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Intevac books PVD equipment order from Tier-1 manufacturer

Californian-based deposition equipment supplier Intevac is to supply its Intevac Matrix thin-film deposition equipment to an unnamed Tier-1 crystalline silicon cell manufacturer. The Matrix system employs physical vapor...


Japan: Solar reaches 10% of peak summer power

Kagoshima City, Japan

Sunny skies and favorable conditions throughout the summer has boosted the total share of solar in the country's overall energy mix.


Brazil's largest PV module factory inaugurated

The 180 MW factory is located in the state of São Paulo, as the largest PV factory inaugurated in the nation to date.


Analysis: Growing domestic demand convincing solar companies to invest in India

India's domestic market is now robust and reliable enough to support large-scale investment by leading solar firms.

GTM Research senior solar analyst Mohit Anand says that international suppliers such as JA Solar and Trina are gaining confidence in India's home solar market.


Hanwha Q Cells adds 45.2 MW to its UK solar footprint

Fenland solar farm, England.

South Korean solar firm secures two large-scale solar farms in the U.K.; agrees 15-year power purchase agreement with EDF Energy.


E.ON grows PV power plant development business

An E.ON solar power plant in Germany.

Germany’s E.ON has announced that it is continuing to expand its U.S. and German PV power plant business. E.ON will develop a 20 MW project in Kern Country, California, after having completed a 2.1 MW plant near Neubrandenburg,...


Enel Green Power unveils $600m Brazil solar plan

Enel Green Power's Chile installation.

Italian developer will invest $600 million in development of 553 MW of new solar PV capacity awarded under Brazil's latest solar tender.


ITC extension will assist solar growth, says US Energy Secretary

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernie Moniz.

Ernest Moniz says the Obama administration backs Democrats' calls for an extension of the Federal ITC; stresses the solar industry can grow without further subsidy but states time is running out to offer appropriate support.


GT to lay off 2/5 of global workforce

GT Advanced Technologies has released details of a restructuring plan which will include reducing its workforce by an estimated 40%. The company aims to return from bankruptcy in the first quarter of 2016.


Tri-State, Juwi sign PPA for 30 MW Colorado PV plant

The Cimarron Solar project was the first utility-scale solar plant in Tri-State’s energy portfolio

Juwi Inc. has signed a PPA with Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc. for its proposed 30 MW solar PV project. Located in Colorado, the U.S., it is scheduled for completion in Q4 2016.


JA Solar pens agreement to build 1 GW fab capacity in Andhra Pradesh, India

Andhra Pradesh.

The Chinese solar firm will begin construction of a 500 MW solar cell factory in the state in December; similar-size module factory to follow, according to MoU signed with Essel Group.


Fossil fuels' cost advantage over solar narrowing, says IEA

Coal and solar.

New report published jointly by International Energy Agency (IEA) and Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) reveals strides made by renewable energy sector in producing electricity at costs close to fossil fuel-based power stations.


Japan's solar shipments fall 13% in Q1, reports JPEA

Tokyo.

The Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association (JPEA) has reported that shipments of solar panels in Japan fell 13% in the first quarter of the year; first year-on-year decline since Q3 2012.


Comtec sees strong demand for monocrystalline, despite huge net loss

Like Longi, Comtec sees strong demand for monocrystalline solar products

Comtec Solar Systems Group Limited has seen its net loss for 1H 2015 plummet, despite increasing revenues. It is confident, however, the market for its monocrystalline wafers is strong.


Manz wins EUR 12 million Li-ion battery order

Manz has secured orders totaling some €100 million in its energy storage business in 2015

Manz AG has won an order from a U.S. customer for a lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery production line worth EUR 12 million. This year to date, the German equipment manufacturer has secured orders totaling EUR 100 million.


Solar Frontier secures CIS deal for 26 MW North Carolina project

Solar Frontier modules.

The Japanese company's CIS modules have been selected for the U.S. solar installation on the back of real-world performance recognition in the Americas.


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