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EU investigating three Chinese PV manufacturers for alleged breaches of the MIP

European Union flags. Image Flickr Stuart Chalmers.

The investigation by the European Commission will determine whether the three companies breached minimum import price (MIP) rules for Chinese PV exporters to the EU during transactions in 2015, which would result in them being...

Cornwall experiments with 'sunshine tariff' as possible alternative for UK solar

Wadebridge, Cornwall, England

A grassroots project in Cornwall, England, is examining ways to implement a special, so-called "sunshine tariff." The project, although small in scale, could provide the template for the solar business models of the new era of...

Germany hits new PV record in September

Berlin skyline

Initial estimates show that photovoltaic generation in the first nine months is already 5% higher than in the entire previous year. Wind energy is already up 52%.

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Q Cells plant, Finsterwalde, Germany

Growing opportunities around the world are attracting new and established O&M operators as global PV forecasts rise. In Tawian, the world's second largest solar PV manufacturing industry takes center stage.

Heraeus, Sunrise collaborate on paste research for PERC cells

Sunrise PV cell

Announced at PV Taiwan, the new partnership is aimed at increasing the output and performance of Sunrise's PERC cells. Heraeus has also opened a new front-side metallization paste fab in the country.

PV Taiwan draws leading domestic manufacturers, international players

PV Taiwan

Taiwan's annual expo showcasing the world's second largest solar PV manufacturing industry, kicked off October 14 in the capital city of Taipei and runs through Friday. While well attended, the event saw a decline in exhibiting...

Heckert Solar expands production capacity

Heckert Solar headquarters, Chemnitz, Germany

With a possible expiration of EU anti-dumping measures against Chinese rivals, the German PV manufacturer is looking to beef up production and switchover to 4 and 5-busbar technolgy in preparation for increased competition next...

Shunfeng launches Raising Power in Germany

PV project, Fuerstenwalde, Germany

Established in July, the new Augsburg-based service company is looking to expand its portfolio to 1.5 to 2 GW by the end of 2016. The independent service provider is offering end-to-end services across the global PV market.

Heraeus begins production of front-side metallization paste in Taiwan

Heraeus metallization paste

The German metallization specialist's strategy to localize manufacturing reflects the growing importance of the Taiwanese market.

CSUN opens PV cell factory in Korea

China Sunergy is continuing the internationalization of its production by bringing online a 200 MW PV cell factory in South Korea.

China aims for 150 GW of solar PV by 2020

The nation has again raised its targets for PV deployment, with a goal to install 20 GW annually from 2016 through 2020.

Brazil raises the price cap for its November solar auction

The price cap of 381 Reals is higher than that in August's solar auction. More than 20 GW of solar projects have pre-registered for bidding.

Tracker specialist Exosun establishes Brazilian subsidiary

Exosun Exotrack HZ horizontal single axis trackers.

The French-headquartered tracker developer announces launch of Exosun Brazil, a JV between Exosun SAS and Ecoluz Part. SA; company will focus on the growing opportunities in Brazilian market.

Ingeteam expands O&M operations

Ingeteam PV plant

The Spanish company has gained a foothold in the PV operation and maintenance market in Honduras and Uruguay while also winning new contracts in the U.K. and Panama, solidifying its position as a leading O&M player around the...

Solarcentury to build 16 MW UK solar farm on Broadlands Estate

The 16 MW solar farm is to be located on the Broadlands Estate in the English county of Hampshire.

British solar firm to begin construction of solar array in December, having secured planning permission last month.

United PV embraces crowdfunding following stock market crash

United PV solar power plant, China

Crowdfunding is not new to the company, which last year raised some $1.6 million for a 1 MW solar plant in Shenzhen, marking the first crowdfunding effort for a PV project in China.

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