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VDE, Fraunhofer ISE award First Solar first quality tested certification

VDE testing

The testing and certification institute says the new certification marks a new age of risk reduction, quality and safety for solar plant assets while reducing the risk for PV power plant investors.


Etrion builds 34 MW project in Japan

Morioko, Japan

The Swiss solar power producer and Hitachi Hi-Tech have begun construction on two PV projects in the country. The two companies plan to begin construction on 100 MW of projects next year and 300 MW by 2017.


Shipments of Chinese, Taiwanese PV surged before trade rulings

NPD Solarbuzz says that developers rushed to import Chinese and Taiwanese PV products into the United States in advance of preliminary tariffs, causing these products to take a dominant share of the market for the preceding four...


NTPC to build 750 MW solar project in Madhya Pradesh

Son River, Umaria, Madhya Pradesh, India

The state-run electric utility has announced plans to invest close to $1 billion in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, which is aiming to install more than 2 GW of solar power in the next few years.


JinkoSolar to supply 21.5 MW PV project in Nevada

Searchlight, Nevada

An affiliate of D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments and Bright Plain Renewable Energy acquired the project from initial developer American Capital Energy. Signal Energy will handle EPC and O&M services for the installation.


Solar Energy UK opens

National Exhibition Centre in Birminham, England

Amber Rudd, parliamentary under secretary of state at the Department of Energy and Climate Changeminister, will discuss the state of the U.K. solar market at the event.


Desertec consortium dissolves, morphs into service company

Desertec CSP project, Egypt

The new Desertec Industrial Initiative will operate on a smaller scale and shift its focus to provide renewable energy project services in the MENA region to its remaining shareholders, Saudi Arabia's ACWA Power, Germany's RWE...


EU energy subsidies: EUR 40 billion for renewables

European Commission

A new European Commission report finds that solar power costs between EUR 100 to EUR 115 per megawatt hour, on par with nuclear and natural gas. Electricity from coal remains the cheapest at around EUR 75/MWh.


UK solar and renewable energy associations go separate ways

London solar bridge

The associations, which became affiliated in 2011, will again become independent next year. The groups say the move will allow them to focus on their core strengths.


Efficiency enhancements to define PV technology roadmap

First Solar worker

In a new report, NPD Solarbuzz says opportunities exist for a variety of solar PV technologies, adding that panel power ratings are expected to constantly hit record levels of performance, provided efficiency enhancements are...


France votes to cut nuclear reliance

French President Francois Hollande in Paris

France has taken a historic decision to curtail the nation's reliance on nuclear energy while also approving an increase in renewable energy and energy saving targets.


German PV equipment manufacturers see improved business

Manz FPD handling unit

The VDMA Photovoltaic Equipment industry association says that while the current business climate provides a mixed picture, the revenue forecast for 2014 is positive.


IEA report: Installed solar PV capacity reached 137 GW in 2013

The share of distributed PV markets rose to 55% for the first time in 2013. The IEA says the speed of PV development comes from its ability to cover most market segments, from very small individual systems to utility-scale power...


SunPower supplies 41 MW of panels for four French PV plants

Aquitaine, France

The La Compagnie du Vent projects include the 12 MW Langele Solar Power Plant in in France's Aquitaine region. The latest projects reunite SunPower and the GDF Suez subsidiary.


Southern California Edison launches solicitation for mid-sized behind-the-meter solar PV

The utility's RFO is the fourth in its Solar Photovoltaic Program, which is open to projects between 500 kW and 10 MW. Projects will connect through the SCE distribution grid.


Trina Solar expands UK downstream footprint with 10.6 MW deal

Trina Solar CEO Jifan Gao.

Sale of PV plant to Foresight Group LLP represents Trina Solar's inaugural downstream play in U.K. market as the company targets further expansion of its pipeline.


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