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Engie acquires 80% stake in battery maker Green Charge Networks

Green Charge Networks specializes in lithium-ion batteries for C&I customers.

The utility follows in the footsteps of its French counterpart Total by moving into the battery storage space with its 80% acquisition of California's Green Charge Networks.


SMA to downsize massively

SMA has announced today that it will inform its employees of the necessary personnel adjustments as a response to the difficult solar market situation. SMA plans to gradually downsize its full-time employee pool by 700 in Germamy...


China's STGCON, German CEO battle for Asola's future

Asola HQ Erfurt, Germany

The battle for German module manufacturer and automobile applications maker Asola has been raging for months. Shanghai-based STGCON Group has now announced that it intends to turn Asola Solarpower into a European development...


Low worldwide bookings for PV equipment in the first quarter

Global trade association Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) has released their 2013 first quarter statistics report on the worldwide photovoltaics equipment market. Billings and bookings numbers still look...


MGM Resorts, NRG Solar team up on 6.2 MW Las Vegas project

NRG Solar project Mandalay Bay convention center

NRG Solar is designing and developing a 6.2 MW photovoltaic project for MGM Resorts International's first commercial solar project in the U.S. -- a rooftop installation on the Mandalay Bay Resort Convention Center in Las Vegas,...


Gehrlicher Solar erects 9 MWp projects in Romania

Gehrlicher solar park in Mures, Romania

Gehrlicher Solar has finished construction on three ground-mounted systems in Romania with a total capacity of 9 MWp and is currently building additional projects of 5 MWp. It will soon have a total of 23 MWp of installed...


Apple plans new solar array in Reno

Technology giant Apple will be developing a new solar array in Reno, Nevada in the U.S. The goal is to power the company's data center in Reno completely with renewable energy. Apple will work together with the local utility NV...


[UPDATE] Desertec founder explains reasons for Dii split

Dr Thiemo Gropp.

Industrial consortium's communications problems exemplified when Desertec members read an online news story stating plans to sell Saharan energy to Europe may be altered. Foundation's co-founder says visionary group will continue...


Japan and China hold fate of PV in their hands

Intersolar Europe 2013.

Consultant predicts more than 45% of the world's demand for solar power will come from the twin Asian markets in the rest of 2013. A record 35.1 GW of demand is predicted for the full year figure.


Canadian Solar sells 10 MW plant valued at more than $52 million

Canadian Solar PV modules Germany

Solar Solutions Inc. has sold a 10 MW solar plant valued at more than $52 million to TransCanada Corporation. It's the first of nine planned facilities Canadian Solar will build and sell for some $445 million.


Construction starts at Macho Springs

Luna County.

New Mexico's largest solar project is set to be completed by May 2014. First Solar scheme will sell energy to El Paso Electric under 20-year PPA.


Conergy reportedly in talks with Asian investor

Conergy building

Germany's Conergy AG is reportedly in negotiations with a potential investor from Asia who may be willing to invest up to €50 million for a 30% stake in the company if banks accept a new deal.


Solar Frontier restarts full production at Miyazaki plant

Solar Frontier Miyazaki plant

Facing increasing demand for thin film CIS modules, Solar Frontier has restarted production at its Miyazaki No. 2 Plant.


Desertec pulls out of consortium it founded

Desertec map of desert-to-Europe renewable energy grid.

Future of visionary project to generate energy from the world's deserts cast into doubt by founding organization's withdrawal. Press release announcing decision refers to 'management crisis and disorientation of the industrial...


Desert Technologies exploring opportunities in Saudi Arabia and beyond

Nabih Cherradi, chief technology officer of Desert Technologies.

Interview: Nabih Cherradi, chief technology officer at Saudi Arabian renewable energy group Desert Technologies, discusses Saudi Arabia's ambitious sustainable energy plans and the growing opportunities in the Kingdom for local...


EU-China talks hinge on minimum module price

Karel de Gucht.

EU proposal for a minimum module price of €0.65 per watt rebuffed by the Chinese as JA Solar and Yingli halt shipping volumes to Europe in July. Meanwhile, Croatia's EU accession allows Chinese manufacturers a back door into the...


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