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Singulus receives order from Russian firm Hevel for heterojunction cell production tool

Singulus HQ.

The German manufacturer of production equipment for solar PV signs contract for delivery of its SILEX II processing machine for wet-chemical treatment of heterojunction solar cells.

Tenaska taps First Solar to build 150 MW solar facility in Southern California

El Centro, Imperial Valley, California

The thin-film PV manufacturer is constructing its second plant in California for the Omaha, Nebraska-based energy company. San Diego Gas & Electric Company has signed a 25-year PPA for the project.

8minutenergy Renewables, Macquarie Capital raise $30 million for California solar project

Bakersfield, California

The leading PV developer and global financing group are partnering on the construction of the 90 MW Redwood Solar Farm in Kern County.

Russia steps up solar expansion in the south

Ufa River, Bashkiria, Russia

The sunlit southern regions of Bashkiria and Krasnodar are seeking to boost solar power output with a number of projects in development. Krasnodar is investing $870 million in green energy through 2020.

Australia: the case of the missing solar millions

When arriving at Parliament House today, Australia's environment minister Greg Hunt dodged questions about his missing "solar roofs" policy.

Greg Hunt, Australia's environment minister, has avoided questions about whether he had continued to give assurances to the solar industry that the "one-million-solar roofs" initiative would go ahead despite knowing that the...

Manz secures largest single battery order to date

Dieter Manz, CEO and founder of Manz.

The German engineering company has posted its largest success in the consumer battery market so far, strengthening its core strategic divisions.

SunEdison signs 1.85 GW purchase agreement for NEXTracker trackers

Construction of a SunEdison solar park.

The U.S. solar company has tied up a master purchase agreement for the next three years as it switches focus towards Lean construction techniques.

Indian subsidy regime has $530m backlog

The flag of India.

India's new energy minister wants to clear the payment backlog before an expected overhaul of the subsidy regime. The JNNSM has offered panel makers a 30% subsidy since 2010.

INRG Solar targets 100 MW UK installations by 2015

Durdle Door, Dorset, England.

The British solar developer plans to bolster its utility-scale portfolio in advance of the introduction of reduced support schemes next April.

Landmark solar thermal rooftop unveiled in Australia

Bob Baldwin, Glebe, Sydney.

A house in Sydney has been fitted with a fully building integrated photovoltaic and thermal rooftop that is one of the first in the world to generate electricity as well as heat.

India survey – thirst for power, from any source

A solar farm in Gujarat.

A consumer sentiment survey has illustrated the extent of power supply shortages in India. Businesses say a regular supply of electricity is more important than cheap power.

US: Stion to ramp production ahead of tariffs on Chinese modules

Stion says that its modules are well suited to residential, commercial and utility scale applications.

American CIGS manufacturer Stion Corporation has announced plans to ramp its production ahead of expected tariffs on Chinese solar modules imported into the U.S.

Mosaic introduces solar loans

In 2013 the US residential solar market grew 60% and installed 792 MW. Lease providers SolarCity, Sunrun and Sungevity all enjoyed considerable success.

Solar crowdfunding pioneer Mosaic has introduced a solar loan product, for up to 20 years, for U.S. residential PV customers. Mosaic believes the product will meet growing demand not met by solar lease providers.

Solar powers Brazil's World Cup

Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The countdown for the largest, costliest and arguably most controversial World Cup tournament to date has started and football fans are looking forward to Thursday's opening ceremony and inaugural match between host nation Brazil...

Czech PV industry denounces retroactive measures on renewable energy

Czech solar park.

The Czech Photovoltaic Industry Association and the Alliance for Energy Self-Sufficiency writes to the European Commission expressing its fears for the country's renewable energy sector.

Kyocera plans 430 MW Japan PV plant as country's solar shipments soar

Kyocera HQ, Japan.

While Kyocera explores the possibility of constructing a mega solar plant on the island of Ukujima, the Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association reveals 100% rise in solar shipments.

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