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Marks and Spencer to instal UK's largest PV rooftop

Marks & Spencer in Birmingham.

Mark Group will install a 6.1 MW project on top of retailer's East Midlands distribution centre. Uncertainty over the government's new incentive scheme will limit commercial rooftops to 5 MW from April.


Spanish supreme court paves way for lawsuits against solar FIT cuts

Spain 5.75 MW PV park

pv magazine has learned that Spain's supreme court, the Tribunal Supremo, has allowed the country's Photovoltaic Union (UNEF) lawsuit against the recent measures that reduce solar subsidies to go forward. A date for the trial...


Mexico's Solartec opens up shop in Texas

Solartec 30 kW rooftop installation at Walmart store in Mexico City

After buying the assets of French group Tournaire Solaire Energie, the Mexican company is investing some $31 million in a new manufacturing plant north of the border. The company expects its Houston fab to generate sales of $285...


Solarcentury report lifts lid on UK commercial solar potential

Solar rooftop installation, U.K.

Report highlights how commercial rooftop installations can help businesses reduce running costs, meet government targets and increase a building's value.


Windiga Energy's 20 MW PV plant in Burkina Faso greenlit

Burkina Faso

The project makes Windiga Energy the first independent power producer in the country. In August, the African Development Bank's Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa approved a $950,000 grant for the development of the plant in...


CSUN Turkey ships 39 MW of solar module to France

Languedoc-Roussillon, Southern France

Third Step France will deploy the modules at eight utility-scale projects in Southern France. Chine Sunergy expects to win futrther projects in Europe thanks to its recently opened module fab in Turkey.


SolarWorld to wins $4 million US grant for next-generation crystallization tech

SolarWorld U.S. headquarters, Hillsboro, Oregon

The group is working on the $12 million R&D project at both its U.S. and German facilities "to propel the company's full-production module power density beyond a once-unimaginable milestone of 300 watts-peak."


REC Solar closes 300 MW supply agreements as third quarter revenue drops

REC Group's Madera Power Plant, California

The company's recent product launch of its Peak Energy 72 cell and Peak Energy Z-Link series has resulted in deals with major U.S. solar developers, including Recurrent Energy, SolarCity and SunRun. Third-quarter business dropped...


Daimler sells Tesla stake

Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

The German carmaker bought a 9.1% stake in Tesla in 2009 for some $50 million and has now sold its remaining 4% in the company for $780 million. The two companies will continue to work together in the field of electric mobility.


SunEdison wins 17.7 MW of distributed solar projects in California

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

The company is set to build 30 solar systems for nine public agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area -- SunEdison's home turf.


VDE, Fraunhofer ISE award First Solar first quality tested certification

VDE testing

The testing and certification institute says the new certification marks a new age of risk reduction, quality and safety for solar plant assets while reducing the risk for PV power plant investors.


MegaCell boards smart urbanization joint venture

MegaCell Engineering CEO Franco Traverso

Urbeco, a new European alliance, aims to carry out smart and eco-friendly urbanization in developing countries. Belgium's Groupmec and Switzerland's Ovóla have joined MegaCell Engineering in the venture.


Altus Power raises $200 million for solar project investment

Mystic Seaport, Connecticut

Altus Power America partnered with four Franklin Square sponsored funds and GSO Capital Partners on its latest solar investment venture. The company is looking to fund commercial and industrial distributed generation projects.


LDK Solar subsidiaries file for bankruptcy protection in US court

Delaware County Court

The beleaguered Chinese PV giant's U.S. subsidiaries, LDK Solar Systems, LDK Solar USA and LDK Solar Tech USA, have filed for bankruptcy protection in Delaware.


Sunpreme unveils 500 W bifacial double glass module with 22.2% efficiency

A 150 kW Sunpreme rooftop installation at a hospital in India.

Fraunhofer ISE and the company's Global Advisory Board member Eicke Weber says the record module efficiency has moved Sunpreme "to the top of the class."


SDC Energreen Aljaval to build 30 MW-AC project in Mexico

Chihuahua, Mexico

The company's latest solar installation in Chihuahua has won approval from the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and is to be constructed by the end of 2015.


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