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California sets solar power generation record

The 50 MW Chocolate Mountain PV plant in California.

Solar power provided to the state electricity grid reached 4,093 MW on Saturday, surpassing all previous records.

Trina announces sale of first large scale project

Trina Solar chairman and CEO Jifan Gao.

The 50 MW project in Wuwei, Gansu province, is proof of Trina's downstream expertise, says CEO Jifan Gao. Trina oversaw every stage of the Wuwei project.

GCL-Poly signs 9.3 GW supply deals

A GCL-Poly solar project in China.

The Chinese poly manufacturer will supply wafers and poly materials to Jinko Solar, GD Solar, Tongwei Solar and Hareon Solar over two years.

Sun setting on European solar

A residential solar system in Italy.

The latest EPIA figures paint a grim picture of the European solar market. But outside the volatile German and Italian markets, installations in Europe stabilized at 6 GW last year.

Yingli announces largest Middle East supply deal

A satellite image of Israel.

The Chinese module manufacturer will supply 27.5 MW of its panels to an unnamed national infrastructure project in Israel. Yingli says Israel could install 340 MW of solar this year.

Japanese FIT cut nears

The Tokyo skyline.

The rate paid to commercial generators is set to fall JPY4/kWh at the end of the month. A reduction in the rate of FIT payments had been widely predicted.

Platinum files for insolvency

Platinum GmbH HQ.

The German inverter manufacturer opens bankruptcy proceedings, citing poor market conditions.

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