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5 takeaways from the 8th World Future Energy Summit

A robot.

The MENA region has long been he center of great expectations for the PV industry. From Monday to Thursday this week much of the global solar industry descended on Abu Dhabi for the 8th World Future Energy Summit. The big names...


UK added 700 MW of FIT-driven PV in 2014, figures show

Rooftop PV installation from Solarcentury

Data from the Department of Energy and Climate Change reveals some 125,000 homes added solar to their rooftops last year, triggering latest FIT reduction.


The pv magazine weekly news digest

The World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2015

Volatility due to sinking oil prices and PV development in the Middle East, Barack Obama's praise of solar, the ITC's confirmation of import tariffs and Q Cells moving production out of Germany were just some of the week's...


Industry urges European PV research sector to 'wake up'

Sophia Symposium, France.

Gathering of leading solar researchers and industry representatives at the Sophia research infrastructure symposium stokes passionate debate about future of European PV.


HelioSage, Gulf Power partner on 120 MW of solar in Florida

Gulf Power and HelioSage teams visit a HelioSage project under construction in North Carolina.

The Virginia-based solar developer will build the utility-scale projects at three military sites as part of a collaboration with the U.S. Air Force and Navy.


Turkey aims for 3 GW of PV by 2023

Istanbul, Turkey

In 2014, Turkey saved $850 million in energy imports due to the increase in the share of renewable energy.


Distributed generation drives 40 GW to 42 GW 2014 market

Korean solar modules at sunrise.

The global PV market reached between 40 GW and 42 GW in 2014, demonstrating moderate growth on 37 GW in 2013. This is according to figures released today by the PV Market Alliance.


WFES Interview: BNEF's Michael Liebreich

Michael Liebreich

When Saudi developer ACWA won Dubai's 200 MW reverse auction for a PV power plant with a bid of only US$5.84c/kWh over 25 years, the low price stunned the PV industry. The founder of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Michael...


Hanwha Q Cells' exit from Germany reflects weak European PV market

Hanwha Q Cells headquarters in Thalheim, Germany

The PV manufacturer has announced plans to end its production operations in Germany in March and relocate them to more affordable locations. IHS analyst Stefan de Haan sees the main reasons for the move in the floundering...


SunEdison secures European financing to build 85.2 MW of solar in UK

West Penwith, south coast of Cornwall, U.K.

Spain's Santander and Germany's Bayerische Landesbank arranged funding for the projects, which will be owned by SunEdison's yieldco subsidiary TerraForm Power.


UK: Grupotech to install 186 MW of PV in Q1

Lightsource's 3 MW Apse New Barn Solar Farm on the Isle of Wight.

In the three years that Grupotec has been operating in the U.K., it has erected 32 PV parks with a total capacity of 220 MW, making it the No. 2 leading EPC company in the country last year.


China: Move to shore up manufacturers through new regulations

The Chinese flag.

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology in China has released new regulations aimed at boosting equity in manufacturing expansions and encouraging consolidation amongst manufacturers in the country's PV, battery and...


Top Chinese module suppliers sell out till Q2 while increasing market share

JA Solar module inspection

Representing 35% of global module capacity, IHS forecasts a 5.7 GW total effective capacity of Chinese tier-1 module suppliers in the first quarter of 2015.


SolarWorld wins again: US affirms injury over PV imports from China, Taiwan

SolarWorld headquarters, Oregon

In the latest chapter of the ongoing trade dispute between certain PV manufacturers in the United States and China, the U.S. International Trade Commission in a vote Wednesday upheld tariffs proposed in 2014 on PV imports from...


Investments in 'grid-edge' companies climb to $1.3 billion in 2014

Alevo gigafab in North Carolina

According to GTM Research, investments in the field last year surpassed 2012 and 2013 but remained below the $1.4 billion the sector raised in 2011.


Hanwha Q Cells to shutter production in Germany

Hanwha Q Cells, Germany

The company's German site will cease production as of March 1. The German facility has production capacities of 230 MW for cells and 130 MW for modules. Hanwha will relocate part of the fab to Malaysia, where costs are cheaper.


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