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Chile reaches 1.1 GW-AC of installed solar PV

During Q1 the nation installed 254 MW of solar.

Costa Rica defines PV feed-in tariff

After passing new regulations on self-consumption last month, Costa Rican authorities have now defined the rate at which PV users can sell excess electricity. The rates will also apply for independent power plants of up to 20 MW.

Solon ends production in Berlin and opens new office

Former Solon HQ in Berlin.

According to IG Metall (Industrial Union of Metalworkers), the majority of the remaining 150 Solon employees will lose their jobs.

Global polysilicon market on course for 15% increase

Polysilicon produced by Wacker Chemie

Researchers at Bloomberg New Energy Finance expect global sales of polysilicon to top $6 billion this year, fuelled by demand from China and Japan.

Sunways AG announces sale of solar inverter business

Sunways HQ, Konstanz.

News comes just one week after an offer to purchase the inverter business was lodged, and mere days after a German court opened insolvency proceedings.

Midsummer enjoys 192% revenue turnaround in 2013

The DUO from Midsummer

The CIGS production line supplier tripled its revenue last year, returning to the black after a difficult 2012.

JinkoSolar to supply 37.2 MW of modules for Californian solar park

California state flag.

Two solar projects in San Bernadino, Lone Valley Solar Parks I and II, will receive the Chinese manufacturer's high efficiency panels.

Yingli Solar signs contract for 30 MW PV projects in Turkey

PV installation in Turkey from Tekno Ray Solar.

The Chinese solar company has partnered with local firm Tekno Ray Solar to develop 30 MW of PV projects throughout the country.

Chinese suppliers solidify module dominance, finds IHS

IHS module shipment data.

World's leading makers of PV modules strengthened their position at the apex of the market last year, with Yingli Green Energy leading the way.

UK PV sector on edge over possible policy changes

Martifer-Lightsource cluster project in the UK

The Solar Trade Association warns that a hasty push for cheap solar would come at the cost of achieving quality in the solar farm industry. The local industry is "on tenterhooks."

SunEdison to build 60 MW solar plant in California

SunEdison worker gets job done

SunEdison has closed financing, underwritten by Deutsche Bank Securities, for the construction of the project, located in Kern County.

No more EPC for ABB

ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer

While the Swiss company posted an 18% drop in first-quarter net income, revenue remains steady, with four divisions on track.

Hanwha SolarOne appoints Nam to top post

Hanwha SolarOne factory, South Korea

Former Samsung exec Seong-woo Nam becomes the South Korean group's new chairman and CEO.

NRG Energy, MidAmerican complete 290 MW PV facility

Agua Caliente solar project, Arizona

Designed and built by First Solar, the Agua Calienta installation uses the company's advanced thin-film modules. The plant will provide energy to customers of Pacific Gas & Electric.

A big step for LED flashers in cell production

LED flashers.

Hanwha Q Cells adopts LED flasher from Wavelabs as a fully fledged replacement for the xenon flasher during cell testing and production.

German court opens Sunways insolvency proceedings

Sunways headquarters, Constance, Germany

LDK Solar's Constance-based company has tried but failed to remain afloat for the second time in seven months.

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