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Turkey's solar market heats up

Istanbul, Turkey

A new manufacturing facility and increased activitiy from domestic as well as foreign players is boosting Turkey's solar sector despite some regulatory obstacles.


Micro-grid market to soar after 2015, says Frost & Sullivan

Micro-grid from Schneider.

Driven by growing renewable energy demand in numerous regions, the market for micro-grid installations will grow rapidly between 2015 and 2020.


SMA suffers 36% sales drop in 2013

SMA CEO Pierre-Pascal Urbon

Despite retaining its position as the world's leading inverter company with 5.4 GW sold, SMA suffered a sales horror-show last year in the wake of European PV contraction.


EU to cut minimum China module price to €0.53/W

Suntech Chinese PV modules.

pv magazine understands that the new minimum price set by the EU is set to fall from €0.56/W to €0.53/W by April 1.


German economics minister seeks PV self-consumption readjustment

Sigmar Gabriel.

Sigmar Gabriel responds to criticism from within the ranks three states demand the industry remains exempt from EEG reallocation charge.


Module reliability more important than cost, say solar customers

Bosch module factory.

Survey by IHS reveals 99% of respondents believe reliability to be the most important module feature, beating out high quality and low price.


India considers new PV support scheme for state-owned companies

MNRE representatives inspect a PV installation in India.

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy may introduce a separate scheme for Public Sector Undertakings.


California calls for large-scale energy storage

Opening session, Energy Storage trade fair, Düsseldorf.

The Energy Storage trade fair in Düsseldorf begins with a rousing call from California for more energy storage solutions.


NEC snaps up grid-scale battery business

Storage battery system.

The Japanese company has purchased A123 Energy Solutions from China's Wanxiang Group for a reported $100 million.


Chinese PV exports to Europe fell 62% in 2013

China flag.

Figures from the China Chamber of Commerce confirm China-European business revenues down by $3.7bn last year.


Panasonic develops stand-alone PV power system

Pansonic's Power Supply Container.

The company’s Power Supply Container generates and stores solar energy, and is ideal for for rural off-grid areas.


BNEF promotes CSUN to Tier 1 supplier status

CSUN's Turkey production facility.

The Bloomberg New Energy Finance tiering system for PV module makers ranks producers based on bankability and assistance given to developers and EPCs.


GCL Poly to become GCL New Energy

100 MW PV plant in Zhongwei.

The name change is a reflection of the Chinese company's expansion into the development of large scale PV plants.


Hanergy Solar posts 57% profit increase in 2013

Hanergy HQ, China.

The Chinese solar company enjoyed a net profit of $266.7 million last year, boosted by an increase in delivery of turnkey lines.


Intersolar China opens with call for more R&D

Intersolar China opening ceremony.

The conference began with a series of impassioned presentations on the bullish state of China's PV market, but urged greater investment in domestic R&D and quality control.


100 GW annual PV deployment by 2018, says NPD Solarbuzz

NPD Solarbuzz forecast graph

The global PV industry will add 100 GW of capacity a year by 2018 say the analysts, with c-Si technology set to dominate the landscape.


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