villages in...

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