Photovoltaics (PV) News for July 2013

Photovoltaics (PV) News Archive

EU and China agree solar panel price undertaking

The EU is reportedly “satisfied” by the offer of a price undertaking submitted by China’s solar panel exporters, according to EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht.

Inverter market revenue to fall 5 percent Inverter market revenue to fall 5 percent

The global market for PV inverters will decrease by 5 percent to US$6.7 billion in 2013, due to an 11 percent decrease in prices, says a new report.

Solar and wind dominate world market

Solar and wind energy use has grown significantly in 2012, and continues to dominate investment, states a new report.

US utilities aim for almost a gigawatt of new solar capacity

US utilities in Georgia, New York, and Colorado have announced plans to bring a total of 840 megawatts (MW) of solar energy online by 2016 through CLEAN programs set up by the Clean Coalition.

ABB acquires Power-One

ABB has completed its acquisition of power conversion specialist Power-One, making it a leading global supplier of solar inverters.

PV briefing – California to face historic challenges

At the 11th PV Briefing & Networking Forum USA, part of the Intersolar North America event, delegates discussed the future of renewable energy in the US market, highlighting the importance of California in growing the technology.

Capatis Finance announces Solar PV Funding Solution

Capitas and its partners have announced an investment plan into consented ground mounted solar PV sites.

New report covers PV monitoring

Yole Développement has released a new report featuring an analysis of PV monitoring including the main market drivers, technology and market trends, supply chain and vertical/horizontal integration trends and the positioning of leading companies.

Antidumping tariffs increase Chinese solar prices Antidumping tariffs increase Chinese solar prices

The era of low-cost Chinese solar PVmodules in Europe has come to an end, as the European Union’s antidumping tariffs spur an increase in prices for Chinese solar modules, says a new report.

Alstom and Soitec create a ‘French alliance’ for concentrated PV

Alstom and Soitec have signed a cooperative agreement to provide concentrated photovoltaic power plants.

Phono Solar grows Australian presence

Phono Solar has signed a distribution agreement with an Australian solar distributor, helping consolidate its position in the Australian market.

REC separates solar and silicon businesses REC separates solar and silicon businesses

REC plans to split itself into two entities, launching the silicon and solar divisions as independent, listed companies.

Australia CPV plant could be country’s largest Australia CPV plant could be country’s largest

Solar Systems has opened what could one day be Australia’s largest ever solar concentrated photovoltaics (CPV) plant, the 1.5 MW Mildura Solar Demonstration Facility.

Schmid delivers PV with tin rear contacts Schmid delivers PV with tin rear contacts

The Schmid Group has delivered its first TinPad systems which apply tin contacts onto the cell rear side in photovoltaics mass production.

REC installs three new farms in ‘solar power hotspot’ REC installs three new farms in ‘solar power hotspot’

REC, the largest European supplier of solar panels globally, has installed three new utility scale installations in North Carolina, regarded as the solar power hotspot of the USA.

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Linde and LiSEC launch new glass coating technology to improve solar energy yields

Linde Gases, a division of The Linde Group, has announced the launch of S-COAT, a highly innovative and cost effective anti-reflection (AR) coating technology which significantly increases light transmission values and resultant energy yields of solar modules.

SunDrum Solar Hybrid PVT System reaches peak 86% delivery record

SunDrum Solar LLC said it has achieved a solar industry one hour peak delivery record of 86% for a hybrid solar system, which generates both photovoltaic and thermal (PVT) solar energy.

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TÜV Rheinland launches research into thin-film module energy yield

German technical service provider TÜV Rheinland said it is conducting a research project stretching over several years to look into the energy yield of thin-film solar modules for electricity generation in different climatic regions around the world.

Energy rating of photovoltaic modules improves certainty for investors

The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems in Freiburg said its new measurement procedures can offer more certainty to photovoltaic project developers and investors.

Poll finds 51% of UK public want more investment in renewables

A poll by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers on UK energy policy has found that 51% of people think the government should support the construction of more renewable energy sources like solar, wave and tidal power.