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African Renewable Energy Fund raises $200 million

PV installation, Africa

The fund supports small to medium-scale renewable energy projects in sub-Saharan Africa and provides both financial assistance and technical experience essential for smaller renewable schemes being implemented for the first time.

PV Taiwan: China, Japan and EPC hold the key

Reasons to be cheerful and more opportunities to take advantage of. That's the consensus of PV Taiwan 2012, which closed its doors this afternoon in Taipei.

Japan: SMA will supply 70 MW project in Kagoshima City

SMA Solar Technology will supply a 70 MW solar project operated by Kagoshima Mega Solar Power Corp. in Kagoshima City, in southern Japan.

EPIA report anticipates a PV future for Europe

With release of its report "Connecting the sun: solar photovoltaics on the road to large scale grid integration", the European PV Industry Association (EPIA) predicts that solar PV can provide up to 25% of the continent's...

Germany: Ronneburg solar park inaugurated

Thuringia's Minister for Trade and Industry, Matthias Machnig has inaugurated a 20 MW solar park installed by juwi on a former uranium ore mine in Ronneburg. This is said to be the largest photovoltaic installation in the state.

Little daylight evident in Sunways' Q2 figures

Sunways AG has released its second quarter figures and, like the rest of the industry, the headline numbers make for grim reading.

Japan: Siliken will supply Japan Railway Group installation

State-owned Japan Railway Group has picked Siliken as its photovoltaic module supplier for its first installation in Kyushu, Japan.

India: Only 67.25 MW of PV added in last quarter

Bridge to India has released its October edition of the India Solar Compass. The report finds that between July and September there has been a drastic drop in PV capacity addition compared to prior quarters. The key question is...

Gestamp Solar to develop 300 MW of solar projects in Japan

Spanish company Gestamp Solar has partnered with Kankyo-Keiei for the development of solar projects in Japan, with a focus on rooftop installations. The projects are to be undertaken over a three year period.

Aster Capital leads financing round for SolarFuel

Venture capital firm Aster Capital, sponsored by Alstom, Solvay Rhodia and Schneider Electric, has announced a €4 million investment in SolarFuel GmbH. This is part of a €7.5 million financing round that Aster Capital is leading....

First Solar: Three transfer companies for employees planned

First Solar will stop its operations in Frankfurt Oder by the end of 2012. According to a media report, it is not going to be easy to find alternative jobs for its employees by the end of the year.

Centrotec sells its Centrosolar shares

Centrotec Sustainable AG has disposed of its 26.14% holding in Centrosolar Group AG. Centrotec hereby winds up its focus on photovoltaic. Centrosolar is now a fully independent company and thereby enjoys increased strategic scope...

Germany: 145MW solar park completed

It is one of the biggest photovoltaic projects in Germany. The 145 MW solar park in Neuhardenberg has been completed in record time and before the transitional period expiry date to attain subsidies.

PV Taiwan: Hopes and strategy changes

Slower traffic and no solar boomtown atmosphere, but still engaged interest and good business talks. This is so far the impression from this year's PV Taiwan, which opened its doors yesterday.

PV Taiwan: Oversupply remains an issue

Vertical integration or horizontal 'dis-integration'? Consolidation or specialization? And when will manufacturing capacity ever come in line with demand? These are some of the formidable questions executives of several of...

Sumitomo invests in 550 MW solar farm

Sumitomo Corporation of America (SCOA) and parent Sumitomo Corporation have invested in the Desert Sunlight solar farm in the Californian desert. This is Sumitomo's first U.S. solar investment.

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