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Offgrid solution: Using discarded smartphone batteries to light up rural homes

solar-powered LED lamp

Kyung Hee University researcher Boucar Diouf plans to start solar-powered LED lamp pilot projects in Senegal and sub-Saharan African countries within the next year.


Shares in Chinese manufacturers rocket

The flags of the U.S. and China.

Stock traders reacted to news of the EU-China trade agreement and clearly indicated which side of the table they think secured the better deal. The early trading figures provided rare good cheer for Suntech.


UK solar industry calls for flexible minimum module price

UK solar farm.

The duration of the solar panel EU-China trade deal should be shortened, the floor price made more flexible and the UK government should soften the blow of 'Brussels' meddling,' says the Solar Trade Association.


ProSun draws up legal battle lines

Karel de Gucht.

Pro-tariff lobby group says the reported solar module deal between the EU and China violates EU laws. Trade commissioner Karel De Gucht is dismissive of a possible legal challenge.


EU polysilicon free from Chinese import duties until late April

Polysilicon.

The EC says polysilicon imports to China will not face duties until at least April. Some 70% of Chinese manufacturers have signed up to the EC-China trade deal but the minimum import price has not been confirmed.


AFASE: minimum price should have regression built in

Trina solar module production.

The anti-tariff lobby group AFASE says the reported minimum purchase price for Chinese solar modules is too high -- at 20% or more above previous prices -- and does not have regression built in to match FIT rates.


EC, China reach agreement on module imports

EU China flags

Further details regarding the trade deal between the EC and China are expected to be announced on Monday. The EC and China reportedly agreed on 56 euro cents per watt.


SolarWorld wins projects in South Africa

Ceres Fruitgrowers.

The German company has landed a deal with two prominent global brands. Its 1 MWp installation with Ceres Fruitgrowers is a prime example of self-consumption.


Sunowe lands 20 MW module supply deal

Hainan.

The Chinese manufacturer will supply 20 MW of solar panels to state owned power company Hainan Xianshou Waterpower. The deal follows 80 MW of orders last month as Sunowe looks away from Europe.


Both camps express disapproval with EU-China deal

Karel De Gucht.

The anti-tariff AFASE lobby group is calling on EU member states to reject the deal while EU ProSun is reportedly drawing up court papers. Commissioner De Gucht has yet to confirm details of the agreement.


Canadian Solar fits 30 MW of rooftops in Suzhou

Suzhou.

The Chinese manufacturer installed its panels across 129 buildings in the city as part of the Chinese government's Golden Sun plan to drive distributed generation in the country.


Hanwha Q Cells lands 60 MW Japanese order

A Q Cells module.

Korean manufacturer Hanwha Q Cells will ship 60 MW of its Q.PRO G3 modules, part of its new G3 product range, for three solar schemes in Japan. Sumitomo Corp and NTT facilities are partners on the deal.


REC stands firm over restructuring proposal

Heroya.

The Norwegian solar company reiterates its plan to split in two by hiving off its polysilicon business after Citigroup downgraded its rating and predicted this week's move by China would make the plan untenable to bondholders.


Sputnik Engineering plans restructuring measures

The Swiss inverter manufacturer Sputnik Engineering will be restructuring and possibly reducing its workforce at its production facility in Biel, Switzerland.


PV Japan 2013, smaller and more focused

Tokyo Big Sight.

The PV Japan 2013 trade show is smaller than its rival PV Expo event but offers opportunities in supporting technologies such as mounting systems. Uncertainty over the generous FIT regime, however, was a recurring theme.


Hanergy swallows Global Solar

Hanergy

After acquiring Germany's Solibro and Silicon Valley's MiaSolé, Hanergy has taken over Arizona-based Global Solar, solidifying its position as a global leader in the thin film sector.


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