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Solar panel in the sunshine.

In a week shaped by three pivotal reports that each forecast a bright future for solar, there was still a reminder of the industry's unforgiving landscape for companies that fail to move with the times, and markets.

Opposition to UK solar farms is a perception problem

A solar farm in the UK.

A chief advisor to the NFU says the majority of UK solar developers follow agreed best practice guidelines. A rising number of solar farms are being called in, and rejected, by the secretary of state for communities of the...

Future sunny for Roth & Rau

Roth & Rau headquarters

The solar engineering company is seeing signs of recovery in the PV market as it focuses on the development of high-tech production equipment.

Avancis achieves new certification record for thin-film module

Avancis CIS record

With a record 16.6% efficiency, Avancis again leads the international efficiency ranking of encapsulated CIS thin-film modules.

US government slates $30 million for new hybrid solar solutions

U.S. energy secretary Ernest Moniz.

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced 12 projects that will share $30 million to develop solar hybrid solutions that generate and store solar power when the sun is not shining.

EU smart cities project launched

CLINES project members.

The first meeting of the EC-funded CLINES project has been held in Aalborg. The €2m scheme will aim to foster smart energy efficiency technology innovation in the EU.

Recurrent Energy tops off 88 MW portfolio

Google's Mountain View headquarters.

U.S. solar developer Recurrent has finished work on five projects in Southern California and one in Arizona. The portfolio was acquired by Google and KKR in November.

Paper solar cells: the future for PV?

Micro fibers in paper.

Team of Chinese and U.S. researchers develops highly efficient paper solar cell made from inexpensive wood fiber.

India paves way for 4 GW scheme

A satellite image of India.

Six publicly-owned bodies in India have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop the world's biggest solar project. The first phase of the 4 GW Sambhur scheme will be complete within three years.

PV+Test 2.0: Hanwha module evaluated as good

Hanwha SolarOne's HSL 60 Poly module passed first hurdle in the latest round of testing by PV+Test with a grade of "good."

Plans for 120 MW plant in the UAE

Ras al Khaimah.

The 40 MW project planned by Utico could triple in size if it can be connected to the UAE grid, says developer. The project will also power a desalination plant in the emirate of Ras al Khaimah.

TÜV SÜD to offer new certifications for smart PV modules

TÜV SÜD testing process.

The certification body has leveraged two existing certifications to create a standard assessment program for both DC and AC smart PV modules.

Republicans attempt to repeal GHG legislation

A smokestack.

The House of Representatives is set to cnsider legislation that would loosen GHG restrictions for fossil fuel power plants. The House says EPA rules effectively ban any new fossil fuel power plants.

OCI Solar Power breaks ground on its third Texan PV plant

San Antonio city skyline.

The 39 MW Alamo 4 solar plant will be located in Brackettville, near to Greater San Antonio.

SolarCity shares rise on Deutsche Bank recommendation

A SolarCity van.

Deutsche Bank sets a $90/share target price for SolarCity. Analysts predict grid parity in the U.S. in 2016 to drive the company's customer numbers – and stock price.

Contractor sought to build 40 MW UK solar park

Devon, England.

Planning permission has been secured for a 37-40 MW solar park in Hampshire, England. Developers Welborne Solar wants the $65m scheme built this summer.

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