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Asian countries gain ground on top inverter supplier list


The decline of Western countries' prominence has been further illustrated with IHS's new report. Having conquered their domestic markets, inverter suppliers from China and Japan are positioned to expand internationally.

DuPont breaks ground on 4.4 MW solar plant in France

DuPont 4.4 MW plant, Cernay, France

The project, consisting of nearly 18,000 Jinko Solar panels, will be the largest solar installation so far built on DuPont land.

ABB to construct 100 MW PV plant in Canada

ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer

The Zurich-based power and automation technology group has been awarded an order to build the first phase of Ontario's Grand Renewable Energy Park, valued at CAD$80 million (USD$76.8 million).

skytron energy awarded new 50 MW PV project in Romania

Romania flag.

The German energy company has already installed 65 MW of PV capacity in the country across two plants, with this latest commission taking its presence in Romania to 115 MW.

Largest PV plant in Japan goes online

70 MW Kagoshima solar plant, Kagoshima City, Japan

The 70 MW solar power plant will be run by the Kagoshima Mega Solar Power Corporation and boasts technology from German solar inverter company SMA.

India passes 2 GW mark

Gujarat solar park.

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy says grid-connected solar in the country has passed the 2 GW point. Wind power still dominates the sector with 19.8 GW installed.

Enel lands four successful REIPPP solar bids

A satellite image of southern Africa.

Italian company Enel Green Power says its bids added up to 65% of the PV projects awarded to renewables bidders in South Africa's REIPPP. The company's Green Power subsidiary also saw two onshore wind bids approved.

PassivSystems partner with Freetricity on Eur 55 million UK PV campaign

Freetricity has chosen PassivSystems to monitor a free solar PV roll-out campaign due to be launched across the U.K., a scheme that is expected to add 30 MW of rooftop solar to the nation’s portfolio.

Thailand: Easing of residential solar requirements

The flag of Thailand.

The Thai government is reportedly preparing to make it easier for households to install solar rooftops. An easier permitting regime could be put before government for approval on Tuesday.

First Solar reveals bullish Q3 figures

First Solar modules.

First Solar's Q3 figures show sales and profits jumping as the company announces an imminent deal to sell its 250 MW Silver State South scheme. Foreign exchange losses are the only negative of impressive figures.

California: 250 MW solar PV plant begins commercial operations

The California Valley Solar Ranch (CVSR), located in San Luis Obispo County and one of the biggest in the world, is owned by NRG Energy, NRG Yield and SunPower.

Saudi Arabia's solar plans could be realized with PV price falls

The oil-rich Kingdom's ambitious solar projects will benefit enormously from falling PV module prices -- providing the nation plays its cards right, says IHS.

Powerway lays foundation for 3 MW Chilean farm

Powerway Atacama project

While eager to exploit Chile's excellent radiation conditions, Powerway is also looking to expand operations throughout Latin America in markets like Brazil, Costa Rica and Argentina.

Yingli rejects SiC Processing allegations

SiC Processing HQ in Germany

The troubled German company says Yingli owes it more than $30 million in liabilities, adding that the Chinese group's outstanding debt was a major factor behind its insolvency. Yingli denies the claims.

DuPont, Heraeus settle patent dispute

Heraeus paste

DuPont and Heraeus Precious Metals North America Conshohocken LLC have announced the settlement of pending lawsuits regarding the photovoltaic paste business.

ABB supplies inverters for 17 MW Israeli plants

The central inverters have successfully fed power to Israel's power distribution network, delivering approximately 26-28 MWh of clean energy a year.

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