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Manz enters into massive CIGS partnership in China

The German tool maker will supply €263 million worth of thin-film production equipment to two Chinese companies, as well as turning over its R&D company to a joint venture.

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IBC Solar opening subsidiary in South Africa

IBC Solar has decided to take the plunge in the exciting South African market, by setting up its own subsidiary in the country with its partner maxx | solar energy, after undertaking a number of projects alongside the company.

Meyer Burger continues strong start to 2017 with new CHF 19 million orders

The Swiss PV manufacturing equipment supplier has had an excellent start to the year, with these now the company’s sixth major orders for its highly technical equipment, while the recapitalization stays on track with an approval from the High Court for the resolutions of the bondholders.

German development bank restarts subsidy for PV + storage

Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW), the development bank owned by the German government, today announced that it will restart subsidy payments for PV + storage applications within Germany.

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Wirsol anonunces commercial operation on largest solar park in The Netherlands

The German solar developer announced operation of the 30 MW Sunport Delfzijl Solar Park in the Delflzijler harbor area, close to the Dutch city of Groningen.

EU ProSun casts doubt on Solar Power Europe manufacturing figures

The conflict between the two organizations goes beyond policy approaches, with EU ProSun stating that SolarWorld was never contacted for information.

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Sonnen wins US$1.5 million Zayed Future Energy Prize

The German battery manufacturer was chosen by the prize as the winner in the small & medium enterprise category. Sonnen CEO Christop Ostermann received the US$1.5 million award at the opening ceremony of the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi.

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SolarWorld invests in diamond wire saws for German wafering

The German PV maker will introduce the diamond wire saws at Europe’s largest solar wafer plant in Freiberg.

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Solar Power Europe: “Innovation in business models and financing is key”

A report published this week by EU trade body Solar Power Europe puts emphasis on innovative business models and financing schemes as the key drivers taking solar to the next stage in its development across the continent.

BayWa r.e. acquires U.K. O&M service provider with a 160 MW portfolio

German solar developer and equipment supplier BayWa r.e. has announced the acquisition of U.K. O&M service provider Green Hedge Operational Services from the Green Hedge group, adding to its already impressive British portfolio of solar plants under its management.

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