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Order Focus: Huawei wins 150MW PV inverter contract with Japanese project developer

Mar 03, 2015

Japanese PV project developer Apollo Energy Group has signed a 150MW PV inverter deal with Huawei Technologies, a sign that overseas inverter suppliers are finally breaking into the Japanese market.

Liquidity issues force RGS Energy to downsize Californian operations

Mar 03, 2015

US PV installer RGS Energy has been forced to instigate further restructuring reforms in response to reporting continued losses in the fourth quarter of 2014.

New Conergy CEO mulling IPO - report

Mar 03, 2015

International solar developer, Conergy, has announced a reshuffled management team and revealed that it plans to go public within the next one to two years.

Benin looks to solar in off-grid renewables push

Mar 03, 2015

US aid agency the Millennium Challenge Corporation is supporting a drive by the government of Benin to increase access to off-grid power in the West African country.

SoftBank starts operation of 19.6MW Omuta Miike port solar park

Mar 03, 2015

SB Energy, the PV project developer arm of Japan’s Softbank has completed and grid connected its 19.6MW Omuta Miike port solar park.

Google plans to build new headquarters with translucent solar canopies, movable buildings

Mar 02, 2015

Technology giant Google has unveiled plans for a radical redesign of its main campus in Mountain View, California — complete with movable buildings and translucent canopies.

Solar Frontier to sell PV power plant to Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking

Mar 02, 2015

Solar energy solutions provider Solar Frontier announced that it has sold its 2MW Kunitomi Megasolar power plant in Miyazaki, Japan to a trust account operated by Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation (MUTB).

US becomes most expensive market for Chinese modules - GTM

Mar 02, 2015

Chinese tier-one solar modules now cost more per watt than in any other major solar end market worldwide, a report from GTM Research reveals.

SPI Solar to co-develop 25MW UK portfolio

Mar 02, 2015

Chinese solar developer and EPC firm SPI Solar will co-develop 25MW of sub-5MW sites in England and Wales.

JinkoSolar building cell and module production plant in South-East Asia

Mar 02, 2015

Major tier-1 PV module manufacturer JinkoSolar expects to start actual production of both solar cells and modules at a new facility in South-East Asia by May 2015.

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Mercom updates report on India’s solar market, predicts breakout year ahead after 3 years of stagnant growth

Mar 03, 2015

Mercom Capital Group (Austin, TX, US) on March 2nd, 2015 released its quarterly update on the Indian solar photovoltaic (PV) market. According to the communications and consulting firm Indian solar installations in calendar year 2014 totaled 883 MW, down 12 percent compared to 1,004 MW installed in 2013. Mercom’s 2015 forecast is unchanged at approximately 1,800 MW with some upside.

Spire supplies 20 MW turnkey PV module production line to Vietnam

Mar 03, 2015

Spire Corporation (Bedford, Mass., US) on March 2nd, 2015 announced the delivery and commencement of installation of a 20 megawatt turnkey solar photovoltaic (PV) module production line for a government agency in Vietnam. The PV production line, located outside of Hanoi, will allow for both research activities as well as production of multi or mono crystalline silicon PV modules. The procurement and installation was coordinated with AIC, a large global trading company, which is also responsible for the infrastructure of the facility.

Natcore Technology teams with Fraunhofer ISE on international solar PV projects

Mar 03, 2015

Natcore Technology Inc. (Red Ban, N.J., US) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy (Fraunhofer ISE, Freiburg, Germany), under which the two organizations would cooperate in developing solar photovoltaic (PV) projects for third party customers.

ABB India announces cumulative sales of 1 GW of PV inverters

Mar 03, 2015

ABB India (Bengaluru) became the first company to reach sales of a cumulative capacity of 1 GW solar photovoltaic (PV) inverters in India, ABB India Ltd. announces. This milestone was marked in February with the roll out of an order for Tata Power Solar’s project for Kiran Energy Solar Power. ABB India commenced local manufacturing of solar PV inverters in 2012 and has since grown in partnership with key industry customers.

JinkoSolar Q4, full-year 2014 results: Total 2014 revenues up 41.0%, PV module shipments reached approx. 3 GW

Mar 03, 2015

JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. (Shanghai, China) on March 2nd, 2015 announced its unaudited financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31st, 2014. Total 2014 PV module shipments were 2,943.6 MW, which include 520.4 MW to be used in the Company’s downstream solar power projects. 2014 total revenues were RMB9.98 billion (USD 1.61 billion), an increase of 41.0% from RMB7.08 billion for the full year 2013. Gross margin was 22.4% for the full year 2014, compared with 20.3% for the full year 2013.

GTM Research: Regional PV module prices vary by as much as USD 0.16/W: Around 72 ct/W in the U.S. and 56 cents in Chile

Mar 03, 2015

U.S. prices for Chinese-produced Tier-1 solar photovoltaic (PV) modules were higher than those of any other PV market tracked in GTM Research’s (Boston, Mass., US) latest report, Global PV Pricing Outlook 2015. Driven up on a year-over-year basis by the ongoing trade case against Chinese- and Taiwanese-produced modules, U.S. prices averaged around 72 cents per watt in the fourth quarter of 2014, compared to just 56 cents per watt for the same modules in Chile, the least expensive module market tracked in the new report.

SPI Solar announces agreement to co-develop 25 MW of solar PV projects in the UK

Mar 03, 2015

Solar Power, Inc. (SPI, Shanghai, China), a vertically-integrated solar photovoltaic (PV) developer, on March 2nd, 2015 announced that it has entered into an agreement with RE Projects Development (REPD), a utility-scale PV project developer in the United Kingdom, to co-develop approximately 25 megawatts (MW) of photovoltaic projects in the UK.

ACWA Power wins 260 MWp phase II of the Mohammed bin Rashid Solar Park by Dubai Electricity

Mar 02, 2015

A consortium led by ACWA Power (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) and TSK, the Spanish engineering and construction company as technology provider, was announced by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) as first rank bidder to develop, construct, own and operate the solar photovoltaic (PV) independent power project of a net power capacity of 200 MW (260 MWp installed) for the Phase II of the Middle East’s largest renewable energy power plant located at Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, Dubai.

Mounting Systems posted record UK sales of 204 MW in 2014

Mar 02, 2015

Mounting Systems (Rangsdorf, Germany), a manufacturer of racking systems for solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants, has revealed its UK sales volumes for the first time. The company, which is owned by German industrial group Nordwest Industrie Group (NWI) and has its UK offices in London, sold enough racking systems last year to support 204 MWp of new British PV generation capacity, equivalent to the needs of 55,000 homes.

LG Solar appoints Bob Mills UK solar sales manager

Mar 02, 2015

LG Solar, the solar PV business unit of LG Electronics, has appointed Bob Mills as its UK solar sales manager. The UK solar PV market is rapidly developing and Mills will expand LG Solar’s channel strategy to meet the demands of a growing market.