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US, Chinese solar EPC companies continue to dominate global PV installations

First Solar PV module installation

Of the 10 companies it predicts will top this year's ranking, six are based in China while four are in North America, reports IHS. South Africa is expected to grow fivefold in 2014, installing close to 600 MW.


U.S.: Idaho Power signs first large solar energy agreement

The Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho

Idaho Power Co., based in the U.S. has entered into a 20-year agreement with Grand View Solar PV One to develop a 20 megawatt (MW) solar project. Assuming the application for development is approved, construction is scheduled to...


Alanod-Solar unveils new USD$25 million production facility

New Alanod solar facility

Alanod-Solar has unveiled its new lacquering facility in Ennepetal, Germany. The new facility represents a total investment of USD$25 million and increases the company’s annual capacity by nearly ten million additional square...


Germany's parliament approves solar cut compromise

Germany's upper house of parliament has agreed to a compromise proposal to reduce the cuts for solar power incentives. The law can now enter into force.


Air Products to build 1.5 MW solar farm at its headquarters

Air Products HQ

U.S.-based Air Products is to build a 1.5 megawatt (MW), 12-acre solar farm at its corporate headquarters in Allentown, Pa. Construction is scheduled to begin this autumn and should be completed by next spring.


Solar Semiconductor and Conex Energy to develop over 300 MW of solar opportunities

Solar Semiconductor, Inc. and Conex Energy, Inc. have announced the agreement to develop over 300 megawatts (MW) of solar opportunities at various locations in California, the U.S. and Ontario, Canada.


Project at Furman University, U.S. to quadruple solar energy output on campus

Furman University's Hartness Welcome Center, Office of Admissions and Financial Aid

A new installation of solar panels at Furman University in the U.S. is expected to quadruple the solar energy output on campus.


Silexsolar to increase PV panel production capacity to 20 MW


Silexsolar PV panels

Silexsolar Pty Ltd is to expand its photovoltaics (PV) panel production capacity at its Sydney Olympic Park (SOP) manufacturing facility in Australia by seven megawatts (MW), in response to strong demand for its panels from the...


SMUD signs multiple PPAs with Recurrent Energy for 60 MW of solar power

SMUD PV panel

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) has signed multiple 20-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) with Recurrent Energy for 60 megawatts (MW) of solar power to be developed in the southern portion of Sacramento...


Suniva increases manufacturing capacity to 170 MW

The company has expanded its operations. Image: Suniva.

Suniva, Inc., a U.S. manufacturer of monocrystalline silicon solar cells and modules, has announced it has expanded its manufacturing capacity to 170 megawatts (MW) from 96 MW by adding a third cell line at its metro-Atlanta...


U.S.: Construction to get underway on California’s largest school solar project

Rosendin Electric company building

Construction on the largest school solar project in California, the U.S. is about to get underway. Rosendin Electric has announced that the USD$50 million, 9.4 megawatt (MW) installation, which spans ten schools, will be...


Yingli announces initial production of 400 MW capacity expansions

Liansheng Miao

Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited has announced the initial production of its latest 400 megawatt (MW) capacity expansions.


Solargiga acquires 51 percent interest in Qinghai Chenguang; intends to ramp up production

Solargiga production facilities

Solargiga Energy Holdings Limited has said it intends to acquire 51 percent interest in Qinghai Chenguang New Energy Co., Ltd under a new cooperation agreement with the Xining Economic & Technology Development Zone Administration...


ET Solar completes 1.9MW PV power plant in Germany; connects to grid

ET Solar Group PV panels

China-based ET Solar Group Corp. has completed a 1.9 megawatt (MW) ground mounted photovoltaics (PV) power plant in eastern Germany. It has already been connected to the grid.


ABB wins USD$50 million Italian solar order

Peter Leupp

ABB has won an order worth USD$50 million from Actelios SpA, through its subsidiary Actelios Solar SpA, in Italy to supply three photovoltaic (PV) solar power plants in western Sicily.


USD$1.85 billion boost for US solar industry

President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama has announced that USD$1.85 billion in conditional commitments will be made available in the form of loan guarantees to two U.S. solar companies. As a result, one of the world’s biggest solar plants is...


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