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PV drives up global silver demand

Germany-based Heraeus Photovoltaics specializes in silver metallization paste for solar cells

Silver demand for PV applications rose 23% in 2015.


Amtech books $28 million in Q2, $1.5 million loss

Amtech announces $28 million orders in Q2 2016

U.S.-headquartered PV and semiconductor production equipment supplier Amtech has registered increased bookings in Q2 2016, although it has incurred a $1.5 million loss the for the quarter. Solar bookings in Q2 came in at $28...


SunPower reports operational successes but posts a loss in Q1

The California-based PV maker is running factories at full capacity and rolling out new products, but still reported a significant loss on a per-share basis.


Siva Power to build CIGS pilot line

Siva Power module image

Siva Power has raised US$5 million, in a series D round, to construct a pilot line for its CIGS PV technology. The line will be installed at the company's Santa Clara base.


Phoenix Solar doubles Q1 revenue Y-o-Y

Solar installation in Munich.

The German PV project developer posts first quarter revenue of EUR 9.9 million, double that achieved in Q1 2015, following the conclusion of several large-scale projects. Accelerated Q2 growth forecast.


Origin Energy signs 13-year PPA for 100 MW Queensland solar farm

Queensland.

Australian utility inks a 13-year power purchase agreement with the developers of the Clare Solar Farm, which is a 100 MW PV plant currently under construction in Queensland.


Enphase Energy hits Q1 revenue target as price reduction roadmap continues

Enphase president and CEO Paul Nahi.

The U.S. microinverter specialist reports first quarter revenue of $64.1 million, shipments of 143 MW and a GAAP gross margin of 18.3% as product costs continue to fall.


GE to deliver 220 MW of inverters to DEWA's Dubai solar project

The GE LV5 Series 1 MW central inverter will be shipped to Spanish EPC TSK in the summer for installation in the DEWA solar project.

The DEWA project is currently attracting bids for the world's cheapest solar energy, and 220 MW of PV installed in the next phase will be controlled by GE’s LV5 Series central inverters.


Avancis hits 17.9% efficiency on 30 cm x 30 cm module

Avancis module in production

German CIGS developer Avancis has achieved an efficiency of 17.9% with its CIGS technology. The company hit the conversion efficiency on a 30 cm x 30 cm mini module, with the company claiming the technology could be translated...


Tata to pay $1.45bn for Welspun's solar, wind portfolio – reports

Solar EPC service, India.

India's largest utility Tata Power is in the final stages of negotiations to purchase the entire 1.15 GW clean energy portfolio of Welspun Group, according to local media reports.


Wacker Chemie extends its agreement with China during review of EU polysilicon import duties

Wacker will continue to export duty-free polysilicon to China under a special arrangement with the nation’s government.


UK: government survey finds 84% support for solar as fracking backing fades

Solar BIPV installation.

Latest edition of the Department of Energy and Climate Change's public attitudes tracker finds record-high levels of support for solar and renewables in general, while fracking falls out of favor.


Duke Energy ups clean power target by 33% to 8 GW by 2020

Duke Energy at work.

U.S. utility accelerates its renewable energy goals in line with current pace of progress, particularly in the sectors of solar PV, wind and biomass.


Thailand's 281 MW solar agreement could unlock $500m investment

Thai solar installation.

Finalization this week of 67 solar farm connection agreements totaling 281.32 MW a could be a watershed moment for the nation's clean energy ambitions, energy regulators believe.


Panasonic solar sales slide on weak Japanese demand

The electronics conglomerate is the second Japanese solar maker to report falling sales in the latest fiscal year, as more evidence of declining domestic demand.


Turkey: ICCI event returns focus to growing solar industry

The 22nd ICCI event in Istanbul brought together stakeholders, delegates and businesses from across the energy supply chain, with more than 21 countries represented in the halls.

The 22nd International Energy & Environment Fair and Conference, held just weeks after Solarex, delivered another opportunity for Turkey to smooth the edges of its expanding solar sector.


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