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SunPower targets $1.5bn solar expansion in Chile

Chile Arica y Parinacota desert.

California-based solar power company eyes 1 GW portfolio of solar farms in the country over the next five years as part of its strategic expansion into new emerging markets.

Pike Research joins Navigant

Navigant, a global expert services provider, has acquired Pike Research, expanding its energy research and market intelligence offerings.

IBC Solar passes the 2 GW mark

German photovoltaic company, IBC Solar has announced that by the end of June this year, it had implemented a total rated output of two GW worth of solar. Back in March, the company delivered its 10 millionth solar module.

Spain: Rajoy plans to raise cash from renewables

Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy has told his parliament that tax hikes for the renewable energy sectors would be part of the solution for the €65 billion deficit in the country. He made this statement at the address...

Work underway on 50 MW German PV plant

Germany 40MW solar photovoltaic Jaennersdorf park

Parabel AG has begun work on its next large-scale photovoltaic project in Germany. In addition to installing 50 MW by this September, the company is aiming to add a further 80 MW over the next two years.

German PV equipment Q1 sales fall

centrotherm solar photovoltaic turnkey production line

According to the latest figures, German manufacturers sales' of photovoltaic components, machinery and equipment fell 54 percent in the first quarter (Q1) of 2012. The sales’ share of Asian customers is also said to be on the...

$2 million grant awarded to develop PV-integrated storage solutions

Satcon PowerGate Plus solar photovoltaic inverters

Satcon Technology Corporation, A123 Systems, Renewable Energy Services, and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) have been awarded US$2 million by the California Energy Commission to work on the development of storage...

Global solar investment strong, says BNEF

General rooftop solar photovoltaic system

Investment in the solar industry continues to grow, despite continued economic pressure. Publishing its latest findings, BNEF said that of the US$59.6 billion invested in the global clean energy sector in the second quarter (Q2)...

US: PV installers emerge as "favorable" investment area

US 1.25MW solar photovoltaic rooftop system

Solar M&A activity in the U.S. has tailed off this year compared to 2011, according to the latest figures. Despite this, photovoltaic project installers have reportedly emerged as a favorable investment area. Furthermore, energy...

Centrotherm files for Chapter 11 insolvency protection

centrotherm photovoltaics HQ image Germany

Yet another German company has been forced to file for insolvency protection. Centrotherm photovoltaics AG announced that it has submitted an application to file for self-administrative insolvency. Despite this, business is said...

SolarWorld completes Solarparc takeover

SolarWorld Freiburg photovoltaic module production facility Germany

Following a squeeze-out, SolarWorld AG has completely taken Solarparc AG over. While the transaction is still to be finalized, it is expected that Solarparc will shortly be delisted from the German stock exchange.

Hanwha SolarOne unveils new storage partnership

Hanwha solar photovoltaic modules ready for shipping

Korea-based photovoltaic module manufacturer, Hanwha SolarOne Co. Ltd has announced a new partnership with U.S. storage system company, Silent Power.

Mid-year PV review

General solar photovoltaic panels

After several years of hustling and hyperbole in the photovoltaics industry, the first half of 2012 has been a time of oversupply and underachievement globally. pv magazine takes a look at the biggest developments of the year to...

Activ Solar completes 42 MW PV plant in Ukraine

Ukraine 43MW solar photovoltaic park Starokozache

Adding yet more capacity to its Ukrainian photovoltaic portfolio, Activ Solar has completed the second and final phase of its 42.95 MW plant in the Odessa region.

California: 8minutenergy, ISO and SDG&E sign 200 MW PV GIA

California flag

8minutenergy Renewables has signed a Generation Interconnection Agreement (GIA) with the California Independent Systems Operator Corporation (ISO) and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E). Under the agreement, a 200 MW photovoltaic...

First Solar unveils German redundancy plan

First Solar

First Solar Inc., which will close its manufacturing operations down in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany, by the end of the year, has presented the 1,200 workers employed there, with a redundancy plan.

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