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The pv magazine weekly news round-up

Sep 19, 2014

Good news from Italy and India, astonishing news about sunlight levels and the solar cell coming to a printer near you but it's all too late for one US state. We should have listened to Barry...

Co-founder back at the helm at CSUN

Sep 19, 2014

Stephen Zhifang Cai has resigned for personal reasons, CSUN announced today. The Nanjing manufacturer's share price has tanked since November.

Solar investment twice as effective as oil in EVs

Sep 19, 2014

Analyst calculates investing in renewables yields far more usable energy to the consumer than oil, dollar for dollar. Traditional combustion engines see a 75-80% energy loss compared to 25-30% in EVs.

It's about the fossil fuels, stupid!

Sep 19, 2014

Frost and Sullivan report predicts coal will dominate electricity generation up to 2030 and gas is 'a fuel of the future.' Forthcoming global trends report does acknowledge an explosion in the battery storage market, however.

Scatec Solar valued at $298m-$383m

Sep 19, 2014

The Norwegian developer will set the share price for its pending IPO next week. The company predicted a price range of $4.42-5.68 per share.

Spanish developer connects third UK project

Sep 19, 2014

Sevilla company Bester Generacion has connected its Tiers Cross project. The 28 MW scheme, in South Wales, created 200 local jobs.

Chapter 11 plan for LDK subsidiaries

Sep 19, 2014

The Chinese giant plans to shut down three US subisidiaries. On Tuesday a court in Hong Kong will rule on the company's restructuring plans.

U.S. installed solar PV costs continue to fall

Sep 18, 2014

The latest report by Berkeley Lab shows that installed PV costs in the United States fell 12-15% during 2013, despite a stabilization in PV module costs. However, America still has the highest installed costs among major markets for systems under 100 kW.

Further devolution will not derail Scotland's stellar renewables success

Sep 18, 2014

pv magazine's Ilias Tsagas argues that further devolved powers for Scotland, in the wake of yesterday's tight independence vote, will not hurt its renewable energy sector but might give it a further boost.

Solar microinverter, power optimizer market to surpass $1 billion in 2018

Sep 18, 2014

Key markets like the U.S., the U.K. and Australia are driving demand for module-level power electronics, according to IHS. The market has already grown to more than $300 million.

solartribune

New Tax on Solar Imports into the U.S.

Sep 08, 2014

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced that it added import duties to Chinese manufacturers’ solar panels and related items.  The new duties add more than eighteen to thirty-five percent plus to these solar imports. The newly assessed duties will of course raise the prices of imports manufactured by Trina Solar Inc., Jinko Solar Holding Co., […]

Sungevity Pursues Opportunities in Europe

Sep 05, 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 […]

World’s first PV and thermal rooftop installed in Australia

Sep 02, 2014

An Australian home now has what is believed to be the world’s first solar panel roof that produces both electricity and heat for the home. The $5 million project was developed by building materials firm BlueScope with support from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). The system includes thin-film solar panels which are set on […]

A Historic 105-0 Vote for Solar in South Carolina

Aug 28, 2014

Solar industry advocates, green enthusiasts and environmental conservation groups are basking in the sun today. With a historic 105-0 vote on Wednesday, May 21, South Carolina’s House of Representatives approved of advancing solar technologies and making other crucial energy usage changes to help end residential and commercial reliance on fossil fuel electric power generation. Critics […]

Startup launching solar ATMs in India

Aug 24, 2014

Vortex Engineering, an Indian start up, is rolling out solar-powered ATMs to facilitate banking in rural parts of India. The ATMs use the same amount of energy as a conventional light bulb, and can operate without air conditioning is heat up to 122 degrees Fahrenheit. Vortex’s solar-powered ATMs emit at least 18,500 kg of CO2 […]

Construction to start on U.S. Army’s largest PV array

Aug 20, 2014

Construction on the largest solar PV installation at a U.S. army site will begin this month at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. “This will be the largest solar array in the department of defense on a military installation,” said Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment. The installation is expected to provide […]

Research discover light-emitting solar panels

Aug 17, 2014

Scientists in Singapore have discovered a new material that acts as a solar panel in the day, and a light panel at night. The researchers from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have developed solar cells from a material called Perovskite. These cells don’t just convert sunlight to electricity, but also have the capacity to emit light. […]

China Sunergy facing challenges

Jun 12, 2014

It’s been reported this weekend that China Sunergy is facing steep issues competing in the crowded Chinese solar industry.The solar industry is booming, but competition has become tremendous thereby challenging some companies like China Sunergy. The company is a worldwide high-tech leader specializing in top-rate solar modules that produce green power. China Sunergy is affiliated […]

Solar plane set to fly round the world revealed

Apr 12, 2014

Solar Impulse 2, the plane set to fly around the world only using solar power has been revealed. After 12 years of work, Swiss duo Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg are one step closer to their revolutionary flight, set for 2015. Solar Impulse 2 has been developed from learnings of Solar Impulse 1, the first […]

New group aims for 20,000 solar installations at schools by 2020

Apr 09, 2014

A new National Solar Schools Consortium will facilitate resource sharing to teach students about solar and promote the use of solar energy at school campuses across the country. The Consortium was launched at the recent National Science Teachers Association Conference, held in Boston. The group’s goals for the year 2020 include: 20,000 solar installations at […]