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Trina testing lab receives TÜV service certificate

TUV Rheinland PV module inspection

Trina Solar's State Key Laboratory Testing Center has received the TÜV Rheinland Power Measurement Uncertainty Assessment Service Certificate. Trina is the first solar company to receive the recognition.


Photon Laboratory files for insolvency

Photon

A German district court has opened insolvency proceedings for Photon Laboratory GmbH. A creditor filed a claim against the PV testing lab as early as June.


Russia develops high-efficiency HIT modules

The flag of the Russian federation.

Industrial prototypes of above 20% efficient HIT modules produced in Russia. News comes as Chinese company plans cell and module manufacture on Russian soil.


Indian solar 2015: A breakthrough year?

The city of Surat, in Gujarat, India.

The first few weeks of 2015 have seen India's solar industry grab the headlines, but can the momentum be sustained throughout the year and beyond?


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A rooftop installation in California.

How the incompetence of politicians gave the world large scale PV and Angela Merkel says it is time for a 'respite from solar', Germany's gift to the world, but developers who head to Greece will have all their prayers answered,...


Serbia shuns solar

Power lines in the U.S.

Belgrade government hopes to entice energy project investment, and impress the EU, by liberalizing electricity market but is still only aiming for 10 MW of new solar.


US utility's plans to manage DG transition

NRG Energy has told investors of its plans to surf the wave of DG and renewables... whilst maximising returns from its fossil fuel generators.


Japan earmarks $1.12 billion for renewable energy

Mount Fuji, Japan

The government's budget is expected to include nearly $40 million aimed at lowering the cost of solar power generation.


Merkel: Respite from photovoltaics

Angela Merkel, BEE New Year reception

The somewhat cynical wording of the German chancellor was like a punch in the gut to the solar industry. Speaking at the German Renewable Energy Federation's new year reception in Berlin, Angela Merkel said she shared the...


UK SMEs should opt for FIT, says energy minister

Energy Minister Matthew Hancock's comments have angered the U.K.'s Solar Trade Association.

Matthew Hancock tells U.K. Climate Change Committee that small businesses should steer clear from the Contracts for Difference funding scheme.


Solar and utilities can co-exist, says Elon Musk

Tesla delivery, Beijing.

Tech entrepreneur tells audience at Detroit auto show that the future for utilities is pretty good when viewed in collaboration with solar and electric mobility.


Imec reports 22% efficiency for large area PERT cell

Imec PERT cell

The micro and nanoelectronics research center says the new developments, resulting in additional improvement in conversion efficiency, further confirm the potential of n-type PERT cells for next-generation highly efficient...


Etrion confident about planned 138 MW pipeline in Japan

Etrion map of Japanese sites

In addition to the 34 MW already under construction, Etrion and Hitachi High-Tech are reviewing a large project pipeline in different stages of development; the four most advanced projects total 138 MW.


US: Solar better investment than stocks, study finds

Rooftop install, Oklahoma.

A typical solar PV system represents a better investment than the stock market in 46 of America's largest 50 cities, according to a report from NC Clean Energy Technology Center.


Dead Sea PV plant brings affordable energy to Palestinian households

Dead Sea Photovoltaic Power Generating Plant, Jericho, Israel

The opening of the 710 kW first phase of the planned 1.5 MW Dead Sea Photovoltaic Generating Plant has resulted in dramatic drops in electricity prices for Palestinian households that were formerly dependent on high Israeli...


Analyst interview: The rise of distributed solar

Distributed generation is already a robust sector of the Japanese solar PV industry.

pv magazine editor in chief Jonathan Gifford chats with Jenny Chase of BNEF about the growing prominence of distributed generation in leading solar markets.


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