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Trina Solar acquires 200 MW Dutch solar cell factory from Solland Solar

Dutch solar installation.

The Chinese solar company has purchased all machinery, stock, inventory and real estate from Solland Solar; fab is located in Heerlen, the Netherlands.


Westinghouse Solar to debut in Australia

The Australian outback.

The pending merger between U.S. rooftop solar designer and manufacturer Westinghouse Solar and Australian renewable energy company CBD Energy will see Westinghouse products sold in the Australian market.


India: Guidelines for selection of 750 MW grid-connected PV projects

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has released the draft guidelines for the second phase of batch 1 under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) to set up 750 MW of grid solar PV power projects....


Owners seek to downsize Blythe solar project

A CGI of the original Blythe scheme.

The new owners of the 1 GW Blythe Solar Energy Project in Riverside County, California, want to downsize the scheme to 485 MW.


EU plans renewables-friendly grid expansion to 2050

EU flags.

The need to incorporate solar and other renewables into the European electricity grid network has prompted the launch of the e-Highway2050 project.


ABB acquires Power-One [Updated]

Power and automation technologies giant ABB has announced the acquisition of Power-One. With this move ABB secures its new position as one of the leading global suppliers of solar inverters.


Germany: A brake on Altmaier's "electricity price protection"

The German government has made it official: The proposed "strompreisbremse" or electricity price protection as it is loosely translated, will not materialize since both the states and federal government have failed to come to an...


Database of US solar performance launched

Antelope Valley.

The U.S. Energy Department has launched an anonymous open source database of the long-term performance of solar projects across the country.


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Power-one and Phono Solar cooperate on testing program

Power-One, Inc. and Phono Solar have started an Exchange Testing Program. The two companies will exchange products for review and inspection in their own testing facilities.


ReneSola to supply Enerparc with modules

ReneSola has signed a deal with EPC Enerparc AG to deliver 43.6 MW of modules between April and June this year. 35 MW will be delivered via ReneSola's OEMs in Poland and India.


SolarWorld interested in Bosch's solar production

SolarWorld CEO Frank Asbeck has told Germany's Handelsblatt that the company is interested in a part of Bosch's solar cell production unit.


Malaysia: Saudi Arabian company to develop polysilicon plant

Malaysian state Sarawak will develop a new US$1.6 billion polysilicon manufacturing plant which is slated to start operations in 2016.


Japan: PV on the ascent, but nuclear power uncertainty remains

The Japanese Ministry for Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has announced that the total combined renewable energy capacity between April 2012 and January 2013 has reached 1,394 MW. Photovoltaic capacity alone accounted for...


What does Suntech’s insolvency mean for solar?

Suntech Wuxi image

When Suntech defaulted on $541 million of convertible U.S. bonds in March, solar players across the world were watching. The very public, and long-expected, failure of the former poster boy of solar, Zhengrong Shi, has left the...


SolarWorld expects losses of more than €0.5 billion

SolarWorld solar photovoltaic Freiburg Germany

SolarWorld AG has said it expects a loss of more than half a billion euros. The German company has also reported the loss of around half its share capital.


177W modules rolling off Solar Frontier’s production lines

The audience at the Thin Film Forum.

Japanese thin film producer Solar Frontier has announced a milestone module efficiency during Thin Film Week in Berlin. Speaking at the Thin Film Forum, head of product management, Ichiro Sugiyama, said that a champion module...


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