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Advanced Energy Q3 results reveal 23% annual drop in inverter sales

Three-phase string inverter.

Third-quarter sales of $143.1 million were slightly down on 2013 as the company continues its shift from central inverters to three-phase string inverters.

JA Solar acquires solar wafer manufacturer

JA Solar screenshot

JA Solar will boost its internal wafer capacity following the acquisition of Silver Age Holdings Limited for USD$180 million.

Boralex: First PV park and France’s first mixed renewable energy site completed

The photovoltaic project is located in France's Avignonet-Lauragais (pictured)

Boralex Inc. has inaugurated a 4.5 megawatt (MW) photovoltaics park in France. It is said to be both the company’s first solar project, and France’s first mixed renewable energy site.

Germany: Construction on 70 MW PV project begins

Two men stating in the construction site of GP Joul's 70 MW photovoltaic park in a field in Brandenburg, Germany

GP Joule has begun construction on a 70 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic park in Germany. When complete, it is expected to be the country’s largest.

Suntech terminates wafer agreement and thin film venture

Suntech facade in Wuxi HW, China

Suntech has terminated a solar wafer supply agreement with MEMC. It will also discontinue investment in thin film subsidiary CSG Solar AG. Overall, the company will incur expenses of around USD$236 million.

DOE offers three further PV conditional loan guarantees

Man in manufacturing facility holding First Solar thin film cadmium telluride photovoltaic module

The U.S. department of Energy (DOE) has awarded three more conditional loan guarantees to photovoltaic projects, worth a total of USD$4.5 billion. Around 1,400 jobs and 1.3 gigawatts of photovoltaics are expected to be created.

SolarWorld turns its back on Asia; US becomes key PV focus

SolarWorld recently opened Germany's largest photovoltaic module production facility in Freiburg (aerial shot)

In a move away from the Asian regions, SolarWorld has sold its stake in a South Korean solar panel production facility, stating that it prefers to focus on Western photovoltaic markets.

Yingli and Huanghe Hydropower enter 110 MW supply agreement

Liansheng Miao, Yingli chairman and CEO

Under a new agreement, Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited will supply 110 megawatts (MW) worth of photovoltaic modules to Huanghe Hydropower Development Co., Ltd.

Trina to deliver modules to 60 MW Renault PV project

French flag

Trina Solar (Spain) S.L.U. will deliver 55 megawatts (MW) worth of photovoltaic modules to Renault’s solar project, under a new sales agreement with developer, Gestamp Solar.

UK solar industry rallies to seek way round FIT cuts

London skyline from London City Hall

A call to arms by the UK solar industry in the face of the government’s decision to cut feed-in-tariff (FIT) rates for installations larger than 50 kilowatts (kW) gathered momentum yesterday as politicians, solar businesses, and...

Californian college US’ first to go "grid positive"

California’s Butte College has announced it is the first college in the U.S. to go "grid positive". Generating over 100 percent of its electricity from solar power, the educational institution says it will feed power back to the...

Belectric grid connects CIS PV plant in Germany

Belectric/Solar Frontier CIS solar PV project, Germany, 551 kilowatts

Belectric Solarkraftwerke GmbH has connected a 551 kilowatt CIS (copper, indium, selenium) power plant to the German grid.

Q-Cells unveils thin film PV modules in US

Q-Cells photovoltaic blue and white HQ building in Germany

A year after its entry into the market, Q-Cells has launched its thin film photovoltaic modules in the U.S., according to media sources.

Brazil: First commercial-scale PV plant completed

View of Tauá, Brazil

Brazil’s first commercial-scale photovoltaic plant has been completed and connected to the national grid.

7.56 MW Deutsche Bank PV project inaugurated

Italy 7.56 solar photovoltaic park with Sanyo HIT modules by Deutsche Bank

Work on Deutsche Bank’s 7.56 megawatt (MW) Italian photovoltaic park is complete. It is said to be one of Europe’s largest tracking solar power plants and the biggest project to use Sanyo’s HIT solar modules to date.

Meyer Burger and GCL sign CHF160 million order contract

Meyer Burger Technology Ltd HQ in Switzerland

GCL-Poly subsidiary, GCL Silicon Material Technology Development Co., Ltd. has ordered CHF160 million (around USD$192.3 million; €133.6 million) worth of new photovoltaic equipment from Meyer Burger Technology Ltd.

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