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Fraunhofer CSE installs first 'Plug and Play' PV system

Fraunhofer CSE residential rooftop Plug and Play PV System

The R&D laboratory says once the residential rooftop PV system is commercially available, homeowners will be able to purchase and install the system as easily as installing a washer and dryer.


Capital Stage could double generation portfolio

Hamburg Capital stage.

The German developer has signed a 20-year strategic financing deal with the Gothaer Group. Purchase of solar parks could double Capital's 313 MW portfolio.


China Sunergy financing deal in Turkey

China Sunergy's Istanbul-Tuzla module plant.

Chinese manufacturer will develop projects of up to 100 MW in Turkey with financing from DenizBank. The Chinese company last month started shipments of its Turkish-made modules to the US.


8minutenergy signs 100 MW PPA

8minutenergy's Chocolate Mountain project, in California.

US developer's Springbok project will supply households in LA. Construction of the project is set to start in the first three months of the new year.


Westinghouse parent enters administration

A Westinghouse solar module.

Australian renewables developer CBD Energy has entered voluntary administration along with its Australian solar business. The company hopes to announce a restructuring plan next month.


Applied Materials results show little sign of recovery in the PV equipment market

Applied Materials has reported another slow quarter in its Energy & Environmental Services division, a sign that recovery in the PV equipment industry is still far off.


First Solar adding 120 manufacturing staff at its Ohio fab

The front of the Frankfurt (Oder) factory.

U.S. thin film producer and project developer First Solar is looking to hire 120 employees at its Perrysburg Ohio fab. The additional workers are required as First Solar increases its Ohio facility’s output by 100 MW.


Manz grows revenue despite weak solar equipment orders

Manz and a module.

German PV, battery and display production equipment supplier Manz has continued to post strong revenue growth, despite its figures being weighed down by a weak PV equipment market. The tool supplier posted revenues of €87.3...


Solar panels carry Rosetta's lander to comet

Rosetta: Philae landing, ESA artist's impression

Humanity yesterday celebrated an historic step towards unlocking the mysteries of the oldest building blocks of our Solar System: Comets. Solar cells carried the European Space Agency's Rosetta probe, Philae, onto the first-ever...


Imergy signs flow battery deal with Hawaii's Energy Research Systems

Hawaii State Dept. of Education PV installation

The combination of solar power systems and Imergy's vanadium flow batteries are a cost effective solution for areas with high electricity prices or limited grid capabilities, says Herve Mazzocco, Imergy's director of Business...


UK adds £10 million for community renewable energy schemes

UK rooftop Lightsource Renewable Energy

The new funding will allow communities to play their part in generating renewable power at a local level, according to Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey.


Hanwha Q Cells completes 500 kW array at HQ for self-consumption

Hanwha Q Cells PV carport at company headquarters in Thalheim, Germany

PV module producer Hanwha Q Cells has announced the completion of a 500 kW PV carport array, at its headquarters in Thalheim, Germany. The installation was completed in only 11 days, with all of the installation's output to be...


Solar industry on both sides of pond cheer US-Chinese CO2 emissions deal

Barack Obama, Xi Jinping in Beijing, Nov. 12, 2014

"The news is good for the solar industry, as solar is an obvious solution to fight climate change and stimulate local economies while bringing green, sustainable and affordable energy to the world," says James Watson, CEO of the...


Greensmith riding energy storage wave atop software platform

Greensmith CEO John Jung

Interview: Greensmith, a leading provider of energy storage management software, has seen dramatic growth in the grid-scale energy storage market, putting the company ahead of its 2014 targets. CEO John Jung spoke with pv...


Russia ramps up solar capacity in Far East amidst increasing Chinese competition

Russian Sakha region

Major Russian solar developers are establishing solar plants in the Far East region, but they may soon see increased competition from Chinese giant Amur Sirius, which is expected to channel nearly $1 billion into the Russian...


Largest African PV plant begins operation

SolarReserve's 96 MW Jasper project in South Africa

Among the South African project's investors are Google and SolarReserve, which also developed the 96 MW plant as part of an international consortium. The plant will generate enough power to supply 80,000 homes.


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