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SunPower breaks ground on 86 MW solar plant in South Africa

Northern Cape, South Africa

The project, secured under a development deal with parent group Total and South African Mulilo Solar Enterprises, is expected to be fully operational next year.


JinkoSolar opens module testing lab

Solar photovoltaic park with JinkoSolar modules

China-based JinkoSolar has opened a "cutting edge" photovoltaic module testing laboratory in China’s Jiangxi. The manufacturer aims to conduct test programs independently.


Storage: Investment in CRES systems to hit $4.2 billion through 2022

Batteries

Pike Research has announced that investments in community and residential energy storage (CRES) systems will increase to more than US$4 billion in the next decade.


Germany: 36 percent of electricity from renewables by 2020

Germany solar photovoltaic installation

Frost & Sullivan's energy group has forecast that overall electricity generation in Germany will decrease from 625 terrawatt-hours (TWh) in 2010 to 590 TWh in 2020. This change is attributed to energy efficiency measures and...


UK: DECC takes FIT appeal to Supreme Court

UK Supreme Court

Following the High Court ruling at the end of January, which saw the U.K. Department for Energy and Climate Change’s (DECC’S) judicial appeal regarding feed-in tariff (FIT) changes thrown out, the department has officially...


Poor PV demand and declining European share set to continue into 2012

Germany solar photovoltaic park by Conergy

Analysts at Jefferies have painted a poor picture for photovoltaic demand during the first quarter (Q1) of 2012, and "very real … demand concerns" for the whole year. Overall, they expect European and global demand to fall by 42...


Sunways FY 2011 in line with expectations

Sunways photovoltaics components manufacturer

Germany-based Sunways AG has announced its preliminary fourth quarter (Q4) and full year (FY) 2011 financial results, which are said to be "in line with expectations". These expectations include annual sales of €115.4 million and...


SunPower deposition reveals details over former employees who 'stole off' to SolarCity

SolarCity US residential solar photovoltaic install

On February 13, San Jose, California-based SunPower Corporation filed a motion for a temporary restraining order in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against the residential solar array supplier, San...


First Solar resolves AVSR permit issue

Antelope Valley, Los Angeles County, US

The permitting issue with the Antelope Valley Solar Ranch 1 (AVSR) photovoltaic project has finally been resolved, meaning U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) financing can go ahead.


7.5 MW PV plant in Thailand online

7.5 MW solar photovoltaic plant in Thailand

Work has been completed on a 7.5 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic park, located in Thailand’s Dan Khun Thot district, in Nakhon Ratchasima province.


Japan: 10 MW thin film power plant activated

Black solar modules at a power plant.

Solar Frontier president, Shigeaki Kameda, attended a ceremony last month to activate the 10 megawatt (MW) Mt. Komekura Solar Plant, in the Yamanashi Prefecture, central Japan.


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Hold that subpoena: White House is steamrolled on Solyndra testimony

Solyndra building

There is a saying that elephants never forget – and now U.S. Republicans, whose party is symbolized by a pachyderm – are proving that theory, possibly to their own political detriment.


Germany: New PV leasing startup aims to "make solar simple"

Rooftop solar photovoltaic general image

Following in the footsteps of companies like California-based SunRun and Solar City, a new start-up company, DZ-4, is looking to bring decentralized solar power to Germany’s masses. In the following interview, founder Tobias...


5 MW thin film tracker project completed in India

India thin film solar photovoltaic 5MW project

A five megawatt (MW) thin film photovoltaic project has been completed in the Indian state of Gujarat. It is said to be one of the largest systems, which combines thin film technology with a tracking system.


Suntech exceeds shipments, falls down on revenues

Suntech HQ, Wuxi, China

In releasing its preliminary fourth quarter (Q4) and full year (FY) 2011 financial results, Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd says it exceeded Q4 shipments. Revenues and gross margin, however, continued to decline.


SDG&E signs 200 MW PPA for Mount Signal Solar project

Imperial Valley California

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with a subsidiary of California-based 8minutenergy Renewables for its 200 megawatt (MW) Mount Signal Solar project.


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