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US: Best practices guides aim to lower financing costs for solar energy systems

SunEdison PV installation

Backed by the U.S. Energy Department's SunShot Initiative, a solar industry group has published new best practices guidelines to reassure investors and ultimately reduce financing costs for solar development.


SunEdison moves 168 MW of PV plants to TerraForm subsidiary

SunEdison plant, worker

The leading U.S. solar group continues to fill its yieldco subsidiary with PV power and revenue generating assets. The portfolio consists of distributed generation installation in the U.S. and 11 solar plants in the U.K.


Global investment in green energy rises 17% to $270 billion

Solar and wind photomontage

Driven by solar and wind, global investment in green energy last year reversed a two-year dip, seemingly ignoring the challenge posed by sharply lower oil prices, according to the United Nations Environment Programme.


Sharp says it won't exit solar business

The head of Sharp Corp.'s energy business on Monday told reporters in Japan the company would not "quit or sell" its solar business, but would instead return to profit.


Solar leases can deter homebuyers, claim

A SolarCity rooftop installation.

LA Times report highlights problems leased solar rooftops can cause when selling a home. Buyers may fear they will fail credit checks to take over the lease.


The pv magazine weekly news digest

Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson.

The world's drivers are plugging in, Norway and Germany are plugging in, Hanergy is certainly not propping up and Australia is bolting together.


Shunfeng shareholders help impressive annual figures

Cheng Kin Ming.

The acquisition of Wuxi Suntech's manufacturing facilities transformed Shunfeng into a tier 1 player overnight but the ambitious company was staring down the barrel three months ago.


Beijing will close final coal plant next year

A coal-fired power station.

City authorities closed two plants last week and will bring down the curtain on coal in 2016. The capital is replacing coal with natural gas-fired plants.


SolarEdge goes public, begins trading as SEDG

Today's unveiling of SolarEdge's IPO at the NASDAQ in New York.

The Israeli power optimizer specialist has today gone public on the NASDAQ, announces pricing of its initial public offering.


Egypt-SIA examines solar goals, market conditions

Nile, Aswan, Egypt

In a new report, the Egypt Solar Industry Association looks at the current state of the country's ambitious solar development plans, including an overview of government policy, the country's feed-in tariff program and...


GCL New Energy posts net loss of $14.5 million

GCL New Energy solar project

The company attributed its loss to increased expenses resulting from its expansion in the solar sector.


SMA posts considerable losses for 2014

SMA inverter installation.

German inverter manufacturer blames poor market and heavy price pressure for losses, guidance for 2015 forecast to be far brighter.


FT examines curious trading pattern of Hanergy shares

Hanergy Thin Film Power Group

The Chinese thin-film solar group remains in the spotlight: The Financial Times has analyzed the company's share trading over the past two years and made a startling discovery. Experts say an unusual stock-buying pattern may...


Hanergy targets homeowners with residential thin-film products

Hanergy flagship stores in Chengdu, China

The move comes as Chinese PV group seeks to diversify sales -- in 2013 and 2012, its parent company was its sole source of revenue.


Enel breaks ground on 230 MW of South African projects

The Limpopo region of South Africa.

Italian developer has started work on three of the four solar projects awarded it under a 2013 tender. Work is proceeding despite the struggles of utility Eskom to accommodate new projects in its grid.


Solar PV to outpace growth rate of green energy rivals

A solar panel being installed.

Photovoltaics set to enjoy an annual growth rate of 14.6 per cent to 2019. Report uses 2012 as its baseline.


Is Virgin about to enter EV market?

Sir Richard Branson.

Sir Richard Branson drops hint he may be about to set up as a rival to Tesla and other EV developers. Entrepreneur made remarks at Formula E race in Miami.


Module price index

The latest photovoltaic module prices for April have been published. Price increase for PV modules in Europe is not quite as strong as expected. In particular, thin film module prices remained relatively stable, with March showing barely any movement. Find the latest information on pv magazine's module price index page.

Grid parity monitor

A Grid Parity update for March is now available. Eclareon's David Perez reveals all. Find the latest information on pv magazine's grid parity monitor page.

Chile investment guide

Investment guide, "Photovoltaics in Chile," published by Solarpraxis AG, in cooperation with Eclareon and law firm Dominguez, Ossa, Lon (DOLM), is available to download for free. The publication provides country-specific information on such issues as legal and political frameworks, permitting procedures, site acquisition and project financing.

Poland investment guide


Investment guide, Photovoltaics in Poland, is now available to download
for free. The main frameworks for the Polish photovoltaic market have been outlined. The guide will be updated quarterly.

Ukranian investment opportunities

On the back of FIT cuts and maturing markets, investors are looking for new opportunities in south east Europe. Ukraine is presenting one logical and very interesting investment alternative, according to Ilko Iliev, CEO of Inea Consulting.

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Betting on the bear

pv magazine, 02/2012

Solar shares: The crash of renewable energy shares on the stock exchange is not only attributable to the financial crisis and the economic difficulties besetting the industry. For months professional stock brokers have also perpetuated the fall in prices for solar shares through short selling.

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