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Solar industry is always aiming for larger, bigger, more ambitious. Will it lead to new achievements or greater disappointments?

“Large” – the word that dominates in the solar news this week. Large projects, storage systems and hopes. What would Sigmund say?

Solar shades for California school district

The flag of California.

First phase of Cupertino's 6 MW multi-site project is complete.

Call for tougher solar module standards

Solar module inspection.

Wide disparity between reliability expectations and performance.

China Sunergy opens PV module factory in Turkey

turkish solar plant

China Sunergy Co. (CSUN) has opened a photovoltaic module manufacturing plant in the Trade Free Zone of Tuzla, in the outskirts of Istanbul, Turkey.

Swiss giant ABB expands inverter production in South Africa

ABB Building

ABB is expanding operations in South Africa’s booming photovoltaic market with plans for a new inverter production line with a capacity of 500 MW a year.

Georgia Power hauled over coals for lack of solar

Georgia Power

Solar power advocates in the U.S. state of Georgia are pressuring the Georgia Power utility to expand its use of solar energy.

Los Angeles unveils 350 MW solar program

Los Angeles LADWP California

Los Angeles is moving forward with two major new projects that will offer California’s sprawling metropolis a combined 350 MW of solar power utilizing a combination of feed-in-tariff (FiT) and request for proposal (RFP) pricing...

Centrosolar shareholders approve debt-for-equity swap


Centrosolar sharholders have approved a debt-for-equity plan that will drastically reduce debt by swapping outstanding liabilities for 5.5 million new company shares as part of a restructuring plan.

Minnesota bill aims for 450 MW of solar by 2020

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The U.S. state of Minnesota has passed a bill that could significantly expand the region's solar sector and lead to more than 450 MW of solar power by the end of the decade.

Japan to offer loans for rooftop PV generation

Japan NexPower solar photovoltaic residential

In its efforts to boost solar power in the country, the Japanese government is set to offer low-interest loans to companies that install rooftop solar power systems.

[UPDATE] SEIA calls for multilateral efforts to solve dispute with China

John Smirnow, SEIA VP

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is calling for multilateral trade negotiations between the U.S., the European Union and China in an effort to stave off an all-out trade war.

Centrosolar bond holders approve conversion deal

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Centrosolar Group AG’s creditors have overwhelmingly agreed to swap outstanding debt from a €50 million bond for 5.5 million newly issued shares in the German PV company.

Lux Research sees doubling of PV market up to 2018

Boston based analysts Lux Research has announced that the solar sector is on the recovery path, set to reach a worth of US$155 billion in 2018. The industry is expected to ramp up rapidly to 61.7 GW market size in 2018 after...

Power-One shareholders sue ABB

Swiss power and automation technologies giant ABB announced on April 22 the acquisition of inverter manufacturer U.S. Power-One. But shareholders of the American company are claiming that the US$1 billion sale price is too low....

China waits on EU verdict

A satellite image of China.

China to wait on EU solar panel anti-dumping decision before announcing results of its own probe into polysilicon imports.

Siemens study shows Europe can save billions in renewables pursuit

Power generation solutions provider Siemens has released a study analyzing electrical power producing systems, especially renewable power plants, in Europe, and has identified the potential for optimization. Project siting has...

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