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SMA: Net loss grows in first nine months amidst declining orders

SMA inverter production

The leading inverter manufacturer attributed declining sales to project delays in key foreign markets and a sharp drop in European demand due to lower subsidies.

SunEdison connects California's largest RAM PV plant

The 24 MW solar plant in the Californian Desert is the largest to date to be brought online under the state's Renewable Auction Mechanism (RAM) program.

Meyer Burger sees revenue drop despite increase in orders

An influx of orders in the latter part of 2013 came too late to boost sales for the Swiss engineering company, which saw annual losses increase 47%.

SolarCity narrows annual loss, posts fourth-quarter profit

SolarCity residential installation

While the U.S. company's solar system sales remained unchanged, revenue from its leasing program nearly doubled last year. The company saw a 78 percent increase in megawatt deployed to 280 MW in 2013.

Hanwha SolarOne supplies 6.2 MW of PV modules to Guatemala

The German subsidiary of South Korea's Hanwha Group is again partnering with Spanish companies Cobra and Gransolar as it seeks to expand its Latin American footprint.

Adler Solar establishes BEC Solar

Adler Solar customs warehouse, Bremen

The German solar industry service provider is expanding its services in its domestic market by joining forces with BEC Engineering.

Global CPV capacity expected to reach 1 GW by 2020

Amonix CPV facility

While CPV remains at a nascent stage, it is poised to expand dramatically in the coming years despite a number of recent company closures and industry consolidation, according to research group GlobalData.

First Solar secures 20-year PPA for 52 MW project in Jordan

Amman, Jordan

The U.S. solar company will provide advanced thin-film modules and EPC services for what is expected to be Jordan's largest PV plant.

Japan proposes new FITs, unveils lithium-ion battery subsidies

Tokyo, Japan

The Japanese government is expected to approve recommendations to slightly reduce PV FIT levels while introducing a new subsidy program for battery storage systems.

Yingli Solar shipped 3.2 GW of PV modules in 2013

Yingli Solar PV plant.

Financial results released today reveal the solar company increased its shipments by 40.8% last year, cementing its place as the world's leading module supplier.

Manz refines its CIGS fab

Manz's 14.5% CIGS thin film module.

After a three-year R&D program, the German solar company has finalized its new fab, which promises to reduce CIGS manufacturing costs by 10%.

Wacker strikes polysilicon deal with Chinese government

Wacker polysilicon

The amicable solution reached with the Chinese Ministry of Commerce ensures Wacker's minimum import prices are based on market levels. MOFCOM will refrain from applying punitive tariffs.

Belectric, DAW partner on integrated organic PV products

The PV group is working with German coating specialist DAW to develop organic PV construction elements that form part of buildings, which they describe as "the next step" in solar technology.

Suntech Singapore facing financial sanctions after payment default

Suntech solar PV module during production stages.

The Singapore arm of Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. has also had its equity interest in a core subsidiary frozen by Shanghai's People's Court as liquidators move in.

Centrosolar fails to get quorum for creditors' meeting

Centrosolar HQ.

The German solar supplier will try again to persuade creditors to back a partial debt-for-equity swap, on April 14. The Munich company plans to continue with just its American subsidiary in future.

JA Solar joins the path back to profit

JA Solar module inspection.

The Shanghai-headquartered solar company posted its first profit in 10 quarters as Chinese demand fuelled shipments.

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