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Tenth of Chinese solar production capacity located overseas by end of 2015

A worker inspects a module at a JA Solar facility.

Data from BNEF finds Chinese companies have amassed more than 5 GW of solar cell production capacity abroad as they attempt to circumnavigate U.S. and EU trade duties.


Sonnenbatterie gets EUR 7.5 million cash injection

Sonnenbatterie storage management.

The battery storage system manufacturer completes a successful round of funding, capital will flow into expanding production, developing U.S. business and providing support for rapid growth.


E.ON brand turns its back on fossil fuels

E.ON-backed solar installation, U.S.

Germany's largest utility will spin out of fossils fuels and towards renewables in response to changing dynamic of energy landscape.


IEA calls on EU for greater cooperation in shift to cleaner energy

Coal-fired power plant.

Potential Energy Union requires greater emphasis on energy security throughout Europe, with renewable energy playing a greater role in that transition, says International Energy Agency.


Indian PV pipeline soars past 22 GW

Andhra Pradesh's Hyderabad.

More than 22,100 MW of new solar PV capacity pledged across 12 Indian states as part of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission.


Taiwan's solar companies feel the strain in Q3

Neo Solar Power HQ

Poor third-quarter financials across the board for Taiwan's leading solar cell companies as the U.S.-China spat rumbles on, spreading uncertainty throughout the industry.


GCL-Poly seeks $1.3bn sale of wafer business

GCl-Poly polysilicon factory.

The Chinese equipment company will sell seven wafer factories and two ingot factories to two buyers in an attempt to clear its heavy debt.


pv magazine weekly news roundup: Nov 21-28

Tesla motor.

Assault of batteries shapes the week, while the good vibes of the 15th Forum Solarpraxis are punctured by the news of SolarMax's insolvency.


Renewable energy now Scotland's top power source

Onshore wind, Scotland.

Clean energy from wind, hydro and, yes, solar produced more power than nuclear, coal or gas in first six months of 2014, figures show.


Chinese delays could see Japan steal solar top spot

Japan solar rooftop.

Postponed and delayed PV projects in China are stunting growth figures, says expert. Japan's surging end to year could see it displace China as world's largest market.


SolarMax insolvency: lack of pan-European policy harms industry, says expert

Hoffmann at the Forum Solarpraxis.

The insolvency of Switzerland's SolarMax is yet another indictment of Europe's failure to nurture pro-solar political conditions, says solar consultant Winfried Hoffmann.


Solar disrupts utilities out of their comfort zone

Prof. Klaus Töpfer.

Solarpraxis Forum highlights how traditional energy utilities are struggling to cope with the expansion of the renewable energy sector, forcing a rethink of their relationship with renewables.


Future PV Forum brings close-to-commercialization technologies into focus

Andreas Liebheit.

The 15th Forum Solarpraxis played host to the first Future PV Forum today in Berlin. 10 presentations across the solar innovation value chain showcased a range of technologies from the much-hyped perovskites to laser 3D printing...


SolarMax to file for insolvency

Sputnik HQ

SolarMax will become the latest inverter victim of Europe’s declining PV market when its parent company, Sputnik Engineering, files for insolvency this week.


15th Forum Solarpraxis begins with a buzz

Kostal's Stephan Kring with the new PIKO 20 string inverter that the company is showcasing at the 15th Forum Solarpraxis.

Solar business conference held in Berlin commences with well-attended keynote speech and defiantly upbeat vibe.


SMA secures net metering authorization in Chile

Chile's Parinacota Volcano.

German company becomes first inverter supplier to be authorized to participate in the country's recently introduced net metering program.


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