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David Cameron stands firm on UK solar plans despite trade petition

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron.

British PM's response to STA-led petition recognizes solar's key role in the U.K. energy mix but dismisses calls to review ROC decision.


SunPower introduces pilot solar lease program Down Under

Residential PV array, Perth, Australia

The company's pilot program in Melbourne is modeled after its successful residential leasing program in the United States. SunPower systems are available in other regions of Australia through cash and loan programs.


Factory delays spurring higher cell efficiencies, finds NPD Solarbuzz

NPD Solarbuzz chart.

Solar PV manufacturers are stepping up R&D efforts to achieve greater efficiencies, with industry standard modules set to reach 275 W within a year, research finds.


Trina Solar supplies 82 MW anti-PID modules to Chinese solar project

Trina Solar module production.

The Chinese solar company's anti-potential induced degradation modules will be fitted at a new solar PV plant in Jiangsu Province, China.


Community solar program to power Adams County, Colorado

Fort Collins, Colorado.

The county will become the first in the U.S. to power its government buildings via the Community Solar Gardens program developed by SunShare.


Off-grid solar system brings energy transition to Alabama steel company

Cullman, Alabama.

Apel Stel Corporation's new 340 kW PV system, boasting more than 1,000 Suntech solar panels, meets 98% of the company's energy needs.


pv magazine's weekly news round-up: Aug 8-15

Chinese CIGS installation.

A quick look back at the biggest solar news stories that have grabbed our attention over these past seven days.


Europe finances 100 MW CSP project in South Africa

EU flags flying.

The EIB has provided a $100 million loan to public utility Eskom. The CSP plant is located near Upington, in the Northern Cape.


NRG to acquire mobile solar startup Goal Zero

Goal Zero product

The U.S. energy group is taking a bold step into the mobile solar business with the purchase of the Utah-based maker of personal solar products.


Zhenfa to buy 51% stake in STR Holdings

Zhenfa 50 MW PV plant, Golmud, Qinghai, China

The acquisition will give the U.S. encapsulant manufacturer a major beachhead in China's growing PV market. For STR shareholdders, the deal could mean a $22.6 million dividend windfall.


CBD Energy acquires 30% stake in Environmental Engineering

Bangkok, Thailand

The deal provides the Australian company with a beachhead in the growing Thai market and an additional 100 MW pipeline. Environmental Engineering in turn has the right to use the Westinghouse Solar brand.


Mounting Systems: Back on track with new investor

Mounting Systems Managing Director Stefan Spork

Interview: pv magazine speaks with Mounting Systems Managing Director Stefan Spork about the company's new ownership structure and its continuing internationalization strategy.


Semi-portable PV diesel hybrid under development

An Australian mine site.

International construction company Laing O’Rourke is developing a semi-portable solar/diesel hybrid array, with the aim of providing power to construction sites and semi-permanent mining operations.


Brits in thrall to solar as PV tops power desirability chart

Solar rooftop installation.

U.K.'s Department of Energy and Climate Change public opinion tracker finds support for solar stands at 82% while backing for fracking wanes.


Enphase Energy, Vivint Solar sign three-year supply deal

Enphase microinverter

The companies have extended their existing inverter supply agreement aimed at the U.S. residential solar rooftop segment.


Abengoa boosts net profit as operations expand in North America

Abengoa 280 MW Solana CSP plant, Arizona

The Spanish group continued its global diversification in the first half of 2014, achieving 39% of its revenue from North America and 25% from South America.


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