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Renewable energy share reaches record high in Germany

Berlin, Germany

New installations coupled with favorable climatic conditions helped boost the share of renewables to a record 28.5% in the first half of 2014.


SunPower to supply solar panels for 29 MW-DC Japanese PV plant

The American PV maker will supply its high-efficiency E20/327 modules to a Japanese conglomerate for a project in Southern Japan. SunPower has supplied around 400 MW of PV modules to the nation to date.


JinkoSolar secures $225 million investment for downstream business

JinkoSolar PV plant, China

China Development Bank, Macquarie and New Horizon will acquire a 45% stake in the Jinko Power division. JinkoSolar is revising its full-year 2014 project development guidance upwards as a result.


Developer planning 49 MW scheme on Anglesey

An English solar farm.

SBC wants to develop a $93m scheme on the Welsh island and is launching a four-week public consultation. UK developers have been emboldened by the recent High Court defeat for the government's attempt to block solar farms.


Yingli named a "best supplier" by Fuji Electric

Yingli's manufacturing operations.

Chinese solar giant Yingli has been named as one of Fuji Electric's "best suppliers" at a recent supplier conference. Fuji says that Yingli's modules have helped the firm increase sales from its Solar Energy Generation System...


Solar Frontier to construct 13 MW project in historic Hiraizumi

A power plant.

Japanese thin film producer and system integrator Solar Frontier has signed an agreement to construct a 13 MW power plant in Japan's Tohoku region. The site will be adjacent to a UNESCO world heritage site.


Saft wins Hawaiian battery supply deal

Saft batteries.

French battery maker Saft has secured a 'multi million dollar' battery supply deal in Hawaii. The energy storage system will be used as part of the 12 MW solar park being built at Anahola.


New platform for home appliances to interact

A solar rooftop.

The Thread Group has launched an open platform that permits appliances to 'talk' and be controlled by a mobile device. Home heating and lighting systems will be a big part of the internet of things.


Enel to take full control of 3Sun factory

3Sun, Sicily, Italy

The move follows Sharp's withdrawal last week from a purchase agreemenet with the joint venture as well as its exit from Enel Green Power & Sharp Solar Energy (ESSE).


Canadian Solar supplies modules for 100 MW Ontario PV plant

Ontario flag.

The solar developer will supply more than 450,000 modules for the project, as well as providing engineering, procurement and construction services.


WindStream Technologies installs world's largest wind-solar project in Jamaica

WindStream Technologies SolarMill installation, Kingston, Jamaica

Employing the company's hybrid SolarMills, the 80 kW installation will generate more than 106,000 kilowatt hours a year for leading Kingston law firm Myers, Fletcher & Gordon.


China adds 52 companies to list of approved PV suppliers

Module production, Trina Solar.

The updated list of Chinese companies that meet the entrance requirements for the PV industry has now risen to 161 in total.


Five takeouts from Intersolar North America

People in the lobby of Intersolar North America.

A week ago today, the 7th annual Intersolar North America trade show and conference closed its doors. Around 17,000 people attended the three-day event with key trends towards storage technology, tracking and BoS innovations...


Tata launches Indian finance plan for solar customers

Solar PV rooftop array.

The solar manufacturer will partner with Bajaj Finance to offer interest-free financing for solar installations costing less than $4,000.


US federal government tips solar for leading energy role

Rooftop PV installation, U.S.

The Energy Information Administration's generation projections through to 2040 expect solar power to account for nearly half of new renewable energy capacity.


Solar propelling distributed power to new heights, finds report

Solar PV plant, China.

A study by GlobalData Analyst predicts global installed distributed power capacity to reach 389 GW by 2019, with solar PV driving that growth.


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