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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.

SunPower signs three-year new home deal

A SunPower residential solar system.

US manufacturer SunPower will supply household systems for Meritage Homes over the next three years. Meritage says that should amount to more than 2,000 rooftop systems.

Solar renaissance is under way, says IHS

SMA Sunny Boy inverter manufacture.

Production capacity investments by Canadian Solar and SunPower will be the first of many, predicts IHS. The market research company is also predicting microinverters will start to gain traction this year.

Juwi to develop 10 MW Texan project

El Paso, Texas.

German developer juwi has signed a 30-year PPA for a 10 MW solar project with utility El Paso Electric Company. The project is set to be generating in December.

Meyer Burger, CSEM partner on Swiss heterojunction technology project

Heterojunction silicon technology offers a higher level of efficiency than standard cells and a simpler production process. It also boasts remarkable temperature characteristics and low-cost mass production of PV modules.

New in-roof system may offer mounting solution for renovated buildings

Renusol's in-roof InterSole system

Residential rooftop solar systems are getting a new look from Dutch construction company BAM Woningbouw and German manufacturer Renusol.

Solar business bustling for Entegro Turkey

Entegro Turkey project

In Turkey, unlicensed projects of below 1 MW are booming. A German-Turkish joint venture is seeing intense activity in the sector, which is anticipating a major boost due to new regulations and incentives.

Branson leads renewables charge on Necker

The Dominican Republic.

The charismatic Virgin founder hopes to introduce a pan-Caribbean commitment to renewables. Branson is using his private island home as a test bed for the region.

GCL-Poly acquires stake in circuit board business

A GCL-Poly solar development at Zhongwei Ningxia.

Chinese wafer and polysilicon manufacturer GCL-Poly will spend $186 million to take a two-thirds interest in Same Time Holdings. The move will see both parties focus on solar plant development.

S.A.G. Solarstrom to open insolvency proceeedings

S.A.G. Solarstrom in Freiburg, Germany.

The German developer has announced it will open general insolvency proceedings on March 1 after a brief flirtation with self-administered proceedings. The crisis started after problems in the UK and Italy.

Opposition to UK solar farms is a perception problem

A solar farm in the UK.

A chief advisor to the NFU says the majority of UK solar developers follow agreed best practice guidelines. A rising number of solar farms are being called in, and rejected, by the secretary of state for communities of the...

Future sunny for Roth & Rau

Roth & Rau headquarters

The solar engineering company is seeing signs of recovery in the PV market as it focuses on the development of high-tech production equipment.

Avancis achieves new certification record for thin-film module

Avancis CIS record

With a record 16.6% efficiency, Avancis again leads the international efficiency ranking of encapsulated CIS thin-film modules.

US government slates $30 million for new hybrid solar solutions

U.S. energy secretary Ernest Moniz.

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced 12 projects that will share $30 million to develop solar hybrid solutions that generate and store solar power when the sun is not shining.

EU smart cities project launched

CLINES project members.

The first meeting of the EC-funded CLINES project has been held in Aalborg. The €2m scheme will aim to foster smart energy efficiency technology innovation in the EU.

Recurrent Energy tops off 88 MW portfolio

Google's Mountain View headquarters.

U.S. solar developer Recurrent has finished work on five projects in Southern California and one in Arizona. The portfolio was acquired by Google and KKR in November.

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