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Meyer Burger, Eternal Sun named as 2016 Technology Highlights award winners

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Meyer Burger's DW288 Series 3 diamond wire saw, and Eternal Sun's Climate Chamber and Solar Simulator have been named as the winners of the 2016 Technology Highlights award. The award recognizes excellence in innovation and...

Marubeni, Mainstream sign EUR 100 million investment deal

Mainstream CEO Eddie O'Connor

Japan's Marubeni is set to acquire a 25% share in Ireland's Mainstream Renewable Power following the EUR 100 million investment. If approved by shareholders, the deal would accelerate Mainstream's key global projects.

German PV developer derides EU-China deal

Gehrlicher Solar HQ.

The chief operating officer of Gehrlicher Solar says the EU-China agreement "is of no use to anyone" but nevertheless welcomes an end to the dispute-related uncertainty.

China-EU solar imports, to cap or not to cap?

Yingli manufacturing.

The publication of the EU acceptance of Chinese undertakings on minimum prices for solar products was predictably light on detail. The list of participating manufacturers in the trade agreement is more or less comprehensive.

Sharp and Panasonic ride the solar wave

Sharp Photovoltaic HQ.

Japanese giants see their balance sheets boosted by the domestic solar boom. In response, Sharp announces plan to widen its solar product range and expand its development business.

CentroSolar reports more grim figures


Munich solar manufacturer CentroSolar has little to cheer from its second quarter figures but the auditing of its 2012 accounts has cleared the way for September's critical debt to equity swap.

Silence greeted adoption of EU-China price commitments

Milan Nitzschke.

The European solar trade bodies so vociferous in their criticism of the EU-China trade deal proposals earlier this week have had nothing to say after the announcement that EU heads of government adopted the agreement.

Solar helps drive NextEra profits

The Florida Keys.

Solar played its part in U.S. energy company NextEra's profits from April to June but wind is still the company's favored renewable and the year on year six-month figures were less encouraging.

EU member states rubber-stamp panel trade deal

EU flags flying.

EU member states voted to accept the EU-China trade deal announced by commissioner Karel de Gucht last weekend. An EU press spokesman said no member state had voted against the agreement.

Belectric CEO hits out at German renewables policy

Bernhard Beck said the policies of the current government in Berlin mean it is impossible to consider developing another 128 MW solar park like the one he was inaugurating at Templin, in Brandenburg state.

DuPont, GD Solar join forces to advance PV technology

DuPont REIF event 2013 Shanghai

The companies say they are collaborating in China "to improve the power output, quality and reliability of solar energy systems to meet the world's growing energy needs."

Solar advocates attack Xcel plan to define net metering costs

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Clean energy supporters are assailing a plan by utility group Xcel Energy to better define the value of net metering in Colorado, which the company says would make the incentive "clear and transparent."

SunPower big in Japan, boosts Q2 profits

SunPower Tolosa

The U.S.' second biggest solar manufacturer returned to profitability in the second quarter. Operating at full capacity, the company is weighing a fab expansion to meet growing global demand, particularly from Japan.

US: SolarWorld extends financing program

SolarWorld has expanded its solar financing program to six additional U.S. states after being solely available in California. The plan is dedicated exclusively to U.S.-made solar products.

First Solar, AGL team up down under on 155 MW utility-scale projects

Broken Hill, Australia

Australia's AGL has tapped Arizona-based thin film photovoltaic module manufacturer First Solar to oversee two major projects in New South Wales budgeted at $450 million.

Germany: Monthly FIT degression remains at 1.8%

Germany added some 300 MW of new photovoltaic capacity in June, according to the German Federal Network Agency. Hence, monthly FIT reductions of 1.8% will apply for the months of August, September and October.

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