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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.


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...


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

Solar PV a could account for 38% of power generation in the U.S. in 2050

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...


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...


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

SMA solar inverter manufacturing

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.


Japanese golf course to become 23 MW solar array

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

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


SolarCity unveils storage and solar package for new build properties

SolarCity rooftop installation.

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.


Younicos and Duke Energy combine on 36 MW Texas storage project

Duke Energy.

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.


Enphase expands Grid Alternatives partnership by 3 MW

A Grid Alternatives installation.

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 revises 2015 financial forecast downwards

Manz HQ.

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.


Analysis: Innovation is mounting

A floating PV array.

Cormac Gilligan from IHS examines pv magazine's 50 array-changing technologies selection and finds that while innovation in mounting technologies remains slow-paced, the signs are positive that change is coming. In the area of...


Germany registered 101 MW of new solar PV in May

Solar PV plant in Germany.

Installation slowdown means that the FIT will be cut by just 0.25% across Q3 owing to cumulative capacity additions coming be below the government corridor of 2.4-2.6 GW.


Solar Independence Day: where does UK solar go from here?

The U.K.'s Solar Trade Association will once again host a Solar Independence Day on Friday and Saturday, with the industry at something of a crossroads under the new government.


US solar output 50% higher than official figures suggest, report finds

Rooftop installation, U.S.

A joint study by GTM Research and kWh Analytics finds that distributed solar in the U.S., absent from official EIA figures, accounts for 9.2 GW, or 45%, of the nation's capacity.


CEFC supplies AUD100 million for solar leasing

Sydney Harbour.

Australia's Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) will provide ADU100 million (US$77.2 million) to support the rollout of solar leasing by utility Origin. The funds will be provided over a 12-year period.


Yingli announces project bonds for Chinese public; will create online financing portfolio

The solar panel manufacturer is looking into innovative ways to finance its solar PV projects

In an interesting move, Yingli Green Energy has announced the issuance of project bonds to the Chinese public. The China-based solar manufacturer intends to widen its portfolio of new online financing products going forward.


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