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SolarMax to file for insolvency

Sputnik HQ

SolarMax will become the latest inverter victim of Europe’s declining PV market when its parent company, Sputnik Engineering, files for insolvency this week.


Japanese PV module demand booms to 2.52 GW in most recent quarter

The sharp increase in the nation's PV market matches BNEF's forecast of a 9-11 GW solar PV market in 2014. Japanese companies continue to dominate shipments.


Belectric reveals battery storage facility at large-scale PV plant

Belectric's energy storage system.

Belectric and Vattenfall cut the ribbon for a new battery storage facility at the Alt Daber solar power plant in Germany.


UK: Movable FIT option for commercial rooftops receives STA backing

Commercial rooftop installation, U.K.

Plans by the British government to allow businesses and factories that move buildings to continue to claim the FIT from their previous location praised by Solar Trade Association.


Huawei unveils smart PV solution in Germany

Huawei SUN2000 string inverters.

Chinese company extends solar footprint in Europe with demonstration of string inverter solution at 7.8 MW solar park in western Germany.


ReneSola's shipments fall, margins increase

ReneSola factory.

Chinese PV manufacturer ReneSola has seen its module and wafer shipments fall in Q3 2014 on both annual (YOY) and quarterly basis. It did, however, manage to increase its gross margin for the quarter to 15.3%.


Midsummer reduces CIGS active layer to 800nm

A Midsummer flex module.

Swedish thin film equipment supplier Midsummer has reduced the active layer in its CIGS deposition process to 800nm. The tool supplier claims that this is less than half of what other suppliers offer, substantially reducing costs.


Yingli posts drop in third-quarter revenue, narrows net loss

Yingli PV module production

The Chinese PV group continued to see strong demand for modules from China and Japan as well as from emerging markets, which increased by some 17% quarter over quarter.


Trina boosts sales, profit in third quarter

Trina Chairman and CEO Jifan Gao

Trina Chairman and CEO Jifan Gao says the company continued to meet or exceed financial and performance targets despite foreign exchange fluctuations and weaker demand in Europe.


Dominion buys Canadian Solar plant in California

Lancaster, California

With the addition of the West Antelope Solar Park in northern Los Angeles County, Dominion now has 344 MW of solar generating capacity in development, under construction or in operation across six U.S. states.


Fraunhofer CSE installs first 'Plug and Play' PV system

Fraunhofer CSE residential rooftop Plug and Play PV System

The R&D laboratory says once the residential rooftop PV system is commercially available, homeowners will be able to purchase and install the system as easily as installing a washer and dryer.


8minutenergy Renewables, Gestamp Solar to build 30 MW solar farm in California

8minutenergy Renewables' 66.5 MW-dc Chocolate Mountains Solar Farm in Imperial County, California.

The latest addition to the companies' Midway Solar Farm project in Imperial County will supply more than 10,600 Southern California households.


SunEdison, Renova Energia to develop 1 GW of utility-scale solar in Brazil

Salvador da Bahia, Bahia, Brazil

As part of the joint venture agreement, SunEdison will supply solar modules and trackers for four initial projects totaling 106.9 MW in Bahia. The Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) will finance construction.


Swiss PV grows but FIT cuts push market towards self-consumption

Swiss flag

The Alpine country's unusual solar PV remuneration system obliges households and other small power producers to trade energy on the market while allowing bigger investors piece of mind through the FIT scheme. The usual practice...


Chinese-owned Elkem to buy REC Solar

REC Solar's production facilities in Singapore.

Bluestar Elkem, a division of the state-owned China National Chemical Corporation, has made an offer to buy the Norwegian PV module manufacturer for $640 million in a move that could secure a European beachhead for a major...


Yingli to supply 300 MW Neoen PV plant in France

Cestas, Bordeaux, France

Yingli Solar will provide 120 MW of solar panels for the 300 MW project in South West France. The plant will provide electricity at around $130 per megawatt hour -- well below the $145 per MWh the U.K government will pay for...


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