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Yingli forms $160 million downstream PV development fund

Yingli solar park, China.

Cooperation agreement signed with Shanghai's Sailing Capital to jointly form a CNY 1 billion Renewable Energy Fund for the pursuance of downstream solar projects in China.

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.

Political unrest hinders Thai rooftop solar


The dissolution of the Thai government last month has halted residential rooftop solar installation. Installers are waiting on legislation needed to sell energy to the grid and the issuance of residential rooftop permits.

Enerparc installs Russia's largest PV park

Work takes place at the Kaspiysk site in Dagestan.

German EPC provider Enerparc helped install a 1 MW ground-mount project in Dagestan in just two weeks. Three German companies were involved in the Russian installation.

Goldpoly targets 1 GW portfolio expansion

A Goldpoly project in China.

Chinese developer Goldpoly wants to expand its solar project portfolio by 1 GW in 2014. On Thursday, the company committed to acquire 500 MW of projects worldwide from China Triumph International Engineering.

Commercial electric vehicles hit landmark

The U.S. highways sign for an electric vehicle recharging point.

The first two vehicles leased by Slovakian company GreenWay have travelled further in six months than any other, the company claims. The distance travelled makes them cheaper to run than conventional vans, says Greenway.

Shunfeng PV secures $162 million credit line

Ruins in Xinjiang Uygur.

Purchaser of Wuxi Suntech finances construction of six projects in China. The projects will add up to 130 MW of capacity in Xinjiang Uygur province.

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