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SolarCity to begin production of >22% efficient PV modules this month

Calling it the “world's most efficient rooftop solar panel”, the company says it will produce PV modules with greater than 22% efficiency at a pilot facility.

Google invests more than $100 million in 265 MW Californian solar plant

The search engine giant has teamed up with Silver Ridge Power LLC to invest $103 million in the 265 MW Mount Signal Solar project in Imperial County, California.

Germany: EEG levy increases in 2014

The EEG levy will rise to 6.24 Euro cents per kWh in 2014. This is an increase of almost 20%. The transmission system operators, or TSOs, bank on a levy contribution of €23.6 billion next year with this.

Singulus Technologies develop crystalline solar cells production line for Lithuania's BOD Group

Germany's Singulus Technologies to supply Lithuania's BOD Group High Technology Center L.I.G.H.T Wing (Lithuanian of green and high technologies) with a production line for its crystalline solar cells.

Thai government may purchase rooftop PV to fill commercial shortfall

Thailand: Large-scale solar farms that do not come online within the required time frame could have their contracts to sell power to the government scrapped. The government may instead purchase PV from residential suppliers.

France loans $136 million to fund South African solar projects

South African utility company Eskom will use the French funds to develop its solar power projects after a deal was struck between Presidents Francois Hollande and Jacob Zuma.

Gehrlicher Solar's search for investors continues

The US subsidiary of the photovoltaic company Gerhrlicher Solar has already been sold. But the German company is now in insolvency proceedings. Operation and maintenance businesses will initially still carry on though.

Turkey: small-scale solar rules released

The flag of Turkey.

By doubling the size of projects for which FITs are available, the Turkish government has finally fired the starting gun on solar. 'We have been waiting five years for this.' says Enerparc's Ertug Babatas.

Only two smart grids on EU project list

The flag of the EU.

Only two smart grid projects - one of them aimed at wind power - made the list of 250 projects to be eligible for a slice of EU funding. France and Italy's Green-Me project may be in line for some of the $7.9 billion available.

Shunfeng PV anticipates $142 million windfall

Suntech manufacturing.

The parent company of cell and module manufacturer Jiangsu Shunfeng is pricing its share issue at the top of the range as it prepares to acquire Wuxi Suntech. Share issue will equate to 20% of the expanded company.

World Energy Congress starts on a pessimistic note


The opening statement of the World Energy Congress said renewables cannot meet future energy demand, GHG reduction targets are impossible without CCS and the idea of peak oil is 'a myth.'

Solar glass manufacturer criticises Chinese oversupply

Solar glass.

Japanese glass company AGC is betting on auto glass because it says it cannot compete with Chinese prices. The well-worn complaint echoes those of EU and U.S. solar companies.

Suntech bid is confirmed

Suntech headquarters.

A consortium of cell and module manufacturer Jiangsu Shunfeng and the Wuxi local government's investment arm has been confirmed as the bidder for Suntech's insolvent Wuxi manufacturing unit. The consortium is proposing to...

Light at the end of the tunnel

Stefan Rinck, President and CEO of Singulus Technologies, talks about the market for photovoltaic machine manufacturers and a new product which can increase the efficiency of cells.

First Solar loses $60m on sale of Mesa facility

First Solar's Mesa facility.

The Mesa plant, intended to produce PV modules, never went into production and is being sold off at a loss. The facility includes what First Solar claimed would be Arizona's largest solar rooftop.

All Energy: looking to the commercial rooftop market

The All Energy trade show 2013, in Melbourne.

The commercial rooftop market is an important growth area as a post-FIT residential sector slows. But rigid requirements from state utilities are an obstacle for installers.

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