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ZSW sets 21.7% thin film efficiency record

Flexible CIGS cell.

Scientists at Stuttgart's Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research have regained the gong for CIGS efficiency, improving upon the previous record of 21%.


Trina Solar secure EPC contract for Jordan's largest PV project

Amman, Jordan.

The Chinese solar company will supply its high efficiency modules to the 2 MW solar rooftop project in Amman, the nation's capital.


Construction begins on 55 MW PV plant in Israel

Negev Desert, Israel.

Spanish solar company Grupo Clavijo will provide trackers for the project, which is due to be connected in May this year.


Deutsche Bank finance 56 MW UK solar projects for SunEdison

Westmill Solar Park, England.

A non-recourse debt financing arrangement will fund SunEdison's entry into the U.K. with four new utility-scale solar PV projects.


India to block US-requested WTO solar probe as relations sour

Barack Obama with Department of Energy representatives.

Following a White House call for WTO investigations into India's domestic content requirements, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has instructed officials to block all attempts to examine trade practices.


China preparing list of solar projects eligible for government support

Hainan Haikou skyline, China

Chinese provinces have until April 2 to put forward solar PV projects for consideration for financing from China Development Bank Corp.


PV Expo Tokyo hints at further growth for Japan's solar market

PV Expo Tokyo 2014 opening ceremony.

Expectation for double-digit growth this year is high, according to those exhibitors at the show that pv magazine spoke with.


Conergy lands in Japan

Conergy PV plant, Hokkaido, Japan

Conergy has opened a new branch office in Tokyo and secured an 830 kW PV project as it seeks to expand operations in the Japanese growth market.


REC Silicon to launch joint venture in China

REC Silicon, Moses Lake, Washington

The deal with its Shaanxi partner allows the Norwegian-U.S. group to establish a major beachhead in the world's biggest solar market without having to use current assets or raise additional funds.


Yingli to boost UK solar sector by 54 MW

Solar PV park in England.

The Chinese solar power company will supply modules to seven projects in the U.K., each being developed by Grid Essence U.K. Ltd.


First Solar back in black with $353 million profit

First Solar project in Dhursar, Rajasthan, India

The Arizona solar company improved its annual earnings, although delayed projects and a write-off on its idle Vietnam fab dampened full-year and fourth-quarter results.


SMA, Danfoss join forces, form major converter alliance

SMA solar inverter production

The new European powerhouse merges leading inverter and automated drive technologies while looking to expand global operations in a bold move that signals confidence in the solar sector.


Consolidation grips solar EPC sector

Desert Sunlight, First Solar

Changing market dynamics and shrinking state incentive programs led to larger players grabbing a bigger share of the EPC pie last year while medium-sized integrators struggled with the increasing burden of cost.


REC Solar posts fourth-quarter pre-tax profit of $13.7 million

REC Solar Singapore facility

Improving market conditions and cost reductions have boosted the newly independent REC Solar's bottom line.


Abengoa to build PV project for EDP Renovaveis in California

Abengoa Mojave, California solar project

The Spanish engineering group is widening its footprint in the U.S. market, where it's also constructing a 265 MW project for AES Solar.


Canadian Solar supplies modules to utility-scale projects in North Carolina, Japan

Strata Solar PV installation, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

The Ontario-based module manufacturer, which has impressed solar developers with its equipment, is following up a major North Carolina project with a large installation in Japan.


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