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Massachusetts House, Senate approve bill to lift net metering caps

The compromise bill has sped through both Houses, and now will go to Governor Charlie Baker's desk. Under new regulations larger private solar installations will see compensation cut.

Shunfeng announces acquisition details

Wuxi Suntech's headquarters.

Chinese manufacturer Shunfeng has finally revealed details of its protracted takeover of Wuxi Suntech. The deal will be put to a shareholder vote on April 7.

Sunways heads back into insolvency

Sunways manufacturing.

The German solar manufacturer has announced it has filed for insolvency, just seven months after exiting previous proceedings. Chinese parent company LDK Solar is under fresh scrutiny after recent Chinese solar defaults.

Chile reaches 150 MW of installed solar with further 225 MW under construction

Saferay 1.4 MW PV plant, Chile

PV installed capacity increased significantly in February with the connection of the 48.2 MW San Andres project. The volume of solar projects under construction increased from 128 MW in January to 225 MW in February.

First Solar announces vigorous 2014 outlook

First Solar PV operations center.

The U.S. solar company's financial guidance predicts net sales to reach $4bn this year as plans are announced to boost rooftop growth.

SolarCon China closes on high note

SolarCon 2014, PV FAB Managers Forum

The three-day Shanghai conference and exhibition showcased a booming domestic PV market and a recovering manufacturing industry while focusing on the country's increasingly significant downstream sector.

SunEdison connects California's largest RAM PV plant

The 24 MW solar plant in the Californian Desert is the largest to date to be brought online under the state's Renewable Auction Mechanism (RAM) program.

Meyer Burger sees revenue drop despite increase in orders

An influx of orders in the latter part of 2013 came too late to boost sales for the Swiss engineering company, which saw annual losses increase 47%.

SolarCity narrows annual loss, posts fourth-quarter profit

SolarCity residential installation

While the U.S. company's solar system sales remained unchanged, revenue from its leasing program nearly doubled last year. The company saw a 78 percent increase in megawatt deployed to 280 MW in 2013.

Hanwha SolarOne supplies 6.2 MW of PV modules to Guatemala

The German subsidiary of South Korea's Hanwha Group is again partnering with Spanish companies Cobra and Gransolar as it seeks to expand its Latin American footprint.

Adler Solar establishes BEC Solar

Adler Solar customs warehouse, Bremen

The German solar industry service provider is expanding its services in its domestic market by joining forces with BEC Engineering.

Global CPV capacity expected to reach 1 GW by 2020

Amonix CPV facility

While CPV remains at a nascent stage, it is poised to expand dramatically in the coming years despite a number of recent company closures and industry consolidation, according to research group GlobalData.

First Solar secures 20-year PPA for 52 MW project in Jordan

Amman, Jordan

The U.S. solar company will provide advanced thin-film modules and EPC services for what is expected to be Jordan's largest PV plant.

Japan proposes new FITs, unveils lithium-ion battery subsidies

Tokyo, Japan

The Japanese government is expected to approve recommendations to slightly reduce PV FIT levels while introducing a new subsidy program for battery storage systems.

Yingli Solar shipped 3.2 GW of PV modules in 2013

Yingli Solar PV plant.

Financial results released today reveal the solar company increased its shipments by 40.8% last year, cementing its place as the world's leading module supplier.

Manz refines its CIGS fab

Manz's 14.5% CIGS thin film module.

After a three-year R&D program, the German solar company has finalized its new fab, which promises to reduce CIGS manufacturing costs by 10%.

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