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NRG bundles solar and water control system for California

Sprinklers controlled by Rachio.

Offering to be rolled out in regions ravaged by drought, bundling NRG Home's solar system with the Rachio Iro water controller, which is designed to help homeowners preserve water.


Operations begin on 25 MW PV plant in India

Narendra Modi

SunEdison has completed a 25 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic plant in Gujarat, India. It is scheduled to be inaugurated tomorrow, April 19. In related news, Waaree Energies Pvt. Ltd has grid-connected a five MW plant in Rajasthan.


Preliminary insolvency proceedings open for Odersun

Odersun module plant Germany

Having filed for insolvency and self-administration at the end of March, Odersun AG has been unable to find an investor. Consequently, a local court in Germany has ordered the opening of preliminary insolvency proceedings.


First Solar reduces German presence; idles lines in Malaysia; 2,000 jobs lost

The front of the First Solar fab.

Thin film photovoltaic giant, First Solar, has today announced it is significantly reducing its operations in Germany, due to the "deteriorating" market conditions in Europe. It is also scaling back its operations in Malaysia....


Lanco Solar connects 56 MW of PV to India’s grid

Indian flag

Lanco Solar has completed and connected 56 megawatts (MW) worth of photovoltaic projects to the grid in the Indian state of Gujarat.


Canadian Solar and SkyPower form PV project development JV

Canada Ontario FirstLight solar photovoltaic project

Photovoltaic module manufacturer, Canadian Solar Inc. and project developer, SkyPower Limited have formed a joint venture (JV) under which they will install up to 200 megawatts (MW) of photovoltaics in Ontario, Canada. They will...


Korea: STX Solar sets ambitious manufacturing goals; to install 86 MW

STX Solar at IGEE 2012

Korea-based STX Group is renowned for its ship building and trading activities. However, since 2009, the company has been steadily ramping up its solar cell production, and launched its first module in 2011. In an interview with...


Germany: Head of SolarWorld accuses energy companies of destroying solar

Frank Asbec, SolarWorld

In a no-nonsense interview, Frank Asbeck accuses the energy companies of trying to destroy the solar industry in Germany. He further reiterates his criticisms of Chinese photovoltaic manufacturers.


Plummeting PV equipment revenues expected to recover in 2013

Photovoltaic equipment revenues have hit a 10 quarter (Q) low, according to the latest figures from NPD Solarbuzz. Despite this, the company is optimistic the market will pick up again in 2013, after bottoming-out in Q2 2012....


SunPower reduces manufacturing capacity in Philippines

SunPower’s Maxeon Gen E cells

SunPower has said it will consolidate its photovoltaic cell manufacturing at its Fab 1 in the Philippines, thus reducing capacity by 125 megawatts (MW). The company adds that it is on track to reduce manufacturing costs further.


Nativity scheme: Can Ontario require 'domestic content' for FIT eligibility?

80MW Sarnia Solar photovoltaic thin film Ontario project

Just how important is "home advantage" to players in the renewable energy sector? It could be a game changer, according to Japan and the European Union, both of which have brought complaints against Canada for violating the rules...


Hanwha Solar opens North American R&D center

Hanwha Solar ribbon cutting Santa clara R&D Facility

Korea-based Hanwha Solar has opened a new R&D center in Santa Clara, California. The goal is to develop next generation photovoltaic concepts, with a focus on efficiency and low cost.


Solar drives global clean energy spending rise

Germany solar photovoltaic plant

Global clean energy financing grew to record levels of US$263 billion (€200 billion) in 2011, with investment in solar accounting for just under half of the overall spend. The U.S., meanwhile, attracted the highest amount of...


Sharp and EGP complete 6 Italian PV projects

3Sun solar photovoltaic thin film factory Italy

Sharp Corporation and Enel Green Power (EGP) have completed six thin film photovoltaic projects in Italy worth 14.4 megawatts (MW).


Korea: Shinsung puts capacity plans on hold; shifts focus to PV project business

IGEE crowd shot 2012

In an interview with pv magazine Shinsung Solar Energy talks about its gigawatt capacity ramp up plans and photovoltaic project pipeline in Korea.


Gehrlicher Solar completes Brazilian football stadium PV project

Brazil Pituacu Football Stadium solar photovoltaic project

Gehrlicher Ecoluz Solar do Brasil S.A. has grid connected what it says is the first photovoltaic system on a South American football stadium. The 408 kilowatt peak (kWp) project is located on the Pituaçu stadium in Salvador de...


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