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Germany adds nearly 120 MW of PV capacity in June

Rooftop home installation, Germany

June saw the highest amount of newly installed solar PV capacity in the country. With solar remaining far behind the government's annual 2.5 GW target, PV subsidies will remain unchanged in August. In the first half of the year,...

US: Greenwood Energy acquires Massachusetts projects

Renewable energy investment company Greenwood Energy is set to invest in Massachusetts after signing a deal to acquire two developments from Borrego Solar Systems.

Researchers boost CdTe cell efficiency from below 8% to 11.5%

CdTe thin film cell

Scientists at Switzerland's Empa have increased efficiency levels of flexible cadmium telluride solar cells by successfully doping them with copper.

Trina, Yingli, SunPower top Solar Scorecard

Trina Solar PV module production

Of the leading 40 solar companies, environmental and consumer advocacy group Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition found that Trina Solar, Yingli and SunPower bested industry rivals in areas such as worker safety and module toxicity.

Japan selects projects to develop large-scale storage batteries

The Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has announced the companies that will introduce large-scale storage batteries into electricity grid substations.

Trina Solar to supply modules to Nevada solar project

Photovoltaic module producer Trina Solar has announced that it will be supplying 250 MW of modules to the Copper Mountain Solar 3 project in Boulder City, Nevada.

German solar developer Sunselex files for insolvency

Sunselex, France

The Munich-based project developer may have folded, but its management is looking to transfer the group's core assets to a Swiss subsidiary with a new focus on emerging markets around the globe.

Sao Paulo on the verge of solar surge

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Brazil's industrial and economic powerhouse, which boasts twice the maximum global solar irradiation of Germany, is looking to install 1 GW of solar capacity by 2020.

Ukrainian solar on the rise despite wary investors

Ukraine 43 MW PV park

Solar is booming in Ukraine thanks to attractive FIT rates but the country's tarnished political system is keeping foreign investors out of the country, say industry insiders.

REC to offer new convertible bond

REC solar PV facility, Singapore

As it prepares to divide its silicon and module business units, Norwegian group REC is looking to entice wary bondholders with a new offer.

Sunways negotiates out of wafer supply deals and insolvency

A Sunways AG facade in Paris.

The Kostanz based solar manufacturer has agreed to settle two long term wafer supply deals with a one-off payment and has rescheduled its bank debts. Sunways now expects to exit insolvency.

Las Vegas thin film company offered Brazilian incentives

The flag of Brazil.

PacWest says the Brazilian government is offering it incentives to set up a CIGS production line in the country.

NRG Energy's alternative energy division drags on figures

Antelope Valley solar project.

Quarterly losses from the Alternative Energy division of the U.S. power company widened to $29 million year on year but solar farms did their bit for NRG's Yield infrastructure division.

EU Prosun keeps anti subsidy pressure on EC

The EU ProSun logo.

The European manufacturers' lobby group welcomes the announcement the anti subsidy investigation into Chinese solar products will continue in a bid to prevent the EC quietly letting the complaint disappear.

Plans for 'world's largest solar farm' collapse

The parliament building in Belgrade.

Threat of lawsuits fly back and forth as Maltese developer of the OneGiga project claims the land offered by the Serbian government was inappropriate and Belgrade officials say the Maltese company broke an investment agreement.

Report signals PV boom in the Middle East and North Africa

Morocco solar PV

A new report examining renewable energy in the MENA region finds that "PV is experiencing rapid growth due to its tremendous potential and continuously decreasing technology costs," with a current pipeline of 2.3 GW.

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