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Enel Green Power posts 11.1% revenue growth driven by US and Latam markets

Enel Green 60 MW PV plant.

The Italian renewable energy developer achieved revenues of $3.3bn in 2014 following strong performance in U.S. and Latin America.


Enel and Marcegaglia inaugurate PV system in Taranto

Enel's 3 MW PV plant in Italy

Enel Green Power and the Marcegaglia group have inaugurated an over three megawatt (MW) rooftop PV system in Taranto, Italy.


First Solar thin film plant expected to open ahead of schedule

Aerial view of completed First Solar roof at its new manufacturing plant

First Solar has completed the roof of its new manufacturing plant in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany. Expected to be operational by June, the €173 million site will have a collective annual module capacity of over 238 megawatts (MW).


High inventories expected as PV installation demand decreases

iSuppli PV material and product supplier inventory graphic

According to research, a decrease in demand for new PV installations in the first quarter of the year is expected to cause a "surge" in company inventories.


Samsung and MEMC sign polysilicon JV

Polysilicon

Samsung Fine Chemicals (SFC) and MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc. are to establish a polysilicon facility in Korea under a new joint venture (JV).


Scatec to build 6 MW Italian PV plant



Valle del Panaro, Italy

Scatec Solar is to build a six megawatt (MW) PV plant in Italy’s Emilia Romagna region.


Israel: 6.7 MWp PV system to be installed

Chalcolithic copper mine, Timna Valley, Israel

Soltec Renewable Energies and Shikun & Binui Solaria have said they will install a 7.5 megawatt peak (MWp) PV system in Israel. When completed, it will reportedly be one of the country’s largest.


7.4 MW PV portfolio sold in Czech Republic

Parabel PV park in Czech Republic

Despite the country's recent troubles, Austrian company Green Source GmbH and Berlin-based Parabel GmbH have sold a 7.4 megawatt (MW) PV park portfolio in the Czech Republic. It is said to be the sixth largest.


India revises benchmark PV costs

India's 120 kW PV array, Sagar Island, Bay of Bengal

The Indian Government has revised its benchmark costs for PV systems, effective from April 1, 2011.


900 MW Japanese thin film plant begins production

Solar Frontier's 900 MW thin film CIS Kunitomi factory in Japan

Solar Frontier has started commercial production at its new USD$1 billion Japanese CIS thin film solar module production plant. Full capacity is expected to be approached this summer.


Ontario: OPA alters FIT application laws

PV rooftop installation on house in Ontario, Canada

Under a new amendment, the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) will no longer issue microFIT or FIT capacity allocation exempt (CAE) contracts for smaller PV projects, until it has been confirmed that there is available grid space.


Ontario: Siliken sets up PV module plant

Siliken HQ building

Siliken is on track to open a 50 megawatt (MW) PV module production plant in Ontario, Canada. The company is expecting delivery of the first production line at the end of this month.


ABB to supply PV plants worth 39 MW to Italy

Satellite image of Italy

Power and automation technology group ABB is to supply three PV power plants to Italy, following orders worth $33 million from Emmeesseenne.


Phoenix Solar to build PV park for Saudi oil company

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Phoenix Solar has been commissioned to build a 3.5 megawatt (MW) PV park for the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco). When complete, it will reportedly be Saudi Arabia's largest PV installation.


EPIA tells UK Government to "act carefully"

London bridge

Following the UK's announcement that it will bring its FIT review forward by one year, representatives from EPIA gathered in London to urge the Government to "act very carefully".


France still struggling with PV incentives

French flag

The moratorium for PV plants in France will remain in force until March 8, after which a new regulation will be published. Charpin and Trink, political advisors charged with the task, are due to provide their report to the French...


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