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Vivint Solar IPO nets US$309 million despite troubled market

Vivint Solar has successfully launched its initial public offering under the symbol VSLR, as ongoing protests in Hong Kong impact global markets. The pricing of the company's shares came in US$16, the low end of estimates.


UK: £300 million in subsidy support for renewables

Solar farm, Devon, England

The increased budget will be split between the various renewable energy technologies bidding for subsidy support. The country's Solar Trade Association says the government's decisions "represent serious tragic mistakes in energy...


Solarrus acquires MaxGen, expands O&M operations

35 MW facility in Nevada, O&M services provided by MaxGen.

The alternative energy services company says the inclusion of MaxGen dramatically enhances its asset management capabilities for utility-scale solar clients. Solarrus will now be able to offer services across all project sizes.


Martifer Solar acquires nearly 90 MW of O&M contracts in Italy

Martifer Solar providing O&M services for solar plant in Italy.

The recent addition of Martifer Solar's Italian contracts solidifies its position as the third largest vertically-integrated O&M player in Europe.


EU SmartFlex production line to make custom solar facades

Located in Lithuania, the new 50 MW capacity factory will manufacture individually designed solar facades on an industrial scale as part of an EU project.


UK Foresight Solar Fund to raise up to £100 million

UK 5.3 MW solar PV plant, Cornwall

The fund plans to acquire two PV plants with a combined capacity of 74 MW and expects to continue acquisitions of plants below and above 5 MW following the introduction of next year's CfD scheme.


SunEdison begins production of electronic grade polysilicon using fluidized bed reactor technology

SunEdison's high pressure fluidized bed reactor (HP-FBR) process produces high-purity polysilicon using 90% less energy than the dominant Siemens method. The company plans to ramp the plant to 13,500 metric tons annually in Q1...


World Bank approves $519 million for 350 MW of solar CSP in Morocco

The second and third phases of the Noor project will include both parabolic trough and solar power tower CSP components. When complete this will be the largest single-site grouping of CSP projects in the world.


Brightsource, Abengoa scrap plans for controversial solar CSP project

Despite a recommendation of approval by regulators, the project company has abandoned its application for the 250 MW solar power tower project in the California desert. Palen drew fire from conservationists due to potential...


Latin American solar markets explode in 2014, 2015

The latest report by GTM Research predicts that 805 MW of solar PV will be installed across the region in 2014, a six-fold increase over 2013. The company forecasts another 2.3 GW of new PV in 2015.


Greensmith sees dramatic growth in grid-scale energy storage market

Greensmith CEO John Jung

The leading California-based energy storage software provider is a key partner in 35 grid-scale projects across the U.S.


Peak Development to distribute Ascent Solar portable products in UK

Ascent Solar EnerPlex product

The Colorado-based solar company has crossed the Pond, tapping Peak Development to distribute its portable thin film EnerPlex consumer products in Britain.


Scatec Solar completes IPO after delay

Scatec Solar installation.

Following a sharp price cut in its shares this week, the Norwegian solar company has today completed its Initial Public Offering.


OPIC issues first green guaranties in climate-friendly milestone

Chilean solar PV installation.

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation's green guaranties are intended to support climate-friendly investments around the world.


Pattern Development signs PPA for 104 MW solar project in Chile

Atacama Desert, Chile

The U.S. independent energy company has signed a long-term PPA for its first solar power project with Minera Los Pelambres, an affiliate of Antofagasta Minerals, for the 104 MW Conejo Solar project in Chile.


Indian energy minister pledges renewables revolution

U.S. President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the road in Washington, D.C., Sept. 30, 2014.

Piyush Goyal believes a solar-led transformation of India's energy landscape is imminent, but warns coal use will also increase as the country expands its grid.


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