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GE Ventures invests in Sonnen

Sonnen sonnenBatterie.

Undisclosed amount from GE into German battery manufacturer part of latest round of fundraising by Sonnen, which produces lithium-ion storage solutions.

Tate's rooftop PV shines, U.K.'s solar outlook darkens

The Tate Modern's new solar system was donated by Solarcentury.

Iconic London gallery goes solar as it unveils its new rooftop PV system; presentations on uncertain future of U.K. solar industry held during ceremony.

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Nuclear power station.

Britain's solar industry reacts to the fallout from the nuclear deal, Chile spices up its solar pipeline, Germany sets a new PV record and China continues to flex its solar muscle.

UK signs off-grid solar agreements with Nigeria, Sierra Leone at launch of Energy Africa Campaign

The Energy Africa Campaign will aim to deliver solar power to Africa's 620 million people without access to electricity.

U.K.'s Department for International Development strikes fast-track agreement for delivery of off-grid solar projects in the two nations as part of the wider Energy Africa Campaign.

Dutch team Nuon claims victory in Australia's solar-powered race

Nuon Solar Team celebrate their victory, having arrived in Adelaide ahead of the chasing pack after four days' driving across the Australian outback.

Nuon wins by just 11 seconds ahead of fellow Dutch team Solar Team Twente at this year's Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, the world’s most famous solar-powered vehicle race.

Off Grid Electric raises US$25 million to provide solar power to homes in Africa

OGE's C round is the largest venture capital funding round for distributed energy in Africa to date. The company is currently deploying 10,000 home solar systems per month in Tanzania using a leasing model.

Solar and wind will match gas on cost by 2020, finds UK government body

Solar and wind power, at large scale and onshore, will be as cheap as gas by 2020 in the U.K.

The Committee on Climate Change reports that low carbon energy sources will be as affordable in the U.K. as gas by 2020, provided gas pays its fair share through a carbon price.

GTM Research finds opportunities for PV manufacturing in the United States and India

The company's latest report finds that China and Southeast Asia are still the most attractive locations, but that the geography of manufacturing is diversifying, as is demand.

IEA says global climate pledges fall short on required decarbonization efforts

The graph shows growth in world electricity demand and related CO2 emissions since 1990 (left) and related CO2 emissions by region (right).

The International Energy Agency's World Energy Outlook labels level of pledges made as impressive, but urges governments to do more if world is to avoid a 2c temperature rise by 2100.

UK: REA seeks government clarity on renewables following Hinkley Point nuclear deal

David Cameron discussing plans for the plant.

The Renewable Energy Association expresses concerns regarding the 35-year subsidy costs for the controversial nuclear plant, and is urging the Prime Minister to explain the government’s plans for renewables.

Apple to add 200 MW of solar in China, announces 2 GW clean energy goals

Apple's HQ, Cupertino.

U.S. tech firm completes 40 MW solar project in China and reveals plans for a further 200 MW of PV capacity in the country; will also green its suppliers by partnering with them on a 2 GW clean power push.

STA drafts one-pound-plan to save UK FIT

Could the STA's one-pound-plan convince British ministers to listen to consultation on the FIT?

The U.K.'s Solar Trade Association has prepared an emergency plan to save the country's feed-in tariffs at meaningful levels. A brief of the plan has now been presented and full details are expected to be released tomorrow.

Trina connects two-thirds of 300 MW solar plant in Yunnan, China

Yunnan province.

The vertically integrated solar firm has successfully connected 200 MW of the plant, and hopes to finalize completion on schedule.

Germany’s electricity export prices higher than import, reports Fraunhofer ISE

The chart shows Germany's foreign trade balance for electricity since 2006. It is projected to reach €1.5 - €2 billion by the end of 2015.

Data disproves claims by critics of the Energiewende that Germany is 'dumping' excess power on to neighboring countries, finding instead that its exported energy may earn the country EUR 2 billion in 2015.

JA Solar completes $70m Malaysian fab

JA Solar module inspection.

The Chinese solar company has confirmed that production at the facility in Bayan Lepas will begin in the next couple of weeks. Fab is JA Solar's first outside of China.

ABB Q3 earnings fall 21% YoY

ABB building.

Swiss-headquartered power and automation company reveals profits fell to $577 million in the third quarter of the year due to slowing demand in China and other emerging markets, company states.

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