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A booming solar equipment market is benefiting German manufacturers

Singulus Technologies Tenuis tool.

A report from the German Engineering Federation shows that incoming orders for PV manufacturing equipment have more than doubled in Germany since the same period last year, which has mainly been driven by an increase in demand...

REC panels power Cedarville University

The founders' hall at Cedarville University.

REC panels will power a 2.15 MW installation at Cedarville University. The array will provide 10% of the university's energy needs.

Punjab chief minister announces 500 MW plant

The flag of Pakistan.

Few details are released about a project deal reportedly agreed with Canada. Chief minister Sharif is also said to have announced plans for a 1 GW electricity generation scheme.

Neo Solar is into profit

Neo Solar's headquarters.

Taiwanese cell maker Neo Solar has returned to profit after completing its merger with Delsolar in May. October saw the company's best revenues since March 2011.

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.

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