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Solar investment twice as effective as oil in EVs

A Tesla electric vehicle.

Analyst calculates investing in renewables yields far more usable energy to the consumer than oil, dollar for dollar. Traditional combustion engines see a 75-80% energy loss compared to 25-30% in EVs.


Hanwha Q CELLS supplies modules for 10 MW UK solar farm

Hanwha Q CELLS HQ, Germany.

The solar specialists have supplied more than 40,000 of its Q CELLS Q.Pro-G3 modules for the Solarcentury project.


Gestamp Solar strikes deal for 50 MW California PV plant

Imperial Valley, Imperial County, California.

The solar company agrees, along with partner 8minutenergy Renewables, a PPA with Pacific Gas and Electric Company to deliver a 50 MW solar plant.


Switzerland to introduce PV self-consumption ruling

Swiss flag.

The energy law change will come into effect on April 1, with residential PV customers offered the option of a FIT or 30% rebate on bills.


Taiwanese solar companies enjoy strong start to 2014

Neo Solar Power HQ, Taiwan.

Green Energy Technology, Motech and Neo Solar Power Corp. all post buoyant performance figures for February.


Laos lays groundwork for 50 MW solar plant

Rice planting in southern Laos.

The southeast Asian nation will conduct a feasibility study on the potential benefits and challenges of adding a 50 MW solar plant to its energy mix.


California sets solar power generation record

The 50 MW Chocolate Mountain PV plant in California.

Solar power provided to the state electricity grid reached 4,093 MW on Saturday, surpassing all previous records.


Trina announces sale of first large scale project

Trina Solar chairman and CEO Jifan Gao.

The 50 MW project in Wuwei, Gansu province, is proof of Trina's downstream expertise, says CEO Jifan Gao. Trina oversaw every stage of the Wuwei project.


GCL-Poly signs 9.3 GW supply deals

A GCL-Poly solar project in China.

The Chinese poly manufacturer will supply wafers and poly materials to Jinko Solar, GD Solar, Tongwei Solar and Hareon Solar over two years.


Sun setting on European solar

A residential solar system in Italy.

The latest EPIA figures paint a grim picture of the European solar market. But outside the volatile German and Italian markets, installations in Europe stabilized at 6 GW last year.


Yingli announces largest Middle East supply deal

A satellite image of Israel.

The Chinese module manufacturer will supply 27.5 MW of its panels to an unnamed national infrastructure project in Israel. Yingli says Israel could install 340 MW of solar this year.


Japanese FIT cut nears

The Tokyo skyline.

The rate paid to commercial generators is set to fall JPY4/kWh at the end of the month. A reduction in the rate of FIT payments had been widely predicted.


Chaori default yet to hit Chinese rivals

Shanghai.

There was no sign of the rout from Chinese shares predicted by some commentators after Chaori Solar's default was confirmed on Friday. Any hangover from the weekend should be noticeable when the U.S. exchanges open this afternoon.


Platinum files for insolvency

Platinum GmbH HQ.

The German inverter manufacturer opens bankruptcy proceedings, citing poor market conditions.


Solon shifts global HQ from Berlin to UAE

Former Solon HQ, Berlin.

The solar module producer’s evolution to international markets has prompted the company to relocate its headquarters to the emerging Middle East.


Chaori Solar confirms historic default

Stock market investors.

The Shanghai manufacturer has reportedly confirmed its default on a $15 million interest payment to Chinese bondholders. The development comes despite the company's presence on the Chinese government's list of favored companies.


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