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Chinese delays could see Japan steal solar top spot

Japan solar rooftop.

Postponed and delayed PV projects in China are stunting growth figures, says expert. Japan's surging end to year could see it displace China as world's largest market.


SolarMax insolvency: lack of pan-European policy harms industry, says expert

Hoffmann at the Forum Solarpraxis.

The insolvency of Switzerland's SolarMax is yet another indictment of Europe's failure to nurture pro-solar political conditions, says solar consultant Winfried Hoffmann.


Solar disrupts utilities out of their comfort zone

Prof. Klaus Töpfer.

Solarpraxis Forum highlights how traditional energy utilities are struggling to cope with the expansion of the renewable energy sector, forcing a rethink of their relationship with renewables.


Future PV Forum brings close-to-commercialization technologies into focus

Andreas Liebheit.

The 15th Forum Solarpraxis played host to the first Future PV Forum today in Berlin. 10 presentations across the solar innovation value chain showcased a range of technologies from the much-hyped perovskites to laser 3D printing...


SolarMax to file for insolvency

Sputnik HQ

SolarMax will become the latest inverter victim of Europe’s declining PV market when its parent company, Sputnik Engineering, files for insolvency this week.


15th Forum Solarpraxis begins with a buzz

Kostal's Stephan Kring with the new PIKO 20 string inverter that the company is showcasing at the 15th Forum Solarpraxis.

Solar business conference held in Berlin commences with well-attended keynote speech and defiantly upbeat vibe.


SMA secures net metering authorization in Chile

Chile's Parinacota Volcano.

German company becomes first inverter supplier to be authorized to participate in the country's recently introduced net metering program.


North Carolina regulators approve 80 MW solar plant

Solar installation North Carolina.

The $200m proposed McBride Place Energy project, to be located near the city of Concord, has been given the green light by the N.C. Utilities Commission.


MegaCell signs MoU for 120 MW bi-facial cell and module fab in Egypt

The MoU was signed between the two parties and in the presence of Egyptian Minister of Investment,  H.E. Ashraf Salman.

The Italian solar manufacturer has teamed up with Cairo-based Misr Asset Management to develop the production plant in a deal worth $42.5 million.


Japanese PV module demand booms to 2.52 GW in most recent quarter

The sharp increase in the nation's PV market matches BNEF's forecast of a 9-11 GW solar PV market in 2014. Japanese companies continue to dominate shipments.


UK: Movable FIT option for commercial rooftops receives STA backing

Commercial rooftop installation, U.K.

Plans by the British government to allow businesses and factories that move buildings to continue to claim the FIT from their previous location praised by Solar Trade Association.


Huawei unveils smart PV solution in Germany

Huawei SUN2000 string inverters.

Chinese company extends solar footprint in Europe with demonstration of string inverter solution at 7.8 MW solar park in western Germany.


Yingli posts drop in third-quarter revenue, narrows net loss

Yingli PV module production

The Chinese PV group continued to see strong demand for modules from China and Japan as well as from emerging markets, which increased by some 17% quarter over quarter.


Trina boosts sales, profit in third quarter

Trina Chairman and CEO Jifan Gao

Trina Chairman and CEO Jifan Gao says the company continued to meet or exceed financial and performance targets despite foreign exchange fluctuations and weaker demand in Europe.


Dominion buys Canadian Solar plant in California

Lancaster, California

With the addition of the West Antelope Solar Park in northern Los Angeles County, Dominion now has 344 MW of solar generating capacity in development, under construction or in operation across six U.S. states.


Fraunhofer CSE installs first 'Plug and Play' PV system

Fraunhofer CSE residential rooftop Plug and Play PV System

The R&D laboratory says once the residential rooftop PV system is commercially available, homeowners will be able to purchase and install the system as easily as installing a washer and dryer.


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