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SPI 2014: DOE puts US$53m into solar cost-cutting drive

Oct 22, 2014

The US Department of Energy (DOE) is to provide US$53 million to fund 40 R&D projects aimed at slashing the cost of solar.

First Solar project becomes first to win VDE/Fraunhofer ‘quality tested’ certs

Oct 22, 2014

US thin-film giant First Solar’s Macho Springs project in New Mexico has become the first PV plant to receive the system-level ‘Quality Tested’ certification from testing institute VDE and Fraunhofer ISE.

SunEdison yield co to benefit from award of California distributed generation projects

Oct 22, 2014

SunEdison has been awarded 17.7MW of distributed generation across 30 PV projects in California, with investors in the company’s ‘yield co’ TerraForm Power likely to benefit.

Amtech buys BTU in US$32.5 million all stock transaction

Oct 22, 2014

Consolidation in the PV manufacturing equipment sector has continued with Amtech Systems acquiring BTU International in an all stock transaction valuing BTU at US$32.5 million.

Trina opens warehouse in South Africa

Oct 22, 2014

Global module manufacturer Trina Solar has opened a warehouse in South Africa.

Energy co-op expands solar capacity with New Mexico project

Oct 22, 2014

Solar developer Standard Solar completed another project in New Mexico, with the completion of a 1.8MW, ground-mounted solar array for the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative.

LDK Solar goes ahead with expected US Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings

Oct 22, 2014

As expected, LDK Solar’s three US subsidiaries have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection at the District of Delaware US Bankruptcy Court, according to court documents.

Australia saves watered down Renewable Energy Target

Oct 22, 2014

Australia’s Renewable Energy Target will not be scrapped following talks held today, but the government is still negotiating exemptions with the opposition.

CSUN launches 280Wp module with five busbars

Oct 22, 2014

China Sunergy (CSUN), the Chinese module manufacturer awarded tier one module supplier status by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) earlier this year, has announced that its latest 280W module is ready for commercial release.

SPI 2014: Yingli Green to partner on module assembly plant in Brazil

Oct 22, 2014

Latin America has become Yingli Green’s key near-term focus as an emerging market, with plans to partner in Brazil to operate a PV module assembly plant.

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SEIA launches campaign to extend solar ITC, emphasizing tax fairness

Oct 22, 2014

Calling it "critically important to America's future", the US Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA, Washington DC) on October 20th, 2014 launched a national campaign to extend the 30 percent solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) past 2016 by emphasizing tax fairness. SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch announced the campaign, which will begin in earnest in 2015, when a new Congress is sworn in. He made the announcement before a raucous crowd at the opening session of Solar Power International (SPI), the largest solar trade show in America, with nearly 20,000 people expected to attend.

Hanwha SolarOne supplies 17 MW of PV modules for projects in North Carolina; Deal to include new S Series Modules

Oct 22, 2014

Hanwha SolarOne Co., Ltd. (Shanghai, China) has signed a deal with O2 Energies (Cornelius, North Carolina, US) to supply 17 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules for three solar projects in North Carolina. The supply deal will include Hanwha SolarOne’s new S Series modules. The modules will be used at O2 Energies’ Cirrus, Chocowinity and Rockwell solar PV plants.

Beneq and DSM to introduce a novel aerosol deposition technology for solar industry applications

Oct 22, 2014

Royal DSM (Heerlen, The Netherlands), a global life sciences and materials sciences company, and Beneq (Espoo, Finland), supplier of production and research equipment for thin-film ALD and aerosol coatings, are working together developing and commercializing a completely new and superior aerosol deposition technology for AR coatings for solar glass applications.

Australian Energy Storage Alliance launched in partnership with the Australian Energy Storage Conference & Exhibition

Oct 22, 2014

Energy Storage is emerging as a vital element in driving the change to a cleaner energy future. It is key to areas such as on-grid and off-grid energy management, micro grids for remote and mining communities, as well as electric vehicles and advanced systems for managing the energy of buildings. To address the specific need to connect leaders in this transformational industry, the Australian Energy Storage Alliance (AES Alliance) launched on October 17th, 2014. The AES Alliance is supported by the Australian Energy Storage Conference and Exhibition, the dedicated energy storage event in Australia.

Sunpreme demonstrates the world's first 500 W bifacial double glass PV module with an effective efficiency up to 22.2%

Oct 22, 2014

Sunpreme (Sunnyvale, Calif., US) on October 21st, 2014 announced that it has demonstrated the world's first Bifacial double glass solar photovoltaic (PV) module with a measured STC output of 503 W. With a 15% Bifacial power boost, the effective panel wattage can be enhanced to 575 W with an effective module efficiency of 22.2%, the company emphasizes.

Yingli Solar sold PV modules totaling more than 2,000 MW in the Americas

Oct 22, 2014

Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited (Baoding, China) on October 21st, 2014 announced that it has surpassed two gigawatts (GW) of cumulative solar photovoltaic (PV) panel deliveries in the Americas. The more than six million Yingli Solar panels delivered are now generating electricity for more than 85,000 solar projects across the region, the company emphasizes.

New report: US solar PV prices to drop 3–12 percent in 2014; Trend to continue over the next couple of years

Oct 22, 2014

Distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) system prices in the United States dropped by 12–19 percent nationwide in 2013, according to the third edition of a jointly written report on PV pricing trends from the Energy Department's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). In addition, 2014 prices are expected to drop another 3–12 percent, depending on system location and market segment. Industry analysts expect this trend to continue over the next couple of years, keeping the nation on track to meet the DOE SunShot Initiative's 2020 targets.

REC Solar PV operations and maintenance business surpasses 175 MW

Oct 22, 2014

REC Solar ASA (Sandvika, Norway, and San Luis Obispo, Calif., US) on October 21st, 2014 announced that its solar photovoltaic (PV) operations and maintenance (O&M) business has surpassed 175 MW under contract. This milestone represents a 12-fold increase in O&M business since 2009 and reflects surging market demand for high-quality end-to-end solar solutions that ensure ongoing solar performance, the company notes.

Enphase Energy enters into energy storage business with AC battery

Oct 22, 2014

Enphase Energy (Petaluma, Calif., U.S.) on October 21st, 2014 announced its Enphase AC Battery at Solar Power International 2014, an advanced energy storage solution with a modular, plug-and-play storage device fully integrated with the just-introduced Enphase Energy Management System. Based on a distributed architecture, the AC Battery is a safe, reliable and easy-to-install storage solution, designed for residential and commercial solar photovoltaic (PV) applications, Enphase notes. The modular battery provides PV system owners with the ability to store solar energy for nighttime or future use, optimizing solar power consumption and giving owners greater energy independence.

Natcore Technology produces first laser-processed all-low-temperature solar cell

Oct 21, 2014

Incorporating its proprietary advances in laser-processing technology, scientists at Natcore Technology (Red Bank, N.J, US) have created an all-low-temperature, laser-processed solar photovoltaic (PV) cell. Their latest device does not require temperatures above 350 degrees C for any process step, Natcore emphasizes.