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15. September 2014 | | Comment now

Massachusetts utility-scale PV sector in danger

The U.S. state of Massachusetts has proposed not setting aside any capacity in 2016 for traditional solar PV projects larger than 650 kW under the new SREC II program. The state's solar industry warns that this will have major...


JinkoSolar connects 100 MW of PV project in China's Jiangsu Province

Xiangshui Bay, Jiangsu, China

The company says the Xiangshui project is a landmark ground-mounted solar project that uses land efficiently and combines fish farming and solar power generation.


Sanderink buys Wagner Solar

Wagner headquarters in Coelbe

The Dutch group has taken over the insolvent German PV group, which will continue to operate under the Wagner Solar brand and retain 80 employees at its two sites in Hesse.


IHS: Solar capacity in Central America set to soar

Costa Rica's 1 MW Parque Solar Miravalles

Total installations in the region are expected to reach 1.5 GW through 2018. The region’s current PV pipeline of planned utility-scale projects amounts to 1.3 GW.


IRENA: PV prices have declined 80% since 2008

First Wind Warren PV plant

In a recently published report, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) traces the development of solar photovoltaic and its dramatic decline in costs.


11. September 2014 | | Comment now

70 MW deal makes Trina one of the largest PV module suppliers in the Chilean market

The deal with an un-named developer or EPC for high-efficiency multicrystalline modules brings Trina's contracts in Chile during 2014 to at least 106 MW.


Juncker presents European Commission team, merges energy, environment portfolios

Jean-Claude Juncker

A new Energy Union project team to be headed by European Commission Vice President-designate and former Slovenian Prime Minister Alenka Bratusek will "steer and coordinate" new bundled portfolios, including Climate Action and...


Italian net metering expanded up to 500 kW

Siena, Italy

Italy has raised the upper limit for net metering in the country from 200 kW to 500 kW per installation. The measure is set to boost the commercial rooftop PV sector.


Aleo Solar up and running in Germany

Aleo Solar module production

Following its acquisition by Taiwanese group Sunrise Global Energy, production at the former Bosch-owned Aleo Solar in Prenzlau, Germany, has begun again. The PV manufacturer is now producing its high-efficiency 300 W modules at...


SPI Solar to pay $92 million for Maltese firm, 26.57 MW of PV projects in Greece

Athens, Greece

Describing the deal as "a significant milestone" in its global expansion, SPI said it would pay nearly $92 million in cash and company shares for Sinsin Renewable Investment Limited.


Hanwha SolarOne signs 50 MW module deal with Baotou Shansheng

Hanwha SolarOne modules shipping

In its second supply agreement with the Chinese group, Hanwha SolarOne continues to develop solar PV in northern China with total module shipments of 100 MW.


Eltek to supply 300 solar-powered base stations in gulf region.

Eltek building, Drammen, Norway

The Norwegian power solutions group will provide autonomous power systems for mobile telecommunications in the Arab gulf region. Eltek has provided solar powered telecom installations across Africa.


Sharp weighing sale of Recurrent Energy

Recurrent Energy installation, Kaiser Permanente, California

The Japanese group's Energy Solutions division suffered a 97% drop in profit in the first quarter due to sinking residential solar sales in Japan.


Oman, Royal Dutch Shell invest $53 million in GlassPoint Solar

Petroleum Development Oman, Glasspoint Solar

Big oil is increasingly turning to solar power to extract petroleum, so much so that the country of Oman and Royal Dutch Shell on Monday announced a $53 million investment in GlassPoint Solar.


ABB unveils strategy to become battery leader

ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer at Capital Markets Day event, London, 9.9.2014

Swiss power and automation giant ABB intends to establish itself as the "leading entity" in the battery storage sector. It set out this vision in its Capital Markets Day event in London on Tuesday.


Acquisition of SAG Solarstrom: Not a bad deal for Shunfeng

Interview: Goetz Fischbeck, CEO of Smart Solar Consulting, sees the recently announced acquisition of insolvent SAG Solarstrom AG by Shunfeng Photovoltaics as a win-win for both parties. Shunfeng in particular benefits from the...


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