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Europe's solar market declined 36% in 2014, says EPIA

Italian PV array.

Global growth took the solar market to 40 GW overall, but Europe supplied just 7 GW of that final figure, with the U.K. the only bright spot.

JA Solar shipped 2.4 GW of modules in 2014

Module inspection, JA Solar.

Financial guidance reveals industry-leading 105% year-on-year increase in module shipments, driving net revenues to $1.8 billion for the year.

From the Mag: A selection of stories from the March issue

Solar boardroom.

pv magazine explores the growing trend of solar manufacturing in the U.S., examines what the U.K.'s electricity market reform means for solar, and assesses the impact of leasing-to-own models.

Insolvent SolarMax finds possible buyer

SolarMax inverters

Swiss PV association Swissolar has reported that a company from a German-speaking country is planning an asset deal for the core businesses of insolvent Sputnik Engineering AG, also known a Solarmax. Swiss insolvency authorities...

India shows its PV prowess as solar plane lands in Ahmadabad

Solar Impulse.

Solar Impulse pilots call on India to continue clean energy pledge as National Solar Mission issues bidding guidelines for 3 GW of solar.

SolarCity partners with DirecTV on marketing deal

SolarCity van, rooftop installation

The satellite pay-TV giant, which is currently in the crosshairs of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for alleged deceptive advertising, will help sell solar leasing deals to its subscribers.

Primrose Solar connects 48 MW PV plant, UK's largest solar farm

The solar farm from Primrose Solar.

Located near Fareham in Hampshire, southern England, the 48 MW installation has been developed to the highest ecological standards, claims Primrose Solar.

Australia's largest PV plant to begin feeding grid

Broken Hill.

First Solar's Nyngan solar plant, which will be 102 MW once completed in July, will soon connect to the grid at 25 MW. Plant will be Southern Hemisphere's largest for a short while.

sPower acquires 63 MW North Carolina solar portfolio

North Carolina.

Independent power producer sPower has purchased a 63.1 MW portfolio of solar projects in North Carolina from developer FLS Energy. The portfolio is comprised of 16 ground mounted PV power plants.

UK: Shift from large-scale to rooftop PV confirmed

UK Marks & Spencer rooftop PV plant, Midlands

The anticipated shift in the U.K. solar PV industry from large, utility-scale plants to rooftop projects has been confirmed by the Department of Energy and Climate Change. Investors and developers will have to wait after the...

ABB inverters bear weathering heights

The Pointe Helbronner cable car station on Mount Blanc

The grid-connected solar plant atop the Mont Blanc cable car station required inverters with specifications appropriate to a site at an altitude of 3,500 meters.

Exosun completes first tracker installation in US for EDP Renewables

EDP Renewables's 30 MW-ac Lone Valley PV plant

The 30 MW-ac Lone Valley solar park in California's Mojave Desert is equipped with 262 of Exosun's horizontal single-axis trackers and represents the first collaboration between the French company and EDP Renewables.

Enphase completes largest installation in South Australia, expands operations in Asia-Pacific

The Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Australia

In addition to South Australia's biggest microinverter installation, the company has signed an exclusive supply deal with EnergyAustralia that provides access to 10% of the country's population while also expanding its...

RWE profits slump amid crisis in conventional energy

RWE power plant.

Germany's largest electricity producer posts 45% profit decline for 2014 as country's renewable energy expansion suppresses wholesale electricity prices.

Solar Frontier acquires 280 MW US pipeline

The Catalina solar plant.

Japanese thin film manufacturer Solar Frontier has taken a major step on its path to internationalization with the acquisition of a 280 MW project pipeline in the U.S. Solar Frontier has purchased the utility scale projects from...

Global advanced energy market worth as much as fashion and apparel industry

Solar and wind installation.

At $1.3 trillion, sector driven by solar, wind, natural gas and building efficiency technology now among one of the globe's largest industries.

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