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SolarMax insolvency: lack of pan-European policy harms industry, says expert

Hoffmann at the Forum Solarpraxis.

The insolvency of Switzerland's SolarMax is yet another indictment of Europe's failure to nurture pro-solar political conditions, says solar consultant Winfried Hoffmann.


JinkoSolar sells 45% stake in downstream unit for $225 million

JinkoSolar PV installation, China

The Shanghai-based company will spin off Jinko Power following separate agreements with China Development Bank International, the Macquarie Greater China Infrastructure Fund and New Horizon Capital.


Ingeteam commissions second large-scale PV plant in Argentina

1 MW Terrazas del Portezuelo plant San Luis, Argentina

The installation marks the start of the Spanish company's activities in Argentina's PV sector. The province of San Luis has plans to install 3 GW of PV power through 2030 and Ingeteam is aiming to increase its supply of equipment...


NRG Home Solar eyes California's residential market

Solar rooftop installation.

The solar subsidiary of NRG Energy is set to open two new offices in the state, creating 100 new jobs as it augments its West Coast operation.


Electrovaya moves towards Li-ion battery factory purchase

Lithium ion battery.

The lithium ion battery manufacturer plans to acquire a 500 MWh-capacity manufacturing plant for the production of lithium ion electrodes and other products.


SPI Solar to acquire 168 MW of PV projects from TBEA

Inner Mongolia

The deal will see SPI Solar purchase a raft of solar PV projects from TBEA Sunoasis across a number of Chinese provinces.


SunEdison and TerraForm Power buy First Wind

SunEdison says that the US$2.4 billion acquisition will make it the world's largest renewable energy developer, and will give TerraForm Power 521 MW of additional operating wind and PV plants.


Meyer Burger inaugurates heterojunction pilot line

An HJT cell.

Swiss PV equipment supplier Meyer Burger inaugurated its first heterojunction (HJT) cell pilot line, in Neuchatel, Switzerland today. The line will be operated in partnership with the Swiss research body CSEM.


Investors investigating potential securities claims against Vivint Solar

Vivint headquarters

At least five U.S. law firms have announced investigations of potential securities fraud against the company. Vivint Solar shares fell more than 20% in inter-day trading following publication of third-quarter results last week.


Indian rooftop market to contribute 'significantly' to expected record growth

India 3 MW PV park in Yelsandra, Karnataka, India

In its new India Solar Rooftop Map, consultancy group Bridge to India forecasts 1.5 GW of rooftop solar in the country by 2018. More than 285 MW of rooftop projects have been commissioned so far, with Tamil Nadu the leading state...


Sunrun approves Canadian Solar PV modules

Sunrun residential rooftop PV

Customers and PV installers will now be able to choose Canadian Solar products in their Sunrun home solar system.


Trina Solar sets new efficiency record for silicon cells

Trina Solar PV module production

While the technologies are not currently in production, they will be part of the company's future commercialized Honey Plus and IBC products, says Trina Vice President and chief scientist Pierre Verlinden.


JA Solar multi-Si 60-cell solar module sets output record, surpasses 280 W

JA Solar module inspection

The output power of the record-setting solar modules can be further improved by fine tuning the company's module assembly process and encapsulation materials, the company says.


Philae's battery is running down fast

The Philae comet lander.

Bumpy landing has left comet lander on its side in shadow. Battery life could be exhausted by Friday night.


pv magazine weekly news roundup: Nov 7-14

Obama and Xi Jinping in Beijing.

Solar shows its worth in space, in Africa, and in the home, while the world's two biggest carbon emitters sign a landmark agreement to boost renewable energy deployment.


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.


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