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U.S. energy storage market more than triples in 2015

GTM Research reports that large energy storage projects made up the bulk of new capacity, but the distributed energy storage market is growing even faster. Lithium-ion batteries dominated deployments during the year.

Germany: Parabel to develop 90 MW PV park

Parabel solar park

Parabel AG is currently in the planning and approval phases for a 90 megawatt (MW) PV park, set to be built in Brandenburg, Germany. When completed, it is expected to be one of Europe’s largest.

Suntech to supply solar systems for UN deployment

Suntech flags at its Wuxi, China HQ

Under a new agreement, Suntech Power Holdings will supply around USD$80 million worth of solar power systems to Peak International Trade (Tianjin) Co., Ltd. The United Nations will then deploy them.

HyperSolar aims to reduce solar panel cell numbers by 75 percent

HyperSolar before and after solar concentrator graphic

HyperSolar, Inc. has completed a prototype design of its thin solar concentrator. The company’s aim is to reduce the number of solar cells in a panel by 75 percent.

First Solar thin film plant expected to open ahead of schedule

Aerial view of completed First Solar roof at its new manufacturing plant

First Solar has completed the roof of its new manufacturing plant in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany. Expected to be operational by June, the €173 million site will have a collective annual module capacity of over 238 megawatts (MW).

16. February 2011 | | Comment now

SiC Processing: Capital injection for Asian expansion

SiC Processing HQ building in Germany

Germany-based SiC Processing GmbH, a leading slurry recycler from wafer production, aims to expand in Asia. This will be financed through the proceeds of a €100 million corporate bond, issued today. R&D and capacity expansion are...

Ontario: OPA alters FIT application laws

PV rooftop installation on house in Ontario, Canada

Under a new amendment, the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) will no longer issue microFIT or FIT capacity allocation exempt (CAE) contracts for smaller PV projects, until it has been confirmed that there is available grid space.

EPIA tells UK Government to "act carefully"

London bridge

Following the UK's announcement that it will bring its FIT review forward by one year, representatives from EPIA gathered in London to urge the Government to "act very carefully".

France still struggling with PV incentives

French flag

The moratorium for PV plants in France will remain in force until March 8, after which a new regulation will be published. Charpin and Trink, political advisors charged with the task, are due to provide their report to the French...

Ontario: Increased PV opportunities, but module dissatisfaction exists

Toronto PV rooftop installation

Following an increase in Ontario’s domestic content rule, there are many new opportunities for photovoltaic (PV) equipment manufacturers. However, installers are dissatisfied with module brands.

First Solar and SCE sign 250 MW PV contract

Primm Nevada desert

First Solar and Southern California Edison (SCE) have signed a 250 megawatt (MW) AC power purchase agreement for the Silver State South photovoltaics (PV) project, which is expected to be operational by 2017.

US to cut installation costs to $1/watt with SunShot initiative

SunEdison PV plant in City of Rifle

When Obama spoke of a 2035 clean energy goal during his State of the Union address, a big question on everyone’s mind was how he could achieve that. The answer, in part, is a new initiative called SunShot, which his energy chief...

EuPD Research and BPVA join forces

UK PV installation

Under a new agreement, EuPD Research will provide the British Photovoltaic Association (BPVA) with strategic advice for furthering the UK solar industry. It will also update the BPVA on global PV market developments.

UK early FIT review confirmed

UK PV rooftop installation using Sanyo solar modules

The UK will review its solar feed-in tariffs (FITs) early. The news comes after the REA told pv magazine last Thursday that the government had been unaware of how many solar projects were projected to be installed this year.

Ontario FIT policy reaping more jobs than US

PV panel up close

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ISLR), an independent think tank promoting local economic development, says Ontario is getting more jobs for its renewable energy investments than comparable Midwestern states.

04. February 2011 | | Comment now

ACORE founding president to step down

Michael Eckhart

The American Council On Renewable Energy’s (ACORE) founding president, Michael Eckhart will step down at the end of February. He will go on to join Citigroup as MD and head of environmental markets and sustainability.

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