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Utility acquires Element Power US

Downtown Edmonton.

Capital Power will pay $114 million for US subsidiary's renewables portfolio. Element Power US has 15 MW North Carolina PV project among its four North American solar schemes.

Qatar Solar Energy opens 300 MW PV factory in Qatar

Solar production, Qatar

The vertically integrated module production plant, located in Doha's industrial zone, will become one of the largest PV factories in the MENA region.

Intersolar: First Solar targets European O&M business

First Solar module production, Malaysia

U.S. thin film giant First Solar is targeting operations and maintenance (O&M) business in Europe as it seeks to re-energize its European operations.

JinkoSolar expresses disappointment at proposed US duties on Chinese panels

JinkoSolar 1.2 MW BIPV project in the US

The Chinese PV manufacturer says the Commerce Department decision "will have a negative impact on the solar industry and will ultimately end up hurting U.S. customers and U.S. solar jobs the most."

Intersolar Europe: Suntech plotting European expansion

Suntech CEO, Eric Luo.

Amid persistent rumors of Suntech's latest acquisitions, company CEO Eric Luo announces plans to further embrace the European market.

IRENA conference highlights PV solutions for island tourism

IRENA conference attendees

Hot topics at the event included the pressing need for adequate energy storage on islands as well as the compelling case for photovoltaics.

Chile inaugurates Latin America's largest PV plant

100 MW Amanecer Solar CAP plant in Chile

SunEdison developed, built and interconnected the 100 MW Amanecer Solar CAP under an energy purchase agreement with CAP Group. The installation is located in Chile's Atacama Desert.

EU ProSun accuses Chinese PV manufacturers of 'massive violation of EU trade deal'

EU ProSun President Milan Nitzschke

The European solar lobby group calls the minimum price agreement between the EU and China "unworkable" and in need of "review" after submitting some 1,500 suspected trade violations to the European Commission.

Intersolar Europe: Borosil calls for Indian anti-dumping duties on solar glass

Solar glass

The Indian solar glass industry requires the same protection from dumped materials as modules and cells, says Gujarat Borosil vice chairman.

Photon Holding files for insolvency

Photon cover

The publishing company based in Aachen, Germany, whose assets include industry magazines Photon International and the German Photon Das Solarstrom-Magazin, is insolvent.

Cyprus welcomes 'new era' of international cooperation on renewable energy between island countries

Nicos Anastasiades, president of Cyprus

Speaking at the recent IRENA conference, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades said the accelerated deployment of renewable energy sources could play a pivotal role in overcoming the country's current economic troubles.

Russian solar auction attracts Chinese bidders

Ural Mountains, Russia

Chiniese group Amur Sirius submitted the largest bid for 220 MW. Winners of the auction will receive guarantees of a 14% rate of return on their investment for over 15 years.

Intersolar Europe: Hanwha SolarOne signs MoU for 5 MW Turkish PV project

Jinok Lee, Hanwha SolarOne's country manager for Turkey (left), and Yalçin Adiyaman, Halk Enerji's deputy general manager, at the Hanwha SolarOne booth, Intersolar Europe.

The deal between local EPC company Halk Enerji and Hanwha SolarOne is the first to take advantage of Turkey's new licensing landscape.

Intersolar Europe: German companies sweep Intersolar Awards

Intersolar Awards 2014 winners

In addition to domestic players SMA, Steca, IBC, LTi REEnergy and Goldbeck, winners also included Japan's TMEIC, Ideal Power and ViZn from the U.S. and Bulgaria's International Power Supply.

Intersolar Europe: Exhibition marching to international beat

Intersolar Europe Hall A

Interest from international PV players has dominated discussions at the show, reflecting Europe's diminishing influence in the industry.

Ecosummit Berlin: Dutch startup to crowdfund solar in the European market

FC Groningen stadium, Netherlands

The Amsterdam-based team is developing a platform that will offer virtual net metering, allowing investors to compare the production of their share of solar installations against their domestic electricity production.

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