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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.


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.


China inverter growth tops 100% as domestic dominance grows

China Inverters, IHS.

As China's solar inverter market expanded to nearly $800 million in 2013, demand has been driven by domestic suppliers, according to IHS.


Rent-a-roof policy on cards for Delhi, India

Delhi skyline, India.

Officials in the Indian city are considering adopting the successful rent-a-roof solar scheme launched by current PM Narendra Modi in Gujarat in 2011.


Welspun to start construction of 50 MW solar PV plant in Maharashtra, India

The deputy chief minister laid the foundation stones for the project, which is moving forward despite the overall slowness in the Indian market.


Pakistan approves feasibility study for solar project

Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif.

Nawaz Sharif's government is considering three more feasibility studies after 24 letters of intent for solar schemes were issued. Sharif's rural electrification program is continuing apace.


Australian PM courts further solar controversy

Tony Abbott, World Economic Forum.

Ahead of the G20 Brisbane summit in November, Tony Abbott's office has been accused of trying push this week's environmental goods deal off the discussion table.


South Africa enters global top 10 for utility scale solar

Cape Town solar PV installation, South Africa.

The Rainbow Nation has installed more than 503 MW of utility scale solar, placing it 10th overall globally, according to Wiki-Solar.


Industry welcomes Indian budget

Indian finance minister Arun Jaitley.

The Indian solar industry was broadly positive after India's new government outlined its spending plans. Tax measures to boost manufacturing could hint at a pending imposition of AD duties on imports.


Solar-powered benches rolled out in Boston, US

Soofa, Boston, U.S.

Created by startup Changing Environments, the Soofa is a solar-powered park bench that allows users to charge their mobile devices while resting.


Zimbabwe plans 300 MW solar PV project

Harare, Zimbabwe.

The African nation's power minister reveals details of $250 million plan, which will consist of three separate projects open to tender.


UK solar companies win High Court FIT compensation claim

Rooftop solar installation, U.K.

Court rules in favor of compensation claim for 14 companies aggrieved at government changes to the feed-in tariff introduced in 2011.


British Gas ignites PV ambitions with $100 million UK investment

Rooftop PV installation, U.K.

The UK's largest utility will partner with Gen Community to deliver solar panels to local government sites across the country.


Astrum Solar, Hudson Clean Energy strike $100 million residential PV partnership

Rooftop PV installation, U.S.

Private equity firm Hudson Clean Energy has agreed to fund residential solar provider Astrum Solar's expansion plans throughout the U.S.


Fraunhofer ISE launches online energy database

Fraunhofer ISE, Freiburg, Germany

The institute's online energy charts make German Energy Transformation transparent. The site displays the power produced in Germany from all conventional and renewable sources as well as import and export data.


Conergy secures 200 MW solar project rights in UK, $60 million bank guarantee

Conergy HQ, Germany.

Following the commencement of a 21 MW PV plant in England, Conergy has acquired a portfolio of rights to 166 MW of solar projects in the U.K., plus a bank guarantee facility worth $60 million.


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