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Solar Frontier sets thin-film PV world record with 20.9% CIS cell

Solar Frontier plant

Germany's Fraunhofer Institute has verified the new CIS conversion efficiency breakthrough, achieved at the Atsugi Research Center (ARC) in Kanagawa, Japan.


Conergy brand and salesforce acquired by US private equity group

Conergy.

Conergy's global sales units acquired by U.S. private equity group. Kawa Capital deal excludes mounting system and module production units but administrator is hopeful of sales as module production resumes in Frankfurt (Oder).


Thai FITs for further 1 GW of solar

A PV installation in Thailand.

Thai government announces FIT rates for 200 MW of rooftop solar and 800 MW of community-owned ground mounts. Systems will pay rates over 25, rather than previous ten, years and rooftops must be installed by December.


Uruguay kicks off second stage of PV procurement process

Uruguay salto

Uruguay has begun accepting applications for new large-scale solar projects to meet the country's 200 MW target.


China imposes anti-dumping duties on US, South Korean polysilicon

Wacker polysilicon

U.S. and South Korean polysilicon manufacturers will face anti-dumping import tariffs in China of up to 57% beginning July 24. U.S. producers REC and Hemlock face the highest rates.


NRG Solar acquires large-scale project on Guam

Guam, Puntan Dos Amantes

Developed by Houston-based Quantum Utility Generation, Guam's first utility-scale solar plant will now go to NRG Solar, which will own and operate the 25.65 MW facility.


REC to separate silicon, solar divisions

REC Silicon, Moses, Lake, WA

Norwegian solar group REC is looking to improve its finances by spinning off its solar and silicon divisions as independent companies. The group also saw second-quarter revenue rise 21% while narrowing its operating loss.


Import duties: further movement in EU-China negotiations

Europe China flags

The EU and China are apparently continuing intensive negotiations on a possible settlement of the PV product trade dispute. EU trade commissioner Karel De Gucht and Chinese Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng are due to discuss the...


South Korea eager to develop solar in Honduras

Tegucigalpa, Honduras

South Korea and Honduras are partnering on a wide range of areas, including renewable energy. The Asian powerhouse is providing nearly $50 million for solar projects in the country.


Phoenix Solar to build 1.8 MWp PV plant in Saudi Arabia

Phoenix Solar 3.5 MW project in Saudi Arabia

Phoenix Solar has begun its second project for Saudi Arabian energy group Saudi Aramco, a 1.8 MWp plant in Riyadh. The Gulf region has become a key market for the recently restructured German company.


Mecasolar's tracker sales reflect changing market dynamics

Mecasolar trackers

Mecasolar achieved a record 400 MW in tracker sales in the first half of the year, and while Europe remains its biggest market, the company will soon generate most of its business in other territories.


Europe's PV industry rallies against import tariffs

EU trade commissioner Karel de Gucht

Part of Europe's PV industry is increasing the pressure on the European Commission's punitive import duties against Chinese solar products. The CEO of German module manufacturer Solar-Fabrik is demanding the end of the...


Long Island Power Authority wants another 100 MW of solar

Long Island Sound.

The success of Long Island's Clean Solar Initiative in New York has sparked plans for second round. The new projects must be 100 kW to 2 MW.


First Solar, SunEdison unveil big plans in Chile

Copiapo, Chile

Chile's scenic northern region continues to attract ambitious photovoltaic projects. First Solar is planning a 162 MW, $370 million plant in Copiapó, while SunEdison is looking to build a 92 MW, $241 million solar park in...


Renesola raises shipment forecasts

Shipping containers.

Renesola saw shipping levels during the second quarter surpass initial predictions. The revision means more optimistic full-year figures for the Chinese manufacturer.


Activ Solar commissions fifth Odessa park

Activ Solar's Bolgrad Solar Park.

Activ Solar is building a 34 MWp Bolgrad Solar Park in Odessa, Ukraine. The project, which will feature 141,000 modules, brings the Austrian company's installed capacity in the region to 180 MWp.


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