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GCL-Poly abandons wafer business sell-off

Dec 19, 2014

Leading Chinese polysilicon and wafer manufacturer GCL-Poly is to abandon plans for the US$1.3 billion sale of its wafer business.

Enel Green Power confirms exit from French renewable energy market with sale to Boralex

Dec 19, 2014

Renewable energy developer, Enel Green Power’s French subsidiary has been sold to Québec-based power producer, Boralex.

Japan’s new FiT rules draw criticism from Japan Renewable Energy Foundation

Dec 19, 2014

The Japan Renewable Energy Foundation (JREF) has criticised a freshly issued set of rules in Japan that will allow utility companies to limit renewable energy output and lower feed-in tariff (FiT) payments in some cases.

EU reopens Chinese solar glass trade case

Dec 19, 2014

The European Commission has reopened its investigation into solar glass imports for China after a request from EU ProSun.

Clenergy receives TUV certificatation for mounting system

Dec 19, 2014

Utility-scale mounting supplier, Clenergy, has received the TUV Rheinland certification for its ‘PV-ezRack SolarTerrace V’ mounting system.

US solar-plus-storage market set to hit US$1b by 2018 - GTM

Dec 18, 2014

The US market for solar plus storage is predicted to grow more than twentyfold in the next three years, rapidly expanding from US$42 million in value this year to US$1 billion by 2018, according to GTM Research.

SunPower prepares for ‘disruptive shift in energy market’ with Sunverge solar-plus-storage deal

Dec 18, 2014

Integrated US photovoltaic energy company SunPower’s solar panels will be sold as part of a package that includes energy management software and energy storage capabilities to residential customers in the US and Australia from early next year.

E.ON commissions PV plant at US army base

Dec 18, 2014

German utility E.ON has connected an 18MW solar farm at the US Army’s Fort Huachuca in Arizona.

Trade tariffs old and new mean US will face PV module supply crunch, says Jigar Shah

Dec 18, 2014

The latest round of trade tariffs could create a module supply crunch and clog up the US PV project pipeline, according to SunEdison founder Jigar Shah.

United PV to acquire 1.5GW of projects through partnership with NARI Electricity

Dec 18, 2014

Solar power investor United PV has reached a partnership deal with NARI Electricity that will see United acquire 1.5GW worth of solar plants over the next three years.

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Belectric, First Solar connect 46 MW Landmead solar PV farm in the UK to the grid

Dec 19, 2014

Belectric UK and First Solar have connected the 46 MW Landmead solar farm in East Hanney near Abingdon in Oxfordshire to the grid. The solar photovoltaic (PV) plant will supply around 45 million kilowatt hours of solar power annually, enough to power 14,000 average homes. And the PV plant will displace an estimated 20 million kilograms of greenhouse gas emissions per year.

E.ON commissions large scale wind farm and 18 MW solar PV project in the US

Dec 19, 2014

With the commissioning of two renewables projects E.ON (Dusseldorf, Germany) is strengthening its position in the U.S. market for green energy. Both the start of commercial operation of the onshore wind farm Grandview I in the Texas Panhandle and of the Fort Huachuca Solar Plant in Arizona occurred in a single week, the company emphasizes.

United PV announces strategic cooperation with NARI Electricity to construct solar PV plants totaling 1.5 GW in China

Dec 19, 2014

United Photovoltaics Group Limited (United PV, Hong Kong, China) on December 17th, 2014 announced today that it entered into a strategic cooperation agreement with NARI Electricity Design Company Limited on the development, construction and operation of solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants.

Frost & Sullivan: Solar-powered e-mobility recognized as product innovation of the year

Dec 19, 2014

Based on its recent analysis of the electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure market, the prestigious consulting firm Frost & Sullivan (San Antonio, TX, US) recognizes Advansolar (Nice, France) with the 2014 New Product Innovation Leadership Award for its “Sunpod Auto”. As a pioneer in the field of solar EV charging infrastructure, Advansolar advocates the practice of on-site self-consumption of solar power rather than remote solar energy utilization.

GTM Research: Market for solar PV plus energy storage in the U.S. to grow from USD 42 million in 2014 to more than USD 1 billion by 2018

Dec 19, 2014

The idea of combining solar photovoltaics (PV) with energy storage systems (ESS) for retail electricity customers in the U.S. has received tremendous attention in recent months in anticipation of the first wave of growth in markets such as California and Hawaii, matched by a flurry of announcements, GTM Research (Boston, MA, US) reports. Annual market value in dollars is expected to grow from USD 42 million in 2014 to more than USD 1 billion by 2018.

SDG&E's transmission line Sunrise Powerlink reaches 1,000 MW renewable energy goal

Dec 19, 2014

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) on December 18th, 2014 announced that more than 1,000 megawatts (MW) of renewable power is being delivered to the San Diego region, made possible by the Sunrise Powerlink transmission line. Before the nearly USD 1.9 billion infrastructure project was approved, SDG&E pledged that Sunrise would be used to deliver substantial amounts of Imperial Valley renewable power to the California market.

SunPower invests in the smart energy home

Dec 19, 2014

Throughout the year, SunPower Corp. (San Jose, CA, US) has invested in integrated technology solutions to help customers manage their cost of energy. These moves reinforce the company's evolution to offering Smart Energy solutions for its residential, commercial and utility customers, Sun Power emphasizes.

LDK Solar confirms closing date of restructuring transactions

Dec 18, 2014

LDK Solar CO., Ltd. in provisional liquidation (Xinyu City, China) on December 18th, 2014 announced that the closing date for the restructuring transactions in respect of LDK Solar's senior noteholders and preferred shareholders, as contemplated in the Schemes, occurred on December 17th, 2014.

China Sunergy launches high power output PV modules, receives Shanghai Enterprise Technology Center Award

Dec 18, 2014

China Sunergy Co., Ltd. (CSUN, Nanjing, China) on December 18th, 2014 announced the launch of two new sets of high-output solar photovoltaic (PV) modules with rated power of over 270 W assembled with multi-crystalline silicon solar cells and over 325 W assembled with mono-crystalline silicon solar cells. The Company also announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, CEEG (Shanghai) Solar Science Technology Co., Ltd. (SST), was recognized as Shanghai Enterprise Technology Center by the Shanghai Economy and Information Technology Commission (EITC).

NREL pushes the limits of solar conversion, demonstrates 45.7% efficiency for concentrator solar cell

Dec 18, 2014

The U.S. Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory on December 16th, 2014 announced the demonstration of a 45.7 percent conversion efficiency for a four-junction solar cell at 234 suns concentration. NREL's new solar cell, which is designed for operation in a concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) system where it can receive more than 1,000 suns of concentrated sunlight, greatly improves earlier designs by incorporating an additional high quality absorber layer to achieve an ultra-high efficiency.