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US: New standardization initiative could save billions for solar users

Sunrun residential PV system

Sponsored by the U.S. Energy Department, the Orange Button initiative is expected to reduce the cost of capital as a result of improved access to solar data, which would lower risks and result in savings of nearly $9 billion over...

Intersolar Awards celebrate innovation, European projects

Intersolar Europe 2013

For the sixth year running the Intersolar Awards were presented to the best innovations in the field of photovoltaics and solar thermal technology as well as in the new category of solar projects in Europe.

Intersolar Europe: big on downstream and installers

Intersolar Europe 2013

The first day of the Intersolar Europe trade show in Munich wound down on Wednesday with a clear shift towards more downstream services and away from material suppliers. The booming Japanese market is generating plenty of...

Module talks start between EU and China

Karel de Gucht.

EU team meets Chinese specialists to try and find an amicable solution to the solar stand-off. But EU confirms the imposition of anti-dumping duties on Chinese modules will not be on the annual trade meeting agenda on Friday.

Suntech Europe gains a respite

Suntech HQ.

Suntech's European subsidiary has been granted a six-month extension to its debt moratorium. New definitive moratorium will allow time to negotiate with creditors and restructure debt and could be further extended.

Lithuanian solar investors sue government over FIT cuts

The Lithuanian capital of Vilnius

Solar developers in Lithuania are up in arms after the government slashed country's photovoltaic feed-in tariffs and are taking legal action in the hopes that the once generous rates are restored.

Hanwha Q Cells and Marubeni team up to build solar plant in Japan

Hanwha solar PV

Hanwha Q Cells is supplying modules for Marubeni to construct a large scale solar power plant located in southern Japan.

Intersolar Europe: bright skies but declining size

InterSolar Europe 2013

The 2013 Intersolar Europe trade show opened its doors in Munich on Wednesday with fewer exhibitors and visitors expected for the three-day event.

ABB taps Ulrich Spiesshofer as new CEO

ABB new CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer

Engineering group ABB has appointed Ulrich Spiesshofer as new chief executive officer, succeeding the outgoing Joe Hogan. As current head of ABB's Discrete Automation and Motion (DM) division, Spiesshofer has overseen the planned...

Orix, Kyudenko, JFE partner on renewable energy projects in Japan

Artistic rendering of the Meishihama Solar Plant.

Kyuko Lease Inc., a subsidiary of Japanese financial service provider Orix, has partnered with Kyudenko Corporation and JFE Engineering Corporation to develop approximately 50 MW of green power plants across Japan.

Belectric extends credit line

Germany 67.8 MW Solar PV project

Germany's Belectric has managed to increase its credit facility by 30%, which will allow it to better respond to new growth markets.

TSMC records 15.7% champion module

TSMC factory in Taiwan

Taiwanese manufacturer TSMC Solar has recorded a champion module efficiency of 15.7%. The result shows TSMC's rapid efficiency progress, using CIGS technology that it licensed from Silicon Valley firm Stion.

Hanwha SolarOne equips 5 MWp PV park in India

Hanwha SolarOne modules shipping

Korean module provider Hanwha SolarOne has provided more than 20,000 modules to equip construction of a PV park project in southeastern India.

Analysis: First Solar raising cash at opportune time

Goetz Fischbeck

Goetz Fischbeck, executive director of Equity Research at Bankhaus Lampe, discusses First Solar's capital increase, the company's strategy and potential growth possibilites, particularly in China.

Lark Energy to build 100 MW of solar PV farms in the U.K.

Lark Energy 34 MW farm Leicestershire

Lark Energy has secured planning permission for 100 MW of solar parks in the U.K. The company, which will take the lead role in the engineering, procurement and construction of most of the sites, recently completed the...

Siemens to close down its solar division

Siemens Munich HQ

Siemens will shut down its solar division after failing to find a buyer for the unit, which has been on the block since October.

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