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Solar-Fabrik closes Wismar operations

The Solar-Fabrik operations in Wismar are nearing the end. The module manufacturer’s facility will cease operation end of November.

Germany: RWE launches power-to-gas plant

RWE has started the test-run of its power-to-gas energy storage system in Ibbenbüren, Germany. The German utility sees this solution as a key technology for future energy supply.

Google launches new mapping and analysis tool for potential solar customers

The tech giant's latest foray into renewable energy involves aggregating information for customers looking to set up a new pv system, complete with shading analysis, financials and information on local installers.

Germany: Power grid under summer stress

According to transmission system operator, 50Hertz, the electricity networks in Germany are currently operating at maximum capacity. The extraordinary summer heat has already cost consumers almost €25 million (US$27.73 million).

India: 400 MW supply agreement between Nextracker and PES

Nextracker and PES Engineers have announced their partnership deal entailing a 400 MW multi-year supply agreement for the Indian market.

Hanergy expects first half loss

Hanergy Thin Film HQ.

The suspended thin film solar company warns markets that it may post a record first half loss for the six months to June 30 following a 47% share plunge in May that wiped $19bn from its value.

India unveils annual solar goals towards 2022 target

India solar installation.

India's National Solar Mission has outlined the annual targets required between now and 2022 if the nation is to hit its goal of installing 100 GW of solar PV capacity by that date.

Germany: 14 MW solar park acquired by Capital Stage

Hamburg-based Capital Stage has acquired GP Joule's 14 MW solar park in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany for €17 million (US$18.83 million). The park comprises two PV plants: one that has been feeding into the grid since 2012; and one...

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Euro-dollar woes hit Etrion

Swiss developer Etrion is pinning its hopes on Japan, rather than Chile over the coming year.

Weakness of the euro has hit Swiss developer's bottom line. Etrion is looking to Japan, rather than Chile to turn around net losses.

Zambia turns to solar amidst power shortage

Zambia is aiming to feed 1,200 MW of solar power into the national grid by August 2016. The country is currently amidst an acute power deficit and PV is now being seen as the new source.

Egypt launches 200 MW solar PV tender

River Nile, Egypt.

Announcement forms part of a 500 MW renewable energy push by the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC), with 250 MW of wind and 50 MW of CSP also confirmed.

BKW acquires Solare Datensysteme

Energy and infrastructure developer, BKW has strengthened its position in the PV business with the acquisition of Solare Datensysteme, which specializes in PV installation monitoring solutions.

33 successful bids in second German PV tender

BSW-Solar expects Germany to miss its PV installation target for the second year in a row

Germany’s Federal Network Agency has confirmed 33 bids totaling 159 MW have been successful in the country’s second PV tender. The unit price will only be determined once all bidders have paid their deposits. Unhappy, the...

Australian commercial market hits new high

Australian commercial rooftop array.

The commercial rooftop PV market in Australia has recorded its strongest month of installations in July, with the result bolstering solar installations for month. Almost 17 MW of commercial PV was installed for the month,...

SMA cost cuts take effect in solid H1 financial results

SMA CEO Pierre-Pascal Urbon.

First half sales increase year-on-year by 26% to reach EUR 429.3 million as operating losses narrow over the second quarter, company transformation progressing as planned.

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