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Merkel: Respite from photovoltaics

Angela Merkel, BEE New Year reception

The somewhat cynical wording of the German chancellor was like a punch in the gut to the solar industry. Speaking at the German Renewable Energy Federation's new year reception in Berlin, Angela Merkel said she shared the...

Solargiga building 40 MW solar park in Ghana

In partnership with the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority, China's Solargiga has begun construction of a 40 MW, $117 million solar park.

SunEdison acquires 50% of Silver Ridge Power in $179 million deal

SunEdison worker.

The U.S. solar company has finalized the deal for the subsidiary of The AES Corporation, immediately adding 336 MW of PV capacity to its portfolio.

Bangladesh receives $78 million from World Bank for solar home system project

River in Bangladesh.

Government signs financing deal to develop its Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Development II project, which aims to install 480,000 solar home systems.

IRENA involved in 6 MW Sierra Leone PV plant

Freetown, Sierra Leone.

The International Renewable Energy Agency has partnered with the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development to oversee the West African nation’s first utility scale solar park.

BayWa acquires Martifer Solar USA

Martifer Solar USA ooftop installation, Aurora, Colorado

The German renewable energy group says the addition of Martifer Solar USA will advance its PV project activities in the U.S., where it is already active in the wind farm sector.

SPI to develop 50 MW PV project in China

SPI installation

The California-based group is looking to expand operations in China's utility-scale PV sector, which it expects to soon be one of the largest in the world.

Photon Energy denounces Italy's proposed FIT cuts

Photon Energy CEO Georg Hotar

Company CEO Georg Hotar predicts Italy will have a high price to pay if it goes through with the plans, which he calls a "reckless attack on investors."

NextEra closes on IPO for yieldco

The Genesis solar CSP plant

This move makes NextEra the latest in a series of companies that have created yieldco ownership vehicles for solar plants and other energy assets.

SolarWorld calls for US probe of alleged Chinese spy attack

SolarWorld US headquarters, Hillsboro, Oregon

The company has requested that U.S. authorities investigate the effects of the alleged cyber-hacking and interception of thousands of its emails containing secret financial, production, R&D and trade litigation details.

Vanguard Space Technologies selects Ascent Solar PV modules

THINS-powered spacecraft, Vanguard Space Technologies

The California company says Ascent's CIGS cell technology, coupled with Vanguard's extreme environment thin film coatings and array design, provides an ideal solution for next generation, large-area space solar arrays.

Utility-scale solar meets 6.4% of California's electricity demand in June

The Ivanpah solar CSP plant

Bernard Chabot's latest analysis finds that solar PV and CSP are meeting an increasingly large share of California's electricity demand, even when rooftop PV is not counted.

REC partners with roofing specialists Sika and Centroplan

REC rooftop installation in Spain

By cooperating with specialists rooftop solar installations, REC says it can offer customers certainty as well as a 20-year guarantee and long-term peace of mind.

SolarCity, Sunrun to sue Arizona over taxes on third-party solar

Rooftop solar PV system in Arizona

Third-party-owned solar companies are fighting back against the second additional cost that the government of Arizona has imposed on distributed solar PV in two years.

TÜV Rheinland announces major impact of climate on energy yield

TUV Rheinland PV module testing

In evaluating energy yield of solar modules in different climates, TÜV Rheinland reports that it expects yield differences of more than 10% for individual module types.

Qatar Solar Energy signs silicon deal with Kazatomprom

Qatar Solar Energy, Kazatomprom deal signing

The Doha-based solar group says the agreement will accelerate Qatar's renewable energy production and

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