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SunPower introduces pilot solar lease program Down Under

Residential PV array, Perth, Australia

The company's pilot program in Melbourne is modeled after its successful residential leasing program in the United States. SunPower systems are available in other regions of Australia through cash and loan programs.

Utility-scale US solar capacity grew 43% in 2013

Rothenbach Solar Park, U.S.

A report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) reveals that 2.9 GW of utility-scale solar capacity was added in the U.S. last year.

Nippon Renewable Energy secures $250 million for Japanese solar projects

Mount Fuji, Japan

The independent solar utility company is developing a pipeline of more than 300 MW of solar projects. Four installations totaling 47.5 MW are set to begin construction.

Chinese module suppliers increase global market share

Shipping containers.

Falling production costs are driving Chinese module giants to bigger solar market shares. Yingli and Trina now have 15% of the world module market, says NPD Solarbuzz.

Philippines increasingly embracing renewable energy

Bill Clinton, Thomas Lloyd Cleantech Congress 2014

Thomas Lloyd Cleantech Congress: Southeast Asian countries like the Philippines are driving investment in green energy by reducing imported fossil fuel dependency and increasingly adopting renewable sources.

UK solar industry embraces community energy strategy

West Mill Solar Park, England.

Today's announcement by the DECC to back community-focused energy has been welcomed by the Solar Trade Association (STA).

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.

China issues stiff response

Solar grade polysilicon.

The Chinese Ministry of Commerce has reportedly issued a strongly worded riposte to the U.S. over its latest anti-dumping and countervailing duty probes. China has also issued a veiled warning to EU manufacturers.

EU leaves Taiwan loophole open

The flag of China.

Industry source says defining module origins according to their cell manufacture renders the summer's import cap meaningless. According to source, the remaining purely 'Chinese' modules will be far short of 7 GW.

First Solar to light up mining sector

Mount Tom Price iron ore mine, Australia

The U.S. thin-film giant is looking to expand operations in the international mining industry, offering cost-effective tailor-made PV solutions while retaining the risk.

WFES: A new realism for solar in MENA

Entrance to the WFES.

Reports from the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) in Abu Dhabi suggest that MENA's PV potential is vast, provided legal, political and technical maturity continues apace.

China, US pledge to remove green goods tariffs

Karel de Gucht.

A promise to remove trade barriers on solar goods by politicians at Davos is a world away from the latest solar trade war between the power blocs which erupted overnight.

Sungrow sets inverter requirements in China


The Hefei-based inverter maker played a key role in setting the latest Chinese inverter standards. The new requirements will apply from August onwards.

Sharp continues retreat from overseas solar

A Sharp building.

The Japanese electronic giant will close its U.S. panel production a month after manufacturing halts in Wales. The move is in line with the parent company's strategy of focusing on domestic and Asian markets.

Solar Frontier connects Asia's largest airport PV plant

Kansai International Airport.

Lift-off for the 11.6 MW PV plant at Japan's Kansai International Airport was confirmed today by Solar Frontier.

Triple whammy for U.S.-listed Chinese firms

The U.S. Department of Commerce.

News of a ban on the big four accountants auditing U.S.-listed Chinese solar companies is more grim news for manufacturers. The development came on the day the SEC confirmed its latest AD and CVD probes.

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