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Obama to lay down solar challenge to US companies

Obama at Nellis Airforce base.

A forthcoming Solar Summit hosted by the White House will outline government support for solar initiatives, including a $15 million PV pathway fund.


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SunEdison signs Korean cell purchase deal

A SunEdison solar installation.

The US wafer maker will supply the materials for Shinsung Solar Energy to make 600 MW of high efficiency cells to be sold back to the Californian developer. The companies have signed a three-year deal.


US, India fail to reach agreement

AEG manufacturing in India.

The two countries are on the verge of a WTO dispute over Indian domestic content requirements. The US will reportedly make a decision once details of the next batch of the National Solar Mission are released.


Manz acquires KEMET mechanical engineering division

Manz HQ in Reutlingen, Germany

Germany-based Manz has acquired Kemet Electronic Italy. Approval for the transaction was granted by the Italian trades union and the supervisory bodies of both companies. Financial details for the move have been not published.


Schneider Electric to establish inverter fab in Russia

Angarsk Railway Station, Russia

In addition to a planned fab in Siberia, Schneider and Avelar Energy will also partner on an engineering center in Russia, which will focus on inverter maintainance.


String inverters see increasing use in megawatt-scale PV projects

IHS PV Inverter survey chart

A new IHS report shows string inverters are gaining in popularity. Chinese products and microinverters are also winning over ever more customers.


Mexican president inaugurates one of Latin America's largest solar farms

Mexico

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto dedicated the 39 MW Aura Solar I farm on 26 March. The plant is slated to produce 82 GWh per year, which should fulfill the energy needs of 65% of the households in the city of La Paz.


JinkoSolar secures $39 million loan from China Development Bank

Xinjiang Province, China

The credit line will bankroll two PV projects with a combined capacity of 35 MW that have already gone online.


Solar Frontier sets thin-film PV world record with 20.9% CIS cell

Solar Frontier plant

Germany's Fraunhofer Institute has verified the new CIS conversion efficiency breakthrough, achieved at the Atsugi Research Center (ARC) in Kanagawa, Japan.


New York's Long Island to add 100 MW of solar generation

Brooklyn Bridge, New York City

As part of a new auction, PSEG Long Island has set the final bid price of $0.1688 per kilowatt hour for PV systems of various sizes that are expected to be constructed across Long Island.


Romania adds 850 MW in past eight months despite incentive cuts

Romania 50 kW PV installation

The country is also increasingly working with Turkey on a number of ambitious energy projects, including a plans to build 1 GW of capacity and a 450-kilometer-long submarine electricity line connecting the two countries.


German equipment manufacturers expect sales increase of more than 25%

Stringer system, Teamtechnik

Germany's PV equipment and plant manufacturers are cautiously optimistic and expecting a 25 percent increase in revenue this year despite lacking a plan to ensure their competitiveness in the medium term.


German conference to showcase latest in energy storage, electromobility

BMWi production in Leipzig

The 14th UECT international conference in Ulm will also highlight the boom in electric vehicles. A new report shows the number of electric cars has risen to 400,00 worldwide.


Italy helps Egypt develop solar power

As part of the two countries' cooperation on environmental protection and sustainable development, Italy is providing aid for the development of solar facilities in El Fayoum.


Capital Stage posts 54% boost, forecasts sunny future

Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, Languedoc-Roussillon, France

The Hamburg-based renewable energy group has expanded its investor base and moved into France, where it has made its biggest ever investment in four solar farms with a combined output of 40 MW.


LDK Solar delisted from New York Stock Exchange

LDK Solar HQ, China.

Having warned last week that the Chinese solar company's status was under review, the NYSE yesterday determined that LDK was no longer suitable for listing.


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