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SunPower buys SolarBridge Technologies

SolarBridge microinverter

The PV group, which is majority owned by French oil and gas giant Total, says SolarBridge's high-performance microinverter technology offers system design flexibility and a lower cost of installation.


Power-One rebranded as ABB

ABB building

The move is part of the power and technology group's full integration of the U.S. inverter manufacturer ahead of this year's major trade fairs.


German center to work with Saudi university

A collaboration between Stuttgart's ZSW and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology could advance thin film solar and open up the MENA market.

The Stuttgart-based ZSW will work with the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. The five-year collaboration will drive research into the performance of thin film cells under desert conditions.


Solar Universe lauds HERO program

Solar Universe says the HERO property assessed clean energy financing program being introduced in Southern California could see 90MW of new installations this year.

The property assessed clean energy financing option being adopted across Southern California could see 90 MW of new solar added this year. Renovate America says the program could drive 400 MW of installations by the end of 2016.


Panama approves 29 MW of PV projects

Panama City, Panama

Enel, which built the country's first PV plant, has already signed a grid agreement for a new 9 MW project. The Italian group is eager to develop Panama's solar sector.


Hanwha Q Cells modules in 15 MW UK project

Hanwha Q Cells, which supplied the modules for the 15MW Ellough project in the UK, has its headquarters in Thalheim, Germany.

The German solar manufacturer supplied more than 58,000 modules to the Ellough project. The Suffolk project was developed by Lark Energy in March.


Right wing sets sights on US solar

Right-wing groups in the US are targeting net metering and state renewables requirements, according to the New York Times.

The New York Times says the Koch Brothers and fossil fuel interests are joining forces with state utilities to combat net metering and renewables targets, adding that a state-by-state campaign is being rolled out.


Costa Rica defines PV feed-in tariff

After passing new regulations on self-consumption last month, Costa Rican authorities have now defined the rate at which PV users can sell excess electricity. The rates will also apply for independent power plants of up to 20 MW.


Solon ends production in Berlin and opens new office

Former Solon HQ in Berlin.

According to IG Metall (Industrial Union of Metalworkers), the majority of the remaining 150 Solon employees will lose their jobs.


JinkoSolar announces 100 MW Chile supply deal

The Atacama Desert, Chile.

The Chinese solar company has agreed to supply modules for two PV projects in Chile's Atacama Desert region.


Global polysilicon market on course for 15% increase

Polysilicon produced by Wacker Chemie

Researchers at Bloomberg New Energy Finance expect global sales of polysilicon to top $6 billion this year, fuelled by demand from China and Japan.


Sunways AG announces sale of solar inverter business

Sunways HQ, Konstanz.

News comes just one week after an offer to purchase the inverter business was lodged, and mere days after a German court opened insolvency proceedings.


Midsummer enjoys 192% revenue turnaround in 2013

The DUO from Midsummer

The CIGS production line supplier tripled its revenue last year, returning to the black after a difficult 2012.


JinkoSolar to supply 37.2 MW of modules for Californian solar park

California state flag.

Two solar projects in San Bernadino, Lone Valley Solar Parks I and II, will receive the Chinese manufacturer's high efficiency panels.


Yingli Solar signs contract for 30 MW PV projects in Turkey

PV installation in Turkey from Tekno Ray Solar.

The Chinese solar company has partnered with local firm Tekno Ray Solar to develop 30 MW of PV projects throughout the country.


Chinese suppliers solidify module dominance, finds IHS

IHS module shipment data.

World's leading makers of PV modules strengthened their position at the apex of the market last year, with Yingli Green Energy leading the way.


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