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UK tops 1 GW solar installations for first half 2014

Rooftop solar in the UK.

A total of 1,137 MW of solar PV capacity was added in the first six months of the year, outstripping Germany and the highest in Europe.


GCL-Poly expects $103m first half 2014 profit

GCL-Poly production facility.

Chinese polysilicon suppliers issue positive profit alert after analysis of preliminary management accounts for first six months of 2014.


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.


UK: Wind could decide future of utility-scale solar, says IHS

Wind farm, U.K.

Under the new CfD scheme, solar plants over 5 MW could enjoy an early advantage while the ROC is still applicable for onshore wind projects.


Industry responds to US anti-dumping ruling

Chinese cell manufacturing.

Steep duties imposed by the Department of Commerce criticized by both CASE and SEIA, but SolarWorld applauds decision to 'level the domestic playing field'.


EU debates energy security strategy

The flag of the EU.

The European Parliament debated a strategy which calls for more renewable generation alongside more fossil fuels and nuclear. Ukraine conflict is bringing energy security sharply into focus.


Developer planning 49 MW scheme on Anglesey

An English solar farm.

SBC wants to develop a $93m scheme on the Welsh island and is launching a four-week public consultation. UK developers have been emboldened by the recent High Court defeat for the government's attempt to block solar farms.


UK cap on renewable subsidies harms solar, says industry

Tillhouse solar farm, England.

The £200m subsidy ceiling announced today amounts to a large reduction in support for large-scale solar, says the U.K.'s solar industry.


SolarWorld merges German operations

SolarWorld facility, Freiberg, Saxony, Germany

The German group is bundling its operations in the state of Saxony to create a centralized production chain in Freiberg, which is celebrating 20 years of solar production next month.


REC Solar achieves $16.2 million second-quarter profit

REC Solar facility, Singapore

While Europe remains the company's No. 1 market, it sees great potential in the U.S., where it recently signed a major supply deal with leading solar provider SolarCity.


Organic polymer tandem cell reaches record 11.5% efficiency

Polymer cell prototype.

UCLA researchers have improved upon the performance ratio of a polymer organic cell, employing a triple-junction approach to create a new efficiency record.


Enel to take full control of 3Sun factory

3Sun, Sicily, Italy

The move follows Sharp's withdrawal last week from a purchase agreemenet with the joint venture as well as its exit from Enel Green Power & Sharp Solar Energy (ESSE).


Report: solar revenues set to double by 2020

The earth.

New analysis predicts that total solar industry revenues are set to reach $137.02 billion by 2020, doubling 2013 revenues of $59.84. Greenhouse gas reduction, energy self-sufficiency and security are drivers of the industry's...


Enphase to provide microinverter systems to more than 1,500 new French homes

The deal by a French installer to provide solar PV systems equipped with microinverter systems for a major French home builder may be the beginning of broader adoption of the technology in Europe.


European Commission approves German renewable energy law

Joaquín Almunia, European Commission vice president

The new Renewable Energy Act requires renewable electricity producers to sell on the market. The law also calls for a pilot tender program for ground-mounted solar installations.


Wacker earnings forecast for 2014 revised upwards

Wacker polysilicon

The polysilicon manufacturer says that special income from retained advanced payments and damages will swell the company's EBITDA figures for 2014.


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