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German official: Bids for ground-mounted installations at 9-10 eurocents

PV plant, Fuerstenwalde, Germany

Speaking at an event hosted by the German Engineering Association, Rainer Baake , state secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, confirmed for the first time the prices for the new pilot tenders for...


Trina sets new efficiency record for multi-crystalline silicon modules

Trina Solar module production

The latest achievement marks the first time that a multi-crystalline Silicon PV module has reached an efficiency higher than 19%. Trina's multi-crystalline Honey Plus solar cells, the brand name for the company's PERC solar...


Kingspan launches US solar energy company

Kingspan Energy PV project

The Irish group has expanded to the U.S. market, launching solar energy solutions provider Kingspan Energy, which will focus on 150 kW to 5 MW PV installations for the commercial and public sectors.


IUSASol taps IdeemaTec trackers for 21 MW project in Mexico

IUSASol's 21 MW of PV farms in Jocotitlán, Mexico.

The German company says its single line tracker design with no connections between rows are the perfect solution for the non-rectangular and hilly fields common in Mexico.


The pv magazine weekly news digest

SolarCity PV installation

SolarCity invests big in commercial rooftops, Tesla teases its new solar battery and SPI takes o a major stake in ZBB Energy while while China is now on track to hit 20 GW this year: pv magazine sums up the week’s news.


Singulus launches financial and strategic restructuring

A piece of solar equipment.

Given the big losses it occurred in 2014, equipment supplier Singulus is accelerating its shift in strategy and offering a debt-for-shares swap to bond holders. The measures are on the back of more than $50 million in losses in...


Beyond the grid

Calgro M3's first commercially operated off-grid cemetery in Nasrec near Soweto, South Africa.

pv magazine's weekly round-up of the global off-grid sector. Rockefeller funds Indian offgrid array, portable offgrid array launched, and Azuri partners with government in Ghana.


Masdar launches UAE's first independent solar testing and R&D lab

Masdar PV plant, Abu Dhabi

The Masdar Solar Hub will serve as a platform to test solar energy systems and deliver new innovative technologies to market.


IHS finds Chinese module suppliers dominate market

Trina cell production

New data from IHS reveals that Chinese modules suppliers Trina, Yingli, Canadian and Jinko dominate the top of module supplier rankings for 2014, with Hanwha Q Cells the only non-Chinese firm in the top five. The top 10 suppliers...


Update: SPI buys stake in ZBB ahead of storage deal

ZBB Energy Corp. headquarters

As part of a supply agreement valued at between $80 million and $120 million, SPI will integrate ZBB Energy's advanced energy storage systems in its PV solutions for solar markets around the globe. The Chinese solar developer...


Pakistan's Parliament House goes solar

The Pakistani Parliament House

The 1 MW system employing Yingli solar modules was fully financed by China. Chinese President Xi Jinping was in Islamabad this week for the PV array's innauguration. News of the new installation comes amidst reports that the...


Tesla to announce home and utility-scale battery next week

Elon Musk of Tesla Motors.

Company sets April 30 date for unveiling, widely believed to be a new home battery and one for utility scale, to be produced at company’s new gigafactory.


Investment in smart grid, storage sectors soars

Smart grid meter, SIGFOX

The smart grid sector raised $185 million in the first quarter, a dramatic increase from $59 million it received from 13 investment deals in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to a new report by Mercom Capital.


Utilities in New Jersey pursue 80 MW of solar approvals

New Jersey road sign.

Atlantic City Electric, Jersey Central Power & Light and Rockland Electric Company seeking proposals for solar PV projects in order to secure Solar Renewable Energy Certificates.


Meyer Burger reaches settlement agreement with GT Advanced Technologies

Meyer Burger

GTAT has agreed to recognize the company's $35 million claim and assume ownership of equipment it had ordered before a soured deal with Apple allegedly forced it into bankruptcy.


A flood of bids in Germany's first round of PV tenders

The German flag

German authorities have reported 170 bids in the country's first call for tenders. The 150 MW tender volume was oversubscribed many times over. The contract awards will be announced within the next few days.


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