5 SPI takeaways

Oct 31, 2014

North America's biggest trade show, Solar Power International, was big, brassy and the mood was generally high. pv magazine attended with a team of six and here are five key takeaways.

pv magazine: Week in review

Oct 31, 2014

Energy storage garnered the spotlight at SPI in Las Vegas while in the U.S., renewables continued to account for new capacity. In the Middle East, Saudis are looking increasingly at solar as the key to their future while Israel is testing its local industry with ever lower FITs. And SunEdison continued its global project hot streak. Without further ado, here is pv magazine's week in review.

SunPower partners on 3 GW of projects in China

Oct 31, 2014

The California-based company is expanding its reach in China with a second joint venture. It's partnering with TZS, Sichuan Development, Leshan Electric Power and Tianjin Tsinlien; Plans to Utilize Leading LCPV Technology

Vattenfall to focus on renewable energy as it preps exit from lignite business

Oct 31, 2014

State-owned Swedish energy giant Vattenfall will in the future concentrate on renewable energy. President and CEO Magnus Hall has announced that the company is considering a "new ownership structure" for its lignite division.

ACME wins 160 MW in Andhra Pradesh tender

Oct 31, 2014

The company's solar power portfolio has reached 422.5 MW following the additional projects from the state's request for proposals ACME is now on course to generate 1 GW by 2017.

Hanergy expands operations in Silicon Valley

Oct 31, 2014

The Chinese company's new Product Development Group will comprise seven units aimed at expanding its thin-film business operations around the globe.

SolarWorld to add PERC PV cell, new module capacity in Oregon

Oct 30, 2014

A few months after its preliminary victories in a second round of trade cases against Chinese and Taiwanese PV imports, SolarWorld is expanding its PV manufacturing capacities in the United States.

SunEdison wins 150 MW of PV projects in Karnataka, India

Oct 30, 2014

The U.S. solar company is expanding its footprint in India, where it has made a successful bid for 150 MW of projects in the state of Karnataka. The news follows SunEdison's recently announced plans to develop 5 GW of solar in Rajasthan.

1366 achieves 18% efficiency with PERC technology

Oct 30, 2014

The kerfless wafer maker has announced both efficiency improvements and operational milestones in advance of the launch of its first mass production facility.

115 MW of utility-scale solar plants planned for western New South Wales

Oct 30, 2014

French renewable energy developer Neoen is planning a series of large-scale solar PV plants around key towns in western New South Wales, Australia, that would amount to a total 115 MW and would be one of the biggest commercial solar projects to date.


Off-Grid Solar Updates

Oct 29, 2014

With utility-scale solar installations may be grabbing the headlines, but off-grid solar is alive and well.With increasing concerns about out aging transmission and distribution systems and more demand for electricity in remote areas, the off-grid solar industry is quietly breaking new ground. Equal Earth Offers Off-Grid Financing Equal Earth, a San Diego based renewable energy […]

Microinverter Leader Takes on Energy Storage

Oct 28, 2014

Enphase, whose microinverter took the solar industry by storm in 2008, has continued to dominate the microinverter market ever since. They aren’t resting on their laurels, however. At Solar Power 2014 in Las Vegas, Enphase rolled out its plans to move into the energy storage market as well. This is a great sign for the […]

Morocco To Open Giant Solar Thermal Plant

Oct 27, 2014

Morocco does not share the oil wealth of its neighboring countries, but it still has plans to compete in the world energy market. According to The Moroccan Agency of Solar Energy, one of the worlds largest solar thermal plants is on track to open in 2015. Mr. Mustapha Elbakoury, a spokesman for the agency, told […]

Will Solar Drive Up Silver Prices?

Oct 23, 2014

In August of this year, Wall Street Daily predicted that solar photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing would be “The Unlikely Driving Force Behind an Imminent Surge in Silver Prices.” In fact, all over the web, precious metals watchers are predicting a jump in silver prices due to increasing demand for the highly conductive metal by the booming […]

Solar Water Heating: In the Shadow of PV

Oct 21, 2014

It would be hard not to notice the rush of activity in the worldwide photovoltaic marketplace in recent years, but you may not have noticed that at the same time, solar thermal technology has been rapidly overshadowed by the unprecedented growth and popularity of PV. Once heralded as the most cost effective way to capture […]

Solar Stocks Struggle to Decouple From Crude

Oct 17, 2014

Since late September of this year, the stock market has given investors a bumpy ride as it continues its current downhill slide. Along with other sectors, the solar market has also taken a dive. On top of this, solar is experiencing and additional drop due to relatively low oil prices. This one-two punch is hitting […]

Russia’s Largest Solar Power Plant Opens in Siberia

Oct 09, 2014

The Kosh-Agachsky plant, which has a capacity of 5 megawatts (MW), is the record holder in Russia for solar-power generation. The plant launched on September 4, 2014 and is located in Altai Republic, Gorno-Altaysk, Russia. Kosh-Agachsky allows the region to be power-independent instead of relying on energy from other parts of the country. Andrei Tsygulev told local […]

Germany Continues to Lead the Way on Renewable Energy

Oct 05, 2014

In recent years, Germany has become notable for its excellence in the renewable energy markets. Fueled by government subsidies in the industry, the renewable energy businesses in Germany has been quickly growing. In fact, this industry was growing so quickly that the government called a halt to many of its subsidy programs in the area. […]

A Bright Future For Solar Energy In Schools

Sep 24, 2014

Solar energy has been touted for years as a potential solution to the massive energy crisis which is only beginning to rear its head in our nation. One of the key locations where solar energy is poised to cause a revolution is in the nation’s schools. Many schools are using solar energy to cut down […]

Sungevity Pursues Opportunities in Europe

Sep 15, 2014

The Californian company Sungevity recently signed a deal with the Neatherlands utility company E.ON Benelux to create a partnership offering services in solar energy. The arrangement calls on Sungevity to use their marketing and solar design platforms to serve utility customers, and the services will be promoted in a co-branded way. The partnership follows investments […]