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Von Ardenne inks 700 MW thin-film coatings deal with China National Building Materials

Von Ardenne HQ in Dresden, Germany.

The German deposition equipment provider is latest beneficiary of China National Building Materials' ambitious solar PV expansion, and will deliver several coating systems for installation at two 300 MW CIGS plants and one 100 MW...


UK solar cuts will cost country in the long run, says REA

UK rooftop installation.

Savings made under the government's proposed budget cap should the FIT be cut by the proposed rate will be less than monies lost in tax and national insurance revenue as 15,000 jobs are lost, finds REA.


US: ITC extension will support steady solar growth, finds BNEF, SEIA report

BNEF solar ITC graph.

Independent analysis of the impact of the Investment Tax Credit on the U.S. solar industry, commissioned by the SEIA, finds 22 GW of additional solar capacity will be added if 30% ITC extended to 2022.


Fraunhofer debuts world record 25.1% efficient TOPCon solar cell

The Fraunhofer has created a full-area passivated back contact solar cell

The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE has achieved an efficiency of 25.1% on a both sides-contacted silicon solar cell. In addition to increasing efficiencies, the TOPCon technology is said to simplify...


EU PVSEC: Stagnating global PV installations till 2020 or 100 GW cumulative capacity?

2,200 participants have already registered at this year’s EU PVSEC, and more are expected

On Monday, the 31st EU PVSEC in Hamburg, Germany opened its doors. Despite the current turbulence in the European solar industry, a high visitor turnout was seen at the opening conference. Future industry expectations are split:...


SolarWorld and Enphase to develop integrated AC modules

SolarWorld U.S. HQ, Hillsboro.

German solar panel developer teams with U.S. microinverter specialist Enphase Energy to produce SolarWorld Sunmodule panels integrated with microinverter technology.


Modest PV market growth to come in SPV Market Research’s latest forecast

The US the residential solar lease model is driving growth

While stellar growth may have been a feature of the global solar market in years past, a mix of international and domestic factors are likely to deliver a modestly-growing solar market in the future, according to SPV Market...


The pv magazine weekly news digest

ABB solar installation.

Emerging markets mature as India, Brazil and Mexico take great strides in their respective solar evolutions, new technology turns heads, and Greece receives some solar-backed good news.


TSK Group to build 50 MW solar plant in Kuwait

Kuwait City.

Deal worth $385 million will see Spanish EPC TSK Group develop the 50 MW solar plant in Kuwait’s Shagaya desert region, with commercial operation scheduled for 2017.


GE eyes 1 GW US capacity for new 1500V inverters

Belectric installation using GE 1500V inverters.

Transition to higher voltage inverters gathering pace following agreement with NextEra Energy to install 1500V inverters at large-scale projects across U.S.; Suntech also announces 1500V module.


Subsidy delays in China harming PV industry, says Trina Solar

Trina Solar production.

Tier-1 Chinese solar firm says that the subsidy delays of more than one year are storing up trouble for the country’s solar industry, reports Bloomberg.


Acciona to build 247 MW solar farm in Chile

Coquimbo Valley.

Project in the Atacama Desert will become the largest single PV installation in Latin America once completed, utilizing more than 777,000 solar modules across 280 hectares.


Soltec to open a new tracker factory in Brazil

The new facility is part of a wave of investment in solar manufacturing in Brazil, and will be used to supply Latin America's booming solar market.


Big changes down south: An interview with Adam James of GTM Research

In this exclusive interview with pv magazine, GTM Research Senior Solar Analyst Adam James discusses the implications of Mexico's electricity market reform for the nation's solar market.


SolarEdge launches HD-Wave technology for inverters

SolarEdge inverter.

Company claims new advanced digital processing can dramatically lower inverter's weight and size while optimizing performance; market launch penciled for December.


UK: FIT pre-accreditation to end on October 1

Commercial rooftop installation.

Government ignores industry opposition to its proposal to scrap the pre-accreditation process for the FIT, with energy secretary stating decision means better control over spending.


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