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Samoa sets sights on largest solar array in the Pacific

Samoa Savaii beach.

The tiny South Pacific country announces plans to build a 2.2 MW solar plant, with financial assistance from the Asia Development Bank and neighboring New Zealand.


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.


Plans submitted for English solar plant

England

Plans have been submitted for a 4.9 MW plant near Devizes in the English county of Wiltshire.


Solar maintenance takes the stage at Solar O&M Conference

Solar PV installation in North America.

U.S. commercial solar industry draws criticism for poor O&M record at the show as discussions center on need for systematic and standardized approach.


Indian industry headed towards calamity, warns federation

Delhi India

The National Solar Energy Federation of India has complained about the quality of domestic-made technology in a letter to the government.


India considers new PV support scheme for state-owned companies

MNRE representatives inspect a PV installation in India.

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy may introduce a separate scheme for Public Sector Undertakings.


Panasonic develops stand-alone PV power system

Pansonic's Power Supply Container.

The company’s Power Supply Container generates and stores solar energy, and is ideal for for rural off-grid areas.


Construction begins on 250 MW First Solar Nevada PV plant

Moapa River Indian Reservation, Nevada.

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power agrees 25-year PPA for the project, which will be located north of Las Vegas.


Hanwha Q CELLS collaborates on 31 MW Mexican PV installations

Hanwha Q CELLS Germany HQ.

The German-headquartered company will finance all 31 MW of PV across 120 locations of local retail giants, Tiendas Soriana.


Israel's Parliament installs rooftop PV, applies net-metering innovation

Knesset, Israel.

The Parliament building has announced a tender for a 400 kW rooftop installation that will make it the greenest government HQ in the world.


Yingli completes 1 MW World Cup solar installation

Arena Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil.

The array at Brazil's Arena Pernambuco stadium will deliver clean solar energy to one of the forthcoming soccer World Cup's most important venues.


Wuxi municipality snubs Suntech panels

A Hanwha SolarOne manufacturing facility.

The local government of Wuxi turned to Hanwha SolarOne for a 100 MW, 'long-term' solar rooftop scheme, despite the 4 GW of Wuxi Suntech cell and module capacity on its own doorstep.


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