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Tata Power to invest $500 million in Russian solar

Russia's Altai Republic

The Indian conglomerate will partner with the state-run Russian Investment Fund on $1 billion of investments in solar projects across the country.


Taiwan's solar companies feel the strain in Q3

Neo Solar Power HQ

Poor third-quarter financials across the board for Taiwan's leading solar cell companies as the U.S.-China spat rumbles on, spreading uncertainty throughout the industry.


pv magazine weekly news roundup: Nov 21-28

Tesla motor.

Assault of batteries shapes the week, while the good vibes of the 15th Forum Solarpraxis are punctured by the news of SolarMax's insolvency.


SolarMax insolvency: lack of pan-European policy harms industry, says expert

Hoffmann at the Forum Solarpraxis.

The insolvency of Switzerland's SolarMax is yet another indictment of Europe's failure to nurture pro-solar political conditions, says solar consultant Winfried Hoffmann.


Solar disrupts utilities out of their comfort zone

Prof. Klaus Töpfer.

Solarpraxis Forum highlights how traditional energy utilities are struggling to cope with the expansion of the renewable energy sector, forcing a rethink of their relationship with renewables.


SolarMax to file for insolvency

Sputnik HQ

SolarMax will become the latest inverter victim of Europe’s declining PV market when its parent company, Sputnik Engineering, files for insolvency this week.


Japanese PV module demand booms to 2.52 GW in most recent quarter

The sharp increase in the nation's PV market matches BNEF's forecast of a 9-11 GW solar PV market in 2014. Japanese companies continue to dominate shipments.


Belectric reveals battery storage facility at large-scale PV plant

Belectric's energy storage system.

Belectric and Vattenfall cut the ribbon for a new battery storage facility at the Alt Daber solar power plant in Germany.


UK: Movable FIT option for commercial rooftops receives STA backing

Commercial rooftop installation, U.K.

Plans by the British government to allow businesses and factories that move buildings to continue to claim the FIT from their previous location praised by Solar Trade Association.


Huawei unveils smart PV solution in Germany

Huawei SUN2000 string inverters.

Chinese company extends solar footprint in Europe with demonstration of string inverter solution at 7.8 MW solar park in western Germany.


ReneSola's shipments fall, margins increase

ReneSola factory.

Chinese PV manufacturer ReneSola has seen its module and wafer shipments fall in Q3 2014 on both annual (YOY) and quarterly basis. It did, however, manage to increase its gross margin for the quarter to 15.3%.


Midsummer reduces CIGS active layer to 800nm

A Midsummer flex module.

Swedish thin film equipment supplier Midsummer has reduced the active layer in its CIGS deposition process to 800nm. The tool supplier claims that this is less than half of what other suppliers offer, substantially reducing costs.


Yingli posts drop in third-quarter revenue, narrows net loss

Yingli PV module production

The Chinese PV group continued to see strong demand for modules from China and Japan as well as from emerging markets, which increased by some 17% quarter over quarter.


Trina boosts sales, profit in third quarter

Trina Chairman and CEO Jifan Gao

Trina Chairman and CEO Jifan Gao says the company continued to meet or exceed financial and performance targets despite foreign exchange fluctuations and weaker demand in Europe.


Dominion buys Canadian Solar plant in California

Lancaster, California

With the addition of the West Antelope Solar Park in northern Los Angeles County, Dominion now has 344 MW of solar generating capacity in development, under construction or in operation across six U.S. states.


Fraunhofer CSE installs first 'Plug and Play' PV system

Fraunhofer CSE residential rooftop Plug and Play PV System

The R&D laboratory says once the residential rooftop PV system is commercially available, homeowners will be able to purchase and install the system as easily as installing a washer and dryer.


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