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Locus Energy nears 1 GW landmark

A Locus Energy heatmap.

New Jersey solar monitoring company processing data from almost 1 GW of installations. Demand for SolarNOC software has led the way.


Chinese module prices on the rise

Trina Solar PV module production

Chinese panels are increasing in price due to the EU's anti-dumping tariffs. As a result, high-quality modules from South Korean and Western suppliers are becoming more competitive, says IHS.


Mascotte's $250 million due diligence bill

Taipei.

The Taiwanese company has been forced to take HK$1.93bn hit in its 2013 figures, part of a HK$3.03 billion annual loss, after due diligence over the Sun Materials acquisition failed to spot a hydroflouric acid problem.


Russian Far East bolsters RES capacity

The Russian Far East, where adverse climate conditions have resulted in high prices for fossil fuels, is increasingly embracing renewable energy. The offers opportunity, but also challenges for local developers.


Sharp to market solar windows

Solar glass.

The Japanese giant will showcase solar window and balcony railings at PV Japan 2013. The windows will cost around $2,000 per square meter.


Global demand grows for Taiwan's PV cells

Gintech Taiwan

The Chinese-European trade dispute and growing demand in Asia and North America has created a booming global market for Taiwanese PV cells, which saw international shipments jump 6.7% in the first half of the year.


PPA for Rwanda's first grid scale solar park

Kigali.

The government in Kigali has signed a PPA for an 8.5 MW project in Rwamagana district. The park will be developed by the founders of Israeli solar company Arava Power.


ReneSola lands 63 MW Thai supply deal

The flag of Thailand.

The Chinese manufacturer continues its contract wins in south east Asia with a Thai module supply deal. Its panels will be used in a project in Nakornsawan.


Hermes launches trial run for solar module production facility in Sofia

Hermes Solar plant in Sofia

Hermes Solar on Friday officially launched the trial run of its new highly automated crystalline module production with an annual capacity of 60 MW in Bulgaria. The first modules, scheduled to ship in September, are mainly for...


Solar self-consumption on the rise in Germany

Germany SolarWorld

Lower feed-in tariffs, high electricity rates and the growing availability of storage systems are making self-consumption a much more attractive option for German solar producers.


Indian manufacturers allege EU module dumping

A photovoltaic park in Karnataka.

Three manufacturers have complained about dumping of cells and modules from the EU and Japan. Same three companies have an ongoing complaint about cells from the U.S., China, Taiwan and Malaysia.


Westinghouse-CBD merger is off

A Westinghouse Solar module.

Californian solar installer calls off deal after 'continued delays and uncertainty.' Westinghouse Solar also faces a name change after falling behind on brand licensing payments.


Suntech creditor claims total almost $1 billion

Wuxi Suntech headquarters.

The Chinese manufacturer's European unit has revealed a mountain of debt, including $454.3 million for its insolvent Wuxi Suntech unit.


German-Chinese module price gap narrowing

Karel de Gucht.

Module and inverter trader says trade war and consequent lack of Chinese imports is closing the price gap between German and Chinese products. But spot market availability of fire-sale modules can skew figures, warns analyst.


Solar market worth $134 billion by 2020

CIGS panels in China.

Annual revenue from PV installations will top $134 billion in seven years' time and solar will stand alone without subsidies from 2017, claims Navigant Research report.


Approval for 30 MW project in the Philippines

Ilocos Norte.

US$55 million scheme in Ilocos Norte is the third PV project to win a certificate of commerciality in the country. South Korean developers expect to be fully operational in late 2014.


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