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Global pledges only halfway to meeting emissions target, says UN

Solar and coal.

Report from United Nations finds that current efforts to tackle climate change will only achieve half of the reduction in greenhouse gases required if world is to keep temperature increase below 2c.

SunEdison pledges solar mini grids for 20m people

SunEdison mini grid.

The U.S. solar company unveils plans to electrify rural villages in some of the world's most underserved regions using solar electricity mini grid systems.

Solar left scrapping for crumbs in first UK CfD auction

Ed Davey.

Solar wins just five project contracts against wind's 15 as industry fears of an uneven playing field come to bear. STA calculates just 32 MW of CfD-backed PV to come this year.

Indian state utility NTPC given green light for 15 GW solar plan

Solar park, Gujarat.

Government approves utility's proposal, which would see three separate tranches rolled out in 3 GW, 5 GW and 7 GW segments.

Anti-solar bills defeated in West Virginia and Indiana

West Virginia.

Net metering schemes in both states survive attacks, anti-solar bills vetoed as solar campaigners warn of further opposition.

EU launches Energy Union strategy

European Commission

The European Commission on Wednesday unveiled its ambitious plan to unite the power markets of member states into an Energy Union.

REC post $180m in Q4 revenue, extends US supply deal with Sunrun

Sunrun installation

The Norwegian solar group saw stronger sales in Europe and the U.S., which boosted module sales by 18.5% over the previous quarter. The company also extended its existing supply deal Stateside with residential solar group Sunrun.

Energy Union: Italy couples with France, Austria, Slovenia

Rome, Italy

This is "another significant step towards an integrated European power market," says Italian transmission grid operator Terna. In the coming months, the country will connect with Switzerland and Greece.

Germany launches new solar farm incentive scheme

saferay AG 11.5 MW plant in Helbra, Germany

The Bundesnetzagentur (Federal Network Agency) has published details of its first ever competitive tender process for large-scale ground-mounted solar PV systems.

PV Expo: Residential system solutions on display

PV Expo, Tokyo, Japan, 2015

Complete residential power solutions were on display on the first day of the 8th PV Expo trade show and exhibition currently underway in Tokyo. Providing backup power has been a major driver of the trend, which, while small in...

BASF, Toda Kogyo Corp. launch battery materials joint venture

BASF in Ludwigshafen, Germany

The new joint subsidiary of the German and Japanese chemical giants will specialize in cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries.

State government in Nigeria begins ambitious off-grid plan

Collaboration with U.K. to bring off-grid solar to hundreds and schools and hospitals in Lagos region.

Analysts give First Solar-SunPower yieldco deal thumbs-up

SunPower Tolosa PV plant, San Luis Obispo, California

Deutsche Bank Market Research has praised First Solar and SunPower's newly announced yieldco joint venture, calling it "probably the best strategy for both companies."

Jordan's round two tender applicants announced

Jordan solar rooftop

Jordan has impressed with its commitment to include a sizeable amount of solar PV power in its energy mix. The country aims to generate 10% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020, including 600 MW of installed solar PV.

First Solar Q4 earnings more than double, ahead of red ink in Q1

First Solar thin-film modules, Malaysia

Thanks to the completion of several large-scale projects at the end of last year, leading thin-film module maker First Solar saw fourth-quarter earnings more than double to $1.89 per share compared with the third quarter on 13%...

SunPower posts 75% quarterly revenue increase for Q4

SunPower expects to add 250 MW of PV in China this year, and begin production at its U.S. Fab 4 facility before the mid-way point of the year.

The U.S. solar company generated revenue of $1.16 billion in the final quarter of 2014, annual revenue for the year topped $3 billion.

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