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Equipment book-to-bill falls back below parity

A graph from SEMI

Hopes for a sustained equipment bounce-back have taken a hit, in the Q2 2014 SEMI Worldwide Equipment Market Statistics Report. The book-to-bill ratio fell to 0.73.


ISC Konstanz, MegaCell sign transfer deal for N-Type BiSoN cell technology

MegaCell founder Franco Traverso

The agreement will help Franco Traverso's recently launched Italian cell company to reach an annual capacity of 80 MW for bifacial BiSoN solar cells with 30% more energy yield. The German R&D institute's partnership with...


Solar Frontier supplies 21.3 MW project in Japan

21.3 MW US Power Plant, Ube, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan

Ube Group and Showa Shell Sekiyu have brought on stream one of Yamaguchi Prefecture's largest PV plants using Solar Frontier's high-performance CIS modules.


Asia-Pacific to account for 60% of global PV demand

20 MW Golmud PV plant, Astroenergy

A year-end surge from China is expected to strengthen the leading position of the Asia-Pacific region in the second half of the year, according to NPD Solarbuzz.


EDF Renewable Energy to sell 57 MW of solar projects to Dominion

EDF RE's 143.2 MW Catalina Solar project, Mojave Desert, California

The sale of the two California projects, which consist of four sites, brings the total of projects EDF RE has sold to Dominion to 84 MW.


ZNShine Solar to build 31 MW power plant in Japan

Hamada, Japan

The Chinese group is expanding its EPC activities in Japan and East Asia. Its EPC subsidiary Power Max will build the plant in the city of Hamada.


Suntech, Greenfield team up with youmex in UK

South coast of West Penwith, Cornwall, England

German green energy financier youmex will arrange construction loans, long-term financing and also sell PV solar power plants to investors, while Greenfield and Suntech will provide EPC services and PV panels, respectively.


REC Solar expands footprint in Hawaii to 27 MW

REC Solar's 14.53 MW KIUC Anahola project, Hawaii

REC Solar has completed six new solar projects for Dole Plantation and W.M. Keck Observatory. In June, it began construction of a 14.53 MW project that is on track to be the largest PV system in Hawaii when completed.


Residential investment in generation and storage expected to top $625 billion by 2023

Rooftop installation, United States

The residential generation market is likely to expand as distributed energy resource technologies mature, accrording to Navigant Research.


Solar PV sets new record in Italy

Florence, Italy

Solar photovoltaic installations in Italy provided nearly 10% of the country's electricity demand from January to August. The highest monthly solar PV output was recorded in August at 2,834 kilowatt hours -- the highest amount of...


SunEdison connects 50 MW to UK grid

Devon countryside, England

SunEdison and TerraForm Power have interconnected 50 MW of utility-scale solar installations in the United Kingdom. TerraForm Power plans to purchase the projects this year.


ABB going big on storage and renewables

Otto Preiss, ABB Group Senior Vice President and Head of Business Unit Power Conversion

Interview: Otto Preiss, the Group Senior Vice President and Head of Business Unit Power Conversion, spoke to pv magazine about the growing opportunities in the transition of the utility sector, the growing significance of...


Ignite Power set to light up homes in Rwanda

Ignite Power MoU signing in Rwanda

"Distributed solar energy is enabling communities to leapfrog beyond the grid and bring power quicker and cheaper to African communities," says Clean Access Initiative Chairman Yariv Cohen.


Brighter skies leading to 5% PV yield increases

The sun.

New research from Germany’s Fraunhofer ISE has shown that brighter skies are leading to PV system output exceeding forecasts by 5%. Fraunhofer has adjusted its forecast models accordingly.


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Duke Energy commits to 278 MW of solar PV in North Carolina

Following on its February RFP, Duke has announced that it will acquire and construct three PV plants totaling 128 MW, including the largest PV project east of the Mississippi River, and sign PPAs with another five totaling 150...


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Massachusetts utility-scale PV sector in danger

The U.S. state of Massachusetts has proposed not setting aside any capacity in 2016 for traditional solar PV projects larger than 650 kW under the new SREC II program. The state's solar industry warns that this will have major...


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