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The 16th Forum Solarpraxis kicked off in the German capital this week showcasing international developments in technology and policy and offering market assessments from industry reps. Developments in Germany and the U.K. could...

SolarCity acquires Zep Solar for $158 million

SolarCity van.

The American renewable energy company will operate Zep Solar as an independent business unit following the multimillion dollar acquisition.

Philippines closes in on 1 GW PV pipeline

Ilcos Norte, Philippines.

The country's Department of Energy (DoE) says it is on track to meeting its target of tripling its renewable energy capacity by 2030.

S.A.G. Solarstrom announces insolvency

Solarstrom AG in Freiburg.

After weeks of contract uncertainty and cash flow shortfalls, the struggling solar supplier has today filed for insolvency, and will be unable to make its impending corporate bond interest payment.

China State Grid becomes shareholder of Dii

CEPRI vice president Liang Zhong Yao and Dii CEO Paul van Son.

The world's largest power utility joins the Desertec Industrial Initiative via its subsidiary, China Electric Power Research Institute (CEPRI).

Astronergy buys Conergy module factory in eastern Germany

Conergy module factory, Frankfurt

The Chinese company, which will continue to supply Conergy with modules, says the "made in Germany" label offers quality and security for its long-term investment.

Leading British baker installs 1.28 MW of rooftop PV

Greggs storefront in England.

Greggs, the U.K.'s most recognizable high street baker, has installed solar panels at 10 of its bakeries in an effort to reduce its carbon emissions by 25% by 2015.

Chinese reforms could level market playing field

China's 18th National Congress 2012

Communist leaders in China are embracing economic reform, encouraging competition in key industries, calling for limits on state involvement in the market and greater environmental protection. All good signs, says IHS.

US Energy Department backs solar manufacturing industry with further $13 million

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.

The funds will be invested in five PV and CSP solar projects in order to strengthen the country's domestic solar manufacturing and speed-up commercialization of new technology.

Diversification an advantage for PV equipment manufacturers

Florian Wessendorf, VDMA Photovoltaic Equipment

Due to higher demand, German PV equipment manufacturers have an optimistic outlook for 2014. Florian Wessendorf, managing director of the VDMA Photovoltaic Equipment trade association, discusses the state of the market.

1.26 MW PV plant to power Chile's mining operations

Coquimbo region, Chile.

Northern Chile's Coquimbo region, an area regarded as the world's largest for copper production, will be home to the plant, which has been developed by France's SolaireDirect.

Etrion, Total secure $200 million for 70 MW PV project in Chile

Atacama desert, Chile

SunPower is set to begin construction on the project in January. It is expected to be one of the world's largest merchant solar power plants.

Retrospective measures harming Europe's PV industry, says EPIA report

Map of Europe.

Constant pan-European meddling at government level has undermined many European PV markets, says the report, harming confidence and putting government credibility at risk.

Solar Frontier breaks CZTS cell efficiency record

Solar Frontier

Partnering with IBM and TOK, the Japanese CIS thin-film module maker has achieved a world-record of 12.6% cell efficiency in laboratory tests.

Hanwha SolarOne supplies 50 MW of modules to China's Huaneng Group

Hanwha SolarOne module factory.

Two Chinese PV projects, totaling 30 MW and 20 MW respectively, have received Hanwha SolarOne modules.

SolarMax to supply inverters for 61.4 MW PV projects in UK

House of Commons, London.

The Swiss manufacturer installs 127 of its central inverters in five large-scale solar projects in the London area.

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