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United PV considering Yingli debt assistance

Yingli solar production.

Chinese state-owned solar operator tells Bloomberg that it may co-operate with other government-controlled companies to assuage Yingli's current debt burden.

Wacker, unnamed solar company cancel supply contract

Wacker Chemie polysilicon

German polysilicon supplier Wacker Chemie has cancelled a "contractual and delivery" relationship with a solar customer. After retaining prepayments and receiving financial compensation for the contract's termination, Wacker...

Turkey approves a further 302 MW in PV projects

After awarding 228 MW of PV projects in January, Turkey approved a further 302 MW last week, thus paving the way for the first utility-scale solar installations in the country. The key question now concerns the realization of the...

From the Mag: a selection of stories from the May issue

Storm damage in NYC after hurricane sandy: extreme weather events are increasing in regularity, prompting demand for solar-backed microgrids, such as SolarCity's GridLogic.

pv magazine's May edition assesses the current solar climate in Indonesia, gets technical at China's smartest large-scale PV plant, and examines how SolarCity's new microgrid has already found an enrapt audience.

Etrion secures PPA for Salvador project amid volatile spot prices; records Q1 net loss

Etrion has secured a power purchase agreement (PPA) for its 70 MW Chilean PV plant. It currently sells the generated electricity on the spot market, however market prices have been "volatile" over the past few months. The company...

SunEdison to develop further 86 MW of PV in South Africa

SunEdison Inc. has been awarded a contract to develop an 86 MW photovoltaic plant in South Africa's Northern Cape Province.

IHS: Module gross profits to double in 2015

PV module manufacturing.

Gross profits for PV module producers will top US$5 billion in 2015, more than doubling on 2014 results. This is the prediction of industry analysts IHS, which attributed the growing profits a 30% increase in end demand.

Trina to build major new production facility in Thailand

Trina Solar cell operations

Trina Solar has announced its intention to construct a 700 MW cell and 500 MW module production facility in Thailand. Trina will invest US$160m on the factory building and tooling, with production at the site set to commence in...

Inside the First Solar and Von Ardenne partnership

Von Ardenne HQ

Last week First Solar publically recognized Von Ardenne for its "valued project execution and collaborative innovation." The move was particularly significant as it put on the public record the long-standing collaboration between...

Storage insiders tepid on Tesla's new battery system

The Tesla Powerwall

Tesla presented its new battery power-storage system last week in California. The sensational low price of the system does not yet have the competition shaking in their boots; not officially, at least. On the contrary, whether...

Enphase posts Q1 Y-O-Y revenue growth of 50%

Micro inverter from Enphase.

Microinverter specialist reports first quarter revenue of $86.7 million, shipping 162 MW of micro inverters, an increase of 74%.

SunEdison launches US PPA, announces new partnership & acquisition

U.S. city installation.

The U.S. renewable energy developer is to rollout its residential PPA across states. Company acquires LightWing and announces partnership with Evolve Solar.

Lightsource announces introducer incentive for UK solar sites

UK solar park from Lightsource.

The leading British solar developer to offer up to $60,000 per MW for introduced sites eligible for large-scale PV development.

100 MW PV plant grid connected in Pakistan

The first 100 MWp phase of a 1 GWp solar PV park has been grid connected today in the Punjab province of Pakistan.

Finavera makes solar debut with Solar Alliance acquisition

Finavera Wind Energy Inc. has signed a Share Purchase Agreement to acquire 100% of Solar Alliance of America, Inc. The company is looking to capitalize on the residential solar market potential in the U.S.

Global inverter market shrinks 4%, Asian suppliers gaining, says IHS

SMA service.

Intense price competition drove the inverter market down 4% to $6.6bn in 2014 as global demand continued its shift eastwards towards Asian markets.

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