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Huawei teams with CGN, CMNE on 2 GW PV project in Europe

20 MW ground-mounted PV plant in Trowbridge, England

Huawei is partnering with two state-owned Chinese companies on an ambitious but scarcely detailed PV project in Europe that looks likely to employ the company's FusionSolar smart PV solution.

Applied Materials' solar chief quashes solar exit rumors

Applied Materials equipment.

The president of Applied Materials' solar division has rubbished rumors the parent company is preparing to pull out of solar.

US collaboration to advance thin film technologies

A thin film array in Germany.

A knowledge-sharing collaboration has been announced between U.S. solar industry body the Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to advance thin film technology.

France announces 400 MW tender for large PV plants

France Enfinity solar photovoltaic project

The French Ministry of Energy, Ecology and Sustainable Development has announced a tender for 400 MW of PV plants 250 kW and larger.

California: World's largest solar towers plan

A Schott Solar CSP installation.

Spanish firm Abengoa and Californian concentrating solar power (CSP) experts BrightSource Energy have announced plans for the world's largest twin solar towers.

SMA pays €40 million for Chinese inverter company stake


With the Chinese authorities having approved the transaction, Germany’s SMA Solar Technology AG now officially owns 72.5% of China-based Jiangsu Zeversolar New Energy Co., Ltd.

EPIA calls for EU industrial policy for solar


The European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) has called for an EU industrial policy to drive innovation and research into solar.

Financial breakthroughs propel solar from alternative energy to mainstream industry

solar photovoltaic SolarWorld

New financial models are expected to help propel solar from being an "alternative energy" to a mainstream industry, states U.S.-based Clean Edge. It adds that PV revenues are forecast to grow to $123.6 billion by 2022. Meanwhile,...

Suntech "technically insolvent"; Wuxi Government to step in

Suntech branding Wuxi

As speculation mounts over whether Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd will default on its bond repayments and be forced to file for involuntary bankruptcy today, it seems the Wuxi Government in China is almost certain to bail Suntech...

EU energy infrastructure budget halved by austerity drive

EU flags.

Documentation relating to the new EU energy infrastructure guidelines has laid bare just how savagely austerity-driven leaders cut the funds available to upgrade grids to harness renewables.

US approves nearly 1 GW of PV projects for California

Ken Salazar

The U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar has given the go ahead for two photovoltaic projects worth 900 MW in California.

Solar fire and theft protection

Fires and theft have become growing problems for the solar industry. Leto Solar is now waiting for a patent for its HĖMOS technology which, the company claims, enables the development of solar panels with capabilities to combat...

UK: Conergy supplies modules to 15 MW of PV projects

UK Cornwall 5 MW solar photovoltaic plant Solaer Conergy

Germany’s Conergy AG is supplying 15.3 MW of its P-Series modules to four photovoltaic projects in the U.K. Spain-based Solaer is undertaking construction work.

US hits 7.7 GW of cumulative PV capacity

US Solon solar photovoltaic park

On the back of another record year for the U.S. PV market, which saw 3.31 GW installed, 2013 forecasts are for 4.3 GW of new capacity. However, while utility-scale projects dominated the PV landscape in 2012, the sector is not...

Will PV tariffs level the playing field between the US and China?

US China flags

Last year, the U.S. reproached China for being "generous to a fault" to its domestic solar manufacturers, even as the rest of the industry suffered from declining subsidies, rising inventories and internecine cost competition....

MEMC proposes name change; unveils financing division and 2013 outlook

MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc. is considering a name change to SunEdison to "better reflect" its business. It has also announced the establishment of SunEdison Capital and released its expectations for 2013.

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