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German court opens insolvency proceedings against Photon Holding

Photon cover

The District Court of Aachen has opened the main insolvency proceedings against the group due to its inability to meet its liabilities. Preliminary proceedings began in June at the request of a creditor.


SunPower breaks ground on 135 MW Quinto Solar Project

California Valley Solar Ranch in San Luis Obispo County.

CEO Tom Werner says SunPower's ownership strategy provides it with a return on investment from its technology while reducing the risk to potential buyers if it later sells the plant.


PV more profitable than onshore wind in Germany

Fraunhofer ISI, Karlsruhe, Germany

Although PV installations in Germany produce less electricity than onshore wind installations, they generate "significantly higher profits," according to a new report by the Fraunhofer Institute.


Shin-Etsu Chemical to license cell manufacturing technology

Shin-Etsu Gunma Complex, Isobe Plant, Japan

The Japanese company has established a mass production process for 156 by 156 mm solar cell products that have a conversion efficiency of 21%.


US army adds small businesses to $7 billion renewable energy contract

PV installation, Fort Bliss, Texas

The Army's $7 billion Multiple Award Task Order Contract (MATOC) is aimed at power purchase agreements involving renewable or alternative energy projects greater than 10 MW.


First Solar signs 100 MW deal with Japan's XSOL

Mount Fuji, Japan

The deal follows First Solar's move last year to invest $100 million in mega solar projects in the country. The XSOL agreement will also supply smaller-scale installations.


SunPower can access another $44.5 million for solar leases

A SunPower residential solar installation.

U.S. vertically integrated manufacturer SunPower has closed an agreement to finance $44.5 million of its solar leases. Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital (HASI) is providing the capital.


SolarWorld increases first half revenue by modest 13%

SolarWorld installation, Germany.

SolarWorld AG's preliminary business results for the first half of 2014 also reveal solid growth in module sales but below-par sales of complete systems.


GCL-Poly expects $103m first half 2014 profit

GCL-Poly production facility.

Chinese polysilicon suppliers issue positive profit alert after analysis of preliminary management accounts for first six months of 2014.


Comtec Solar to double Malaysian production capacity

Wafer production.

The Chinese wafer producers will expand capacity at their Sarawak plant from 300 to 600 MW as the company finalizes two supply deals with U.S. companies.


UK: Wind could decide future of utility-scale solar, says IHS

Wind farm, U.K.

Under the new CfD scheme, solar plants over 5 MW could enjoy an early advantage while the ROC is still applicable for onshore wind projects.


Industry responds to US anti-dumping ruling

Chinese cell manufacturing.

Steep duties imposed by the Department of Commerce criticized by both CASE and SEIA, but SolarWorld applauds decision to 'level the domestic playing field'.


Saft wins Hawaiian battery supply deal

Saft batteries.

French battery maker Saft has secured a 'multi million dollar' battery supply deal in Hawaii. The energy storage system will be used as part of the 12 MW solar park being built at Anahola.


UK cap on renewable subsidies harms solar, says industry

Tillhouse solar farm, England.

The £200m subsidy ceiling announced today amounts to a large reduction in support for large-scale solar, says the U.K.'s solar industry.


SolarWorld merges German operations

SolarWorld facility, Freiberg, Saxony, Germany

The German group is bundling its operations in the state of Saxony to create a centralized production chain in Freiberg, which is celebrating 20 years of solar production next month.


REC Solar achieves $16.2 million second-quarter profit

REC Solar facility, Singapore

While Europe remains the company's No. 1 market, it sees great potential in the U.S., where it recently signed a major supply deal with leading solar provider SolarCity.


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