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Suntech to upgrade entire production to four busbar modules

Suntech 4-busbar module

Ranked as a top tier module by Germany's VDE Institute, Suntech's four busbar module generates more power and offers increased efficiency.


Green Charge, Itochu sign global sales deal for smart storage solutions

Green Charge Networks smart storage unit

Japan's third largest trading house will distribute, supply and procure Green Charge Networks' storage solutions internationally.


Natcore Technology, Eurotron sign joint development deal

Natcore technicians operating the screen printer to apply grid and back contacts to test solar cells.

The U.S. company says the partnership is designed to hasten commercial integration of its technologies into solar modules.


aleo solar, GreenIndusTree partner in Pakistan

Installers in Lahore, Pakistan, part of the GreenIndusTree-aleo solar project

"The current solar projects are just the beginning," says aleo solar Managing Director Günter Schulze. "Together, we are aiming to provide many more people with environmentally friendly energy in the area."


SPI to develop 100 MW in Panama

Panama City

The Chinese solar group is partnering with Greek company SDL Solar in the Central American country and expanding its footprint in Latin America with a deal to develop more than 100 MW of solar projects.


France approves environmental law for commercial rooftops

A green roof at the Historial de la Vendee museum in Les-Lucs-sur-Boulogne, France.

New buildings in commercial zones across France will have to install either solar PV systems or plant vegetation. Green roofs are becoming increasingly popular around the wolrd.


Australia's first redeployable large-scale hybrid PV plant up and running in one week

ARENA illustration: redeployable solar-diesel hybrid plant

Construction group Laing O'Rourke has erected the first large-scale solar-diesel hybrid power plant in regional Queensland. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency describes the plant as a "versatile alternative to diesel powered...


Energy Union: Germany, Norway to link grids

ABB map of Norwegian, German power grid interconnection

The NordLink project will be Europe's longest HVDC power grid interconnection, enabling the transmission of 1.4 GW of renewable energy. ABB has won the $900 million order to connect the nations' grids.


Hanergy targets homeowners with residential thin-film products

Hanergy flagship stores in Chengdu, China

The move comes as Chinese PV group seeks to diversify sales -- in 2013 and 2012, its parent company was its sole source of revenue.


Suntech strengthens South Africa presence with new storage warehouse

Cape Town.

Facility will hold 500 kW of modules initially, rising to 1 MW later this year as the Chinese solar company ups its presence in sub-Saharan Africa.


African Development Bank supports off-grid solar-hybrid systems in Tanzania

Tanzania school

The development bank has provided a grant of $420,000 to support technical development, due diligence and advisory systems in the country.


Global EV market reaches 740,000 cars, new study finds

BMW i3 production.

Analysis by the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research (ZSW) reveals 320,000 new electric vehicle registrations in 2014 as car battery suppliers hit $2.17 billion in revenue.


IHS: Global single-axis tracker revenues to reach $2 billion in 2019

Exosun solar trackers

In 2015 single-axis tracker installations will exceed fixed-tilt installations in the Americas for the first time, according to the research group.


Kyocera expands storage offering in Germany

Kyocera facility

The leading Japanese battery provider is teaming up with domestic players Energetik and Solare Datensysteme to launch a new residential energy storage solution in Germany.


Enel breaks ground on 230 MW of South African projects

The Limpopo region of South Africa.

Italian developer has started work on three of the four solar projects awarded it under a 2013 tender. Work is proceeding despite the struggles of utility Eskom to accommodate new projects in its grid.


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