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IHS names Trina, SunPower, First Solar, Hanwha and Jinko as industry leaders

The company’s PV Module Supplier Scorecard looks at a variety of metrics.


Annual solar installations to outstrip wind for first time, Bloomberg says

Winds of change blow through renewable energy sector as installed solar power set to outdo wind in 2013, according to a Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) study.


US investor Kawa to save 350 jobs at Conergy

U.S.-based financial investor Kawa Capital Management will be taking over Conergy sales and service units in Germany, Italy, the U.K. and Australia. This acquisition is expected to secure 350 jobs.


Lawmakers back SEIA efforts to end US-China solar standoff

REC Silicon, Washington

The proposal by the U.S. Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) aimed at ending the solar trade row appears to be gaining momentum and winning the support of key lawmakers. SolarWorld executive remain skeptical, however.


Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron to form new chip-making conglomerate

Applied Materials equipment

The acquisition of Tokyo Electron by California-based Applied Materials follows increased consolidation in the semiconductor equipment manufacturing sector.


Solar, wind could save the US $7 billion in fossil-fuel costs

Adding wind and solar power to the grid is more cost-effective than switching fossil-fueled power plants on and off to make up for the intermittent nature of renewable energy, says the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).


SEIA unveils roadmap to U.S.-China dispute settlement

US China flags

The U.S. solar industry trade organization has been working behind the scenes with U.S. and Chinese government officials to draw up a plan to resolve the ongoing trade dispute and benefit both U.S. and Chinese manufacturers.


Missouri utility to sign PV power deal with Strata Solar

City Utilities is close to signing a contract to purchase electricity from a forthcoming 5 MW solar farm in eastern Greene County, Missouri, said to be the biggest in the state.


Germany's Vaillant Group set to make inroads in Kazakhstan

Almaty, Kazakhstan

Vaillant is eager to expand operations in Kazakhstan, where the company is expecting a 50% sales growth rate in the next four years. The group is confident its German-made products can compete with those of overseas rivals.


Utilities in several US states plan ways to make solar customers pay more

Homeowners with solar panels that feed into the grid are getting too good a deal, say some state utilities, with plans afoot to readdress the balance.


Hanwha Q CELLS supplies 4.5 MW project in France

Mazaugues, France

French renewable energy group VSB has tapped Hanwha Q CELLS modules for its solar farm in southeastern France, saying their reliability as well as Hanwha Q CELLS' carbon certificate were decisive factors.


Singapore's largest rooftop PV system underway

Turnkey services provider Phoenix Solar will develop a 1.2 MWp rooftop installation for CMM Marketing Management, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sheng Siong, the third largest supermarket chain in Singapore.


Italian court orders additional siezures of Suntech solar farms

Suntech HQ

As part of an ongoing investigation by Italian authorities into the operation of Suntech-owned Global Solar Fund, the court also ordered the confiscation of feed-in-tariffs received by GFE investees companies.


Energy Trend: PV manufacturers shifting focus to China

Shanghai, China

Leading PV manufacturers are increasingly heading to eastern markets, particularly China, according to Taiwan-based research group TrendForce.


REC Silicon now approved

REC shareholders have approved the division of the company, allowing the sale of the solar division to REC Solar ASA. They also agreed to change the name of the remaining division to REC Silicon ASA.


Chile and India collaborate on renewable energy plans

Chile has called upon India's burgeoning renewable energy expertise to help the country implement and diversify its renewable energy sector.


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