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India updates draft guidelines for 3 GW solar auction

Solar park in Gujarat, India.

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy issues guidance on how the bidding process for Phase II, Batch II, Tranche I of the JNNSM will work.

Majority of Americans favor energy system overhaul, study finds

Smoke stack.

Survey in advance of next week's EPA carbon regulations shows that 66% of Americans believe that power system modernization is a good idea.

Manufacturers will be quids-in from July

Policy changes in the UK will see the country overtake Germany as the world's fourth-largest solar market in 2014, according to IHS.

IHS says a record level of solar installations in the fourth quarter will start to benefit manufacturers from July onwards. The UK is predicted to overtake Germany and become the world's fourth largest solar market in 2014.

US residential installations outstrip commercial for first time ever, finds SEIA

Rooftop solar installation, Colorado, U.S.

Reports from the first quarter of the year show that 1.33 GW of PV capacity was installed in the US, with the residential sector outperforming commercial.

Europe on course to install just 10 GW of PV in 2014, finds NPD Solarbuzz

Solar plant in Italy.

Figure represents an annual decline of 7% compared to last year, and sees Europe's share of global PV demand fall to 22%.

SMA and Danfoss finalize converter alliance

SMA CEO Pierre-Pascal Urbon

The two solar technology specialists have completed the signing of a strategic partnership designed to further boost their competitiveness.

Europe sitting on 7 GW large-scale PV pipeline, says IHS

Glemham Solar park, England.

The U.K. is set to dominate the ground-mount PV sector in Europe this year, accounting for 69% of all large-scale projects planned for installation by 2015.

Hanwha SolarOne completes 60 MW module delivery to UK

Hanwha SolarOne module factory.

The solar module company has supplied its HSL 60 PV modules to vogt solar ltd. for installation on four solar farms with a total combined capacity of 60 MW.

Solar power primed to meet US energy needs, says SEIA

CEO and president of SEIA, Rhone Resch.

New report from the Solar Energy Industries Association argues solar power is already in a position to be a real game changer in the U.S. energy mix.

First Solar offloads 250 MW Nevada PV project to NextEra Energy

First Solar installation.

The U.S. solar company has sold its Silver State South solar plant to NextEra as planned, and will remain as EPC service provider.

Yingli mulls bid for 100 MW solar plant in Dubai

The Dubai skyline at sunset.

Chinese solar giants reveal their ambitions to be part of the UAE’s solar renaissance, says regional MD.

Xcel Energy and SunPower plan 50 MW Colorado PV plant

San Luis Valley, Colorado - site of the proposed 50 MW solar PV plant from SunPower and Xcel Energy.

The solar park will be located at a 320-acre site in San Luis Valley, with construction to commence in early 2015.

JinkoSolar reports 73% year-on-year Q1 revenue boost

JinkoSolar installation, China.

The Chinese company’s financial report for the first quarter shows strong revenue increase on last year but an 8% decrease compared to Q4 2013.

Canadian Solar and GCL-Poly announce joint venture in China

GCL-Poly facility in China.

The two solar companies are to jointly build a manufacturing facility for the production of crystalline solar cells in Jiangsu Province.

IBC Solar breaks Japanese ground with 2.3 MW solar project

Sakura, Japan.

The German PV system specialist is working with local partners to fully develop the plant, scheduled for completion in mid-July.

US scientists study consumer interest in PV

Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico

Researchers at the Sandia National Laboratories say the project will help increase the United States' share of solar energy in the electricity market from its current share of less than .05% to at least 14% by 2030.

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