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Sonnedix launches global solar project joint venture

Sonnedix Istres PV park, France

The global sola power producer is partnering with institutional investors on a joint platform company that currently operates 117 MW of installed capacity and has 600 MW of projects in pre-construction.


Hanwha SolarOne to merge with Hanwha Q CELLS

Hanwha Q CELLS will see its entire stock bought out by Hanwha SolarOne in a deal worth more than $1.2bn.

Hanwha SolarOne will pay $1.2bn to acquire Germany's Hanwha Q CELLS stock as ongoing disputes between China and the U.S. and EU force a strategic rethink.


Portugal's net-metering law raises faint hopes

Microgeneration PV Portugal.

Approval of law could propel solar sector into the fast lane, where PV is still playing catch-up to a soaring wind industry.


Schmid receives order for three Multi Busbar Connector lines

Schmid MBC technology.

German PV tool supplier Schmid Group has announced the supply of three Multi Busbar Connector lines to a well-known Asian premium manufacturer. The systems can allow manufacturers to assemble modules with between 8 to 15 thin...


Global DG market to double by 2023, says Navigant Research

Rooftop PV installation.

The growth of distributed generation technologies is propelling DG energy to new heights, and could see the sector reach 165 GW by 2023.


JA Solar ships 100 MW of modules to Pakistan solar park

Punjab, Pakistan.

Modules to be installed on a 500-acre PV installation located in the country's Bahawalpur region. Array will form part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.


Arizona utility rate changes could price solar out of Phoenix

Municipal utility Salt River Project has proposed changes to its rates for customers who install rooftop solar, which advocates say will destroy the solar industry in its service territory.


The pv magazine weekly digest

Alan 'Fluff' Freeman.

Trina rules the world, oil is cheap as chips, Germany retreats from solar and Abengoa switches on 250 MW. It's all here with all the week's solar news in one handy article.


US smart grid firm betting on Australia

A PV smart grid.

MicroPlanet emphasized its various attempts to break the Australian market in trading update. According to the figures, no sales were registered in Q3.


Peel-and-stick solar cells

Stanford University campus.

Stanford professor says peel-away solar cells could revolutionize BIPV. Chinese academic is working on scaling up the technology.


Advanced energy drives California job creation

Solar installers in California.

Solar employs almost 73,000 workers among the 431,800 working in advanced energy in the state. Rise in AE job numbers far outstrips general state and national employment rises.


Utility acquires Element Power US

Downtown Edmonton.

Capital Power will pay $114 million for US subsidiary's renewables portfolio. Element Power US has 15 MW North Carolina PV project among its four North American solar schemes.


SunEdison signs 39.5 MW of solar power contracts with housing authorities in Massachusetts

At least 11 PV plants will supply power to public housing through the state's virtual net metering program. SunEdison estimates savings of US$60 million over 20 years.


Kong Sun to boost Chinese DG PV by 600 MW

Hainan skyline, China

The Hong Kong-based investment company is to collaborate with Chinese EPC Wuxi Liansheng on the development of the distributed solar projects.


Is the oil price slump a boon for solar?

Texas oil well.

As global oil prices hit a five-year low, the fossil fuel industry is facing a gathering storm that could spell great news for the solar power industry.


UK: subsidy-free solar to soar by 2020, report finds

Commercial installation, UK.

Relentless cost reductions will allow solar to prosper in the UK without support schemes as early as 2020, finds a report from think-do tank Thema1.


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