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Belectric awarded 77.4 MW under Turkey’s first solar licensing round

Belectric is set to install 77.4 MW worth of PV projects under Turkey’s first solar licensing round, including a 45 MW PV system. Construction is expected to get underway in the first half of 2017.

Solar stocks suffer tough month

Bull and bear

A tough month on global financial markets, with the main U.S. indices posting losses of around six percent and Europe, fairing a little worse, was exacerbated for solar stocks, as key governmental decisions impacted upon prices.

PV modules: Branding and bankability do not always correlate to quality

Solar photovoltaic module

Caveat emptor! While photovoltaic modules may have reached the commercial stage of "commoditization", they are not all the same. According to SolarBuyer, manufacturers are sacrificing quality and reliability in their quest to...

AEG Power Solutions to expand South Africa operations

AEG solar photovoltaic Inverter Protect PV630

Netherlands-based AEG Power Solutions Group will expand its South African operations with a new photovoltaic inverter manufacturing facility.

Inventux lets 67 employees go

Inventux HQ

Inventux’s insolvency administrator has, after fruitless negotiations with Germany’s labor agency, let 67 employees go, mainly from the already significantly-reduced production side.

Germany: Centrosolar to install PV on 100 supermarkets

Supermarket solar photovoltaic system

Under a new joint venture, Centrosolar Group AG and Pohlen Bedachungen GmbH are planning to install eight megawatts peak (MWp) worth of photovoltaics on supermarkets across Germany.

SolarBridge obtains $25 million for expansion

SolarBridge solar photovoltaic microinverter

U.S.-based photovoltaic microinverter company, SolarBridge Technologies has secured US$25 million in Series D funding.

Q.Cells completes 69 MW Ontario PV plant

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Q.Cells North America has finally completed construction work on the 69 megawatt (MW) Sault Ste. Marie photovoltaic plant in Ontario, Canada.

Motech to sell US polysilicon facilities


Motech Industries Inc. has announced it will sell off its U.S. polysilicon manufacturing operations, due to the "drastically" changing solar industry and weak economies of scale.

Bankruptcy or acquisition facing half of PV manufacturers

Q.Cells solar photovoltaic modules

"At least" half of the world’s existing photovoltaic manufacturers will either go bankrupt or be taken over, according to Ernst & Young and Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). Meanwhile, they have identified three key solar...

Hanwha SolarOne sees mixed Q1 results

Hanwha SolarOne photovoltaic modules

Having curtailed its photovoltaic module shipments to avoid potential retroactive tariffs from the U.S., Hanwha SolarOne has seen a decrease in activity in the first quarter (Q1) of 2012. Overall, its financials achieved mixed...

Yingli sees Q1 improvement despite dumping tariffs

Yingli solar photovoltaic installation 1.4MW 2009 Rutgers University

Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited has recorded a relatively positive first quarter (Q1), despite the imposition of preliminary dumping tariffs by the U.S. While its financials significantly improved sequentially, it...

North America: PV module supply shortage; higher costs; lower ROIs

Chinese solar photovoltaic manufacturing BYD

The preliminary antidumping tariffs announced by the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) could see up to 45 percent, or 1.5 gigawatts (GW) of photovoltaic module shipments to North America suspended. Meanwhile, module costs are...

India: Kashmir's move towards solar


An 18 kilowatt solar power plant at a sub-district hospital in Charar-i-Sharief, located in the disputed northwestern Indian region of Jammu and Kashmir, was inaugurated today. A high level meeting also took place to iron out...

China retaliates, finds US in violation of free-trade rules

Chinese flag

According to Bloomberg, China’s Ministry of Commerce has identified five U.S. states which have violated free-trade rules. Meanwhile, Reuters reports that the trade case looks likely to move to Europe.

MiaSole hits 15.5 percent efficiency with flexible CIGS module

MiaSole thin film solar photovoltaic plant

MiaSole has reached a new copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) thin film photovoltaic module efficiency. The results have been confirmed by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

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