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DNV GL launches GRIDSTOR project

Solar storage battery.

The open-source, recommended practice project from DNV GL will address the needs for a comprehensive energy storage framework, focusing on system safety, operation and performance.

French government pledges EUR 18.5 million for solar research institute

The cutting-edge establishment -- Institut Photovoltaique d'Ile-de-France (IPVF) -- will be part-funded by the country's state-backed French National Research Agency (ANR) to promote solar R&D.

Saudi Arabia's solar plans could be realized with PV price falls

The oil-rich Kingdom's ambitious solar projects will benefit enormously from falling PV module prices -- providing the nation plays its cards right, says IHS.

Suntech receives $150 million letter of intent

Suntech production

A rescue of Suntech appears to be at hand. Investment group Wuxi Guolian may combine its related businesses with Suntech, possibly as joint ventures, if a deal is signed.

South Africa picks six preferred bidders for 450 MW of solar

Scatec Solar 75 MW Kalkbult, South Africa, array

In the third round of the country's Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme, South Africa has awarded some 1.47 GW of RE capacity to 17 bidders.

Powerway lays foundation for 3 MW Chilean farm

Powerway Atacama project

While eager to exploit Chile's excellent radiation conditions, Powerway is also looking to expand operations throughout Latin America in markets like Brazil, Costa Rica and Argentina.

Lark, Armstrong partner on 30 MW UK farm

Lark Energy project, Lincolnshire

Located in central and eastern England, the three projects include a 14 MW array, the first phase of which will connect to the grid in November. Lark and Armstrong are expected to announce new projects in the coming months.

Yingli rejects SiC Processing allegations

SiC Processing HQ in Germany

The troubled German company says Yingli owes it more than $30 million in liabilities, adding that the Chinese group's outstanding debt was a major factor behind its insolvency. Yingli denies the claims.

Asia Pacific training program launched at PVAP

NUS, Singapore

The PV Asia Pacific Conference in Singapore has unveiled a new international solar training program between universities in Singapore, Australia and the U.S. The confab also paid tribute to industry players.

ABB supplies inverters for 17 MW Israeli plants

The central inverters have successfully fed power to Israel's power distribution network, delivering approximately 26-28 MWh of clean energy a year.

Exclusive: Enel acquires more than 100 MW in Greece

Piraeus Port, Greece

In a move so far kept strictly under wraps, Italian utility company Enel has purchased licenses to build 102.5 MW of new solar PV parks in Greece.

Manz secures 20.8% CIGS cell technology

Dieter Manz, Kay Orgassa of Manz AG.

The Baden-Württemberg Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research (ZSW) has announced the production of a world record efficiency 20.8% CIGS cell. Equipment supplier Manz has secured exclusive rights to the technology in its...

Swaziland to construct 100 MW solar farm

The new $185 million PV installation will be the first of its kind in the southern African nation, generating clean power at $0.12 per kWh.

GP Renewables to buy $15 million of east coast solar systems

The Manhattan-based energy services company hopes their investment will reinvigorate the region's Solar Renewable Energy Credit program.

International partners join ASU on SunShot-funded cell efficiency endeavor

UNSW in Sydney, Australia

Australia's UNSW and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology are working with Arizona State University, Caltech and MIT to produce high-efficiency, ultra-thin silicon solar cells.

JAG Energy to build 13 MW solar plant in Japan

Tokyo, Japan

The facility, which will be equipped with Toshiba panels, will supply Tokyo Electric Power Co.

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