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Latin America becomes more attractive for renewable energy investment, as Europe suffers the reverse trend

100 MWp Amanecer Solar CAP plant in Chile, developed by SunEdision. Photo: SunEdison

Emerging markets, especially in Latin America, are becoming hot beds for renewable energy investment, while European countries tumble down the league table of the Ernst & Young renewable energy country attractiveness index.

SMA posts loss increase as sales drop in first quarter

SMA Sunny Boy Inverter production

The German inverter manufacturer maintained its share of international sales at 68% while first-quarter figures were in line with forecasts.

Japan set to accelerate PV expansion

Mount Fuji, Japan

A new energy plan approved by the Japanese cabinet last month makes the case for the accelerated rollout of photovoltaic power generation in communities and municipalities throughout the nation.

First utility-scale solar park in the Philippines goes online

San Carlos PV plant, Philippines

Financed by ThomasLloyd and built by Conergy, the $45 million San Carlos I and II PV project is seen as a major achievement and a key part of the country's efforts to expand solar power generation.

TBEA SunOasis poised to overtake First Solar in global EPC field

First Solar Agua Caliente project, U.S.

While First Solar is focusing primarily on North America, the Chinese group is thriving in its domestic market, which is expected to grow 31% this year.

Sillia energy to take over Bosch solar plant in France

Bosch PV module fab in France

The companies signed a purchase agreement in March. The French photovoltaic manufacturer has agreed to take over 128 of the approximately 230 employees and continue the production of solar modules.

J.v.G. Thoma establishes 30 MW PV module fab in Tunisia

Tunis, Tunisia

The Bavarian company has teamed up with a local partner to set up a PV module fab in the North African country.

Hanwha SolarOne cuts first-quarter net loss, increases revenue

Hanwha SolarOne PV module production

The Chinese manufacturer says synergies with Germany-based affiliate Hanwha Q CELLS remains strong as the companies exchange technology, share manufacturing expertise and integrate supply chains.

Understanding how electrons travel in crystal

Imec researcher David Cheyns holds a tube of fullerene

In their Nature paper, researchers from Imec and a number of U.S. universities discuss the importance of having crystals larger than 4 nm in the fullerene material of organic solar cells as a way to obtain cells with a maximal...

ASD unveils new hybrid battery

ASD hybrid storage system

Combining the strengths of existing technologies, the storage system offers the advantages of stand-alone and grid-tie use.

Russia's Sakha region set to benefit from summer's high solar irradiation

Kolyma Highway, Sakha, Russia

Despite frigid winter temperatures of around 60 degrees below zero, Sakha boasts impressive solar irradiation during the warm seasons -- approximately 810 kW per square meter a year.

Midsummer reaches new efficiency record for CIGS solar cells

Midsummer flexible lightweight solar panel

The Swedish solar equipment manufacturer says the shift towards more rooftop installations make lightweight and flexible thin film solar cells ideal.

Powerway acquires large-scale PV project in Algeria

Algerian Sahara

According to the company, the 233 MW PV power station will be the largest of its kind in Africa, with an output of 372.8 million kilowatt hours a year.

Turkey awards first large-scale solar project licenses

Halk Enerji 1.8 MW plant in Polatli

The Ankara government has capped its incentive program at 600 MW of new PV plants. It has now awarded the first two licenses. The remaining projects are expected to follow this year.

Sharp back in black, posts 69% boost in solar cell sales

Sharp company building

Growing demand from Japan's booming residential market as well as the mega-solar sector proved lucrative for the electronics giant, which achieved profitability after a hefty loss a year earlier.

Ukraine to reduce green tariffs for domestic solar power

Activ Solar 31.55 MW plant, Ukraine

Local analysts say the government's plans may negatively affect future foreign investment in the country's solar sector.

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