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One in five of all Australian households now using solar

Midlura, Australia.

One out of every five Australian households are turning to solar energy for their electricity or hot water, new data has revealed.

Intersolar Europe: Storage technology in the spotlight

Interview: Markus Elsässer, CEO of Intersolar Europe organizer Solar Promotion, discusses the expected trends and highlights at this year's event.

Cyprus conference examines renewable energy solutions for island nations

IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin

Organized by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the event explored RES applications for the energy-intensive tourism sectors of island nations struggling with the high costs of imported fossil fuel.

IEA publishes new reports on PV performance and reliability

TUV Rheinland PV module testing

The agency's first three published reports focus on PV performance and the impact of PV module failure of both crystalline silicon and thin-film technologies.

Sofos completes first major PV project in Jamaica

Grand Palladium Hotel, Jamaica.

Kingston-based Sofos Jamaica completed the 1.6 MW rooftop facility atop the Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Hotel last week, which has become the island’s largest PV facility.

Chinese-made panels have twice the carbon footprint of European ones, study finds

Crystalline silicon cell in production in Europe.

Research from the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory finds that solar panels made in China have a higher overall carbon footprint during manufacturing stage.

India: Motech claimed it had only one subsidiary

The flag of India.

The Taiwanese manufacturer told Indian investigators it had only one subsidiary connected to its exports to India. Ministry of Commerce officials, however, uncovered other relevant units in Taiwan, China, the U.S. and Japan.

EU found Chinese manufacturers are subject to state interference

JA Solar group business units were among the Chinese manufacturers who withdrew attempts to prove to Indian investigators they operated in a market economy environment.

The Indian ministry of commerce's findings cited evidence of Chinese state interference in EU and US investigations. Preferential tax status for 'strategic industries' amounts to state interference.

India's coal and renewables under one minister

New Indian PM Narendra Modi has announced plans to unite his government's ministries for power, coal and renewable energy under one minister.

The Indian government ministries of power, coal and renewables could make uneasy bedfellows. New PM Modi will unite all three departments under one minister.

ReneSola targets household sales

Renesola is switching focus from making wafers for other manufacturers to use in large scale projects to selling its own branded modules direct to the small-scale end-consumer.

The Chinese OEM manufacturer is switching focus to small-scale own-brand sales direct to the consumer. The strategy saw the company burn through $134m in three months.

SunEdison announces IPO filing for TerraForm Power unit

SunEdison solar park.

The filing for an initial public offering is to raise up to $50 million to invest in newer and cheaper ways to finance new PV plants.

Majority of Americans favor energy system overhaul, study finds

Smoke stack.

Survey in advance of next week's EPA carbon regulations shows that 66% of Americans believe that power system modernization is a good idea.

Manufacturers will be quids-in from July

Policy changes in the UK will see the country overtake Germany as the world's fourth-largest solar market in 2014, according to IHS.

IHS says a record level of solar installations in the fourth quarter will start to benefit manufacturers from July onwards. The UK is predicted to overtake Germany and become the world's fourth largest solar market in 2014.

US residential installations outstrip commercial for first time ever, finds SEIA

Rooftop solar installation, Colorado, U.S.

Reports from the first quarter of the year show that 1.33 GW of PV capacity was installed in the US, with the residential sector outperforming commercial.

Europe on course to install just 10 GW of PV in 2014, finds NPD Solarbuzz

Solar plant in Italy.

Figure represents an annual decline of 7% compared to last year, and sees Europe's share of global PV demand fall to 22%.

SMA and Danfoss finalize converter alliance

SMA CEO Pierre-Pascal Urbon

The two solar technology specialists have completed the signing of a strategic partnership designed to further boost their competitiveness.

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