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Hanwha SolarOne cuts second-quarter loss, boosts module shipments

Isle of Wight Wellow 5 MW PV installation

Japan accounted for 53% of the company's module shipments in the quarter. The U.S. became its second-largest market, reversing positions with the U.K.


Second solar crowd-funding platform launches

Rooftop solar installation.

South Carolina-based Palmetto Group launches online investment platform that enables individuals and companies to invest in solar power projects across the U.S.


China to close polysilicon import loophole from September

Polysilicon during production.

As the U.S.-China trade war trundles on, China's Ministry of Commerce has said that it will seek to close a loophole that permits duty-free polysilicon from the U.S., EU and South Korea.


Centrotherm posts strong first-half revenue, forecasts difficult second half

centrotherm HQ, Blaubeuren.

Revenue hits $104 million in the first half of 2014, largely driven by centrotherm's polysilicon factory in Qatar. Board anticipates tough market environment for second half.


Applied Materials' EES revenues suggest very modest recovery in PV equipment industry

A year-over-year doubling in revenues in the company's PV equipment division still leaves EES far below volumes in 2010 and 2011. The division returned to profitability in the previous quarter.


NRG to acquire mobile solar startup Goal Zero

Goal Zero product

The U.S. energy group is taking a bold step into the mobile solar business with the purchase of the Utah-based maker of personal solar products.


Zhenfa to buy 51% stake in STR Holdings

Zhenfa 50 MW PV plant, Golmud, Qinghai, China

The acquisition will give the U.S. encapsulant manufacturer a major beachhead in China's growing PV market. For STR shareholdders, the deal could mean a $22.6 million dividend windfall.


CBD Energy acquires 30% stake in Environmental Engineering

Bangkok, Thailand

The deal provides the Australian company with a beachhead in the growing Thai market and an additional 100 MW pipeline. Environmental Engineering in turn has the right to use the Westinghouse Solar brand.


Italy FiT cuts legally questionable, says McDermott Will & Emery

Belectric PV park, Italy

Owners of PV plants bigger than 900 kW face minimum losses of about 8% as a result of new legislation passed by the Italian government last week.


Mounting Systems: Back on track with new investor

Mounting Systems Managing Director Stefan Spork

Interview: pv magazine speaks with Mounting Systems Managing Director Stefan Spork about the company's new ownership structure and its continuing internationalization strategy.


Brits in thrall to solar as PV tops power desirability chart

Solar rooftop installation.

U.K.'s Department of Energy and Climate Change public opinion tracker finds support for solar stands at 82% while backing for fracking wanes.


Wirsol Solar UK renamed Conergy West Sussex

Wirsol PV array, Jaguar Land Rover, Coventry, England

Originally part of the now defunct German group Wirsol, the British unit was acquired by Conergy in January. Robert Goss will now head both Conergy subsidiaries in the U.K.


JinkoSolar to build 500 MW PV project in Zhejiang, China

The Chinese city of Lishui in Zhejiang Province

The ambitious $813 million, five-year project in the city of Lishui will include both distributed and ground-mounted installations. The company aims to build up to 100 MW of capacity a year.


Enphase Energy, Vivint Solar sign three-year supply deal

Enphase microinverter

The companies have extended their existing inverter supply agreement aimed at the U.S. residential solar rooftop segment.


Abengoa boosts net profit as operations expand in North America

Abengoa 280 MW Solana CSP plant, Arizona

The Spanish group continued its global diversification in the first half of 2014, achieving 39% of its revenue from North America and 25% from South America.


AEG Power Solutions narrows second-quarter loss

AEG Power Solutions PV installation

The sale of skytron and its Indian subsidiary is expected to improve the Netherlands-based power electronics systems provider's operations as it focuses on its core businesses.


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