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Vector Cuatro opens new office in Chile

Solar PV plant, Vector Cuatro

The Spanish solar PV technical advisory group is expanding operations in Latin America, citing strong growth in the region. The company, part of Italy's Falck Renewables Group, has 10 offices worldwide.

Solar Universe expands reach with new East Coast franchises

Solar Universe

In the wake of Solar Universe's recent acquisition of distributed electricity company Gen110, the California group is expanding eastward with two new franchises in New York and New Jersey.

SMA receives Japanese certification for three-phase inverter

SMA Sunny Tripower Inverter

German solar energy equipment supplier SMA Solar Technology has become the first non-Japanese manufacturer to sell a three-phase inverter certified for the Japanese market.

JinkoSolar to supply 20 MW to State Grid Corporation of China

JinkoSolar SGCC project

JinkoSolar will supply 20 MW of solar modules to the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) for the second phase of the country's National Wind/PV/Energy Storage and Transmission Joint Demonstration Project.

Citizen-financed PV park receives 8.2 MW of solar power from Hanwha SolarOne

The Korean PV manufacturer supplied 8.2 MWp to Lerchenhaid II PV park in Bavaria, which has been financed by the citizens of local city Straubing.

Fraunhofer ISE: Minimal deviation in module quality measurements globally

The Fraunhofer ISE CalLab PV Modules has compared the results of their PV modules measurements with three other top international measurement labs for PV modules. The round robin tests show that all measurements have a minimal...

In the US, solar stocks take a turn for the better

San Jose, California

A decline in wind projects, easing of international trade tensions and a number of acquisitions and partnerships that continue to enhance the popularity of solar have all factored in a boost for solar company shares.

Europe still has a big part to play

EU PVSEC 2013.

The EU's status report on solar says Europe still led the world for installations last year. The report was issued to coincide with the opening of EU PVSEC in Paris on Monday.

Russia offers first ever subsidies for renewable energy

The world's largest oil producer plans to develop its renewable energy sector – which currently produces just 0.8% of the country's power – and has hosted its first clean power auction, with 39 ventures securing subsidies.

SunPower, Digital Federal Credit Union offer up to $100 million in loans

SunPower residential

A new agreement between the Digital Federal Credit Union and the California solar company enhances the SunPower Loan Program to offer more financing options for residential customers.

Applied Materials execs in line for a bumper pay day

Applied Materials equipment.

Four senior executives at Californian solar equipment manufacturer Applied Materials are in line for a shares windfall as part of the acquisition of Tokyo Electron. Senior management have been offered retention bonuses to stay on...

Germany: PV development continues to decline

Germany added more than 10,000 PV installations with a total capacity of 291.64 MW in August. Starting October, FITs for PV systems between 1 and 10 MW will fall for the first time below EUR 0.10 per kilowatt hour.

EU PVSEC conference draws crowds despite crisis

EU PVSEC 2013 Paris

The 28th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition kicked off on Monday in Paris. The scientific program has remained largely unaffected by the current crisis. The halls open on Tuesday for exhibitors.

SUNOWE to construct 150 MW of PV plants as part of Chinese subsidy pilot project


The publicly listed Chinese PV company SUNOWE Photovoltaic will oversee the construction of 150 MW of solar power plants by 2015 as part of China’s new subsidy program for industrial areas.

Chinese government offers PV manufacturers a helping hand

Xinhua Gate, Zhongnanhai Chinese govt. HQ, Beijing

Solar product makers in China continue to reap the benefits of a government eager to prop up a troubled industry. Beijing is now offering tax rebates to manufacturers in an effort to assist the struggling sector.

Sunpower to supply 69 MW to Shimizu Corporation for installation in Japan

SunPower Corporation's high efficiency E20/327 solar panels to be installed by Shimizu Corporation at the Eurus Energy mega solar power plant in Aomori, Japan.

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