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China to boost distributed PV, 5 GW expected

Rooftop PV system, China

Policy changes could result in a new definition of eligible DPV projects in China and open up incentives for projects of up to 20 MW. It's one of a number of key revisions that may accelerate DPV installations, says IHS.

Bulgarian Constitutional Court hands down victory to solar industry

Drachevo PV plant, Bulgaria

Bulgaria installed just 1.18 MW in the first half of 2014, confirming the country's PV sector stall. Amidst the gloom, a court ruling last week has provided a needed ray of light.

SolarWorld refutes White House involvement in US-China trade dispute

Barack Obama, Xi Jinping

The German and U.S. solar manufacturer has denied rumors that the Obama administration has pushed for a compromise in the ongoing trade row but has told pv magazine the two conditions it's demanding for a negotiated settlement.

Vivint files for IPO for solar business

The home automation and security company has filed to spin off its solar business. Vivint Solar is the second-largest residential installer in the United States, and is gaining market share.

SMA buys O&M unit from Phoenix Solar

SMA CEO Pierre-Pascal Urbon

While the leading German inverter maker is expanding its O&M services in Europe and North America, Phoenix Solar has lowered its revenue and operating profit forecast for the year.

US, Chinese solar EPC companies continue to dominate global PV installations

First Solar PV module installation

Of the 10 companies it predicts will top this year's ranking, six are based in China while four are in North America, reports IHS. South Africa is expected to grow fivefold in 2014, installing close to 600 MW.

SPI partners with Wircon on UK joint venture

Wirsol 3.6 MW Penhale plant, Cornwall England

The companies initially plan to develop 55 MW of PV projects in the United Kingdom. SPI has recently raised nearly $50 million to expand its international activities.

Enphase Energy cuts second-quarter loss, posts record revenue

Enphase PV microinverter

Strong demand from the core domestic market as well as from overseas helped boost sales at the California solar microinverter systems manufacturer.

First Solar's slim profit in Q2 2014 overshadowed by efficiency improvements

The company fell to a break-even operating margin in its second quarter 2014 results, however this was overshadowed by a new CdTe cell efficiency record and a 0.5% improvement in average module efficiency.

First Solar sets new world record for thin film solar PV at 21%

The U.S. PV maker's new cadmium telluride (CdTe) solar cell narrowly beats Solar Frontier's 20.9% record for copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) solar PV.

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SEIA sets the record straight on Germany's solar success

The U.S. solar trade organization has released a report on Germany's experience with policies to support solar PV, finding that the nation's widely misunderstood system of feed-in tariffs has been highly successful in deploying...

GT looks to the future in its solar, polysilicon businesses

The company's quarterly results show the lowest revenues in over three years in its PV and Polysilicon businesses, and only $3 million in new orders across the two divisions. However, GT expects a rebound in the second half of...

World's largest solar boat charts course for ancient Greece

MS Turano PlanetSolar

Solar boat MS Turanor PlanetSolar has become a research vessel for archaeological expeditions in Greece. The catamaran completed a round-the-world trip in 2012 powered only by sun.

Leading UK solar firms challenge government plans to end subsidies

UK Martifer-Lightsource plant

In their ongoing battle against government plans to end the RO support scheme for large-scale PV, solar companies are now banking on the courts to overturn the proposal.

GCL New Energy, Singyes Solar announce far-reaching partnership

GCL-Polysilicon facilities

The companies will cooperate mainly on distributed generation projects next year with a combined target of at least 500 MW.

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Redesign of Massachusetts' incentive system dies in legislature, net metering caps raised slightly

Landmark legislation to move Massachusetts' solar incentives from SRECs to declining block grants did not make it out of committee. However, caps on the volume of solar PV able to participate in net metering were marginally...

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