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1366 achieves 18% efficiency with PERC technology

The kerfless wafer maker has announced both efficiency improvements and operational milestones in advance of the launch of its first mass production facility.


Under the hood: Sunpreme's 500W module

U.S. startup Sunpreme caught the attention of a number of attendees at SPI last week in Las Vegas with its 500 W module. Chief engineer and COO Frank Pham speaks to pv magazine about its strategy and technology.


Utility scale solar tops 30 GW globally, finds Wiki-Solar

Canada utility scale solar plant.

Report reveals 2014 has added close to 10 GW of utility scale solar PV, marking the fifth-consecutive record-breaking year.


Solar power key for Saudi future, says energy chief

Saudi Arabian desert.

Executive director of Saudi Electricity Company says solar energy is a must, not a choice, at opening event of Solar Arabia Summit.


Solar glass prices to stabilize as trade sanctions bite, says IHS

Solar glass.

Having fallen by 50% in the past five year, solar glass prices will rise next year following the introduction of CV duties by EU on Chinese suppliers.


Hanergy & Heliatek complete BIPV HQ installations

Hanergy's Beijing HQ complete with BIPV facade.

China's Hanergy has finalized phase I of its 3 MW building integrated photovoltaic installation, while Germany's Heliatek completes installation using organic glass facade.


US: Renewables accounted for 40% of all new power capacity in first three quarters

Large-scale solar PV park.

Data from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission reveals combined capacity of new renewable energy sources has so far topped 3.5 GW.


Update: MegaCell boards smart urbanization joint venture

MegaCell founder and CEO Franco Traverso

Franco Traverso has provided pv magazine with additional information on Urbeco, the new European alliance that aims to carry out smart and eco-friendly urbanization in developing countries. Belgium's Groupmec and Switzerland's...


ABB secures $55m order for UAE solar substation

Dubai skyline.

The Swiss technology group will integrate the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park into the UAE grid after securing the contract from the Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA).


SPI Solar strikes 1.5 GW China PV deal with GD Solar

Inner Mongolia.

The California-based PV developer acquires first-refusal on ongoing GD Solar projects and will work with the company to develop 500 MW of solar capacity annually in China until 2017.


Energy storage, batteries flourish at SPI 2014

Las Vegas, Nevada

Whether it is ultimately the PV industry that pulls the battery and energy storage industry up with it as it expands, or whether battery and energy storage ultimately pushes PV along, what became clearer at the SPI 2014 show last...


Fast-reacting 50 MW power plant planned for Hawaii's solar revolution

Wärtsilä ICEs.

Integration of internal combustion engines seen as key to transforming the state's power generation capabilities and smoothing the way for solar.


PV puts other renewables in the shade in Israel

A satellite image of Israel.

Israel's government has approved the transfer of 520 MW of quotas for solar PV, signalling the beginning of an exciting time for solar power in the Middle East.


The pv magazine weekly news digest: Oct 18-25

A sale sign.

With poly and solar energy price falls set to continue, it's good news all round this week... apart from in Austin, Texas... and unless you are Tony Abbott... or an LDK shareholder...


Snap-together mounting system 'halves installation time'

Solar panel installation.

Californian company secures $1m accelerator grant from US Department of Energy. Cash will speed the introduction of the SMASH PowerStation to market.


Household solar 'safe' as Abbott takes aim at large scale renewables

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott.

Australian PM Tony Abbott wants to reduce amount of large-scale solar built up to 2020 by two-thirds with his 'real' 20 per cent target. The move was one of the recommendations of the discredited Warburton Review of the country's...


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