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24 SEPTEMBER 2013.PV MEGAZINE. Turnkey services provider Phoenix Solar will develop a 1.2 MWp rooftop installation for C M M Marketing Management, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sheng Siong, the third largest supermarket chain in Singapore.

This first large rooftop project in Singapore is indicative of a new trend, Phoenix Solar believes. The demand for bigger PV systems is growing in the Southeast Asian country, where an industrial rooftop PV system can be expected to pay for itself in 7-10 years resulting in an unlevered project internal rate of return of 8 to 13%....
19. JULY 2013. PV MAGAZINE. Thai government announces FIT rates for 200 MW of rooftop solar and 800 MW of community-owned ground mounts. Systems will pay rates over 25, rather than previous ten, years and rooftops must be installed by December.

The Thai government has announced plans for another 1 GW of solar PV, including 200 MW of rooftop installations by December.Thailand's National Energy Policy Commission (NEPC) has approved FIT rates for 1 GW of rooftop and community owned PV, with the new FIT payments guaranteed over a 25-year period, rather than the previous 10 years....
02. July 2013. PV MAGAZINE. Solar Solutions Inc. has sold a 10 MW solar plant valued at more than $52 million to TransCanada Corporation. It's the first of nine planned facilities Canadian Solar will build and sell for some $445 millio.

Canadian Solar subsidiary Canadian Solar Solutions Inc. has sold a 10 MW solar plant valued at more than C$55 million ($52 million) to TransCanada Corporation....
27. June 2013. PV MAGAZINE. A new report by the IEA finds that worldwide renewable power generation will exceed that from gas and be twice that of nuclear by 2016 and make up almost a quarter of the global power mix by 2018. In 2012, global renewable generation already exceeded the total estimated electricity consumption of China.

Power generation from hydro, wind, solar and other renewable sources worldwide will exceed that from gas and double that of nuclear by 2016, according to a report by the International Energy Agency (IEA). The organization’s second annual Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report, published on Wednesday, predicts that renewable power will increase by 40% in the next five years despite a difficult economic context....
19. June 2013. PV MAGAZINE. Higher yield, improved durability and lighter footprint characterize new polycrystalline module series. Hanwha SolarOne launched its new poly-crystalline module series in Europe at the Intersolar exhibition opening today in Munich, Germany. Features of the new modules include higher efficiencies, reduced weight and size and anti-reflection glass with improved self-cleaning functionality.

The higher yield of the new module series is ensured through a combination of innovative technology and new service offerings. As a new feature for the European market, current sorting is introduced with the new poly series. Current sorting enables installation of module strings with similar current characteristics, thereby achieving higher yield. Optimized temperature coefficient facilitates improved performance in sunny, hot environments. Furthermore, high transmission anti-reflective glass comes with improved selfcleaning functionality, ensuring optimum solar exposure for the solar cells....
13. June 2013. PV MAGAZINE. Global investment in renewable energy reached $244 billion last year, a drop of 12% due mainly to the plunge in solar prices and weakened U.S. and EU markets, according to newly published twin reports by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21).

Despite a 12% drop to $244 billion globally, 2012 was the second highest year ever for investments in renewable energy, which have totaled $1.3 trillion since 2006. The decline in investment reflected the steep plunge in solar prices and the weakened U.S. and EU markets.....
12. June 2013. PV MAGAZINE. European PV installations are set to fall by more than 6 GW this year and the EU’s incoming anti-dumping duties on Chinese modules will account for 1.3 GW of the decline, according to a report by research group IHS. Global installations will still see double-digit growth rates, however.

Installations in Asia are estimated to exceed 15 GW for the first time this year, with China and Japan accounting for most of the new projects....
Yingli Top Global PV Module Supplier In 2012
11. April 2013. PV MAGAZINE. Yingli was the top module supplier in 2012, as previous leader Suntech slipped to fifth place in the rankings, according to an analysis published by research company IHS. Meanwhile, photovoltaic companies are said to be increasingly internationalizing their business models.

Yingli’s photovoltaic shipments hiked 43% year-on-year, overtaking Suntech and First Solar, the two largest suppliers in 2011. First Solar ranked second, while Suntech slipped to fifth place, behind Trina Solar and Canadian Solar, said IHS....
SMA Pays €40 Million for Chinese Inverter Company Stake
15. March 2013. PV MAGAZINE. With the Chinese authorities having approved the transaction, Germany’s SMA Solar Technology AG now officially owns 72.5% of China-based Jiangsu Zeversolar New Energy Co., Ltd. SMA, the world’s leading photovoltaic inverter manufacturer announced the news today. It added that around €40 million had been paid in cash for the Zeversolar share, and that the transaction has been backdated to January 1, 2013.

Zeversolar is said to be a leading Chinese inverter manufacturer, and capacity at its production site in Yangzhong is reportedly ready to be scaled-up, if necessary. The transaction has secured SMA access to China, a market it says is the "most important photovoltaic market of the future."...
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