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Solar renaissance is under way, says IHS

SMA Sunny Boy inverter manufacture.

Production capacity investments by Canadian Solar and SunPower will be the first of many, predicts IHS. The market research company is also predicting microinverters will start to gain traction this year.

Juwi to develop 10 MW Texan project

El Paso, Texas.

German developer juwi has signed a 30-year PPA for a 10 MW solar project with utility El Paso Electric Company. The project is set to be generating in December.

Delay in details of Shunfeng-Suntech acquisition

Wuxi Suntech headquarters building.

Shunfeng has delayed the release of details of the acquisition days after Suntech's liquidators said they would be closely examining the terms. The liquidators recently stepped up debt recovery efforts.

Netherlands reached 665 MW of cumulative PV capacity in 2013

Rooftop PV array in the Netherlands.

Figures released by the country's Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment reveal that Amsterdam leads the way, with more than 16 MW of solar power installed.

ReneSola expands solar presence in Japan and UK

ReneSola manufacturing facility in China.

The Chinese company has provided 13 MW of modules to a U.K. solar park and announced it is to begin producing solar panels in Japan.

Chile connects more than 100 MW of solar projects to grid

Atacama, Chile

The country's grid-connected solar capacity soared from 6.7 MW in December to more than 100 MW the following month.

Air Force boasts biggest solar plant among US military installations

Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona

The new plant will provide 35 percent of the Arizona military base's electricity demand. The U.S. Air Force is working to increase its use of renewable electricity to 25 percent by 2025.

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