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Von Ardenne inks 700 MW thin-film coatings deal with China National Building Materials

Von Ardenne HQ in Dresden, Germany.

The German deposition equipment provider is latest beneficiary of China National Building Materials' ambitious solar PV expansion, and will deliver several coating systems for installation at two 300 MW CIGS plants and one 100 MW...

NREL assembles industry group to explore solar lending

Rooftop installation on Colorado home

The U.S. government agency says a greater prevalence and diversity of loan products could enable higher rates of solar adoption in regions where third-party finance is currently lacking.

Bosch deal boosts SolarWorld's first-quarter bottom line

SolarWorld module production

The German company raised its group-wide shipments by 41% to 154 MW compared to 109 MW a year ago.

Gehrlicher sees strong prospects following management buyout

Perleberg solar park, Brandenburg

The new company took over all the invested capital and intangible assets, including patents, trademarks and brands, of the insolvent Gehrlicher Solar AG.

Arizona to impose new tax on solar lease customers

Solar rooftop installation, USA.

The State Department of Revenue has reinterpreted its tax policy, reassessing leased solar panels as "merchant power plants" that must be taxed.

Japan reaches for stars to develop orbital solar

NASA concept of solar power satellite

"It would be difficult and expensive, but the payoff would be immense, and not just in economic terms," says Susumu Sasaki, professor emeritus at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.

ReneSola signs biggest sales order to date in Jordan

Amman, Jordan

Jordan continues to attract major PV developers as the country seeks to increase its use of solar energy.

SkyPower FAS Energy signs deal for 3 GW PV project in Nigeria

Nigeria's capital city, Lagos.

The historic agreement with the Federal Republic of Nigeria Government will bring masses of utility-scale solar capacity to the West African nation.

First Solar posts 89% boost in first-quarter net profit, announced new projects

First Solar PV module installation

The Arizona-based thin film module maker reported 404 MW in new bookings in the first three months of 2014, including the 53 MW Shams Ma'an project in Jordan. It will next build 42.76 MW in California.

Statkraft, SunEdison sign 88 MW PPA deal in UK

SunEdison installation

With the construction of eight new solar power plants, SunEdison has established a major foothold in the growing U.K. solar market with a total of 117 MW already in operation.

China imposes punitive duties on EU polysilicon

Chinese Minister of Commerce Gao Hucheng

Anti-dumping duties of 42% will apply to German, Italian and Spanish companies, including Schmid, Joint Solar Silicon, MEMC Electronic Materials and Siliken Spain.

Wacker sees first-quarter net profit soar

Wacker polysilicon

A one-off windfall from a restructured solar sector deal resulted in stratospheric profits for the polysilicon giant.

TÜV Rheinland partners with TRaC Global on new desert climate tests

TUV Rheinland PV module testing

With an eye on the burgeoning PV market in the MENA region, the testing and certification organizations are bolstering test offerings for PV systems in desert conditions with simulated sandstorms.

Heraeus achieves 21.2% record efficiency with metallization pastes

Heraeus metallization paste

It is the highest efficiency ever achieved on an industrial screen-printed PERC silicon solar cell, according to the German company.

Power-One rebranded as ABB

ABB building

The move is part of the power and technology group's full integration of the U.S. inverter manufacturer ahead of this year's major trade fairs.

German center to work with Saudi university

A collaboration between Stuttgart's ZSW and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology could advance thin film solar and open up the MENA market.

The Stuttgart-based ZSW will work with the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. The five-year collaboration will drive research into the performance of thin film cells under desert conditions.

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