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LG Electronics expands production capacity

LG Electronics plant, Gumi, South Korea

The electronics giant is revamping production for a new PV module design and expanding capacity. LG Electronics' total capacity is expected to reach 600 MW by the end of 2015.


Solar maintenance takes the stage at Solar O&M Conference

Solar PV installation in North America.

U.S. commercial solar industry draws criticism for poor O&M record at the show as discussions center on need for systematic and standardized approach.


NRG acquires Roof Diagnostics Solar

US

NRG Energy has bought Roof Diagnostics Solar (RDS) for an undisclosed amount.


Komax sells off part of its solar business

Komax stringing process.

The Swiss technology company yesterday announced that its Chinese partner Yingkou Jinchen will acquire 51% of its solar stake.


Renewable energy milestones reported in UK and California

Walmart solar installation, California.

Californian utility PG&E sourced 22.5% of its power from renewable sources in 2013, while the average U.K. share hit a record 13.8%.


China Electric Equipment Group looks to buy Sunergy Shanghai

China

China Electric Equipment Group has agreed to buy Sunergy Shanghai from China Sunergy in a deal worth $37.7 million (RMB 231.2 million).


RENA begins self-administration insolvency

Wafer processing.

The German chemicals specialist has begun insolvency proceedings after failing to settle the debts of its subsidiary, SH+E.


SMA suffers 36% sales drop in 2013

SMA CEO Pierre-Pascal Urbon

Despite retaining its position as the world's leading inverter company with 5.4 GW sold, SMA suffered a sales horror-show last year in the wake of European PV contraction.


German economics minister seeks PV self-consumption readjustment

Sigmar Gabriel.

Sigmar Gabriel responds to criticism from within the ranks three states demand the industry remains exempt from EEG reallocation charge.


Module reliability more important than cost, say solar customers

Bosch module factory.

Survey by IHS reveals 99% of respondents believe reliability to be the most important module feature, beating out high quality and low price.


India considers new PV support scheme for state-owned companies

MNRE representatives inspect a PV installation in India.

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy may introduce a separate scheme for Public Sector Undertakings.


California calls for large-scale energy storage

Opening session, Energy Storage trade fair, Düsseldorf.

The Energy Storage trade fair in Düsseldorf begins with a rousing call from California for more energy storage solutions.


NEC snaps up grid-scale battery business

Storage battery system.

The Japanese company has purchased A123 Energy Solutions from China's Wanxiang Group for a reported $100 million.


Chinese PV exports to Europe fell 62% in 2013

China flag.

Figures from the China Chamber of Commerce confirm China-European business revenues down by $3.7bn last year.


Panasonic develops stand-alone PV power system

Pansonic's Power Supply Container.

The company’s Power Supply Container generates and stores solar energy, and is ideal for for rural off-grid areas.


BNEF promotes CSUN to Tier 1 supplier status

CSUN's Turkey production facility.

The Bloomberg New Energy Finance tiering system for PV module makers ranks producers based on bankability and assistance given to developers and EPCs.


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