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Suncrest Solar residential installation

It was another week characterized by new deals, developments and dynamism in the global solar sector, with new projects underway in Africa, a controversial plan to form an 'Energy Union' in Europe, major commercial and political...


BYD to bet on dual-glass modules

BYD e-car.

Chinese battery, e-mobility and solar manufacturer BYD is set to bet on the glass-glass module as it expands its panel-manufacturing operations. Tom Zhao, BYD Company's General Manager of Global Solar Sales, says that the cost...


Indonesian government continuing $55m renewable program

Archipelago nation to reopen bids for $55 million of renewable energy projects including 86 small solar arrays.


IHS: Quarterly module revenues reach $5.9 billion

Trina module production.

Global PV module revenues from leading suppliers reached a three-year high in Q4 2014, according to data published by market analysts IHS today. Total shipments reached US$5.9 billion, the highest since Q3 2011.


Mammoth Desert Sunlight solar farm begins commercial operation

Secretary Sally Jewell flips the switch at the 550-megawatt Desert Sunlight Solar Farm in Desert Center, Riverside County, California.

The 550 MW project, which uses First Solar's thin-film modules, was inaugurated yesterday during gathering of 150 federal, state and local officials.


Gintech explores merger and relocation opportunities in light of US tariffs

Gintech's Taiwan factory.

The Taiwanese solar cell manufacturer may merge its operation or seek to relocate as the company aims to stay competitive in face of stinging US tariffs.


Duke Energy acquires large stake in REC Solar

Duke Energy at work.

The US utility has snapped up a majority share of REC Solar's commercial business, confirms it will invest $225 million in commercial projects.


NEXTracker doubles manufacturing capacity, raises $25m in financing

SunEdison utility-scale PV plant.

The US tracker company announces funding benchmark on back of growth that saw manufacturing capacity double.


Singulus begins production on CIGS tool order

Singulus HQ.

The German equipment supplier confirms delivery of the $22.5 million order will take place in the current business year.


Inside ABB: PRO-33 global rollout a symbol of Power-One integration

Otto Preiss, ABB.

This month, ABB will roll out its PRO-33 string inverter globally, in what it says is an important indication of Power-One's successful integration into the global company.


Swinerton lands contract for 104 MW Red Hills solar plant in Utah

Red Hills

The U.S. renewable energy developer will begin work on the installation towards the end of this year having been awarded the contract by Scatec Solar.


US: solar could disrupt shale revolution, study finds

Grid power lines, denver.

Report by energy research company Wood Mackenzie points to solar as the one technology with the capacity to transform energy markets in same way shale did.


UK investors await CfD auction results

Ed Davey with Nick Clegg, deputy PM.

First bids for the controversial new renewables subsidy scheme received. Successful applicants to be identified on Feb 20.


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Obama lends a hand, Germany shows its hand, oil's price volatility gets out of hand, and it's all hands on deck as pv magazine's web servers go awol: welcome to our latest weekly news digest.


First Solar raises bar for CdTe with 21.5% efficiency record

First Solar CdTe.

The new record for cadmium-telluride cell conversion efficiency certified at the Newport Corporation's Technology and Applications Center lab boosts First Solar's research roadmap.


Hanwha SolarOne acquisition of Hanwha Q Cells completed

Germany Hanwha Q Cells HQ.

Merger announced in December finalized today as Hanwha SolarOne completes 100% purchase of outstanding share capital of Hanwha Q Cells.


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