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U.S. installed solar PV costs continue to fall

The latest report by Berkeley Lab shows that installed PV costs in the United States fell 12-15% during 2013, despite a stabilization in PV module costs. However, America still has the highest installed costs among major markets...


Italian net metering expanded up to 500 kW

Siena, Italy

Italy has raised the upper limit for net metering in the country from 200 kW to 500 kW per installation. The measure is set to boost the commercial rooftop PV sector.


Aleo Solar up and running in Germany

Aleo Solar module production

Following its acquisition by Taiwanese group Sunrise Global Energy, production at the former Bosch-owned Aleo Solar in Prenzlau, Germany, has begun again. The PV manufacturer is now producing its high-efficiency 300 W modules at...


SPI Solar to pay $92 million for Maltese firm, 26.57 MW of PV projects in Greece

Athens, Greece

Describing the deal as "a significant milestone" in its global expansion, SPI said it would pay nearly $92 million in cash and company shares for Sinsin Renewable Investment Limited.


Hanwha SolarOne signs 50 MW module deal with Baotou Shansheng

Hanwha SolarOne modules shipping

In its second supply agreement with the Chinese group, Hanwha SolarOne continues to develop solar PV in northern China with total module shipments of 100 MW.


Eltek to supply 300 solar-powered base stations in gulf region.

Eltek building, Drammen, Norway

The Norwegian power solutions group will provide autonomous power systems for mobile telecommunications in the Arab gulf region. Eltek has provided solar powered telecom installations across Africa.


Sharp weighing sale of Recurrent Energy

Recurrent Energy installation, Kaiser Permanente, California

The Japanese group's Energy Solutions division suffered a 97% drop in profit in the first quarter due to sinking residential solar sales in Japan.


Oman, Royal Dutch Shell invest $53 million in GlassPoint Solar

Petroleum Development Oman, Glasspoint Solar

Big oil is increasingly turning to solar power to extract petroleum, so much so that the country of Oman and Royal Dutch Shell on Monday announced a $53 million investment in GlassPoint Solar.


ABB unveils strategy to become battery leader

ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer at Capital Markets Day event, London, 9.9.2014

Swiss power and automation giant ABB intends to establish itself as the "leading entity" in the battery storage sector. It set out this vision in its Capital Markets Day event in London on Tuesday.


Acquisition of SAG Solarstrom: Not a bad deal for Shunfeng

Interview: Goetz Fischbeck, CEO of Smart Solar Consulting, sees the recently announced acquisition of insolvent SAG Solarstrom AG by Shunfeng Photovoltaics as a win-win for both parties. Shunfeng in particular benefits from the...


Hitachi Chemical's wavelength conversion particles increase cell efficiency

Hitachi Chemical wavelength conversion particles graph

The Japanese company says its wavelength conversion particles for solar encapsulant sheets improves power generation efficiency up to 2.2% over conventional products.


Frost & Sullivan honors South African thin-film maker PTiP Innovations

PTiP Innovations, Stellenbosch, South Africa

"By offering an indigenous PV technology, PTiP Innovation contributes to the development of a new South African green economy, which will also create numerous job opportunities locally," says Frost & Sullivan.


First Solar completes initial phase of America's first solar plant to sell electricity on spot market

The initial phase of the Barilla Solar Project is the first utility-scale project to be completed in the United States with no long-term contract and plans to sell the electricity generated on the spot market, as a new business...


First Solar breaks ground on 250 MW solar PV plant in Nevada

Silver State South is the fifth solar project that First Solar is building in Southern Nevada, for a total of 750 MW. First Solar sold the project to NextEra in May, and is serving as EPC contractor. The company continues to...


ABB partners with BYD to develop storage technologies

The ABB building.

Electricity storage technology looks set to get a boost with two major companies active in the space forming a strategic partnership. Power and automation giant ABB will form a partnership with major Chinese company BYD to...


US, China hold close to 50% of global PV pipeline

LADWP PV installation, California

At a combined capacity of 61 GW, projects in the U.S. and China make up almost half of the current PV pipeline, according to IHS, which says a large share of planned projects are "immature" and unlikely to materialize.


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