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Meyer Burger receives US$40.8 million order for MAiA platform

Meyer Burger has received an order for its MAiA 2.1 system platform from an existing, unidentified Asian customer. Total annual output of the solar cell production equipment will be around 2.5 GW.

India’s JNNSM: Projects under batch II are a "risky" proposition

Indian solar photovoltaic park

Many of the batch II solar projects under Phase I of India’s Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) have been deemed a risky proposition in a new research report by India-based CRISIL Research.

Intersolar: PV optimism in the face of adversity

Intersolar conference shot

The second day of the Intersolar Conference closed yesterday with the CEO panel displaying remarkable optimism in the face of extremely challenging conditions for manufacturers. The CEOs of Canadian Solar and JA Solar were upbeat...

Calyxo ramps up thin film capacity in Germany

Calyxo HQ

Calyxo GmbH will ramp up capacity of its cadmium telluride (CdTe) thin film photovoltaic modules in Germany’s in Saxony-Anhalt.

IFC and Scatec to develop PV projects in Africa

Burkino Faso

IFC InfraVentures, a member of the World Bank Group, and Norway’s Scatec Solar have signed an agreement, under which they intend to develop photovoltaic projects in parts of West and Central Africa.

Trina and E3/DC announce storage collaboration

E3/DC energy storage system

China’s Trina Solar Limited and Germany-based E3/DC have said they will collaborate on next generation energy storage solutions.

Astronergy completes 50 MW Bulgarian PV plant


China-based Chint Group subsidiary, Astronergy has completed a 50 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic plant in Bulgaria.

Germany: First Solar to continue production until year end

First Solar FF02 production facility

First Solar Inc. has announced it will keep its manufacturing facilities in Germany’s Frankfurt (Oder) up and running until the end of the year, due to the short-term increase in demand. After this, the facilities will be...

Kaneka and imec hit 22.68 percent heterojunction cell efficiency

Imec’s Cu-plated large-area silicon solar cell with 19.4 percent efficiency.

Japan’s Kaneka Corporation and Belgium-based imec have achieved an efficiency of 22.68 percent on a six inch semi-square heterojunction silicon solar cell using an electroplated copper contact grid. The results have been...

Soltecture searches for investor; announces new CIGSe efficiency

Soltecture facade Berlin CIGSe photovoltaic

The insolvent Soltecture, a Berlin-based CIGSe photovoltaic module manufacturer, has announced that the search is on to find an investor. It is believed a buyer will be found soon. In related news, the company has achieved a new...

Sovello hunts for investors

Sovello solar photovoltaic production

Germany-based Sovello GmbH has launched an international M&A process in a bid to find suitable investors.

Scheuten saved by Aikosolar

Scheuten Solar photovoltaic modules rooftop

The insolvent Netherlands-based Scheuten Solar has been saved from closure by Chinese solar cell manufacturer, Aikosolar. No financial details were disclosed.

Amendment: Global Solar Energy seeks investors

A picture of the Global Solar manufacturing facility in Germany.

Flexible CIGS manufacturer, Global Solar Energy has announced it is looking for new investors to come on board, in order for business to progress to the next phase.

Australia: First Solar to install 159 MW of PV

First Solar thin film photovoltaic modules

First Solar has announced it will work on two photovoltaic projects worth 159 megawatts (MW) under Australia’s Solar Flagships Program.

Aleo to close Spanish module factory

aleo solar module factory spain

Germany’s aleo solar AG has today announced it will close its photovoltaic module factory in Santa Maria de Palautordera, Spain, by the end of the year at the latest. Ninety-two jobs will go.

Solarwatt on the brink of insolvency

Solarwatt HQ Germany

Talks with an investor, which should, in the short term, eliminate the debt of Solarwatt AG, have failed. As such, the photovoltaic company will probably have to register for insolvency with the District Court. Update: In-house...

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