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SolarEdge strengthens again with 45% Q3 revenue increase year-over-year

SolarEdge power optimizer.

Israeli inverter and power optimizer specialist achieves $125.2 million in revenue for the fiscal third quarter, with 416 MW of inverters shipped and GAAP gross margin of 32.5%.

Algeria: centrotherm and Kinetics Germany collaborate

centrotherm will provide the turnkey solutions necessary for the integrated plant in Algeria. Image: Flickr/Damouns (Damien Boilley)

centrotherm photovoltaics and Kinetics Germany signed an agreement with the Algerian state utility Société Nationale de l'Electricité et du Gaz (Sonelgaz) for the development of an almost fully integrated solar module factory in...

Australian PV industry demands answers

Australia solar panel

Australia’s solar industry is keenly awaiting a number of governmental decisions as problems over pricing and available funds threaten a rethink on the country’s current system of rebates.

US: Work begins on 30 MW PV project

Austin, Texas

Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) has closed financing and begun construction on a 30 megawatt (MW) photovoltaics project in Texas, the U.S. Subsidiary FRV AE Solar, LLC has also signed a 35 megawatt sales agreement with Trina...

Conergy to build 12.4 megawatt Thai solar park

Conergy Greek photovoltaic project

Conergy is gearing up to build a 12.4 megawatt solar park in Thailand's Nakhon Pathom province. It is the German company's third in the country in the last 12 months.

More delays for Italy

Italian flag

Anyone expecting a quick decision on Italy's draft decree will be sorely disappointed. The saga over solar incentives, which has been ongoing since February, took a new twist yesterday after it was reported that a key meeting has...

DOE study says PV can boost home premiums

Photovoltaics installed on residential house in California

According to new research issued by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), there is "strong evidence" to suggest that homes which incorporate photovoltaic systems attract higher premiums than those which don’t.

Meyer Burger's Roth & Rau acquisition a step closer to reality

Roth & Rau building

Meyer Burger Technology Ltd has acquired a further 6.34 percent of the share capital of Roth & Rau AG. According to media reports, however, there could be opposition to the move.

Italy: Complicated tariff times ahead

The rooftop market looks like it will be safe from the changes but other segments look uncertain. Image: Obrist GmbH.

The Italian Government has released its solar regulation draft. Under it, support for rooftop systems remains strong. Large scale systems will be subject to an annual cap, the mechanism of which has been described as complicated....

Indian solar industry off to a successful 2011, but bankability issues exist

Idia photovoltaic installation

According to the latest Indian Solar Compass, India's solar industry has got off to a successful start this year, with a large number of power purchase agreements (PPAs) having been signed. However, bankability continues to be an...

Solar on storm water detention basins

Storm water detention basin, where Pro-Tech will install a photovoltaics system, at Peddie School in New Jersey

New Jersey-based Pro-Tech Energy Solutions is currently installing its first photovoltaics system on a storm water detention basin. In an interview with pv magazine, principal John Drexinger talks about the potential of this...

Swiss solar association demands more PV energy

Switzerland could achieve a solar electricity share of six percent in the year 2016

Swissolar is demanding immediate removal of the ceiling on feed-in tariffs. It adds that subsidies should be designed based on the German model, in order to achieve a similarly dynamic market and to increase photovoltaic share to...

Solar Junction hits 43.5 percent CPV cell efficiency

Solar Junction concentrated photovoltaic 40 percent efficient cell

Solar Junction has reached 43.5 percent efficiency on a commercial-ready concentrated photovoltaic production cell. The news comes just two months after it achieved an efficiency of 41.4 percent.

US: CPUC approves PG&E’s 150 MW PPA

The photovoltaic plant will be located in Maricopa County (pictured is a road sign for Maircopa County), near Phoenix

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has approved Pacific Gas & Electric’s 20-year contract to purchase 150 megawatts (MW) of solar power from Sempra Generation’s Mesquite Solar 1 facility in Arizona, the U.S.

Standardization, policy stability and competing with the 'big boys'

The Thin Film Forum at Adlershof provided a wealth of information on thin-film and analysed the growth of the sector within PV. Image: Solarpraxis AG

The first day of the side event of the 3rd Thin Film Week, Solarpraxis’s Thin-Film Industry Forum started off rainy in Adlershof, but full of buzz. The packed hall at the Wista Management convention center in the Southeast of...

Bruce Sohn to leave First Solar

Bruce Sohn. Image: First Solar.

First Solar, Inc. President of Operations, Bruce Sohn, will be leaving the company, effective April 30, 2011. According to Rob Gillette, CEO, it is a "natural time for him" to pursue other opportunities. He will not be replaced.

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