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Solar PV sets new record in Italy

Florence, Italy

Solar photovoltaic installations in Italy provided nearly 10% of the country's electricity demand from January to August. The highest monthly solar PV output was recorded in August at 2,834 kilowatt hours -- the highest amount of...


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.


Canadian Solar partners on $800 million solar fund in China

Danba, Sichuan, China

Teaming up with the state-owned Sichuan Development investment company, Canadian Solar will focus on utility-scale and distributed generation projects in Sichuan Province and other solar resourceful regions in the country.


New York unveils solar power program for schools

New York City

A total of 40 school districts representing some 200 schools across the state registered for the solar program.


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