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GE to deliver 220 MW of inverters to DEWA's Dubai solar project

The GE LV5 Series 1 MW central inverter will be shipped to Spanish EPC TSK in the summer for installation in the DEWA solar project.

The DEWA project is currently attracting bids for the world's cheapest solar energy, and 220 MW of PV installed in the next phase will be controlled by GE’s LV5 Series central inverters.


Avancis hits 17.9% efficiency on 30 cm x 30 cm module

Avancis module in production

German CIGS developer Avancis has achieved an efficiency of 17.9% with its CIGS technology. The company hit the conversion efficiency on a 30 cm x 30 cm mini module, with the company claiming the technology could be translated...


Tata to pay $1.45bn for Welspun's solar, wind portfolio – reports

Solar EPC service, India.

India's largest utility Tata Power is in the final stages of negotiations to purchase the entire 1.15 GW clean energy portfolio of Welspun Group, according to local media reports.


Wacker Chemie extends its agreement with China during review of EU polysilicon import duties

Wacker will continue to export duty-free polysilicon to China under a special arrangement with the nation’s government.


UK: government survey finds 84% support for solar as fracking backing fades

Solar BIPV installation.

Latest edition of the Department of Energy and Climate Change's public attitudes tracker finds record-high levels of support for solar and renewables in general, while fracking falls out of favor.


Duke Energy ups clean power target by 33% to 8 GW by 2020

Duke Energy at work.

U.S. utility accelerates its renewable energy goals in line with current pace of progress, particularly in the sectors of solar PV, wind and biomass.


Thailand's 281 MW solar agreement could unlock $500m investment

Thai solar installation.

Finalization this week of 67 solar farm connection agreements totaling 281.32 MW a could be a watershed moment for the nation's clean energy ambitions, energy regulators believe.


Panasonic solar sales slide on weak Japanese demand

The electronics conglomerate is the second Japanese solar maker to report falling sales in the latest fiscal year, as more evidence of declining domestic demand.


Turkey: ICCI event returns focus to growing solar industry

The 22nd ICCI event in Istanbul brought together stakeholders, delegates and businesses from across the energy supply chain, with more than 21 countries represented in the halls.

The 22nd International Energy & Environment Fair and Conference, held just weeks after Solarex, delivered another opportunity for Turkey to smooth the edges of its expanding solar sector.


centrotherm books EUR7 million 2015 profit, reports EUR49 million in solar, semiconductor orders Q1 2016

centrotherm HQ.

German PV and polysilicon production equipment supplier centrotherm has returned to profit in 2015, and has reported strong solar orders in Q1 2016. The company expects to “at least” break even in 2016, despite delays to a...


Schmid supplies APVCD tooling for high efficiency cell research

Schmid tool

Schmid has announced that three PV research institutes have deployed its APCVD solution for the development of PERL (passivated emitter and rear locally diffused) and IBC cells. The high efficiency cell concepts can employ the...


UNSW takes out CZTS efficiency world record

UNSW researcher with solar cell.

Researchers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) have achieved a world record conversion efficiency of 7.6% for a 1cm2 copper zinc tin sulfide (CZTS) solar cell. Japan's Solar Frontier, with IBM and Tokyo Ohka Kogyo, have...


Polysilicon spot prices rise above $20 per kilogram in China

EnergyTrend expects prices to continue rising through the first half of May, citing rising wafer demand and stricter enforcement of import duties.


NEXTracker hits 3 GW of cumulative delivery worldwide

NEXTracker has successfully expanded its client base in emerging solar markets including India, China, Australia, and the Middle East

U.S. tracker manufacturer NEXTracker has recently achieved a new milestone with cumulative shipments of over 3 GW of solar trackers around the world.


China installs 7.14 GW of solar PV in Q1 2016

Solar PV plant in Qinghai, China

NEA data shows increasing differences in regional PV development, due in part to the country's power curtailment problem.


The pv magazine weekly news digest

SunEdison PV plant, Ironwood State Prison

This week: The looming bankruptcy of SunEdison came to pass as France looks set to increase its solar target threefold by 2023 and India appealed a WTO ruling that could have far-reaching effects on its domestic solar business.


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