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Solar Selfie module to be unveiled to Californian market

Solar selfie modules can transform a typical rooftop array into a king-sized photo album.

Smartphone-enabled solar panels allow residential owners to upload selfies to their solar systems. Image displayed module-by-module or across entire installation.


SMA posts considerable losses for 2014

SMA inverter installation.

German inverter manufacturer blames poor market and heavy price pressure for losses, guidance for 2015 forecast to be far brighter.


California hits 5% solar, offsets hydro losses due to drought

The Golden State is the first U.S. state to tap the sun for 5% of its power, finds government report, as solar hits 1% of nationwide generating capacity.


Costa Rica powered 100% by renewables so far this year

The ICE's Cachi Hydroelctric Plant in Cartago, Costa Rica.

The Central American nation has not had to use fossil fuel power plants to produce electricity from January through March, due mainly to hydropower.


SunEdison buys 100 MWh of Imergy batteries for India microgrid project

Imergy battery system.

Solar developer purchases 1,000 storage systems as it steps up efforts to bring electricity to villagers in parts of rural India.


FT examines curious trading pattern of Hanergy shares

Hanergy Thin Film Power Group

The Chinese thin-film solar group remains in the spotlight: The Financial Times has analyzed the company's share trading over the past two years and made a startling discovery. Experts say an unusual stock-buying pattern may...


JinkoSolar to supply modules for 104 MW Utah Red Hills solar plant

Once complete, the 104 MW Red Hills solar farm will be the largest array in Utah.

The Chinese module manufacturer has been chosen by EPC Swinerton to supply its panels for the project, which will be one of the largest in the U.S.


Russian researchers develop lighter, more flexible solar cells

Tomsk State University in Russia

Solar activity is heating up in Russia, where scientists at Tomsk State University are developing a new type of flexible solar cell. At the same time, the first solar plant selected in the country's green capacity tender has...


Yingli module shipments rise 17% in 2014, hit 3.3 GW globally

Yingli production.

Profit soars by 53.4% as company ships more than 3.3 GW of PV modules globally. Fourth quarter performance ends year on high.


Israeli Knesset goes green

Israeli Knesset

The national legislature in Jerusalem will unveil what it says is the largest solar installation of any parliament building in the world this weekend.


Green energy undermining US coal industry, study finds

Coal power plant.

Report by Carbon Tracker initiative suggests industry could be in terminal decline, revealing industry lost 76% of its value in the past five years.


UK solar sector buoyed by $17bn of investment since 2010

Rooftop PV installations, England.

DECC report shows reveals more than 11.4 billion pounds has been invested in the solar PV industry of the U.K. over the past five years. Sector currently employs more than 34,000 people.


Turkey to tender 302 MW of PV in April

Istanbul, Turkey

While the country also licensed 228 MW of solar PV in January, industry watchers warn that high tender fees could thwart Turkey's already lethargic solar PV deployment.


UK: Primrose Solar and EDF Energy sign 104 MW PPA

The 48 MW Southwick Estate solar farm.

The U.K. solar developer inks 15-year power purchase agreement with French utility for energy produced across 104 MW of solar farms.


Green Charge, Itochu sign global sales deal for smart storage solutions

Green Charge Networks smart storage unit

Japan's third largest trading house will distribute, supply and procure Green Charge Networks' storage solutions internationally.


Natcore Technology, Eurotron sign joint development deal

Natcore technicians operating the screen printer to apply grid and back contacts to test solar cells.

The U.S. company says the partnership is designed to hasten commercial integration of its technologies into solar modules.


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