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UK almost doubles PV capacity in 12 months

Solar installation, England.

Data from DECC reveals U.K. ended 2014 with 5 GW of cumulative solar capacity, having ended 2013 with just shy of 2.8 GW installed.


Copper for silver cell swap expected to be commercialized "sooner" than expected

imec's 23.3 percent efficient interdigitated back-contact silicon solar cell.

Imec and Kaneka have developed a silver-free heterojunction silicon solar cell, with a conversion efficiency of over 21 percent. Imec speaks to pv magazine about the achievement and states that the use of copper in commercial...


1.2 MW South African PV project completed

AUO almost 5 MW solar photovoltaic park, UK

AUO Optronics and utility company Eksom have completed a 1.2 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic project in South Africa. It is said to be the first system of its kind in the country.


Emerging markets pushing renewable energy investment

Ukraine 80 MW solar photovoltaic park by Active Solar

2011 may well have been characterized by a number of controversial issues, including declining module prices, insolvencies, production cutbacks, consolidation, the Fukushima nuclear disaster, and the U.S.-China trade dispute....


Solarpack completes 2 Spanish PV parks

Spain 5.75MW solar photovoltaic park by Solarpack

Solarpack has finished work on two photovoltaic parks worth 12 megawatts (MW) in the Caceres region of Spain.


SolarCity and Merrill Lynch agree financing terms for over $1 billion project

Showing support for the "long term viability" of distributed solar, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and SolarCity have agreed to the terms of financing for SolarCity’s over USD$1 billion residential solar program.


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Solar’s feathered foes

A corella standing on top of a solar array.

While the elements, clouds, storms or snow, can often be an impediment to generating electricity through photovoltaics or other solar technologies, nature also has other ways of getting in the way. In Australia, where the...


Q-Cells claims CIGS aperture efficiency world record

A light soaking process at Q-Cells.

German module manufacturer and integrator Q-Cells has claimed to have achieved a world-record CIGS module aperture efficiency of 17.4 percent, for a test module 16 square-centimeters in size.


North American PV market at crossroads

First Solar 80 MW photovolataic thin film installation Sarnia, Canada

According to new research, the 2011 North American photovoltaic market is projected to grow 101 percent on 2010, with demand likely to reach 2.2 gigawatts (GW) by year end. However, due to factors such as declining incentives and...


REC announces another wafer shutdown

REC's solar wafer facility in Herøya, Norway

REC has announced the temporary closure of part of its 650 megawatt (MW) multicrystalline wafer facility in Herøya, Norway, effective from December 1. Around 200 employees are expected to be affected.


Germany: saferay and Canadian Solar work on 8.5 MW plant

saferay solar photovoltaic park in Germany

Work is underway on an 8.5 megawatt (MW) solar plant in Germany’s Lindenhof, located near Neubrandenburg.


Gestamp USA: PV pipelines, permitting processes and why microinverters need more time

Gestamp Solar 7.9 MW photovoltaic park in Italy; Rusty Sage

Gestamp Solar is a Spanish-based developer and operator of utility-scale photovoltaic plants across 25 countries. To date, it has installed around 300 megawatts (MW) of photovoltaics. However, as senior engineer, Rusty Sage tells...


Construction on 550 MW Topaz Solar Farm underway

First Solar's 80 MW Sarnia thin film photovoltaic plant in Ontario

First Solar has begun construction on its 550 megawatt (MW) Topaz Solar Farm, in San Luis Obispo County, California.


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Evergreen Solar announces asset sale completion; management shakeout

Evergreen Solar website screenshot

Evergreen Solar Inc. has completed the sale of its core wafer business and intellectual property to Hong Kong-based Max Era Properties Limited. The management team has also been shaken out.


Germany: Millionth PV system grid connected

Germany's one millionth photovoltaic system is located on the roof of the Institute for Sports Equipment Research and Development in Berlin

The one millionth photovoltaic system has been connected to Germany’s grid, according to the country’s solar industry association, BSW-Solar.


China launches US renewable energy trade barrier investigation

China US flags

The U.S.-China trade investigation launched by SolarWorld is fast turning into a mudslinging match between the two countries. Now, it has been reported that China will be investigating U.S. renewable energy policy support and...


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