02/07/15: 10 companies take legal action over EUR 100 billion Hinkley nuclear subsidies

An alliance, including Greenpeace, is appealing the European Commission’s decision to approve subsidies for the British nuclear power plant, Hinkley Point C. Germany’s Bundestag is voting this evening on whether to follow suit.

02/07/15: Leclanché secures $8.2 million in financial backing

Swiss battery maker, Leclanché has secured CHF7.7 million (around US$8.2 million) in additional funding to support its growth plans. Major shareholder, Recharge Aps has also agreed to convert up to CHF 17 million of its loan into...

02/07/15: Global installed PV capacity to reach 200 GW soon, says German solar association

A cumulative solar PV capacity of 200 GW will soon be reached, says BSW-Solar, indicating up to 22 GW have been added in 1H 2015. Like other recent estimates, the German solar association predicts 50 GW of new capacity additions...

SMA solar inverter manufacturing

02/07/15: GTM: Advanced Energy exit leaves 17% U.S. inverter market share up for grabs

GTM Research has published analysis showing that Advanced Energy currently holds 17% inverter market share in the U.S., meaning the firm’s exit from the market has left a sizable opportunity for competitors.

Sunrun truck.

01/07/15: Sunrun to raise USD111 million in first residential securitization

U.S. solar lease provider Sunrun has released pricing for its first securitization of residential solar leases. The company plans to raise US$111 million through two note issuances.

The disused golf course in Kyoto Prefecture is to be the location of Kyocera's 23 MW solar farm.

01/07/15: Japanese golf course to become 23 MW solar array

Japanese electronics company Kyocera enters joint venture to construct solar plant on abandoned golf course in Japan's Kyoto Prefecture.

SolarCity rooftop installation.

01/07/15: SolarCity unveils storage and solar package for new build properties

The U.S. solar installer's Homebuilder Program has been updated to include new Tesla Powerwall-backed storage systems for new build properties, Californians offered new fixed-rate pricing.

Duke Energy.

01/07/15: Younicos and Duke Energy combine on 36 MW Texas storage project

German battery specialist Younicos, together with Samsung SDI, to collaborate with U.S. utility Duke Energy on creation of 36 MW storage plant in Texas.

A Grid Alternatives installation.

01/07/15: Enphase expands Grid Alternatives partnership by 3 MW

Microinverter supplier Enphase has expanded its partnership with Grid Alternatives. The extended cooperation should see another 3 MW of solar added to low-income households and communities.

Manz HQ.

01/07/15: Manz revises 2015 financial forecast downwards

Recent order cancellation shaves EUR 12 million from the German tooling supplier's electronics division, prompting revenue forecast revisal below previously stated figure of EUR 320-340 million.

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02/07/15: US: 100% conversion to wind, water and solar power by 2050 feasible, PV to account for 38%

In a new study by Stanford University, a solid financial, technical and economical case for the U.S to convert its all-purpose energy systems to ones powered by wind, water and sunlight (WWS) has been made. Based on their...

Opinion & analysis

Bridge to India's Tobias Engelmeier discusses the Indian distributed solar market, inc. current business models, market innovation and policies

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02/07/15: Solar rooftops and farms prepare to open doors as Britain basks in heatwave

As people across much of the country enjoy the heatwave, solar homes, commercial solar rooftops and solar farms across the country are to open their doors tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday as part of Solar Independence Day, the UK’s...

By: Solar Trade Association

02/07/15: Solar Frontier opens UK office, continuing global expansion

Global CIS solar energy solutions provider scaling up rooftop and power plant business in UK.

By: Solar Frontier

02/07/15: Ideal Power achieves UL Certification for its grid resilient 30kW power conversion systems

Ideal Power Inc. has received UL1741 certification for its Grid Resilient 30kW 2-Port and 3-Port Power Conversion Systems (PCS). Ideal Power's grid resilient PCS feature microgrid forming capabilities that enable back-up power...

By: Ideal Power

02/07/15: AET exhibiting ECO solar mounting product line, hosting cocktail hour at Intersolar 2015

Applied Energy Technologies (AET) announces its exhibition at Intersolar North America July 14-16 at booth 9721.

By: Applied Energy Technologies

02/07/15: Gardner Capital and MC Power Companies dedicate Missouri solar farm

Gardner Capital, Inc. and MC Power Companies announced the commercial operation of a solar farm in Macon, Missouri, as well as the groundbreaking and development plans for an additional solar utility-scale photovoltaic power...

By: Gardner Capital

02/07/15: Ginlong Solis inverter enters the US solar mainstream

Ginlong Technologies announces today that it will be presenting exciting inverter innovations at Intersolar North America on July 14-16, 2015 in San Francisco.

By: Ginlong Technologies

01/07/15: Solar-Fabrik repair programme with online test tool and certificate retention

Suncycle has developed an online test tool and a repair process for defective junction boxes of PV modules made by the manufacturer Solar-Fabrik.

By: Suncycle

01/07/15: MECASOLAR supplies 4.5MW in horizontal trackers to solar plant in Turkey

Mecasolar is supplying solar materials to a 4.5MW solar plant in Antalya, Turkey.

By: Mecasolar

01/07/15: Desert Technologies enters into partnership with Enerray SpA

Jeddah- Al Jeel Al Hader Trading Company (doing business as Desert Technologies) and Enerray SpA (a company of the Maccaferri Group) today announced a joint venture for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of solar...

By: Desert Technologies

01/07/15: Investing in Australia’s battery storage market

A new player is entering the Australian battery storage market with the help of a $6.3 million investment by the Southern Cross Renewable Energy Fund, supported by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).


01/07/15: Engie acquires Solairedirect

Engie has just acquired a 95% stake in Solairedirect with 100% voting rights in Solairedirect, a global leader of competitive solar.

By: Engie

01/07/15: Dr. Charlie Gay joins Natcore Technology advisory board

Dr. Charlie Gay, the former Director of the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) and president/CEO of Siemens Solar Industries, a leading photovoltaic manufacturer, has joined the science advisory board of Natcore Technology Inc.

By: Natcore Technology Inc

01/07/15: Teamtechnik presents new Stringer TT1800 at Intersolar North America

Teamtechnik presents the new Stringer TT1800 at the Intersolar North America 2015 trade fair in San Francisco. The global market leader for stringer systems will present the latest high-performance stringer with its unique single...

By: teamtechnik

01/07/15: meteocontrol integrates theft protection in PV monitoring system

meteocontrol and viamon form collaboration alliance.

By: meteocontrol GmbH

01/07/15: ertex solar export: U.S. and France

Further project realized by ertex solar in the U.S.

By: ertex solar

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