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Solarcentury wins approval for 28 MW solar farm in UK

Solarcentury community park solar farm, England

The Walkers Wood Solar Farm represents the largest PV installation to date for the U.K. solar company and its land and property consultancy partner, Savills.

Powerway acquires large-scale PV project in Algeria

Algerian Sahara

According to the company, the 233 MW PV power station will be the largest of its kind in Africa, with an output of 372.8 million kilowatt hours a year.

Turkey awards first large-scale solar project licenses

Halk Enerji 1.8 MW plant in Polatli

The Ankara government has capped its incentive program at 600 MW of new PV plants. It has now awarded the first two licenses. The remaining projects are expected to follow this year.

Sharp back in black, posts 69% boost in solar cell sales

Sharp company building

Growing demand from Japan's booming residential market as well as the mega-solar sector proved lucrative for the electronics giant, which achieved profitability after a hefty loss a year earlier.

Ukraine to reduce green tariffs for domestic solar power

Activ Solar 31.55 MW plant, Ukraine

Local analysts say the government's plans may negatively affect future foreign investment in the country's solar sector.

EU launches application process for energy infrastructure grants

European Commission

The announcement comes amidst growing demand in the European Union for greater energy security and indepndence in view of the Ukrainian crisis.

Clenera selects JinkoSolar for 35 MW Arizona project

The large-scale solar array will be built on an abandoned mine site, in accordance with a U.S. government program aimed using contaminated lands for renewable energy projects.

Kyocera mulls move into power supply sector

Kyocera is considering whether to register as a power supplier in Japan.

The Japanese electrical giant is considering registering as a power supplier in its domestic market. The Japanese energy market is due to be liberalized in 2016.

Vogt Solar, Trina team on 11.7 MW UK project

IB Solar, Hanwha Solar One 5 MW project, Isle of Wight, UK

The installation is one of six British PV projects that will have a combined capacity 80 MWp commissioned by Vogt in the first three months of the year.

First Solar establishes mounting system fab in Australia

The First Solar project planned for Broken Hill will use mounting systems made from Australian steel at a new manufacturing facility established with IXL Group in Adelaide.

The U.S. solar giant has called on the expertise of Australian metalworkers IXL Group in an example of the role the solar industry can play in areas hit by the decline of automotive manufacturing.

PV sector leads in global renewable energy employment

Astro Power, U.S. installation

The solar sector accounts for 35% of all renewable energy jobs worldwide, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency. China in particular has seen a sharp increase in photovoltaic employment.

Obama pledges more US solar buildings and jobs

Barack Obama, Nellis Airforce Base

The White House has already invested $2 billion in energy efficiency in federal buildings and is now pledging an additional $2 billion by 2016, doubling the program, with much of the funding going into PV systems.

SunEdison's net losses balloon $330 million

SunEdison has reported escalating net losses for the first quarter of the year.

Despite lauding its cost-saving measures and reining in operating losses, the U.S. wafer maker and developer reported a huge net loss in Q1. CEO Ahmad Chatila insists the company's project pipeline equates to a bright outlook.

Ukraine shows need to rebalance EU energy mix

The threat to European gas imports resulting from the crisis in Ukraine demonstrates the urgent need to drive the take-up of renewables in the EU, says the EPIA.

The EPIA says PV can play an important role in reducing the EU's reliance on Russian gas imports. But a Bloomberg analyst says any short-term gaps in gas supply could be plugged by new supply routes.

Iran reveals 5 GW plans for solar and wind

Iranian Ambassador to Germany, Ali Reza Sheikh Attar (left), Hamid Chitchian (third from left), and Dr. Lutz Mez (right) of BC CARE.

At a gathering with delegates at the Iranian Embassy in Berlin, representatives of the Middle Eastern nation revealed bold ambitions to add 5 GW of wind and solar power by 2018.

Shunfeng, Greenfield to establish major beachhead in UK

Cliffs of Dover, Kent, England

Equipped with Suntech modules, the Chinese giant and its German partner aim to build 900 MW of PV plants by 2015 in what has become Europe's most dynamic solar market.

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