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Brazil: Enel begins construction of 158 MW solar plant

The project in Bahia is the third over 100 MW to break ground in Brazil in the last six months. Investment in the project stands at around US$175 million.

Laos lays groundwork for 50 MW solar plant

Rice planting in southern Laos.

The southeast Asian nation will conduct a feasibility study on the potential benefits and challenges of adding a 50 MW solar plant to its energy mix.

California sets solar power generation record

The 50 MW Chocolate Mountain PV plant in California.

Solar power provided to the state electricity grid reached 4,093 MW on Saturday, surpassing all previous records.

Trina announces sale of first large scale project

Trina Solar chairman and CEO Jifan Gao.

The 50 MW project in Wuwei, Gansu province, is proof of Trina's downstream expertise, says CEO Jifan Gao. Trina oversaw every stage of the Wuwei project.

GCL-Poly signs 9.3 GW supply deals

A GCL-Poly solar project in China.

The Chinese poly manufacturer will supply wafers and poly materials to Jinko Solar, GD Solar, Tongwei Solar and Hareon Solar over two years.

Sun setting on European solar

A residential solar system in Italy.

The latest EPIA figures paint a grim picture of the European solar market. But outside the volatile German and Italian markets, installations in Europe stabilized at 6 GW last year.

Yingli announces largest Middle East supply deal

A satellite image of Israel.

The Chinese module manufacturer will supply 27.5 MW of its panels to an unnamed national infrastructure project in Israel. Yingli says Israel could install 340 MW of solar this year.

Japanese FIT cut nears

The Tokyo skyline.

The rate paid to commercial generators is set to fall JPY4/kWh at the end of the month. A reduction in the rate of FIT payments had been widely predicted.

Platinum files for insolvency

Platinum GmbH HQ.

The German inverter manufacturer opens bankruptcy proceedings, citing poor market conditions.

Solon shifts global HQ from Berlin to UAE

Former Solon HQ, Berlin.

The solar module producer’s evolution to international markets has prompted the company to relocate its headquarters to the emerging Middle East.

Canadian Solar and Samsung open Ontario module fab

The Canadian flag.

The factory, in London, started operations in November and will supply modules for Samsung's 300 MW Ontario solar pipeline. Samsung says it will create 9,000 renewables jobs in Ontario under the Green Energy Investment Agreement...

S.A.G. Solarstrom secures bridging loan

S.A.G. Solarstrom, in Freiburg.

The German developer says the $2 million loan will tide it over until project sales and loan repayments bring in at least $14 million by the end of June. Solarstrom will also use the money to continue its search for a white...

Chaori Solar confirms historic default

Stock market investors.

The Shanghai manufacturer has reportedly confirmed its default on a $15 million interest payment to Chinese bondholders. The development comes despite the company's presence on the Chinese government's list of favored companies.

From zero to hero: UK PV market resurges at Ecobuild 2014

Renusol mounting system, Ecobuild.

Solar farm investments and a rebound in rooftop residential demand have led to the U.K. becoming the most important solar PV market in Europe, according to exhibitors at this year's Ecobuild show, London.

Indosolar seeks second round of debt restructuring

Solar PV plant, India.

India's largest solar cell manufacturer blames low cell prices for continued idling of one of its manufacturing plants.

Anticipation building for inaugural AfricaPVSEC show

Durban beach, South Africa.

The exhibition will be the first PVSEC event on African soil, reflecting the industry's growing presence on the continent.

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