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Tokyo Electric upgrading grid with 100-km-long transmission line

The city of Nagano, Japan

Tokyo Electric Power Co. is building a 100-kilometer-long electricity transmission line in central Japan as part of the country's efforts to upgrade its grid infrastructure in view of surging renewable power.


EU lowers Chinese PV import volume

European Commission

In responding to lower installation forecasts in Europe, Brussels has reduced the import volume for photovoltaic manufacturers from China from 7 to 5.8 GW this year.


Brazil to hold first federal PV auction this year

Brasilia, Brazil

The PV sector is heating up in Brazil, where developers remain excited about the country's growing electricity demand as solar becomes increasingly competitive with other sources of renewable energy.


Scatec Solar to build 80 MW Utah solar park

Iron County, Utah

Set to be one of the largest solar facilities in Utah when completed, the 80 MW plant will supply power to PacifiCorp under a 20-year PPA.


Shunfeng shareholders approve Wuxi Suntech acquisition

Wuxi Suntech headquarters, China

Jiangsu Shunfeng will pay $483 million for Wuxi Suntech, which operates two production plants with annual production capacities of 1.6 GW for solar cells and 2.4 GW for solar modules.


Indian solar capacity continues to sky-rocket

India

The Indian government's heavy investment into the sector is paying off as total capacity for commissioned projects leaps by nearly 1.8 times.


China Sunergy boosts revenue, narrows loss in 2013

China Sunergy building

The Nanjing-based company shipped a total of 235.8 MW in the fourth quarter, beating forecasts. CEO Stephen Cai attributes the company's improved performance on its operational flexibility, cost control efforts and entry into new...


Bester Generación connects 26 MW of power in the UK

Bester Generacion's 14 MW project in St. Stephen, Cornwall, UK

The projects are among the 254 MW that the Spanish company plans to implement in 2014 as part of the $360 million Quercus Renewable Energy Fund II, which is financing 21 PV projects across England.


Conergy completes 68 MW of solar farms in UK

Conergy 5 MW solar farm, Cornwall, UK

With an ambitious development pipeline of 150 MW, the Hamburg-based solar company is aiming to build more than 200 MW in the U.K. by year's end.


OneRoof Energy expands solar leasing program to Massachusetts

Boston, Massachusetts

The New England state's solar capacity has soared due in large part to leasing programs that eliminate high upfront costs for homeowners.


Crisis in Ukraine threatens domestic PV industry

Russian President Vladimir Putin signs the treaty annexing the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastol on March 18, 2014.

The political crisis in Ukraine is threatening to hollow out the country's nascent PV industry as the world awaits the outcome of Russia's annexation of Crimea.


Germany's DB Schenker, TUV Rheinland implement new logistics systems for modules

Solar modules

German industry giants DB Schenker and TUV Rheinland have joined forces to offer a new logistics for the transportation of modules. The system comes into existence after a year of extensive testing between China and Germany.


SunPower gets a $42 million cash injection

A SunPower residential installation.

The U.S. solar manufacturer will use the money to expand its solar leasing program. SunPower says it already has 20,000 American households signed up.


US, India fail to reach agreement

AEG manufacturing in India.

The two countries are on the verge of a WTO dispute over Indian domestic content requirements. The US will reportedly make a decision once details of the next batch of the National Solar Mission are released.


Manz acquires KEMET mechanical engineering division

Manz HQ in Reutlingen, Germany

Germany-based Manz has acquired Kemet Electronic Italy. Approval for the transaction was granted by the Italian trades union and the supervisory bodies of both companies. Financial details for the move have been not published.


Schneider Electric to establish inverter fab in Russia

Angarsk Railway Station, Russia

In addition to a planned fab in Siberia, Schneider and Avelar Energy will also partner on an engineering center in Russia, which will focus on inverter maintainance.


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