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First Solar to expand manufacturing capacities, but no yieldco

In its third-quarter results, First Solar announced that it will expand manufacturing capacities in Malaysia and Ohio. The company also revealed that it will not be pursuing a yieldco vehicle at this time.


BluEarth begins buying solar plants from Canadian Solar

Canada

Canadian Solar has sold its Little Creek solar plant to BluEarth Renewables in a deal valued CAD $53m.


Hindustan Cleanenergy to build solar projects in Indian regions

India

Hindustan Cleanenergy has signed PPAs for three solar projects in the Punjab and Uttar Pradesh regions of India.


Solar maintenance takes the stage at Solar O&M Conference

Solar PV installation in North America.

U.S. commercial solar industry draws criticism for poor O&M record at the show as discussions center on need for systematic and standardized approach.


Manz posts record revenues despite sector contraction

Dieter Manz, CEO of Manz

The German plant manufacturer posts €266.2 million revenues for 2013, driven by growth in the display and semiconductor sectors. CEO calls for active industry PV policy in Germany.


Komax sells off part of its solar business

Komax stringing process.

The Swiss technology company yesterday announced that its Chinese partner Yingkou Jinchen will acquire 51% of its solar stake.


Renewable energy milestones reported in UK and California

Californian utility PG&E sourced 22.5% of its power from renewable sources in 2013, while the average U.K. share hit a record 13.8%.


China Electric Equipment Group looks to buy Sunergy Shanghai

China

China Electric Equipment Group has agreed to buy Sunergy Shanghai from China Sunergy in a deal worth $37.7 million (RMB 231.2 million).


RENA begins self-administration insolvency

Wafer processing.

The German chemicals specialist has begun insolvency proceedings after failing to settle the debts of its subsidiary, SH+E.


Scatec Solar agree 10 MW Jordan deal

Jordan's capital Amman

Jordanian power company National Electric Power Company (Nepco) has signed a two-decade power purchase agreement with Scatec Solar for a 10 MW solar PV plant to be built in Southern Jordan.


Indian industry headed towards calamity, warns federation

Delhi India

The National Solar Energy Federation of India has complained about the quality of domestic-made technology in a letter to the government.


Micro-grid market to soar after 2015, says Frost & Sullivan

Micro-grid from Schneider.

Driven by growing renewable energy demand in numerous regions, the market for micro-grid installations will grow rapidly between 2015 and 2020.


SMA suffers 36% sales drop in 2013

SMA CEO Pierre-Pascal Urbon

Despite retaining its position as the world's leading inverter company with 5.4 GW sold, SMA suffered a sales horror-show last year in the wake of European PV contraction.


EU to cut minimum China module price to €0.53/W

Suntech Chinese PV modules.

pv magazine understands that the new minimum price set by the EU is set to fall from €0.56/W to €0.53/W by April 1.


German economics minister seeks PV self-consumption readjustment

Sigmar Gabriel.

Sigmar Gabriel responds to criticism from within the ranks three states demand the industry remains exempt from EEG reallocation charge.


Module reliability more important than cost, say solar customers

Bosch module factory.

Survey by IHS reveals 99% of respondents believe reliability to be the most important module feature, beating out high quality and low price.


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