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Small and large scale solar to reach global grid parity by 2020, says Frost & Sullivan

Solar installation by Belectric.

Global Solar Power Market 2016 report suggests costs of solar to fall dramatically over next five years as Asian market share increases and North America reaches 20 million residential PV prosumers.

Cyprus aims for 60,000 residential net metering installations by 2016

Nicosia skyline

Applications for the Cypriot net metering program are now open. Cyprus' installed solar PV capacity, currently at 25 MW, is expected to grow fivefold within the next two years.

Financing closed for 100 MW project in Chile

Photovoltaic developer SunEdison has closed a $212.5 million deal for a 100 MW solar project in the Atacama Desert in Chile. The plant is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2014.

Interview: the benefits of tougher certification standards, increased market surveillance

Jörg Althaus, TÜV Rheinland

Jörg Althaus, business field manager for solar energy at TÜV Rheinland, discusses how unannounced factory inspections and market surveillance may make a difference as the focus on PV power plant and component quality increases.

Coupled solar and energy storage market to grow to $2.8 billion in 2018

Solar storage combined

Dominated by grid installations, the coupled solar and energy storage segment will prove a boon to energy storage producers but have only a modest impact on the solar market, according to a new report by Lux Research.

Sika appoints new chief technology officer

Thomas Hasler, Sika

Swiss specialty chemicals company Sika has tapped Thomas Hasler as its new chief technology officer and member of the group's management, effective Jan. 1.

Intersolar South America preview

Sao Paulo.

With a predicted 13 GW of capacity by 2017, the lure of South America for PV companies should ensure a positive turnout at the first Intersolar South America trade show. Brazilian and German exhibitors dominate at the Sao Paulo...

EUR 22 million remains in grants for German household storage

PV battery storage.

Only around EUR 3.3 million of the EUR 25 million made available by the German government to subsidize household PV storage systems has been claimed. With a further EUR 25 million expected for 2014, householders have been urged...

Electric vehicle charger maker faces lawsuits

Ecotality charger

San Fran-based Ecotality is facing a class action lawsuit that alleges the EV charging technology company failed to disclose a string of problems, including the fact its chargers were overheating and melting during use.

First Solar and Belectric announce JV

A Belectric solar park.

The U.S. thin film giant will supply the modules and Belectric the Balance of Systems for the proposed joint venture. PV Projects will aim to develop schemes in Europe and North America as well as smaller projects in the U.S.

North Carolina researchers improve stacked solar cell connections

Solar panels

The breakthrough will allow solar cell manufacturers to create stacked solar cells that can handle high-intensity solar energies without losing voltage at the connecting junctions, potentially improving conversion efficiency.

Investment group plans £200 million UK solar investment

A U.K. solar farm.

The Foresight Solar Fund would finance eight U.K. ground mount plants with the profits from a planned London IPO. A partner for the fund says solar offers a more attractive investment in the UK than wind.

UK firm to develop 600 MW Zimbabwean plants


The Thompson Cole Consortium will reportedly develop eight farms in rural locations across Zimbabwe. The chairman of local developer Twalumba Holdings says he is eager to work with the relevant departments of Robert Mugabe's...

Brazilian PV developers pitch for 2.7 GW

Rio de Janeiro.

The first federal energy auction to feature solar in Brazil has prompted applications for 2.7 GW of projects. Some 1.75 GW of the applications are for projects in Bahia state.

Plans for 12 Russian PV plants still at negotiation stage

The Urals.

An Avelar Energy representative told pv magazine, plans for PV plants in three Russian regions are still at the planning stage. An Interfax report says the plants will total 120 MW of solar.

Diehl Controls cuts 50 jobs

Photovoltaic manufacturer Diehl Controls plans to let go of 50 employees in its production facility in Wangen, Germany. The works council and trade union have already agreed upon a severance package for the employees.

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