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Sunverge picks up $36.5m investment, ARENA participates as backer

The Sunverge Solar Integrated System (SIS, pictured) is the latest hardware from Sunverge, and will benefit from the recent $36.5 million investment into the company.

The California-based distributed energy storage developer has secured Series C funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency and four other public and private investors.


SolarCity prepares for first utility-scale project

A solar rooftop in Hawaii.

California solar installer and leasing company SolarCity will make its first foray into the utility market by building a 12 MW photovoltaic project for the Kaua’I Island Utility Co-operative (KIUC) in Hawaii.


Sunlabob to supply off-grid PV to Kiribati outer islands

Butaritari.

Laos-based Sunlabob has secured its biggest Pacific contract to date with a deal to supply off grid solar systems to the outer islands of Kiribati.


Solarbuzz: The unpredictability of Chinese solar demand is a headache

The flag of China.

Despite China's reputation as the promised land for the solar industry, the latest report from NPD Solarbuzz says wild fluctuations in demand in the country could mean suppliers which rely on markets outside the People's Republic...


Japan: 4 MW of new projects connected

A Sky Solar photovoltaic installation.

With solar manufacturer Renewable Energy Corporation's (REC) recently released annual figures highlighting the Norwegian company's heavy reliance on a shrinking European market, the panel maker has taken a step in the right...


Pakistan and CK Solar Korea to develop 300 MW park

The flag of Pakistan.

The government of the Balochistan province in Pakistan and CK Solar Korea have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a 300 MW PV solar park near Quetta, Balochistan's largest city.


Standard Bank announces $2 billion renewable energy fund for South Africa

A South African solar project.

Ten PV projects in South Africa will benefit from a US$2 billion funding support agreement between Standard Bank Group and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC).


US: Gehrlicher Solar EPC for 3.8 MW Massachusetts array

Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick inspects a solar rooftop in the U.S. state.

Construction began last month on a 3.8 MW solar array for the town of Bellingham, Massachusetts, in the U.S.


S.A.G. Solarstrom completes UK project on time

S.A.G. Solarstrom managed to complete three ground-mounted projects in the U.K. on time by the end of March before the changes to the Renewables Obligation Certificate assessment were implemented. The projects have a total of 44...


REC’s annual report makes grim reading

REC's Singapore production facility.

"No one is making money in the solar industry at the moment," admits Renewable Energy Corporation (REC) CEO and president Ole Enger in the foreword to the Norwegian solar company's annual report for 2012.


Bosch receives first offers to buy solar division

Bosch

Following Bosch’s announcement that it is exiting the crystalline photovoltaic business, the Germany-based electronics giant has confirmed it has received offers from interested parties. It is unclear, however, how long Bosch...


LDK Solar subsidiary sale still awaiting approval

LDK Solar branding

LDK Solar is still awaiting governmental approval for the sale of LDK Anhui. The closing date for Shanghai Qianjiang Group to purchase the subsidiary was originally set for March 31.


US: AZ Sun Program announces another 34 MW PV facility

APS Gila Bend 18 MW solar PV Project

The seventh photovoltaic facility is set to come online next June under Arizona-based electricity utility, APS’ AZ Sun program. Black & Veatch has been selected to design and build the 34 MW.


Solairedirect to manufacture 120 MW of ReneSola modules

ReneSola solar photovoltaic modules

Under a toll manufacturing agreement, Solairedirect SA will produce 120 MW of China-based ReneSola’s photovoltaic modules in South Africa over a period of three years.


Germany: Power exporter even with fewer nuclear plants

Germany managed to export more power in 2012 than it has in the last five years. With a net surplus of 22.8 terawatt-hours (TWh), the exported amount of energy was four times as much as that in 2011. This data was released by the...


JinkoSolar to supply 115 MW of PV modules to South Africa

South African flag

JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd has signed a module supply agreement with a South African developer to deliver 115 MW for two photovoltaic plants.


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