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Trina signs biggest supply deal so far this year

Trina PV module production

The Chinese group will provide 200 MW of modules for Zonergy's downstream projects in several provinces in China. The two companies may build a long-term partnership.

1.26 MW PV plant to power Chile's mining operations

Coquimbo region, Chile.

Northern Chile's Coquimbo region, an area regarded as the world's largest for copper production, will be home to the plant, which has been developed by France's SolaireDirect.

Etrion, Total secure $200 million for 70 MW PV project in Chile

Atacama desert, Chile

SunPower is set to begin construction on the project in January. It is expected to be one of the world's largest merchant solar power plants.

Retrospective measures harming Europe's PV industry, says EPIA report

Map of Europe.

Constant pan-European meddling at government level has undermined many European PV markets, says the report, harming confidence and putting government credibility at risk.

Solar Frontier breaks CZTS cell efficiency record

Solar Frontier

Partnering with IBM and TOK, the Japanese CIS thin-film module maker has achieved a world-record of 12.6% cell efficiency in laboratory tests.

Hanwha SolarOne supplies 50 MW of modules to China's Huaneng Group

Hanwha SolarOne module factory.

Two Chinese PV projects, totaling 30 MW and 20 MW respectively, have received Hanwha SolarOne modules.

SolarMax to supply inverters for 61.4 MW PV projects in UK

House of Commons, London.

The Swiss manufacturer installs 127 of its central inverters in five large-scale solar projects in the London area.

Czech police raid state utility CEZ in connection with PV sector investments

Prague, Czech Republic

Police are reportedly investigating the energy giant's activities in the country's PV solar sector. CEZ's 2010 acquisition of a large-scale PV plant also attracted attention from authorities, according to media reports.

Concentrated PV solar set to boom

IHS CPV graph

After years of slow progress, concentrated PV solar is gaining momentum and installations will grow at double-digit percentages annually through 2020, according to a new IHS report.

AFASE dissolves, merges with SETI

SETI Alliance graphic

The organization that spearheaded opposition to the EU's anti-dumping case against Chinese PV manufacturers is joining the SETI Alliance following resolution of the trade dispute.

US solar market in the spotlight

San Diego, California

Greentech Media's solar conference in San Diego, California, examines the latest financial, technological and political devleopments in the fast-growing U.S. market.

Quercus invests in 27.7 MW PV project in Wales

Beach in Pembrokeshire, Wales.

Costing close to $40 million, the project acquired from Good Energy will become one of the U.K.'s largest PV plants once complete.

Second-largest ever quarter for US PV industry

Rooftop installation, U.S.

The third quarter of 2013 saw the U.S. install 930 MW of PV capacity, according to a joint report by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and GTM Research.

EU importers must check origins of solar products

Shipping containers.

German law firm Rödl & Partner has pointed out importers will be liable to pay duties on any Chinese-made mislabelled solar products. The warning follows last week's definitive EU verdict.

Trina Solar welcomes EU move

Jifan Gao.

Chinese module maker Trina welcomes the EU anti dumping and anti subsidy decision. Trina is one of the signatories to the deal thrashed out by Karel de Gucht.

Heraeus ramps up Singapore paste production

Heraeus silver paste.

A newswire story reporting the development quotes an Heraeus VP talking of Singapore's 'lean management' benefits. The report claims Heraeus' Hanau unit will focus on technical service and operations.

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