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World’s largest solar plant in operation

Solar project

The 550 MW Topaz Solar Project has been completed and connected to the grid. The plant, located in San Luis Obispo County, California is currently the largest operational PV power plant in the world.


Analysis: Bluestar Elkem's REC Solar Group play

REC Solar in Singapore.

Monday's news that China's Bluestar Elkem looks set to purchase Norway's REC Solar ASA came as somewhat of a surprise to the PV industry, but the moves makes sense. Analysts say that it allows REC Solar ASA the capital to grow...


Chinese-owned Elkem to buy REC Solar

REC Solar's production facilities in Singapore.

Bluestar Elkem, a division of the state-owned China National Chemical Corporation, has made an offer to buy the Norwegian PV module manufacturer for $640 million in a move that could secure a European beachhead for a major...


US installs only 31 MW of utility-scale solar in October

The latest figures from the U.S. government show a particularly slow month for solar PV in October, as part of lagging utility-scale PV market in 2014.


Indian solar market to more than double to 1.8 GW in 2015

Mercom Capital's strong 2015 outlook follows on a dismal 2014, with only 800 MW forecast by year's end. This optimistic forecast is influenced by a variety of factors, including moves by the Modi administration.


US Ex-Im Bank signs $1 billion agreement to support clean energy exports to India

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Ex-Im Bank Chairman Hochberg Signs $1 Billion Memorandum of Understanding to Support U.S. Clean Energy Exports to India Announces the MOU at the India-US Technology Summit in Noida


Inside Meyer Burger's new HJT pilot line

Christophe Ballif, director of CSEM's PV-center.

Interview: On Monday the Meyer Burger Group and the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM) inaugurated their Swiss-Inno pilot line for heterojunction technology (HJT) in Neuchatel, Switzerland. Christophe Ballif,...


Ingeteam commissions second large-scale PV plant in Argentina

1 MW Terrazas del Portezuelo plant San Luis, Argentina

The installation marks the start of the Spanish company's activities in Argentina's PV sector. The province of San Luis has plans to install 3 GW of PV power through 2030 and Ingeteam is aiming to increase its supply of equipment...


Indian rooftop market to contribute 'significantly' to expected record growth

India 3 MW PV park in Yelsandra, Karnataka, India

In its new India Solar Rooftop Map, consultancy group Bridge to India forecasts 1.5 GW of rooftop solar in the country by 2018. More than 285 MW of rooftop projects have been commissioned so far, with Tamil Nadu the leading state...


Philae's battery is running down fast

The Philae comet lander.

Bumpy landing has left comet lander on its side in shadow. Battery life could be exhausted by Friday night.


13. November 2014 | | Comment now

Attacks on state net metering policies fall short

The latest edition of IREC and VoteSolar's Freeing the Grid finds no significant rollbacks to state net metering policies over the last twelve months, despite multiple attempts by utilities.


Canary Islands: Oil or PV?

Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

Despite escalating local opposition, oil giant Repsol is planning to commence deepwater drilling off Spain's Canary Islands in search of petroleum. The sun-drenched Canary and Balearics Islands are Spain's lost solar PV case.


SunPower buys SolarBridge Technologies

SolarBridge microinverter

The PV group, which is majority owned by French oil and gas giant Total, says SolarBridge's high-performance microinverter technology offers system design flexibility and a lower cost of installation.


pv magazine weekly news roundup: Oct 31-Nov 7

Project Salvador by SunPower.

A busy week for solar saw SunPower connect the world's largest merchant PV plant in Chile, Brazil unveil its first solar-only federal auction, and German solar ambitions suffer yet another blow.


First Solar to expand manufacturing capacities, but no yieldco

In its third-quarter results, First Solar announced that it will expand manufacturing capacities in Malaysia and Ohio. The company also revealed that it will not be pursuing a yieldco vehicle at this time.


SMA: Net loss grows in first nine months amidst declining orders

SMA inverter production

The leading inverter manufacturer attributed declining sales to project delays in key foreign markets and a sharp drop in European demand due to lower subsidies.


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