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US Energy Department provides US$45 million funding for solar manufacturing technologies

Jan 29, 2015

The US Energy Department said it would provide US$45 million in new renewable energy funding focused on solar manufacturing technologies and is part of its Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative.

Struggling China Sunergy fails to maintain minimum US$15 million NASDAQ market value

Jan 29, 2015

Struggling small cap PV module manufacturer, China Sunergy (CSUN) has failed to comply with a second NASDAQ listing rule after its market value of publicly held shares (MVPHS) fell below the minimum threshold of US$15 million.

GTM report: Latin American PV market grew by 370% in 2014

Jan 29, 2015

The Latin American solar market ushered in 625MW of projects and grew at an annual rate of 370% in 2014, according to the recently released “Q4 2014 Latin American PV Playbook” from GTM Research.

Canadian Solar expanding PV project pipeline in Japan, Brazil and UK

Jan 29, 2015

Major photovoltaic energy provider Canadian Solar has updated its ‘late-stage’ PV project pipeline heading into 2015.

Wacker’s polysilicon sales increase in 2014

Jan 29, 2015

Wacker has reported that preliminary sales for its polysilicon division in the fourth quarter of 2014 topped €262 million, up 5% from the prior year period, but declined slightly quarter on quarter.

Kyocera’s solar module sales revenue weaker than expected

Jan 29, 2015

Japanese electronics firm Kyocera Corporation has said that steeper than expected PV module price declines in Japan, coupled to a halt in grid access applications by many utilities, led to solar sales declining in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Hanwha Q CELLS acquires 6.5MW UK project ahead of March subsidy cut

Jan 29, 2015

International PV manufacturer and EPC firm, Hanwha Q CELLS, is to build a 6.5MW power plant in Gloucestershire, England, after acquiring the project from developer, Green Hedge Group.

Pattern yield-co acquires potential 1GW pipeline in Japan

Jan 29, 2015

San Francisco headquartered ‘yield-co’ Pattern Energy could acquire a pipeline of up to 1GW of solar farm projects in Japan, having purchased a majority stake in Green Power Investment Corp.

Lowering interest rates ‘could cut Indian solar cost by a third’

Jan 29, 2015

Lowering interest rates for Indian solar projects from around 14% to 7% would save around one-third of the project’s entire lifetime cost, according to a senior climate financier.

China WindPower to develop 20MW PV in Tibet

Jan 29, 2015

Developer China WindPower Group is to build a 20MW PV project in Tibet, according to a statement made to the Hong Kong stock exchange.

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GTM Research: The Latin America solar PV market grew 370% in 2014, installed 625 MW

Jan 29, 2015

The Latin American region, which is comprised of Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean, installed 625 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaics (PV) in 2014, a 370 percent annual growth rate over 2013, according to the newly released Q4 2014 Latin America PV Playbook from GTM Research (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.).

Andalay Solar awarded new patent on its built-in electrical connectors technology for PV modules

Jan 29, 2015

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on January 28th, 2015 issued Andalay Solar, Inc. (San Jose, CA, U.S.) its seventh U.S. patent, which further strengthens the company's “InstantConnect” wiring technology. U.S. Patent No. 8,938,919 covers the built-in electrical connectors that mate into the Andalay solar photovoltaic (PV) module frame technology. Andalay Solar is the first and only company in the industry to enjoy the advantage of having electrical connections that are integrated in the frame, the company emphasizes.

Frost & Sullivan recognizes PV micro-inverter maker Enphase Energy with 2014 award for technology leadership

Jan 29, 2015

Based on its recent analysis of the solar photovoltaic (PV) inverter market, Frost & Sullivan (London, UK) recognizes Enphase Energy (Petaluma, Calif., U.S.) with the 2014 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for Technology Leadership. Enphase is making considerable progress toward achieving its vision of providing clean, reliable and affordable solar energy to both the mainstream commercial and residential sectors, Frost & Sullivan commends.

Energy storage and frequency regulation: Axion Power signs marketing, sales and reselling agreement with Pacific Energy Ventures, targets renewable energy projects

Jan 29, 2015

Axion Power International, Inc. (New Castle, Pennsylvania, U.S.) a developer of advanced lead-carbon “PbC” batteries, energy storage systems and frequency regulation systems, on January 28th, 2015 announced a strategic marketing, sales and reselling agreement with privately owned Portland OR-based Pacific Energy Ventures LLC (PEV), a technology and project development firm specializing in the renewable energy and energy storage sectors. PEV will promote the sale of “PbC” and “PowerCube” products for use with renewable energy and energy storage projects.

China Sunergy announces receipt of second notice of failure to meet Nasdaq listing standards within one month

Jan 29, 2015

China Sunergy Co., Ltd. (Nanjing, China) on January 28th, 2015 announced that it had received a letter from the Listing Qualifications Department of the NASDAQ Stock Market, on January 22nd, 2015, informing the Company that it does not comply with the Nasdaq maintenance standard set forth in Nasdaq Listing Rules related to the maintenance of minimum market value of publicly held shares (MVPHS) of USD 15,000,000.

sPower purchases solar PV projects in California totaling nearly 162 MW from Hecate Energy

Jan 29, 2015

sPower (Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.) on January 28th, 2015 announced a non-exclusive joint development agreement with power developer Hecate Energy (Nashville/Columbus/Chicago) to develop and own/operate solar photovoltaic (PV) projects. The first joint initiative is the sale of a 162 MWac portfolio to sPower comprised of three projects named Beacon 1, Beacon 3 and Beacon 4. The utility PV scale projects, near Mojave, California, in Kern County, will be designed and built by Hecate, then jointly owned and operated by sPower and Hecate.

NRG Renew, SunShare form strategic alliance to deliver one of the largest community solar PV portfolios in the U.S.

Jan 29, 2015

NRG Renew (San Francisco, California, U.S.), a wholly owned subsidiary of NRG Energy, Inc. (Princeton, New Jersey, U.S.) and SunShare (Denver, CO, U.S.), one of the country's first and fastest-growing community solar companies, are partnering to finance and build 8.2 megawatts (MWac/10 MWdc) of community solar photovoltaic (PV) projects along the Front Range of Colorado (including Colorado Springs and Denver), which is enough to power more than 1,600 homes for 20 years.

Frost & Sullivan: Solar PV expected to account for the highest percentage of total capacity additions

Jan 28, 2015

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (Mountain View, California, U.S.) forecasts the global installed capacity of renewable energy to more than double from 1,566 gigawatts (GW) in 2012 to reach 3,203 GW in 2025 at an average annual growth rate of 5.7 percent. According to Frost & Sullivan’s “Annual Renewable Energy Outlook 2014”, solar photovoltaic (PV) technology is expected to account for 33.4 percent of total renewable energy capacity additions over the 2012–2025 period.

New Edition of the International Technology Roadmap for PV to be released in China and during Intersolar Europe

Jan 28, 2015

The next edition of the SEMI International Technology Roadmap for PV (ITRPV) will be presented and released on April 29th, 2015 in Shanghai, China, followed by a presentation on June 11th, 2015 during Intersolar Europe in Munich, Germany. With solar photovoltaic (PV) installations increasing rapidly around the globe, the importance of technology in the production of wafers, cells and modules is critically important, SEMI emphasizes. While the pressure on margins will remain, PV equipment and material suppliers play an important role in PV advancements.

Natcore Technology makes first back-contact solar cell using laser processing to be manufactured at much lower cost than conventional cells

Jan 28, 2015

Three months ago, Natcore Technology (Red Bank, N.J., US) announced that its scientists had created an all-low-temperature, laser-processed solar cell. Now Natcore's scientists have taken a giant step further, with an advance that promises not only to slash production costs, but also add significantly greater power output to commercial solar cells, the company announces.