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First Solar begins construction of 141 MW PV plant in Chile

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, Isabel Allende, president of the Chilean Senate, and Energy Minister Máximo Pacheco attended the Luz del Norte PV plant's inaugural ceremony on Oct. 17, 2014.

The Luz Del Norte, expected to be the largest PV plant in South America when completed, will make significant contribution to Chile's national energy agenda. Chilean President Michelle Bachelet and leading government officials...


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SolarWorld shuts production lines down

SolarWorld Hilsboro manufacturing site

SolarWorld is to close photovoltaic module manufacturing plants down in the U.S. and Germany. The company said the move will strengthen its competitiveness.


TerniEnergia installs 57.3 MWp of PV in Italy

Italian photovoltaic plant by TerniEnergi

From July 1 until August 31, TerniEnergia connected 28 photovoltaic plants worth 57.3 megawatts peak (MWp) to the Italian grid. As such, all the projects will receive direct access to the fourth Conto Energia tariffs.


DOE grants USD$145 million for development of solar technologies

Suntech solar photovoltaic cell on the production line

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has made over USD$145 million available to 69 solar projects across the country. The goal is to position the U.S. as an industry leader.


Top three Q2 PV module suppliers are Chinese

Suntech solar photovoltaic module manufacturing facility in Wuxi, China

Although the photovoltaic module market has suffered setbacks this year, Asian manufacturers are keeping the competition on its toes. According to new research, the top three suppliers in the second quarter of the year (Q2) are...


S.A.G. grid connects 48 MW PV project

S.A.G. Solarstrom CEO Karl Kuhlmann

S.A.G. Solarstrom AG has connected its 48 megawatt peak (MWp) North Italian photovoltaic project to the grid yesterday, thus meeting Italy’s August 31 feed-in tariff (FIT) deadline.


20 MW NRG Solar PV project up and running

Close up of solar photovoltaic module

NRG Solar’s 20 megawatt (MW) New Mexico photovoltaic project has commenced operations.


Australia: Victoria FIT cut announced

Satellite image of Australia

Australia’s Victorian State Government today announced a new 'transitional feed-in tariff' (TFiT) for rooftop solar panels, joining most of the other Australian states in drastically reducing the amount paid to customers.


Siemens receives 25 MW worth of PV plant orders

Martinique 11 Les Salines Beach

Siemens Energy has received orders, from multiple customers, for the turnkey construction of 15 photovoltaic plants worth 25 megawatts (MW) in Italy and the overseas department of France, Martinique and Guadeloupe.


Solyndra third solar company to file for Chapter 11 relief

Solyndra HQ building in Fremont, California

Solyndra LLC has announced its intention to file for relief under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code following the immediate suspension of its manufacturing operations and lay off of around 1,100 employees.


Solarpack awarded 16 MW Peruvian PV project

A Solarpack solar photovoltaic plant

Under the second renewable energy tender (RER) of Peru, Spanish photovoltaic company Solarpack says it has been awarded the "entirety of the solar energy segment".


Germany: Work on 84.5 MW PV plant underway

solarhybrid FinnowTower I photovoltaic park in Germany

Expansion work has begun on the 24.3 megawatt (MW) FinnowTower I photovoltaic power plant in Schorfheide, northeast of Berlin. When complete, the project will be 84.5 MW and, thus, the largest of its kind in Europe.


Payom Solar completes Amsolar acquisition

Amsolar screenshot

Germany-based Payom Solar AG has completed its acquisition of U.S. Amsolar Corporation, thus marking its entry into the North American market.


Jobs axed as Colexon announces office closures

Colexon 2008 solar photovoltaic Installation

Another casualty of the weak market conditions seen in the first half of the year, Germany-based Colexon has announced it will "hone" its business model. Specifically, it will "considerably" downsize its operations and make...


Australia’s first utility-scale PV project given the go ahead

Man holding First Solar thin film photovoltaic module in its Ohio manufacturing facility

Work on a ten megawatt (MW) photovoltaic project in Western Australia is underway. When complete, it is set to be the first utility-scale project of its kind in the country.


Ubbink opens East African PV module factory

View over Kenya's Nairobi at night

Centrotec Sustainable AG’s Dutch subsidiary, Ubbink B.V. has opened a photovoltaic module manufacturing factory in Nairobi, Kenya. It is said to be the first such facility in East Africa.


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