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InnoLas to supply 800 MW of Sunrise PERC production

InnoLas laser tool

German laser production equipment supplier InnoLas has announced a deal to supply Sunrise Global Solar Energy with tooling for 800 MW of PERC production. InnoLas will ship five of its ILS-TT tools for Laser Contact Opening.

Sunnova raises $110m to accelerate customer growth

Solar rooftop installation.

The Houston, Texas-based solar service company will plow the funds into its solar service offering to homeowners across the U.S.

China surpasses Germany as world's solar bright spot

Beijing skyline, China.

Global Renewable Energy Report 2014 finds that China now boasts the world's biggest solar market, accounting for investments of $23.56bn last year.

Suntech buys up 30% of US storage company Powin Energy, wins best-in-class panel rating

Suntech HQ, Wuxi, China.

The Chinese solar producer has paid $25 million for a 30% share of Powin Energy, and could acquire a further 30% over the next two years.

Higher costs drive Q2 loss for NRG Energy

NRG Energy Californian solar park.

The U.S. wholesale power generation company reported a $97 million loss in the second quarter despite enjoying increased revenue.

Smart money against hitting EU target

A smart meter.

The EU is on track to fall short of its target of having smart meters in 80% of households by 2020. Member states have committed more than $60 billion to the smart meter roll out.

Lenders and leading developer focus on Nigerian market

Lagos, Nigeria's capital.

Nigeria's solar PV programme is expected to benefit from the latest funding approvals from a group of international lenders mere months after the country's energy sub-sector attracted a leading global solar PV developer.

China adds 3.3 GW of solar in six months

Pollution in Beijing.

The Asian superpower is on track to eclipse Europe as the world's solar powerhouse this year. But the first-half figure is well short of halfway to the stated target of 13 GW of new solar this year.

pv magazine's weekly news roundup

MS Turano PlanetSolar boat.

A quick look back at the biggest solar news stories that have grabbed our attention over these past seven days.

Indian government considers introducing FIT

India's prime minister Narendra Modi.

Narendra Modi's government is reportedly considering whether to introduce fixed payment incentives for solar. Any FIT would replace the country's reverse bidding process for developers.

UK: ReneSola to supply 22 MW of solar modules to two projects

Arundel, England.

Two large-scale solar farms in England are to receive ReneSola's Virtus I and II PV modules as the company cranks up its presence in this dynamic market.

First Solar eyes Pakistan

The flag of Pakistan.

After breaking into Indian solar with its first project, the U.S. thin film giant has stated an ambition to enter Pakistan's fledgling market. Pakistan has no utility scale projects on the ground yet.

JinkoSolar opens 120 MW South African PV module factory

Cape Town, South Africa.

The $7.4 million production facility is JinkoSolar's first such facility outside China, and signals the company's intent to expand into the African market.

Indian government pushes states to ultra-mega projects

Indian energy minister Piyush Goyal.

Plans have emerged for the Union government of Narendra Modi to kick-start mammoth-scale projects in five states. But there has still been no indication of where the panels will come from for ultra-mega projects.

Yingli surpasses 10 GW of global solar module deployment

Yingli solar PV installation.

The vertically integrated PV manufacturer reached the milestone in June, adding that the tally amounts to 40 million PV modules globally.

Germany launches renewable energy installation register

The Federal Network Agency in Bonn, Germany

Operators of wind turbines and biomass facilities will have to register their systems with the Federal Network Agency, which already keeps track of PV plants in order to determine solar subsidy degression rates based on the...

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