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Fire risk prompts North American recall of 1.5 million SolarWorld modules

SolarWorld installation.

The solar giant will recall 1.3 million U.S. and 210,000 Canadian systems due to the risk of electrocution, shock or fire caused by incorrectly fitted copper lugs.


Trina Solar supplies 82 MW anti-PID modules to Chinese solar project

Trina Solar module production.

The Chinese solar company's anti-potential induced degradation modules will be fitted at a new solar PV plant in Jiangsu Province, China.


Community solar program to power Adams County, Colorado

Fort Collins, Colorado.

The county will become the first in the U.S. to power its government buildings via the Community Solar Gardens program developed by SunShare.


Phoenix Solar's half-year revenue drops, operating loss narrows

Phoenix Solar Sulzemoos, Germany

The German solar group attributes its dramatic revenue drop on external factors, including delayed orders in the United States.


Australian solar industry could decline by 40% to 50%

The Australian Solar Council has warned that demand for PV in the country could fall by around 40% to 50%, if the Renewable Energy Target is scrapped. The Australian Financial Review newspaper revealed today that the government...


Off-grid solar system brings energy transition to Alabama steel company

Cullman, Alabama.

Apel Stel Corporation's new 340 kW PV system, boasting more than 1,000 Suntech solar panels, meets 98% of the company's energy needs.


Shunfeng secures $3.25 billion credit line from China Minsheng

Suntech product manufacturing, China

The Chinese PV giant has landed its another major loan facility following a separate $323 million agreement in July with China Merchants Bank.


Vikram Solar boss says Modi will not impose AD duties

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi.

The CEO of the Indian module manufacturer, and cell importer, told pv magazine Narendra Modi will find an alternative to duties. Gyanesh Chaudhary predicts long-awaited capital subsidies will be paid and called for preferential...


pv magazine's weekly news round-up: Aug 8-15

Chinese CIGS installation.

A quick look back at the biggest solar news stories that have grabbed our attention over these past seven days.


SolarWorld enjoys 53% increase in first-half shipments, revenue below expectations

SolarWorld rooftop installation.

The German solar company shipped 357 MW of solar wafers, modules, cells and kits in the first six months of 2014, but revenue of $305 million fell short of target.


Second solar crowd-funding platform launches

Rooftop solar installation.

South Carolina-based Palmetto Group launches online investment platform that enables individuals and companies to invest in solar power projects across the U.S.


Europe finances 100 MW CSP project in South Africa

EU flags flying.

The EIB has provided a $100 million loan to public utility Eskom. The CSP plant is located near Upington, in the Northern Cape.


China to close polysilicon import loophole from September

Polysilicon during production.

As the U.S.-China trade war trundles on, China's Ministry of Commerce has said that it will seek to close a loophole that permits duty-free polysilicon from the U.S., EU and South Korea.


Brazil awaits decision of Amazon campaigner

Marina Silva.

Marina Silva, the running mate of Brazilian socialist presidential candidate Eduardo Campos, killed in a plane crash on Wednesday, has yet to announce whether she will replace the former governor of Pernambuco in the race. The...


Centrotherm posts strong first-half revenue, forecasts difficult second half

centrotherm HQ, Blaubeuren.

Revenue hits $104 million in the first half of 2014, largely driven by centrotherm's polysilicon factory in Qatar. Board anticipates tough market environment for second half.


NRG to acquire mobile solar startup Goal Zero

Goal Zero product

The U.S. energy group is taking a bold step into the mobile solar business with the purchase of the Utah-based maker of personal solar products.


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