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TÜV Rheinland issues first PID certificate in China to Trina Solar

TUV Rheinland PV module testing

PID tests simulate the practical conditions in the PV system, and verify the module performance and power output under high voltage.


Natcore research may cut cell production costs by using copper

Prof. Andrew Barron, Natcore co-founder

By switching from silver to copper, the cost of producing a solar cell would fall by a fraction of a cent. Yet in building a 100 MW facility, developers could save more than $100,000.


Ingeteam surpasses 120 MW of PV power in Chile

100 MW PV park, Atacama, Chile

Ingeteam has become a leading O&M provider for renewable energy plants in in Latin America, with contracts totaling 1.2 GW.


Italian FiT cuts destabilizing PV market, hurting Europe, says EPIA

Rooftop PV array in Itay

The PV industry association argues that the law will block "prosumers" from providing flexibility to the energy system and helping to avoid costly grid extensions.


Israel launches tender for first phase of 170 MW PV park

Eilat, Israel

A tender for a new 50 MW solar PV park in Israel will be launched on Monday. pv magazine has the story exclusively ahead of the tender's official announcement.


China reveals details of distributed generation policy

The flag of China.

The government's National Energy Administration has pledged to help local authorities drive rooftop installation across the nation. The details were revealed in an investment note issued by Deutsche Bank.


Weekly news round-up

Elephants.

A pick of the biggest headlines in solar around the world this week, with details of elephants, bees, beer, gigafactories, ultra-mega, erm, things and electioneering in the UK... as Sid Vicious once said... almost.


SPI acquires 30.5 MW UK pipeline

A solar park in the UK, by Martifer Solar.

US-based PV developer SPI Solar has acquired a 30.5 MW pipeline in the UK. The agreement also grants SPI the exclusive rights to develop a further 50 MW of projects.


Distributed generation revenues set to top $182 billion

Battery system.

New research from analysts Navigant Research predicts that revenues from distributed generation (DG) are set to reach $182 billion, by 2023. Navigant reports that in Western Europe, the growth of DG is causing the most disruption...


US home solar loans at 6.5%

The California skyline.

San Francisco-based Dividend Solar has launched an affordable loan for residential solar. The EmpowerPortal loan permits residents to claim a 30% federal tax credit.


SunEdison to supply solar power to Chilean copper mine

Los Pelambres copper mine, Chile

TerraForm Power plans to buy the 69.5 MW Javiera solar facility when completed next year. The plant will supply Los Pelambres copper mine in the Coquimbo Region through the Central Interconnected System.


Texan PV developer to add 145 MW PV in 2014

A PV power plant.

OCI Solar Power announced today that it will add 145 MW of PV capacity in Texas this year. The developer has tapped local manufacturers for components.


Conergy acquires 18 MW in UK solar projects

Conergy 5 MW plant in Cornwall, UK

The solar company has purchased two new PV projects, a 13.5 MW installation in South Wales and a 4.45 MW array in Cornwall, England.


Activ Solar rejects Crimean government claims

Active Solar's 31.55 MW PV installation in Ukraine

The Austrian solar company tells pv magazine that it has no assets in Crimea nor any related debts to Russian banks, describing reports that it owes $300 million to Russian banks as "incorrect."


100 MW solar PV project underway in Pakistan

Powerway Renewable Energy reports that it will supply mounting systems and foundations for the project in Punjab. This is the nation's first large-scale PV project to reach this level of development.


Utah rejects net metering fee

Utah State Capitol, Salt Lake City

Decision hailed as a victory for solar in the state as the so-called sun tax is rejected by the Utah Public Service Commission.


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