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3D-Micromac opens subsidiary in China, as PV markets shift to the country

The new subsidiary will focus on the company’s business in the thriving Asian PV market.

While the PV industry zeros in on Shanghai, China, for the world’s largest solar tradeshow, Germany’s 3D-Micromac establishes a new subsidiary in the country to handle sales and production of its microCELL laser systems.

Japan selects projects to develop large-scale storage batteries

The Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has announced the companies that will introduce large-scale storage batteries into electricity grid substations.

Trina Solar to supply modules to Nevada solar project

Photovoltaic module producer Trina Solar has announced that it will be supplying 250 MW of modules to the Copper Mountain Solar 3 project in Boulder City, Nevada.

Activ Solar complete 69.7 MW Ukrainian project

Austrian solar developer Activ Solar has completed the installation of the 69.7 MW Nikolayevka Solar Park in Ukraine's Crimean region.

IBM releases RE output system

A smart grid.

Global IT company IBM has announced that it has developed a system to predict renewable energy output, across various sources including solar photovoltaics. The system is already being employed on a 670 MW project in China.

First Solar set for 1 GW of installations in 2013

A First Solar power plant.

Downstream figures from IHS Solar, released on Monday, reveal that thin film giant First Solar is set to install around 1.1 GW of solar installations this year.

Las Vegas thin film company offered Brazilian incentives

The flag of Brazil.

PacWest says the Brazilian government is offering it incentives to set up a CIGS production line in the country.

NRG Energy's alternative energy division drags on figures

Antelope Valley solar project.

Quarterly losses from the Alternative Energy division of the U.S. power company widened to $29 million year on year but solar farms did their bit for NRG's Yield infrastructure division.

PV could power a third of western US by 2050

NREL campus in Colorado.

Computer modellers say $1/W solar could displace gas, nuclear and CCS and pay for the cost of introducing a carbon cap.

Plans for 'world's largest solar farm' collapse

The parliament building in Belgrade.

Threat of lawsuits fly back and forth as Maltese developer of the OneGiga project claims the land offered by the Serbian government was inappropriate and Belgrade officials say the Maltese company broke an investment agreement.

Goldpoly company acquires 300 MW


Goldpoly subsidiary China Solar Power Group has acquired a further 300 MW of solar projects as part of its 2 GW acquisition deal with developer Zhongli Talesun Solar.

Canadian Solar's 49 MW projects sale

Chesterville, Ontario.

Shares in the Chinese module manufacturer soared as a $280 million sale of five solar projects in Ontario was cited as proof of the successful focus on downstream operations.

Asian rivals might undercut Chinese in the EU

Karel de Gucht.

IHS predicts solar manufacturers in Taiwan and Korea will soon be able to offer solar products in Europe below the minimum price negotiated for Chinese products last week.

Rooftop solar power in Brazil to reach 1.4 GW by 2022

Brazil 1 MW PV plant

The falling price of solar modules may lead to an increase in rooftop photovoltaic installations in Brazil, which is initially targeting 1.4 GW of solar by 2022.

China-EU solar imports, to cap or not to cap?

Yingli manufacturing.

The publication of the EU acceptance of Chinese undertakings on minimum prices for solar products was predictably light on detail. The list of participating manufacturers in the trade agreement is more or less comprehensive.

CentroSolar reports more grim figures


Munich solar manufacturer CentroSolar has little to cheer from its second quarter figures but the auditing of its 2012 accounts has cleared the way for September's critical debt to equity swap.

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