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European Council ups 2030 renewables target to 30%

European Union flags.

The new target, an increase on the previous 27% goal, is welcomed by the solar industry, but draws criticism for failing to introduce binding commitments.


Chile connects more than 100 MW of solar projects to grid

Atacama, Chile

The country's grid-connected solar capacity soared from 6.7 MW in December to more than 100 MW the following month.


Air Force boasts biggest solar plant among US military installations

Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona

The new plant will provide 35 percent of the Arizona military base's electricity demand. The U.S. Air Force is working to increase its use of renewable electricity to 25 percent by 2025.


SunEdison fourth-quarter net loss deepens

SunEdison image

Lower sales in the company's solar division and falling semiconductor material prices, coupled with high charges related to a facility closure, contributed to its profit plunge.


US Interior Department greenlights 550 MW projects in California, Nevada

Mojave Desert, California

Developer First Solar has agreed to undertake significant project design changes and mitigation measures to minimize impacts to wildlife, including the endangered desert tortoise.


Meyer Burger, CSEM partner on Swiss heterojunction technology project

Heterojunction silicon technology offers a higher level of efficiency than standard cells and a simpler production process. It also boasts remarkable temperature characteristics and low-cost mass production of PV modules.


SolarWorld offers rosy medium-term view ... maybe

SolarWorld PV installation, Germany

The German company expects improved sales and shipments in the next two years, with a possible pre-tax profit in 2015, but the forecast remains conditional and subject to change.


New in-roof system may offer mounting solution for renovated buildings

Renusol's in-roof InterSole system

Residential rooftop solar systems are getting a new look from Dutch construction company BAM Woningbouw and German manufacturer Renusol.


Google funds $650,000 SolarAid study in Africa

Priscilla and son in Zambia.

The search engine giants have given financial backing to SolarAid to assess the impact solar power can play in alleviating poverty in Africa.


EDPR commences construction of first US solar projects

The Spain-based renewable energy company has broken ground on 30 MW of solar projects located in Southern California.


India to add 2 GW of solar projects

Sursagar Lake in Vododara, Gujarat, India

The new plants will double the country's solar energy capacity, putting it in line to reach its 2017 target of 10 GW.


Transatlantic dialogue putting Guelph, Canada, on the solar map

Downtown Guelph.

Representatives from the Ontario city were in Berlin this week to garner insight into Germany's renewable energy best practice.


Just two EU countries comply in time with WEEE PV deadline

Only the U.K. and Bulgaria transposed the latest Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE) on PV modules into national law before the Feb. 14 deadline.


Leading PV markets see pipeline grow to 95 GW

NPD Solarbuzz 2014 solar project graph

Commercial and utility-scale projects make up half of the 4,300 projects in the planning in leading PV countries in Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America, according to NPD Solarbuzz.


Helios Resource to launch new solar panel fab in Russia

Moscow, Russia

While industry watchers see increasing foreign interest in Russia's growing solar market, tough local content requirements could dampen investment.


Solar Frontier soars to profitability

Solar Frontier

The Japanese thin-film module manufacturer helped its corporate unit reach profitability for the first time ever ast year due to increased business in the growing domestic market.


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