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SolarCity soars into 2015 on record home solar sales

A SolarCity PV installation.

Construction activities at SolarCity's gigawatt-sized panel manufacturing factory in Buffalo, New York, are temporarily on ice as the region shovels out from under this past week's big snow dump.


India: Lanco accused of flouting JSSNM guidelines

Indian flag

Touted as the world’s most expensive publicly funded solar energy program, India’s much hyped Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) has hit its first roadblock. The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) alleges that...


CPUC approves 250 MW PV PPA for First Solar subsidiary

Primm, Nevada

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has approved a 250 megawatt (MW) 20 year power purchase agreement (PPA) between Southern California Edison Company (SCE) and First Solar subsidiary, Silver State Solar Power...


Greece announces new PV rates

Greek solar photovoltaic park in Drama by Conergy

The Greek government has announced changes to its photovoltaic subsidies. It has also highlighted the important role the technology plays in Greece.


EU criticizes Spain’s renewable energy moratorium

EU flags

Commenting on Spain’s recent announcement that it has suspended all feed-in tariffs for new renewable energy projects, the EU Commission says it fears disturbing impacts on the investment climate in the renewable sector, as a...


Donauer releases further information on Gulf expansion

Muscat, Oman

Donauer Solartechnik opened an office in Oman yesterday, February 1. Speaking to pv magazine, the company expands on its activities in the Gulf region.


Siemens awarded 4.4 MW PV contract by US Army

Aerial shot White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico

Siemens Government Technologies, Inc. has been awarded a US$16.8 million contract by the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center to carry out energy conserving upgrades. These will include the installation of a 4.4 megawatt (MW)...


China cuts PV funding

Astronergy's 20 MW solar photovoltaic project, completed in 2011, in Golmud

According to media reports, the Chinese government in Beijing has scaled back its Golden Sun Program subsidies and its feed-in tariff rates following an increased demand for photovoltaics in the country.


Isofotón and CNOOC form Chinese JV

Isofotón HQ in Malaga, Spain

Spain-based Isofotón and Chinese oil company CNOOC’s subsidiary, Tianjin Lishen Joint-Stock Battery Co., have formed a joint venture (JV) in China. They have also made public their photovoltaic pipeline plans.


Germany: FIT talks continue

Germany's parliament building, the Reichstag

During talks aimed at agreeing on a path forward for Germany’s solar incentives, ministers have reportedly discussed a one-time reduction of the tariffs in April.


Gehrlicher and Merk Solar Enerji establish Turkey JV

Gehrlicher Merk Solsr signing JV contract in Turkey

Germany-based Gehrlicher Solar AG and Turkish energy company, Merk Solar Enerji Çözümleri San. ve Tic. Ltd. Şti. have established a joint venture (JV) under which they plan to develop photovoltaic projects in Turkey and its...


Solon receives 2 concrete takeover bids

Solon HQ building

According to reports, Berlin-based Solon has received two concrete takeover offers. Negotiations are expected to begin in the coming week.


Topaz solar project acquisition complete

San Luis Obispo County

MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company subsidiary, MidAmerican Renewables, LLC has completed its acquisition of First Solar’s 550 megawatt (MW) Topaz solar project.


Arizona: Fluor to install 125 MW solar plant

Location map of AVSEII solar project

Fluor Corporation has been awarded both an engineering, procurement and construction contract, and an operations and management contract by Arlington Valley Solar Energy II, LLC (AVSE II) for a solar plant worth 125 megawatts...


SunPower completes Tenesol acquisition

Tenesol module facility, France

U.S.-based SunPower Corp. has completed its acquisition of French solar company, Tenesol SA. At the same time, Tenesol parent company, Total has bought new shares from SunPower, thus taking its ownership of the company to around...


HCPV efficiency of 33.9 percent reached

Semprius' HCPV modules

Semprius has recorded an efficiency of 33.9 percent on one of its high concentrating photovoltaic (HCPV) modules. The results have been verified by the Instituto de Energia Solar (IES) at the University of Madrid, in Spain.


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