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SolarMax confirms buyer

SolarMax inverters.

The insolvent inverter supplier has announced that an investor has purchased the company and that it will begin trading in June, complete with new service and product offerings.

Solar helps drive NextEra profits

The Florida Keys.

Solar played its part in U.S. energy company NextEra's profits from April to June but wind is still the company's favored renewable and the year on year six-month figures were less encouraging.

EU member states rubber-stamp panel trade deal

EU flags flying.

EU member states voted to accept the EU-China trade deal announced by commissioner Karel de Gucht last weekend. An EU press spokesman said no member state had voted against the agreement.

Belectric CEO hits out at German renewables policy

Bernhard Beck said the policies of the current government in Berlin mean it is impossible to consider developing another 128 MW solar park like the one he was inaugurating at Templin, in Brandenburg state.

Global market for residential PV storage expected to boom

Global installations of residential PV storage systems will grow to 2.5 GW by 2017, according to a new report by research group IHS, which finds that Germany's energy storage subsidy has kickstarted the surge.

DuPont, GD Solar join forces to advance PV technology

DuPont REIF event 2013 Shanghai

The companies say they are collaborating in China "to improve the power output, quality and reliability of solar energy systems to meet the world's growing energy needs."

Solar advocates attack Xcel plan to define net metering costs

SEPA net metering image

Clean energy supporters are assailing a plan by utility group Xcel Energy to better define the value of net metering in Colorado, which the company says would make the incentive "clear and transparent."

SunPower big in Japan, boosts Q2 profits

SunPower Tolosa

The U.S.' second biggest solar manufacturer returned to profitability in the second quarter. Operating at full capacity, the company is weighing a fab expansion to meet growing global demand, particularly from Japan.

EC refutes claims of tainted data


Allegations from AFASE and affiliated anti-tariff solar companies that the European Commission used biased information in mounting their anti-dumping case against China have not led to an inquiry, say EC officials.

First Solar, AGL team up down under on 155 MW utility-scale projects

Broken Hill, Australia

Australia's AGL has tapped Arizona-based thin film photovoltaic module manufacturer First Solar to oversee two major projects in New South Wales budgeted at $450 million.

Germany: Monthly FIT degression remains at 1.8%

Germany added some 300 MW of new photovoltaic capacity in June, according to the German Federal Network Agency. Hence, monthly FIT reductions of 1.8% will apply for the months of August, September and October.

Greece gears up for net metering

Athens, Greece

Greece's Environmnet Ministry will make net metering possible for households and businesses, but the local PV industry has taken issue with its controversial provisions.

Large storage project to stabilize UK power grid

Storage and energy production developers S&C Electric, Samsung SDI, UK Power Networks and Younicos have joined forces on a storage project that will see the deployment of a 10 MWh battery to help stabilize the U.K. grid

Efficient solar fuel device with simpler cell design

Researchers in Germany have made a breakthrough with the development of a cost-effective and efficient solar fuel device that can store nearly 5% of solar energy in the form of hydrogen.

Spain's Solarpack closes financing deal for Chilean projects

Calama Solar 3, Solarpack

Solarpack has obtained funding for its large-scale PV projects in Chile from international finanical institutions IDB, the Canadian Climate Fund and Proparco.

Inverter market to shrink to $6.7 billion


The global inverter market will shrink 5% in 2013 as price pressures counter rising shipping volumes, but there will be a strong rebound next year, according to IMS Research.

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