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SMA secures net metering authorization in Chile

Chile's Parinacota Volcano.

German company becomes first inverter supplier to be authorized to participate in the country's recently introduced net metering program.


Phoenix Solar extends financing deal despite lower revenue, earnings forecast

Phoenix Solar 3.5 MW plant, Saudi Arabia

The publicly listed German PV system integrator has again revised its revenue and earnings forecast downward but offers a positive outlook for 2015 based on orders received. CEO Bernd Köhler has announced he will exit the company...


China best country for clean energy investment, study finds

20 MW solar installation, China.

Joint research by Climatescope and UK Department for International Development ranks China as the best country in which to invest in clean technology.


SunPower to build 160 MW panel fab in South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa

SunPower will manufacture high-efficiency solar panels at the new facility, which will also house its EPC and O&M offices, consolidating its South African operations under one roof.


Europe on BEST PATH to developing high-capacity transmission networks

Transmission tower, Germany

Backed by the European Commission and coordinated by Spanish TSO Red Eléctrica de España, the aproject aims to provide vital


Kyocera signs deal for solar-powered smartphone technology

Sunpartner's Wysips technology.

The Japanese electrical giant has entered into a technical and marketing partnership with Sunpartner, which has developed the Wysips Crystal technology for touch screens.


Chinese joint venture fuels REC Silicon's third-quarter profit

REC Silicon facility in Moses Lake, Washington

The Washington-based Norwegian group recorded a dramatic hike in profit due to the sale of its silane based FBR-B technology to its Yulin joint venture in China. The company is also working with the U.S. government to resolve the...


Aside from problems with Russia, Ukraine offers top conditions for PV

Activ Solar installation, Bolhrad, Ukraine

Ukraine has emerged as an ambiguous destination for PV. It provides some eye-catching tariffs and boasts very good solar irradiation. If only political risks did not exist.


ABB supplies inverter solutions to 146.4 MW solar project in Honduras

Town in Valle, Honduras.

The power and automation company will deliver 52 of its 2 MW inverter stations, alongside medium voltage stations and string monitoring junction boxes to what will be one of Latin America's largest PV plants.


German wholesaler Energiebau files for insolvency

Energiebau Managing Director Michael Shepherd

The Cologne District Court has ordered the opening of preliminary insolvency proceedings for the photovoltaic wholesaler. The provisional administrator is reviewing the state of the company. The management is eager to find a...


Germany: PV growth drops to lowest level since February 2011

SunEnergy 31.5 MW PV park, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

The demand for photovoltaic systems in Germany reached a new low in September with 110 MW. Nevertheless, solar subsidies continue to decrease. November feed-in tariff rates for rooftop systems up to 500 kW range between 10.98 and...


UK: DECC community solar backing prompts STA 10 commitments amendment

Westmill community solar park.

Voluntary agreement by the Department of Energy and Climate Change to explore opportunities for community-backed solar farms triggers revision of STA's solar commitments.


Chinese PV glass maker sets up shop in Dubai

Chang Zhou Almaden Chairman Jinxi Lin and Mohammad Alzarooni, vice chairman and CEO of the Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority.

Chang Zhou Almaden will open its new $30 million PV glass factory and training center in the emirate, where it plans to produce up to 400,000 PV panels annually.


Round-the-world solar flight taxiing towards take off

The Si2 in its Payenne hangar.

The Solar Impulse story will enter its second chapter in March next year as it attempts to circumnavigate the globe using only the power of the sun.


Inside ABB's Power-One acquisition

An ABB building.

It has been approximately 18 months since ABB's billion-dollar acquisition of inverter supplier Power-One was first announced. ABB displayed its full solar product range at the SPI show last week in Las Vegas. Paolo Casini, vice...


IEA review highlights Morocco's progress towards energy transition

Morocco CSP project, Ouarzazate

The country is aiming to install 2 GW of solar power by 2020. In the past two decades, the country has increased the access to electricity among its population from 18% to 98%.


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