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Tri-State, Juwi sign PPA for 30 MW Colorado PV plant

The Cimarron Solar project was the first utility-scale solar plant in Tri-State’s energy portfolio

Juwi Inc. has signed a PPA with Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc. for its proposed 30 MW solar PV project. Located in Colorado, the U.S., it is scheduled for completion in Q4 2016.


JA Solar pens agreement to build 1 GW fab capacity in Andhra Pradesh, India

Andhra Pradesh.

The Chinese solar firm will begin construction of a 500 MW solar cell factory in the state in December; similar-size module factory to follow, according to MoU signed with Essel Group.


Fossil fuels' cost advantage over solar narrowing, says IEA

Coal and solar.

New report published jointly by International Energy Agency (IEA) and Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) reveals strides made by renewable energy sector in producing electricity at costs close to fossil fuel-based power stations.


Japan's solar shipments fall 13% in Q1, reports JPEA

Tokyo.

The Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association (JPEA) has reported that shipments of solar panels in Japan fell 13% in the first quarter of the year; first year-on-year decline since Q3 2012.


Comtec sees strong demand for monocrystalline, despite huge net loss

Like Longi, Comtec sees strong demand for monocrystalline solar products

Comtec Solar Systems Group Limited has seen its net loss for 1H 2015 plummet, despite increasing revenues. It is confident, however, the market for its monocrystalline wafers is strong.


Manz wins EUR 12 million Li-ion battery order

Manz has secured orders totaling some €100 million in its energy storage business in 2015

Manz AG has won an order from a U.S. customer for a lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery production line worth EUR 12 million. This year to date, the German equipment manufacturer has secured orders totaling EUR 100 million.


Solar Frontier secures CIS deal for 26 MW North Carolina project

Solar Frontier modules.

The Japanese company's CIS modules have been selected for the U.S. solar installation on the back of real-world performance recognition in the Americas.


Polysilicon dumping in China forces GCL to change strategy

GCL ramped up production this 1H

On the back of the dumping of "enormous" amounts of polysilicon into China, GCL-Poly was "forced" to decrease shipments and instead focus on ramping up production. Despite the tough conditions, the company has reported relatively...


From the Mag: A selection of stories from the September issue

A worker checks a solar installation, U.S.

For September, pv magazine has examined the latest trends in BOS, where 1,500 V components are beginning to make their mark. This month's issue also looks at the looming ITC phase down and the returning demand for PERC equipment.


China: Longi, Lerri Solar unveil monosilicon expansion plans

Mono ingot and wafer production costs are falling fast, says Longi

Longi Silicon aims to expand monocrystalline silicon production to 10 GW. The company believes the solar market will eventually switch completely from multi- to mono-crystalline silicon products. Lerri Solar has also unveiled...


Southern Power acquires majority stake in 200 MW California PV project

In addition to the Tranquillity project, Recurrent has another two solar projects under construction in California

Southern Power has signed an agreement with Canadian Solar subsidiary, Recurrent Energy to acquire a 51% stake in the 200 MW Tranquillity Solar Power Project, which is set to be completed in Q4 2016.


Hanergy to cut 2,000 jobs under restructuring plan, posts 90% net loss

Under a restructuring plan, Hanergy has said it will "considerably" adjust its strategy

Hanergy has said it intends to cut 2,000 jobs under a restructuring plan, which also includes the introduction of five new business groups. Overall, Hanergy has seen its net earnings plummet over 90% in 1H 2015.


Panasonic plans Younicos investment

The PV storage developer Younicos has garnered the interest of Panasonic. The German Cartel Office is currently proofing the legalities of Panasonic's possible collaboration with Younicos.


Roth & Rau renamed Meyer Burger AG

Shareholders of Roth & Rau AG have approved a proposal to rename the Hohenstein-Ernstthal facility to Meyer Burger (Germany) AG with immediate effect. Meyer Burger AG has also agreed to sell its subsidiary Roth & Rau - Ortner...


Shunfeng records 66% 1H profit decline

Shunfeng has 2.3 GW of solar projects in China, of which 1.9 GW are under construction

Shunfeng International Clean Energy Limited has seen net profits dive almost 65% in 1H 2015, caused partly by decreased ASPs and increased operating expenses. Current liabilities also exceed assets by around US$439 million.


Moree Solar Farm starts installing JA Solar modules

JA Solar will deliver a total 70 MW of solar modules to the Moree Solar Farm in New South Wales, Australia. The first batch of modules have been supplied, and are currently being installed.


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