24/07/14: Utility-scale solar makes up 1/3 of new U.S. electric capacity in the first half of 2014

FERC's latest report finds that solar capacity additions still lag natural gas expansion, and the Department of Energy predicts the continued domination of gas through 2040.

Tillhouse solar farm, England.

24/07/14: UK cap on renewable subsidies harms solar, says industry

The £200m subsidy ceiling announced today amounts to a large reduction in support for large-scale solar, says the U.K.'s solar industry.

24/07/14: SunEdison acquires 156 MW-DC solar project in Colorado for yieldco

SunEdison has acquired the 156 MW-DC Comanche Solar project from Community Energy, which TerraForm Power will have the option to purchase upon completion. This announcement follows on TerraForm closing on its US$533 million IPO.

SolarWorld facility, Freiberg, Saxony, Germany

24/07/14: SolarWorld merges German operations

The German group is bundling its operations in the state of Saxony to create a centralized production chain in Freiberg, which is celebrating 20 years of solar production next month.

REC Solar facility, Singapore

24/07/14: REC Solar achieves $16.2 million second-quarter profit

While Europe remains the company's No. 1 market, it sees great potential in the U.S., where it recently signed a major supply deal with leading solar provider SolarCity.

Polymer cell prototype.

24/07/14: Organic polymer tandem cell reaches record 11.5% efficiency

UCLA researchers have improved upon the performance ratio of a polymer organic cell, employing a triple-junction approach to create a new efficiency record.

3Sun, Sicily, Italy

24/07/14: Enel to take full control of 3Sun factory

The move follows Sharp's withdrawal last week from a purchase agreemenet with the joint venture as well as its exit from Enel Green Power & Sharp Solar Energy (ESSE).

23/07/14: Enphase to provide microinverter systems to more than 1,500 new French homes

The deal by a French installer to provide solar PV systems equipped with microinverter systems for a major French home builder may be the beginning of broader adoption of the technology in Europe.

Joaquín Almunia, European Commission vice president

23/07/14: European Commission approves German renewable energy law

The new Renewable Energy Act requires renewable electricity producers to sell on the market. The law also calls for a pilot tender program for ground-mounted solar installations.

Wacker polysilicon

23/07/14: Wacker earnings forecast for 2014 revised upwards

The polysilicon manufacturer says that special income from retained advanced payments and damages will swell the company's EBITDA figures for 2014.

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A solar rooftop.

25/07/14: New platform for home appliances to interact

The Thread Group has launched an open platform that permits appliances to be 'talk' and be controlled by a mobile device. Home heating and lighting systems will be a big part of the internet of things.

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Industry press releases

24/07/14: CBD Energy announces $300,000 in residential solar loan approvals

Installations garnered within three weeks following soft launch in single U.S. market

By: CBD Energy Ltd.

24/07/14: SPI Solar subsidiary announces sale and transfer of 50 MW PV project in China

Xinwei has also entered into an EPC agreement with Xinyu Zhongzhi Guoxiang New Energy Electric Power Investment Development to construct a separate 21 MW project in Jiangxi Province.

By: Solar Power, Inc.

24/07/14: For plant monitoring, KOSTAL relies on the greenest data center in Europe

Monitoring of solar power plants can be performed online with the PIKO Solar Portal, anytime and anywhere, and now in an even more environmentally friendly way.


24/07/14: Solar Frontier announces updates to senior management team

Atsuhiko Hirano to be appointed as President, CEO; Hiroto Tamai to become Chairman.

By: Solar Frontier K.K.

24/07/14: Solar Power Network partners with Komeri to develop 12 MW solar power system atop 14 facilities

Solar Power Network Japan K.K. (SPN), a distributed power generation company based in Tokyo and headquartered in Canada, and Komeri Co., Ltd. (Komeri), one of the largest home improvement chains in Japan, have announced a...

By: Solar Power Network

23/07/14: Yingli Green Energy to supply 32 MW of PV modules to large-scale project in Japan

Yingli Green Energy, the largest vertically integrated photovoltaic module manufacturer in the world, known as Yingli Solar, today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Yingli Japan, has signed an agreement to supply 32 MWs...

By: Yingli Green Energy

23/07/14: Wagner Renewables -- business as usual

West Sussex based renewables distributor Wagner Solar UK Ltd re-launches as Wagner Renewables Ltd following the insolvency of group parent Wagner & Co. The company will continue with the same team as well as its popular TRIC...

By: Wagner Solar UK Ltd

23/07/14: Rwanda to unveil first utility-scale solar PV power plant in East Africa

The Government of Rwanda is preparing to commission in early August 2014 the first utility-scale solar PV power plant in East Africa with a production capacity of 8.5 MWp. The project has commenced testing phase of up to 20% of...

By: KT Press

23/07/14: GOLDBECK Solar contracted for 37.3 MWp solar farm in UK

GOLDBECK Solar announced today that it recently started the construction of a 37.3 MWp project in Bournemouth, Dorset.


22/07/14: Southern Nevada Water Authority signs Power Purchase Agreement with SunEdison

Agreement provides 20 years of fixed energy pricing

By: SunEdison, Inc.

22/07/14: ReneSola signs agreement with China Seven Star Holdings to sell PV projects and MOU to sell two utility-scale projects in Bulgaria

ReneSola Ltd, a leading brand and technology provider of solar photovoltaic products, today announced it has entered a framework agreement with China Seven Star Holdings Limited, a Hong Kong listed company, regarding a...

By: ReneSola

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