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Avancis acquired by China’s CNBM

The Avancis factory.

German thin film manufacturer Avancis has announced that its acquisition by Chinese building materials and glass supplier CNBM has gone ahead. It says that preparations to restart its production in Torgau, Germany, will begin...


ABB partners with Amcorp Power on Malaysia's largest PV plant

ABB building

The power and automation technologies group provided TRIO solar inverters and its Plant Portfolio Manager monitoring system for the PV installation.


History repeating: Solar energy 'unstoppable'

John Perlin

John Perlin explores the history of solar energy in his latest book, "Let it Shine: The 6,000-Year Story of Solar Energy." pv magazine caught up with the author for an interview in the August issue. Here's an excerpt.


African Development Bank slates nearly $1 million for 20 MW Burkina Faso PV plant

Burkino Faso

Energy demand in the West African nation has increased 10% annually in the past five years, resulting in a widening supply gap across the country.


SolarWorld asks North American customers to inspect PV installations

SolarWorld panel and founder.

On Friday the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a recall notice for 1.5 million SolarWorld modules used in installations in the U.S. and Canada. SolarWorld has responded to the notice, saying that installer error...


pv magazine weekly news round-up: Aug 15-22

Californian solar installation.

A quick look back at the biggest solar news stories that have grabbed our attention over these past seven days.


Interview: inside the Komax Solar management buyout

Cell stringing process.

After announcing last August that it attended to sell it’s solar business, equipment supplier Komax Group announced this week that Komax Solar has been sold in a management buyout of the company. Komax Solar, a stringer supplier,...


Toyota switches on 3.8 MW solar array at UK engine plant

Solar panels at Toyota plant.

The car giant's Deeside plant in North Wales has been fitted with 13,000 solar panels that will power 10% of the plant’s electricity needs each year.


DuPont lawsuit accuses SunEdison of patent infringement

DuPont solar PV metallization cell

The U.S. chemical company claims SunEdison's cells and modules use a specific type of metallization paste that infringes its patented tellurium paste technology.


Jinko Power signs 100 MW solar agreement with southeastern Chinese province

ShangRao, Hengfeng County, Jiangxi Province.

The JinkoSolar subsidiary will engineer, procure and construct solar PV projects in China's Hengfeng County, Jiangxi Province.


Thailand set for $1.4bn renewables boost

A 9.5 MW solar PV plant in Thailand.

Bangkok-based clean power developer Energy Absolute Pcl plans to invest 46 billion baht in Thailand’s green energy sector over the next three years.


Michigan State University develops transparent solar cell

Transparent solar PV cell.

Cell developed with light harvesting transparent solar concentrators delivers just 1% efficiency, researchers aiming for 5% in near future.


Eco Energy World connects 70 MW of PV in UK

Exmoor coastline, Devon, U.K.

The renewable energy developer brought five solar PV projects online across the south of England in quick succession, swelling its solar portfolio.


Sub-Saharan Africa commissions 1.8 GW RE capacity this year

60 kW PV installation in Kenya.

South Africa, Ethiopia and Kenya lead renewable energy surge, with more clean power to be added this year than entire 2000-13 period.


REC, Sunrun sign US solar panel deal

REC Solar factory, Singapore

The U.S. market is becoming increasingly important for the Norwegian solar group as it continues to broaden distribution of its products worldwide.


S4 Solar to build 100 MW module assembly plant in Brazil

Goiania, Goias, Brazil

S4 Solar do Brasil, which is making its debut at Intersolar South America this month, is constructing a 100 MW module plant in Brazil to focus on the domestic market.


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