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Mission Solar Energy opens high-efficiency PV cell and module facility in Texas

The fab is the third commercial-scale crystalline silicon PV cell factory in the United States, and will use n-type mono wafers for high-efficiency PV. The plant will supply OCI's 400 MW portfolio of solar projects in Texas.


With 12 GW pipeline, PV markets in Middle East, Africa show strong growth potential

Morocco solar PV plant

While South Africa and Israel have until now driven PV demand in the region, an increasing number of Middle Eastern and African countries are entering the solar market, according to NPD Solarbuzz.


EU PVSEC opens as the Netherlands reaches 1 GW solar landmark

EU PVSEC 2013

The 29th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference began today in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.


Innotech Solar acquires Tripod Energy, Italian PV assets

Tripod Energy's 1 MW Natale PV project, Italy

The Scandinavian-German PV module maker says the acquisition will strengthen its cash position and provide reliable operating revenues from the two PV plants Italy.


SPI Solar buys Hawaiian assets

Honolulu, Hawaii

The takeover of joint venture and acquisition of addition projects has given SPI a pipeline of 17.5 MW in Hawaii.


Vivint Solar targets IPO of $371 million

Vivint Solar HQ.

The financing target sees the residential solar installer step up its efforts to gain a greater share of the US leasing market.


Study: Solar customers may be better off using self-generated power

UK rooftop PV system

A U.K. smart grid project investigates whether solar PV owners could benefit from using their generated energy instead of exporting it back to the grid.


ZSW sets 21.7% thin film efficiency record

Flexible CIGS cell.

Scientists at Stuttgart's Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research have regained the gong for CIGS efficiency, improving upon the previous record of 21%.


SunPower produces one billionth solar cell

SunPower e20 PV module.

The US solar company's production milestone follows announcement of a new 350 MW manufacturing facility.


German PV equipment sales up 39% in first six months

Teamtechnik Stringer TT 1200

Booming business in Asian is driving sales in the sector, which is also seeing increased momentum from the U.S. and emerging markets, the German Engineering Federation reports.


The pv magazine weekly news round-up

The Bee Gees.

Good news from Italy and India, astonishing news about sunlight levels and the solar cell coming to a printer near you but it's all too late for one US state. We should have listened to Barry...


Co-founder back at the helm at CSUN

A China Sunergy building.

Stephen Zhifang Cai has resigned for personal reasons, CSUN announced today. The Nanjing manufacturer's share price has tanked since November.


Solar investment twice as effective as oil in EVs

A Tesla electric vehicle.

Analyst calculates investing in renewables yields far more usable energy to the consumer than oil, dollar for dollar. Traditional combustion engines see a 75-80% energy loss compared to 25-30% in EVs.


Scatec Solar valued at $298m-$383m

Scatec Solar's project in Kalkbult, South Africa.

The Norwegian developer will set the share price for its pending IPO next week. The company predicted a price range of $4.42-5.68 per share.


Chapter 11 plan for LDK subsidiaries

LDK Solar headquarters.

The Chinese giant plans to shut down three US subisidiaries. On Tuesday a court in Hong Kong will rule on the company's restructuring plans.


Solar microinverter, power optimizer market to surpass $1 billion in 2018

Enphase PV microinverter

Key markets like the U.S., the U.K. and Australia are driving demand for module-level power electronics, according to IHS. The market has already grown to more than $300 million.


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