UGE and engineering, Manila based procurement and management company, Orion Group have teamed up to boost solar deployment in the Philippines.
Utility Duke Energy has announced partner companies have been chosen to help build three solar power projects in the state of North Carolina.
Japanese module manufacturer Kyocera has joined the industrial partner programme of Belgian nanoelectronics research institute imec.
Mission Solar Energy has announced the opening of its N-Type solar manufacturing facility in Texas.
Trade body the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) has thrown its weight behind efforts to liberalise the global trade in solar products.
IKEA will extend its residential solar offering into eight new markets in the next 18 months following the success of the scheme in the UK.
A couple of companies have highlighted wet chemical texturing processes for PERC cells that avoids using isopropyl alcohol (IPA) that is intended to offer a low-cost alternative for high-efficiency solar cells at EU PVSEC.
Hanwha Q CELLS is upgrading certain ‘standard’ production lines in Malaysia and its advanced line in Germany to PERC (Passivated Emitter Rear Cell) solar cell technology developed by Meyer Burger’s competence centre for coating technologies, Roth & Rau.
During the opening conference sessions to The 29th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC 2014) in Amsterdam this year, the call to arms from leading European PV protagonists was for the sector to embrace the energy transformation that could require one trillion euros to achieve.
Module manufacturer, Yingli Solar is to supply modules to a 24MW solar power project in Honduras.
Japan will be adding a total of 8 Gigawatts (GW) to its solar Photovoltaic (PV) installations in 2014, with just over 5.1 GW coming online in the second half of the year, driven by initiatives from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), according to research and consulting firm GlobalData (London, UK).
Shunfeng Photovoltaic International Limited (Changzhou, China) continues to gain support from China provincial governments in developing solar photovoltaic (PV) projects.
On September 23rd, 2014 the company announced that its subsidiary Shunfeng Photovoltaic Investment (China) Ltd. has entered into a cooperation agreement with Hainan Xinghai County People's Government in Qinghai Province on the development and construction of an agricultural solar PV demonstration park.
Meyer Burger Technology AG (Thun, Switzerland) and its Group Member Roth & Rau AG have concluded an important contract with Europe´s largest solar photovoltaics (PV) provider, Hanwha Q Cells, for the delivery of MB-PERC upgrade equipment to its production facilities in Germany and Malaysia. Delivery of the systems is planned for late 2014 and the first half of 2015.
With 21.7%, the center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Wuerttemberg (ZSW), Manz AG's research partner in the field of CIGS thin film solar technology on glass, has presented a new world record for CIGS thin film solar cell efficiency. It is the highest efficiency ever achieved in thin film solar technology and significantly exceeds even the previous record held by today's market-leading multicrystalline silicon solar technology.
"The new world record is an impressive result of efficient collaboration between the ZSW and Manz as an exclusive industry partner. With 21.7% the ZSW has not only negated the last world record but far surpassed it,” comments Dieter Manz, CEO and founder of Manz AG.
Eternal Sun (Delft, The Netherlands), a Dutch high-tech company specialized in solar simulation technology, has equipped the Turkish Standards Institute (TSE) with solar certification laboratory. The laboratory will enable TSE to engage in both solar photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal certification testing.
Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited (Baoding, China), known as "Yingli Solar", on September 22nd, 2014 announced that it will supply over 24 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules for the Pavana Solar Park, which is the largest solar PV project to break ground in Honduras, and owned by Energia Basica S.A., a Honduran energy company.
Sybac Solar, a global solar PV integrator based in Murrieta, CA, United States, will provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) has agreed to provide EUR 23 million (15 billion CFA) to support investment in one of the largest solar photovoltaic (PV) power stations in sub-Saharan Africa.
The EUR 70.5 million (46 billion CFA) scheme will be constructed at Zagtouli on the outskirts of Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso and operated by national electricity utility, SONABEL. The new plant is expected to act as a reference for future solar investment across the continent.
At a ceremony on September 22nd, 2014, Mission Solar Energy, LLC (San Antonio, TX., US) celebrated the grand opening of their solar photovoltaic (PV) panel manufacturing facility at Brooks City-Base. The factory, which is the only N-type solar cell and module manufacturing facility in Texas, will create more than 400 new jobs in San Antonio.
Additionally, the solar panels produced at the plant will be installed at local solar farms, generating solar power that will fuel the community and CPS Energy’s New Energy Economy Initiative.
The solar photovoltaic (PV) market in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region is set for strong growth, with many multi-megawatt ground mount projects in the planning or pre-planning phases.
According to the NPD Solarbuzz (Santa Clara, Calif., US), “Middle East and Africa Deal Tracker - Solar Project Database”, which covers completed and in-progress solar projects in 29 African countries and seven Middle Eastern countries, PV projects in Africa have a total potential capacity of more than 11 gigawatts (GW) and projects in the Middle East amount to a total potential capacity of at least 1.3 GW.
Scandinavian-German PV module maker Innotech Solar (ITS) on September 22nd, 2014 announced the successful conclusion of two key transactions, one an acquisition and one an investment which will further strengthen ITS´s balance sheet and enable further expansion. In addition the company has announced three new board members.