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Germany: LG Chem to supply batteries for Steag’s 90 MW energy storage project

Steag completed a 1 MW energy storage project at its power plant in Völklingen-Fenne in 2014

LG Chem will supply Steag with six of its large-scale lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries for what will become the largest energy storage system project of its kind, when complete, in 2017. Steag is investing EUR 100 million in the 90...

Industry shakeout filters out untested PV technologies

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Only the lowest cost and most commercially viable PV technologies will end up surviving through the brutal PV shakeout phase of 2012, writes Finlay Colville, vice president of NPD Solarbuzz.

Germany: Glimmer of hope for First Solar's Frankfurt operations

First Solar Frankfurt Oder facility

By the end of the year, First Solar Inc. will stop photovoltaic production in Germany's Frankfurt Oder. However, plant management has announced that there is now investor interest and hopes for a solution in Q1 2013.

Spanish Congress approves new energy law

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With the approval of the parliament, from 2013 onwards, PV power producers in Spain will have to pay a new tax of 7% on top of their FITs. Meanwhile, Energy Minister Soria intends to finalize Spain’s energy reform within the next...

SMA acquires majority stake in Chinese PV inverter company

SMA solar photovoltaic inverters HQ

SMA Solar Technology AG has acquired a 72.5% stake in Chinese photovoltaic inverter company, Jiangsu Zeversolar New Energy Co., Ltd. The move, if approved, will help SMA access China's burgeoning solar market.

US: Meaningful improvements in PV system pricing

Enfinity solar photovoltaic park US

GTM Research’s Andrew Krulewitz details the factors that contributed to price declines in each U.S. photovoltaic market segments in Q4 2012.

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Solar Gangnam Style

A scene from the SolarEdge video

It seems no one is immune to South Korea's newest pop star. To mark the end of 2012, SolarEdge has released its own version of Psy's Gangnam Style - a modern ode to solar energy with encouraging words for the coming year.

SiC Processing in self-administration

SiC Processing HQ Germany

SiC Processing GmbH's request to file for self-administrative insolvency has been accepted by the district court in Germany's Amberg. Management now has three months to design a restructuring plan.

Battery market development will be guided by step-wise innovation

Battery solar photovoltaic

Pike Research's Brittany E. Gibson is confident that emerging cleantech markets for batteries, especially for transportation and stationary applications, will be viable new markets in ten years.

WTO confirms Ontario’s FIT’s breach rules

Ontario Lily Lake solar photovoltaic farm

In a panel report issued yesterday, December 19, the World Trade Organization (WTO) confirms that Ontario’s renewable energy FIT, which includes a domestic content requirement, breaches WTO rules.

JinkoSolar plans 200 MW PV plant in China

Jinchang, China

JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with state-owned Jinchuan Group Co., Ltd, under which it will develop a 200 MW photovoltaic plant in China’s Jinchang, Gansu Province.

Tenesol starts work on 2 PV plants in South Africa

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Photovoltaic activity is heating up in South Africa. The latest news sees Tenesol undertaking work on two projects worth 33 MW in the Northern Cape Province.

Centrotherm secures 300 MW Chinese order

Centrotherm photovoltaics branding

Centrotherm photovoltaics has won a 300 MW order with CECEP Solar Energy Technology (Zhenjiang) Co., Ltd, based in China. Under the agreement, it will deliver solar cell production systems for anti-reflective coating and...

Taiwan: Neo Solar and DelSolar sign merger agreement


The two Taiwanese companies have today approved the second stage of their merger which, when complete, will see the country’s largest solar company formed. A shareholders meeting will be held in February to finalize the...

EU solar industry calls for action against retroactive subsidy changes

Czech solar photovoltaic installation

Over 70 solar companies and associations have written an open letter to European Energy Commissioner, Günther Oettinger, calling for action to be taken against those member states which introduce retroactive changes to renewable...

BYD announces 110 MW PV module supply deal with South Africa

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BYD Company Limited has said it will supply 110 MW worth of photovoltaic modules to two projects in South Africa.

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