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1366 achieves 18% efficiency with PERC technology

The kerfless wafer maker has announced both efficiency improvements and operational milestones in advance of the launch of its first mass production facility.


Panel installation begins on Washington DC universities' 52 MW solar project

Washington University.

SunEnergy1 has begun installing JinkoSolar panels at the Duke Energy Renewables solar project in North Carolina, which will feed solar power to three Washington, D.C., universities.


German renewable energy levy to fall for first time

Berlin, Germany

For the first time since its introduction, the German renewable energy levy will not increase year over year but instead decline, albeit by only 0.07 eurocents to 6.17 eurocents per kilowatt hour.


MVV Energie acquires 50.1% of Germany's Juwi

Juwi headquarters PV rooftop

The regional German utility says the Juwi acquisition will result in a partnership to expand renewable energy. The deal remains conditional on the successful implementation of Juwi's restructuring.


8minutenergy secures approval for 135 MW projects in California

Kern County, California.

The solar developer's Redwood Solar Farm projects have been granted Conditional Use Permits by the Kern County Board of Supervisors.


Energy storage dominates Solar Energy UK

Solar Energy UK 2014 discussion

Energy storage took center stage at Solar Energy UK in Birmingham, Enlgand, on Wednesday. While the sector is in agreement about its vital role in the furthe development of renewables, the U.K. government is not doing enough to...


SPI: 600 exhibitors and 15,000 visitors expected

The SPI logo.

Solar Power International (SPI) organizers SEPA and SEIA have released some key info about the forthcoming trade show. With the show set to cover some 200,000 square feet (61,000 square meters) a key piece of advice from the...


Solarcentury's new 48 MW solar farm pledges higher environmental standards

Sheep at a solar farm in England.

Southwick solar farm in southern England will pioneer a carbon-friendly construction process, right down to recycling food waste in the installers' onsite canteen.


US residential demand approaching 1 GW a year

Arizona residential solar

Residential demand in the United States is increasing as PV systems become increasingly attractive across more states and falling prices drive denmand growth, NPD Solarbuzz reports.


Xinyu Xinwei New Energy announces 50 MW solar projects in Inner Mongolia

Inner Mongolia

The subsidiary of SPI Solar will augment its presence in China, breaking ground for the first time in the Inner Mongolia region with a 20 MW plant. A 30 MW plant is penciled in to follow.


Clean energy investment set to grow following robust third quarter

Glasspoint Solar-PDO project, Oman

The solar sector accounted for 25% of total clean energy venture capital and private equity investment in the third quarter. Notable solar deals included the $110 million secured by Sunnova and GlassPoint Solar, which received...


Blue chip companies in US increase PV deployment by 28%

Walmart rooftop array.

The leading 25 companies with solar installed have deployed 569 MW of PV capacity across the U.S., according to a recent SEIA report.


Canadian Solar signs 146.4 MW module deal in Honduras

Tegucigalpa, Honduras

The Ontario-based module manufacturer continues to expand its operations in Latin America with two projects in the Central American nation of Honduras.


Nine out of 10 Australian households consider switch to solar

Residential rooftop solar array, Perth, Australia

Financial considerations are driving solar installations in Australia, according to a new survey by Ernst & Young, which found that 70% of people who had already installed PV systems did so for financial reasons.


Trina's Honey sets new P-type mono module record

Trina's Honey module.

Trina Solar's Honey module has set a new P-type mono record, achieving a peak power of 335.2 W with a 60 cell module. It beats its earlier record achieved earlier this year.


Polysilicon capacity expansions to pick up speed in 2015

GTM Research's latest report predicts that 130,000 metric tons of annual polysilicon capacity will come online in 2015 and 2016, which could create an oversupply situation again in 2016.


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