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No US solar shortage this year, says IHS

Rooftop PV installation, USA.

Although antidumping fines on Chinese module suppliers will almost certainly create U.S. panel price hikes, the prospect of a shortage is unlikely, say the analysts.


BayWa r.e. commissions 18 MW solar farm in UK

Great Glemham solar farm, England.

The fourth solar farm from the German renewable energy developer is located in the Welsh village of Whitland.


GreenGo Energy greenlights largest PV project in the Nordics

Kolding Shopping Center, Denmark.

The energy company will collaborate with Danica Pension to deliver 6 MW of rooftop PV capacity in Denmark.


Solar cheaper option than nuclear, new study finds

Cattenom Nuclear power plant.

Report commissioned by Germany's Agora Energiewende reveals that new solar and wind plants are able to generate cheaper low-carbon power than the most modern nuclear reactors.


Yingli forms $160 million downstream PV development fund

Yingli solar park, China.

Cooperation agreement signed with Shanghai's Sailing Capital to jointly form a CNY 1 billion Renewable Energy Fund for the pursuance of downstream solar projects in China.


JinkoSolar connects 39 MW to China grid

Solar PV plant from JinkoSolar.

The Chinese solar company has completed two PV projects in the province of Jiangsu, China.


Differentiating thin film

Looking towards the sun

Some industry representatives have raised more than a big question mark as to what the future holds for the production of thin film modules. A quick spot check shows, however, that things are developing and progressing swiftly...


Solarex: Waiting for Turkey's real market push

IBC Solar's 200 kWp plant in Konya, Turkey

The Solarex confab in Istanbul, which runs through Saturday, is enjoying bustling attendance, with a slew of international companies showcasing products and services. German equipment manufacturers in particular have reported...


Asian countries gain ground on top inverter supplier list

Inverters

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.


meeco expands Maldives PV project

Maamigili Airport, Maldives

The Swiss company is partnering with Villa Group on a PV project cluster that total of five PV installations throughout the island nation.


SunPower gets a $42 million cash injection

A SunPower residential installation.

The U.S. solar manufacturer will use the money to expand its solar leasing program. SunPower says it already has 20,000 American households signed up.


Manz acquires KEMET mechanical engineering division

Manz HQ in Reutlingen, Germany

Germany-based Manz has acquired Kemet Electronic Italy. Approval for the transaction was granted by the Italian trades union and the supervisory bodies of both companies. Financial details for the move have been not published.


Schneider Electric to establish inverter fab in Russia

Angarsk Railway Station, Russia

In addition to a planned fab in Siberia, Schneider and Avelar Energy will also partner on an engineering center in Russia, which will focus on inverter maintainance.


String inverters see increasing use in megawatt-scale PV projects

IHS PV Inverter survey chart

A new IHS report shows string inverters are gaining in popularity. Chinese products and microinverters are also winning over ever more customers.


Solar Frontier sets thin-film PV world record with 20.9% CIS cell

Solar Frontier plant

Germany's Fraunhofer Institute has verified the new CIS conversion efficiency breakthrough, achieved at the Atsugi Research Center (ARC) in Kanagawa, Japan.


German equipment manufacturers expect sales increase of more than 25%

Stringer system, Teamtechnik

Germany's PV equipment and plant manufacturers are cautiously optimistic and expecting a 25 percent increase in revenue this year despite lacking a plan to ensure their competitiveness in the medium term.


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