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Renewables set to deliver strong results for German utility group RWE

RWE HQ, Essen, Germany

Innogy, RWE's soon-to-be publicly listed renwables, grid and infrastructure unit, is set to deliver the lion's share of group revenue this year.


First Solar, Sharp defend turf against China's global PV domination

NPD Solarbuzz graph

While First Solar remains the leading PV module supplier in the U.S. and India and Sharp in Japan, Chinese rivals, benefitting from the wave of insolvencies in the West, have dominated the rest of the globe over the past year.


M+W Americas acquires Gehrlicher Solar America

M+P Group HQ, Stuttgart, Germany

The acquisition of Gehrlicher Solar America creates a "one-stop shop" for clients seeking project design, procurement, installation and operation, says M+W Americas CEO Rick Whitney.


Record quarterly shipment numbers for Trina Solar

Chinese module manufacturer Trina Solar reported a 64.6% increase in second-quarter module shipments compared to the first quarter while nearly halving its net loss.


US industry sees EU-China settlement in mixed light

Industry representatives in the U.S. are divided over the recent EU-China trade dispute settlement and remain unsatisfied with anti-dumping measures against Chinese imports. The PV sector nevertheless continues to grow.


Spain's T-Solar signs $67.6 million loan deal for 20 MW California solar park

The U.S.-Mexican North American Development Bank has so far financed eight utility-scale projects in California, Arizona and Texas. Its latest endeavor, a 20 MW park with T-Solar, will serve residents in California and Mexico.


Mitsubishi goes PV shopping in France

Toul Rosieres solar park, France

The Japanese corporation is increasing its solar holdings in France with stakes in two utility-sized solar farms, again partnering with Paris-based renewable energy group EDF Energies Nouvelles.


Commentary: A Lesson in Opacity

The manner in which the EU and China negotiated the compromise in the trade dispute and the way it continues to be communicated is a lesson in opacity. The companies and the public have been left in the dark about crucial details...


JinkoSolar to supply 23 MW of modules to Swinerton project in California

Swinerton will employ 23 MW of JinkoSolar modules for a new utility-scale project in Fresno County. The San Francisco-based group will soon begin construction on the 350 MW Moapa Solar Plant in Nevada.


Germany: SolarWorld drills further for lithium

The German state of Saxony has approved a request by SolarWorld to conduct six further test drillings into the lithium deposits in Zinnwald, a mountainous area near the Czech border.


Toshiba breaks solar ground in Virgin Islands

Toshiba is overseeing construction of a 4 MW solar plant on the U.S. Virgin Island of St. Croix following a 20-year PPA signed last year with the local Water and Power Authority.


PV demand in China and Japan to reach 9 GW in second half of 2013

A PV demand increase of 100% is expected from China and Japan in the second half of 2013. Japan remains the most active PV market this year with 150% growth, according to NPD Solarbuzz.


EU-China deal continues to irk industry

EU, China flags

Details of the EU-China trade settlement are slowly emerging, but much of the industry remains critical of the lack of transparency and clear answers. China's leading firms look likely to come out on top.


Inman Solar keeps Georgia on its mind

Atlanta, Georgia

Local solar companies are seeing growing opportunities in the U.S. state Georgia following a ruling forcing utility Georgia Power to add 525 MW of additional solar generation. Inman Solar has four 1 MW projects in the works.


Armstrong invests $30 million in Southeast Asian solar projects

Symbior 1 MW plant Thailand

Singapore asset management firm Armstrong is teaming up with Thai developer Annex Power on a number of solar and other renewable energy projects throughout Southeast Asia.


Solar PV power output in Italy hits unprecedented high

Italy, solar rooftop

Solar PV scored an unprecedented amount of electricity output, increasing its contribution to Italy's energy mix to 7.3% of the total electricity demand in the first seven months of the year.


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