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E.ON and Solarwatt to partner on electricity storage system

Storage systems will be based on Solarwatt’s MyReserve battery technology

German utility giant will develop own storage system with Dresden-based Solarwatt GmbH based on MyReserve technology; first models to be rolled out in Germany over coming months.


Intersolar Europe: bright skies but declining size

InterSolar Europe 2013

The 2013 Intersolar Europe trade show opened its doors in Munich on Wednesday with fewer exhibitors and visitors expected for the three-day event.


ABB taps Ulrich Spiesshofer as new CEO

ABB new CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer

Engineering group ABB has appointed Ulrich Spiesshofer as new chief executive officer, succeeding the outgoing Joe Hogan. As current head of ABB's Discrete Automation and Motion (DM) division, Spiesshofer has overseen the planned...


Orix, Kyudenko, JFE partner on renewable energy projects in Japan

Artistic rendering of the Meishihama Solar Plant.

Kyuko Lease Inc., a subsidiary of Japanese financial service provider Orix, has partnered with Kyudenko Corporation and JFE Engineering Corporation to develop approximately 50 MW of green power plants across Japan.


Belectric extends credit line

Germany 67.8 MW Solar PV project

Germany's Belectric has managed to increase its credit facility by 30%, which will allow it to better respond to new growth markets.


TSMC records 15.7% champion module

TSMC factory in Taiwan

Taiwanese manufacturer TSMC Solar has recorded a champion module efficiency of 15.7%. The result shows TSMC's rapid efficiency progress, using CIGS technology that it licensed from Silicon Valley firm Stion.


Hanwha SolarOne equips 5 MWp PV park in India

Hanwha SolarOne modules shipping

Korean module provider Hanwha SolarOne has provided more than 20,000 modules to equip construction of a PV park project in southeastern India.


Analysis: First Solar raising cash at opportune time

Goetz Fischbeck

Goetz Fischbeck, executive director of Equity Research at Bankhaus Lampe, discusses First Solar's capital increase, the company's strategy and potential growth possibilites, particularly in China.


Lark Energy to build 100 MW of solar PV farms in the U.K.

Lark Energy 34 MW farm Leicestershire

Lark Energy has secured planning permission for 100 MW of solar parks in the U.K. The company, which will take the lead role in the engineering, procurement and construction of most of the sites, recently completed the...


Siemens to close down its solar division

Siemens Munich HQ

Siemens will shut down its solar division after failing to find a buyer for the unit, which has been on the block since October.


Almost 9 GW of projects submitted for licensing in Turkey

Izmir, Turkey

The first licensing round for PV projects larger than 1 MW in Turkey has been exceeded by almost 15 times. Nearly 500 applications with a total 8.9 GW were handed in between June 10 and 14.


Kyocera to develop 30 MW solar projects across Japan

Kyocera Yasu facility

Kyocera has signed a major contract to supply and construct 30 MW of solar installations throughout Japan.


SolarWorld possibly saved by Qatar-based subsidiary

SolarWorld factory in Freiberg, Saxony

Qatar Solar Technologies looks set to rescue SolarWorld with a €35 million investment, making it a 30% shareholder in the financially troubled German company.


China Sunergy ships from new Turkey facility

Women working at the CSUN fab. Photographers look on.

Only days after officially opening its new Turkish plant, China Sunergy (CSUN) has announced that it has commenced shipments. The production facility will have a capacity of 300 MW in modules and 100 MW of photovoltaic cells,...


Conergy lights up schools in New Mexico

Conergy corporate logo

Two high schools in the U.S. state of New Mexico will soon be running on solar power thanks to German PV group Conergy, which is installing PV plants with a combined output of 1.2 MW at the school campuses that will cover 80% of...


China's STGCON saves Germany's Asola Solarpower

Asolar SOlarpower HQ Erfurt

Chinese electronics group STGCON has agreed to take over insolvent German PV module manufacturer Asola Solarpower GmbH.


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