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SoloPower Systems completes first commercial-scale deployment in South Africa

SoloPower Systems' CIGS flexible thin-film PV panels

The factory rooftop project used the Oregon company's CIGS thin-film solar technology in the installation, which required no power tools, racking or special handling. The ultra-light weight photovoltaic modules are up to 85%...


ADB makes $85 million available for Thai PV projects

Thailand flag

The Asian Development Bank has announced it will make US$85 million available for the construction of three photovoltaic projects in Thailand, worth 57 MW.


17 MW AZ Sun PV facility dedicated

Don Brandt (L) and Arizona Corporation Commissioner Gary Pierce at the 17 MW photovoltaic facility.

The first phase of a 35 MW photovoltaic facility has been dedicated by the Arizona Public Service Co. and AMEC. It is the fifth such facility to come online under the AZ Sun Program.


Austria: New subsidy system for PV

Austria started its subsidy round for PV power plants on Friday. A total budget of €36 million has been set aside. With this budget more than 24,000 power plants with a total capacity of 115 MW are expected to be developed.


China Wind Power to add 200 MW of solar by 2015

A photovoltaic installation in China.

A strategic agreement between China Wind Power and CNNC Rich Energy will bring another 200 MW of solar capacity to China by 2015.


Ib vogt completes 30 MW of PV in the UK

UK Isle of Wight Wellow Solar photovoltaic project ib vogt hanwhapark

Ib vogt GmbH has completed around 30 MW worth of photovoltaic projects in Q1 2013. Overall, the German company has installed 55 MW in the country.


Avancis closes 20 MW CIGS PV facility in Germany

CIGS solar photovoltaic modules

CIGS manufacturer Avancis will turn one of its manufacturing facilities in Germany’s Torgau into a technology center. As such, 67 temporary employment contracts will not be renewed, and employees at the company’s Munich-based...


NADB and SunEdison close $35 million loan for 16 MW PV park

Davis-Monthan Air Force Base

The North American Development Bank (NADB) has agreed to loan SunEdison US$35 million for the construction of the U.S. solar company’s 16 MW (DC) photovoltaic park in Arizona.


Manz receives €4.5 million Li-ion battery order

Saft battery

France-based battery manufacturer Saft has ordered €4.5 million worth of Li-ion battery cell equipment from Germany’s Manz.


Turkey: 2013 a critical year for solar energy development

Turkey Centrosolar solar photovoltaics

2013 is expected to be a pivotal year for the Turkish solar industry, as the country’s Energy Market Regulatory Authority gears up to distribute PV production licenses for projects larger than 1 MW. Meanwhile, cumulative capacity...


Insolvency proceedings open for Asola Solarpower

Asola Solarpower HQ Germany

Germany-based Asola Solarpower is experiencing financial difficulties. Nevertheless, the company’s insolvency administrator sees good opportunities for redevelopment via a realigned business plan.


Yingli top global PV module supplier in 2012

pv modules

Yingli was the top module supplier in 2012, as previous leader Suntech slipped to fifth place in the rankings, according to an analysis published by research company IHS. Meanwhile, photovoltaic companies are said to be...


US: Insufficient funding for energy research

MIT Professor Dr. Ernest Moniz made his pledge at the full committee hearing held this Tuesday, which will eventually decide if he is the man to take over as U.S. Secretary of Energy. The fact the U.S. is not spending enough on...


PV predicted to produce 110 TWh in 2013

US solar photovoltaic plant

According to a new report issued by the International Energy Agency (IEA), already installed photovoltaic systems will produce "at least" 110 TWh, or 110 billion kWh in 2013, thus representing 0.5% of global electricity demand....


JinkoSolar sees huge 2012 losses

JinkoSolar solar photovoltaic modules

JinkoSolar recorded a number of hefty losses, both sequentially and annually. CEO, Kangping Chen blames continued photovoltaic module oversupply and lingering global economic certainties. He is, however, confident of the...


Advanced Energy acquires Refusol

Refusol solar photovoltaic three-phase string inverters

Following the signing of a contract by both parties, German photovoltaic inverter company Refusol is now a part of U.S.-based Advanced Energy Industries.


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