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Giga Solar to build PV plant in Japan

Tsuyama, Okayama, Japan

The Taiwanese PV conductive paste maker is planning to add a PV plant to its growing portfolio of solar installations in Japan.


Solar's big guns take aim at WEEE non-compliance culture

Recycling a solar module.

Compliance and waste management scheme PV Cycle, together with representatives of Trina Solar, SunPower, Solar Frontier, JinkoSolar, aleo solar and Conergy denounce solar "free-riders" that neglect their waste management...


SunEdison to produce PV modules in Brazil

Brasilia, Brazil

The U.S. company is expected to begin producing panels in the South American country next year for use in planned solar installations.


France to exceed 1 GW of 2015 PV installations in major rebound

A PV power plant in France.

The French PV market is showing signs of strong growth, with 2015 likely to see more than 1 GW of solar added to the country’s grids. Last month it increased the size of its most recent tender for ground mounted installations...


E.ON grows PV power plant development business

An E.ON solar power plant in Germany.

Germany’s E.ON has announced that it is continuing to expand its U.S. and German PV power plant business. E.ON will develop a 20 MW project in Kern Country, California, after having completed a 2.1 MW plant near Neubrandenburg,...


Aqualis to acquire 49.9% stake in Adler Solar

Adler Solar customs warehouse.

Engineering consultancy group signs MoU to purchase large stake in German solar service provider for sum of around $3.4 million; has option for further 10% stake at future date.


Solar ready to thrive without subsidy, says US Energy Secretary

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernie Moniz.

Ernest Moniz says the Obama administration backs Democrats' calls for an extension of the Federal ITC, but stresses the solar industry will grow even without further subsidy.


Tri-State, Juwi sign PPA for 30 MW Colorado PV plant

The Cimarron Solar project was the first utility-scale solar plant in Tri-State’s energy portfolio

Juwi Inc. has signed a PPA with Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc. for its proposed 30 MW solar PV project. Located in Colorado, the U.S., it is scheduled for completion in Q4 2016.


JA Solar pens agreement to build 1 GW fab capacity in Andhra Pradesh, India

Andhra Pradesh.

The Chinese solar firm will begin construction of a 500 MW solar cell factory in the state in December; similar-size module factory to follow, according to MoU signed with Essel Group.


Fossil fuels' cost advantage over solar narrowing, says IEA

Coal and solar.

New report published jointly by International Energy Agency (IEA) and Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) reveals strides made by renewable energy sector in producing electricity at costs close to fossil fuel-based power stations.


Germany sees 132 MW solar installed in July

Larger rooftop systems and ground-mounted plants must sell their energy on the spot market

New solar PV systems totaling 159.78 MW have been registered in Germany for July by the Federal Network Agency. Actual installations were lower, however, at 132 MW. Solar subsidies will decrease a further 0.25%, as of today.


Comtec sees strong demand for monocrystalline, despite huge net loss

Like Longi, Comtec sees strong demand for monocrystalline solar products

Comtec Solar Systems Group Limited has seen its net loss for 1H 2015 plummet, despite increasing revenues. It is confident, however, the market for its monocrystalline wafers is strong.


Manz wins EUR 12 million Li-ion battery order

Manz has secured orders totaling some €100 million in its energy storage business in 2015

Manz AG has won an order from a U.S. customer for a lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery production line worth EUR 12 million. This year to date, the German equipment manufacturer has secured orders totaling EUR 100 million.


China: Longi, Lerri Solar unveil monosilicon expansion plans

Mono ingot and wafer production costs are falling fast, says Longi

Longi Silicon aims to expand monocrystalline silicon production to 10 GW. The company believes the solar market will eventually switch completely from multi- to mono-crystalline silicon products. Lerri Solar has also unveiled...


Southern Power acquires majority stake in 200 MW California PV project

In addition to the Tranquillity project, Recurrent has another two solar projects under construction in California

Southern Power has signed an agreement with Canadian Solar subsidiary, Recurrent Energy to acquire a 51% stake in the 200 MW Tranquillity Solar Power Project, which is set to be completed in Q4 2016.


Brazil: Auction delivers over 800 MW of PV at 8 cents/kWh

Football stadium in Brazil.

Brazil has concluded its second reverse auction for solar power plant projects, with 834 MW of parks being awarded bids, with an average price of 301.79 Real per megawatt-hour – or US$0.0842/kWh. The average price was 13.5% below...


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