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Google invests $300m in SolarCity's $750m residential PV fund

SolarCity installers at work.

The tech giant announces sizeable increase in solar energy commitment, dwarfing previous $280 million investment in SolarCity.


Sacramento: Google invests in 88 MW worth of PV projects

Sacramento skyline

Internet giant Google, investment firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. (KKR), and solar developer Recurrent Energy are to work on a portfolio of photovoltaics projects worth 88 megawatts (MW) for the Sacramento Municipal...


Indian solar capacity to hit 33.4 GW by 2022; off-grid potential "huge"

Conergy solar photovoltaic installation India

A new report on India’s solar market forecasts that as much as 33.4 gigawatts of both off- and on-grid solar will be installed in the country by 2022. While the National Solar Mission (NSM) aims to install 20 GW, it is believed...


ReneSola completes 20 MW Chinese PV plant

China flag

China-based ReneSola has grid connected a 20 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic power plant to the Chinese grid.


Germany: Röttgen says no to further cuts

Norbet Röttgen

With the new regulations not even in place yet, arguments against supporting solar energy have already gained momentum. German Minister of Environment, Norbert Röttgen rejects the calls to cut renewable energy subsidies further.


Recurrent secures US$250 million for 200 MW PV pipeline

Recurrent Energy solar photovoltaic installation, Ontario, Canada

North American solar project developer, Recurrent Energy, has secured a four year construction revolver, worth US$250 million for the development of 20 photovoltaic projects.


MidAmerican Energy acquires stake in 290 MW PV project

Yuma County road sign

MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company is to acquire a 49 percent stake in NRG Energy’s 290 megawatt (MW) Agua Caliente photovoltaic project.


Oerlikon produces thin film silicon modules at €0.35/Wp

Oerlikon's solar equipment

Oerlikon has released a new production line which, it says, allows thin film silicon photovoltaic modules to be produced at around US$0.50 or €0.35 per Watt peak (/Wp) and reduces capital expenditure by 20 percent.


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China: STSIC polysilicon and solar cell plans progressing

centrotherm HQ building

Shaanxi Tianhong Silicon Industrial Corporation (STSIC) is to begin producing polysilicon, after commissioning German equipment supplier, centrotherm SiTec GmbH. Two solar cell production lines are also being installed.


Würth and Manz sign transfer agreement

Manz HQ building

Würth Solar and Manz AG have signed the transfer agreement, which will see Manz taking over Würth’s CIGS operations at Germany’s Schwäbisch Hall.


Construction on 150 MW Copper Mountain 2 project to begin following PPA approval

The first Copper Mountain Solar project

A 25 year power purchase agreement (PPA)has been approved by the California Public Utilities Commission, meaning construction can begin on Sempra Generation’s 150 megawatt (MW) Copper Mountain Solar 2 project.


State of Berlin to save Solon?

Solon solar photovoltaic reference project

The State of Berlin has confirmed that it is very interested in saving Germany-based Solon, which filed for insolvency on Tuesday.


Work on 123 MW Italian PV project underway

Fürstenwalde solar photovoltaic project by solarhybrid

Having secured all the necessary approvals, solarhybrid AG has announced that work on its 123 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic project in Italy is underway.


Organic solar cell with inverted architecture achieves 8.3 percent efficiency

Imec 8.3 percent efficient organic solar photovoltaic cell

Imec, Polyera and Solvay announce that they have achieved a world record efficiency of 8.3 percent on their organic solar cells, which use inverted architecture.


Soitec acquires US manufacturing facility for CPV modules

San Diego

Soitec has acquired a new manufacturing facility in San Diego from Sony Electronics Inc. in order to manufacture its concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) modules. The move marks an investment of over US$150 million and is expected to...


Plans to rescue Solon failed

Solon solar photovoltaic rooftop system

The Financial Times Deutschland (FTD) has reported that two different parties stepped up to save Solon before it filed for insolvency. However, the plans fell through at the last minute.


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