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Conergy acquires 18 MW in UK solar projects

Conergy 5 MW plant in Cornwall, UK

The solar company has purchased two new PV projects, a 13.5 MW installation in South Wales and a 4.45 MW array in Cornwall, England.

Chinese modules with Taiwanese cells still Chinese

European Commission

The European Commission says a clarification of rules of origin tightens import regulations for Chinese modules, preventing manufacturers from selling goods from third countries.

Taiwan increases solar PV targets

Yong An Solar Park, Taiwan

Implementing the new solar energy goals will cost an estimated $33 billion, much of which will go to Taiwanese manufacturers. About 90% of PV systems installed in Taiwan use local products.

SunPower teams with Bank of America to finance $220 million solar leasing program

Residential rooftop PV array.

The solar manufacturers will collaborate with the bank on a $220 million support package designed to spur the U.S. solar leasing market.

Construction begins on Australia's largest PV power plant

Broken Hill, Australia

First Solar has broken ground on the 102 MW Nyngan solar project in the Australian state of New South Wales. When completed in 2015, it will be the biggest solar park in the country.

EU ProSun backs French-German solar plans

EU ProSun president, Milan Nitzschke.

The joint initiative of EU solar businesses welcomes the proposals, stating that Europe "must bet on a strong solar industry."

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.

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