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Vivint Solar targets IPO of $371 million

Vivint Solar HQ.

The financing target sees the residential solar installer step up its efforts to gain a greater share of the US leasing market.


Study: Solar customers may be better off using self-generated power

UK rooftop PV system

A U.K. smart grid project investigates whether solar PV owners could benefit from using their generated energy instead of exporting it back to the grid.


ZSW sets 21.7% thin film efficiency record

Flexible CIGS cell.

Scientists at Stuttgart's Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research have regained the gong for CIGS efficiency, improving upon the previous record of 21%.


SunPower produces one billionth solar cell

SunPower e20 PV module.

The US solar company's production milestone follows announcement of a new 350 MW manufacturing facility.


German PV equipment sales up 39% in first six months

Teamtechnik Stringer TT 1200

Booming business in Asian is driving sales in the sector, which is also seeing increased momentum from the U.S. and emerging markets, the German Engineering Federation reports.


The pv magazine weekly news round-up

The Bee Gees.

Good news from Italy and India, astonishing news about sunlight levels and the solar cell coming to a printer near you but it's all too late for one US state. We should have listened to Barry...


Co-founder back at the helm at CSUN

A China Sunergy building.

Stephen Zhifang Cai has resigned for personal reasons, CSUN announced today. The Nanjing manufacturer's share price has tanked since November.


Solar investment twice as effective as oil in EVs

A Tesla electric vehicle.

Analyst calculates investing in renewables yields far more usable energy to the consumer than oil, dollar for dollar. Traditional combustion engines see a 75-80% energy loss compared to 25-30% in EVs.


Scatec Solar valued at $298m-$383m

Scatec Solar's project in Kalkbult, South Africa.

The Norwegian developer will set the share price for its pending IPO next week. The company predicted a price range of $4.42-5.68 per share.


Chapter 11 plan for LDK subsidiaries

LDK Solar headquarters.

The Chinese giant plans to shut down three US subisidiaries. On Tuesday a court in Hong Kong will rule on the company's restructuring plans.


Solar microinverter, power optimizer market to surpass $1 billion in 2018

Enphase PV microinverter

Key markets like the U.S., the U.K. and Australia are driving demand for module-level power electronics, according to IHS. The market has already grown to more than $300 million.


Meyer Burger raises $107 million in bond issue

Meyer Burger building

The successful placement of the bonds is expected to help the company, which saw net losses grow 9% in the first half of the year. Money from the issue will go to capital requirements and investments in demo equipment.


Rural electrification set to transform Asia-Pacific microgrid market

PV system, Philippines

The proliferation of microgrids in Asia-Pacific has been encouraged by rural electrification programs in developing countries, and the establishment of commercial microgrids in developed nations, according to Frost & Sullivan.


TÜV Rheinland issues first PID certificate in China to Trina Solar

TUV Rheinland PV module testing

PID tests simulate the practical conditions in the PV system, and verify the module performance and power output under high voltage.


Equipment book-to-bill falls back below parity

A graph from SEMI

Hopes for a sustained equipment bounce-back have taken a hit, in the Q2 2014 SEMI Worldwide Equipment Market Statistics Report. The book-to-bill ratio fell to 0.73.


ISC Konstanz, MegaCell sign transfer deal for N-Type BiSoN cell technology

MegaCell founder Franco Traverso

The agreement will help Franco Traverso's recently launched Italian cell company to reach an annual capacity of 80 MW for bifacial BiSoN solar cells with 30% more energy yield. The German R&D institute's partnership with...


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