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Comtec Solar to double Malaysian production capacity

Wafer production.

The Chinese wafer producers will expand capacity at their Sarawak plant from 300 to 600 MW as the company finalizes two supply deals with U.S. companies.


Giant PV duck energizes Copenhagen design competition

Energy Duck

The Land Art Generator Initiative seeks to promote collective action in support of reneawble energy. The Energy Duck would generate electricity 24 hours a day and serve as an educational visitor center.


Trading begins for SunEdison yieldco

Gross proceeds of at least US$500 million are expected from TerraForm Power's IPO. The company has an initial portfolio of 808 MW of solar PV projects in three continents.


Q CELLS products unaffected by Kyocera case, company announces

Hanwha Q CELLS HQ.

Hanwha Q CELLS Japan reassures customers that its products, applications and solutions are not subject to the lawsuit filed against the company by Kyocera.


REC Silicon hits $24 million Q2 profit as polysilicon demand increases

REC production facility, U.S.

The polysilicon producer reported strong revenues of $126.8 million in the second quarter of 2014, boosting profit after a loss-making Q1.


China adds 52 companies to list of approved PV suppliers

Module production, Trina Solar.

The updated list of Chinese companies that meet the entrance requirements for the PV industry has now risen to 161 in total.


Study ranks Germany as world's most energy efficient economy

Bundestag, Berlin.

Hot on the heels of its World Cup success, Germany claims another accolade as it is crowned most energy efficient major economy. U.S. lags behind in 13th place.


South Korea announces $1.94bn clean energy plan

Daegu, South Korea.

Government plans to create six energy-related businesses, one of which will focus exclusively on kickstarting the country's solar rental market.


Yaskawa expands into US inverter market with Solectria acquisition

Solectria Inverter.

Deal sees the Japanese technical giant acquire the fifth-largest inverter supplier in the U.S., becoming the only company to feature in the top 10 of the world's two biggest inverter markets.


BYD to set up shop in Brazil

Campinas, Brazil

The Chinese industrial giant is investing $90 million in its first factory in Brazil. The facility will manufacture electric buses and batteries as well as solar panels and energy storage systems.


Tata launches Indian finance plan for solar customers

Solar PV rooftop array.

The solar manufacturer will partner with Bajaj Finance to offer interest-free financing for solar installations costing less than $4,000.


Greenpower Capital expands landowner solar program in Japan

Mount Fuji, Japan

The company can analyze sites and find ways to build solar parks on land where landowners may not realize it's possible, says Greenpower Capital Senior Vice President Jeff Talbert.


Bank of Philippines funds ThomasLloyd solar joint venture

San Carlos PV plant, Philippines

The financing agreement is seen as key to helping San Carlos Solar Energy deliver a larger portfolio of projects to meet the Philippines' growing needs for daytime power and to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels.


Dubai offers $1 million solar solution prize to tackle water shortage

Dubai desert.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum will award $1 million to any research institute that devises a solar-powered way to solve the region's water scarcity.


Thailand dusts off renewable energy plans as unrest subsides

Thailand flag.

Recent political clashes pushed renewable energy to the back burner, but the new energy boss plans to reignite the sector.


US federal government tips solar for leading energy role

Rooftop PV installation, U.S.

The Energy Information Administration's generation projections through to 2040 expect solar power to account for nearly half of new renewable energy capacity.


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