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Croatian PV sector owes it all to rooftops

Croatia rooftop system.

A lack of ambition across the sector has hindered solar PV's growth in this sun-rich country, with only the small-scale rooftop sector likely to expand over the coming years.

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.

Dominion acquires 32 MW PV projects in Tennessee

Selmer City Hall

The solar farms, which are scheduled to begin commercial operation later this year, bring the Virginia-based energy group's solar portfolio to 212 MW. The plants employ 162,000 BYD modules and 36 SMA inverters.

SolarCity doubles first-quarter revenue, cuts net loss by 41%

SolarCity installation

The California solar provider achieved record bookings of 136 MW and increased its 2014 guidance to 500-550 MW deployed. The company is on track to meet its one million customer target by 2018.

NREL assembles industry group to explore solar lending

Rooftop installation on Colorado home

The U.S. government agency says a greater prevalence and diversity of loan products could enable higher rates of solar adoption in regions where third-party finance is currently lacking.

Bosch deal boosts SolarWorld's first-quarter bottom line

SolarWorld module production

The German company raised its group-wide shipments by 41% to 154 MW compared to 109 MW a year ago.

Gehrlicher sees strong prospects following management buyout

Perleberg solar park, Brandenburg

The new company took over all the invested capital and intangible assets, including patents, trademarks and brands, of the insolvent Gehrlicher Solar AG.

Arizona to impose new tax on solar lease customers

Solar rooftop installation, USA.

The State Department of Revenue has reinterpreted its tax policy, reassessing leased solar panels as "merchant power plants" that must be taxed.

Japan reaches for stars to develop orbital solar

NASA concept of solar power satellite

"It would be difficult and expensive, but the payoff would be immense, and not just in economic terms," says Susumu Sasaki, professor emeritus at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.

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