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SMA shifts 1 million Sunny Boy inverters, tops 4 GW installed output

The SMA Sunny Boy inverter.

German inverter manufacturer SMA confirms sale of one millionth Sunny Boy TL inverter globally, pushing cumulative installed capacity beyond 4 GW, company revises upwards sales forecast.

Import duties: further movement in EU-China negotiations

Europe China flags

The EU and China are apparently continuing intensive negotiations on a possible settlement of the PV product trade dispute. EU trade commissioner Karel De Gucht and Chinese Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng are due to discuss the...

South Korea eager to develop solar in Honduras

Tegucigalpa, Honduras

South Korea and Honduras are partnering on a wide range of areas, including renewable energy. The Asian powerhouse is providing nearly $50 million for solar projects in the country.

Phoenix Solar to build 1.8 MWp PV plant in Saudi Arabia

Phoenix Solar 3.5 MW project in Saudi Arabia

Phoenix Solar has begun its second project for Saudi Arabian energy group Saudi Aramco, a 1.8 MWp plant in Riyadh. The Gulf region has become a key market for the recently restructured German company.

Mecasolar's tracker sales reflect changing market dynamics

Mecasolar trackers

Mecasolar achieved a record 400 MW in tracker sales in the first half of the year, and while Europe remains its biggest market, the company will soon generate most of its business in other territories.

Europe's PV industry rallies against import tariffs

EU trade commissioner Karel de Gucht

Part of Europe's PV industry is increasing the pressure on the European Commission's punitive import duties against Chinese solar products. The CEO of German module manufacturer Solar-Fabrik is demanding the end of the...

First Solar, SunEdison unveil big plans in Chile

Copiapo, Chile

Chile's scenic northern region continues to attract ambitious photovoltaic projects. First Solar is planning a 162 MW, $370 million plant in Copiapó, while SunEdison is looking to build a 92 MW, $241 million solar park in...

Activ Solar commissions fifth Odessa park

Activ Solar's Bolgrad Solar Park.

Activ Solar is building a 34 MWp Bolgrad Solar Park in Odessa, Ukraine. The project, which will feature 141,000 modules, brings the Austrian company's installed capacity in the region to 180 MWp.

China lifts PV installation target to 35 GW by 2015

Beijing, China

In order to stimulate PV consumption and control industrial overcapacity in the domestic market, China has increased its PV energy target to 35 GW by 2015.

Greece: PV installation rates plunge in second quarter as RES fund debt rises

Thesaloniki, Greece

PV installations in Greece dropped significantly between April and June compared to the first quarter of 2013, when the country saw a considerable uptake in new solar PV capacity. At the same time, the country's RES fund...

Solar thermal scheme is no threat to PV in the UK

Greg Barker.

The U.K.'s renewable heat incentive will rebalance a regime previously skewed towards PV, says the country's trade body, adding that leveling the playing field will enable people to make the right choice and incentivize mixed...

EU targets German Renewable Energy Act

Joaquin Almunia, European Commission VP in charge of competition policy.

The European Commission appears to be sharpening its focus on Germany's Renewable Energy Act due to possible violations of European Union competition regulations. Energy-intensive German companies that have profited from...

Another cut to Spanish FIT payments

Jose Manuel Soria.

Spanish government announces its fifth cut to FIT payments but sugars the pill by guaranteeing renewables investors will be assured 'reasonable profitability' of 7.5% on schemes.

Trina Solar supplies 7 MW of modules to UK project

Trina Solar panels.

Load and wind bearing capacity of Trina modules prompts Belgian installer Ikaros Solar to use the Chinese modules for the first time. Goose Willow Farm scheme will use 24,000 Trina panels.

German government: no punitive duties for polysilicon imports to China

Polysilicon Wacker

Germany's Economics Ministry has reiterated that China will not impose punitive duties on imports of polysilicon from the European Union after conflicting reports on the trade issue.

Lightsource, Juwi partner on 12.5 MWp UK plant

British solar farm & livestock

Juwi, one of Europe's leading renewable energy installers, has signed an operations and maintenance agreement with the U.K.'s Lightsource Renewable Energy to oversee two solar farms with an installed capacity of 12.48 MWp.

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