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SMA posts increasing half-year losses, expects upturn in H2

Pierre-Pascal Urbon, SMA's CEO.

The German inverter manufacturer blamed weak demand in Europe for growing first-half losses but expects international demand to drive a dynamic second half in 2014.

Orka completes 6.3 MW of projects in Belgium

Brussels town hall.

The Belgian developer partnered with Martifer Solar and Cofely Solar Technics on the large-scale commercial rooftop installations in Brussels.

Belectric, Solar Frontier join forces

Solar Frontier.

German plant developer Belectric has formed an EPC alliance with thin-film manufacturer Solar Frontier and engineering and construction firm Shoseki to exploit opportunities in Japan.

Spain's Grupo T-Solar completes 25 MW project in California

California-Mexico border region

T-Solar is expanding its operations in the U.S. after winning a contract from the U.S. Department of Defense. It is also planning to build a 30 MW plant in Puerto Rico.

US Energy Department report examines storage

GE Energy storage

The U.S. Department of Energy report identifies the challenges facing the widespread use of storage solutions, including cost, safety and industry acceptance.

GCL Poly negotiates supply contract resolution

A GCL Poly's polysilicon manufacturing facility in China.

The poly-manufacturer-turned-solar-developer has amended the terms of a contract to buy solar wafer manufacturing equipment. A claim had been lodged over an alleged breach of the $232 million agreement.

Enerparc builds 2.14 MW array at Delhi airport

Delhi International Airport

In what may soon become a growing trend in India, Delhi International Airport has installed a large-scale, ground-mounted solar system on its grounds.

Aleo solar closes Australian and UK units

The aleo solar headquarters in Prenzlau.

The two subsidiaries were unprofitable and missed sales targets, said the company. A recent purchase of some of parent group Bosch's solar operations left aleo in the cold.

Yingli wins 233 MW of PV projects in Algeria

Algiers, Algeria

Yingli is partnering with two Chinese hydropower firms on three projects in Algeria in what it calls a "new approach" to PV project development.

New 'super minister' to redefine Germany's energy transition

Sigmar Gabriel

Sigmar Gabriel will head a combined economy and energy ministry in Germany's new coalition government with a focus on lowering energy prices and boosting industrial output while rebooting the energy transition.

Goldpoly to be renamed


Polysilicon manufacturer Goldpoly New Energy Holdings will rename itself the United Photovoltaics Group. The company's Zhongli Changzhou subsidiary acquired a 45% stake in three Chinese plants at the weekend.

Yingli jubilant at completion of world's largest PV-hydro hybrid project

Longyangxia Dam, China.

The Chinese module manufacturer supplied 15 MW of modules for the Longyangxia Dam project, and has expressed its congratulations on its successful grid connection.

SolarCity acquires Zep Solar for $158 million

SolarCity van.

The American renewable energy company will operate Zep Solar as an independent business unit following the multimillion dollar acquisition.

Philippines closes in on 1 GW PV pipeline

Ilcos Norte, Philippines.

The country's Department of Energy (DoE) says it is on track to meeting its target of tripling its renewable energy capacity by 2030.

S.A.G. Solarstrom announces insolvency

Solarstrom AG in Freiburg.

After weeks of contract uncertainty and cash flow shortfalls, the struggling solar supplier has today filed for insolvency, and will be unable to make its impending corporate bond interest payment.

China State Grid becomes shareholder of Dii

CEPRI vice president Liang Zhong Yao and Dii CEO Paul van Son.

The world's largest power utility joins the Desertec Industrial Initiative via its subsidiary, China Electric Power Research Institute (CEPRI).

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