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Report: Energy storage market expected to rise to $50 billion in 2020

BMWi production plant, Leipzig, Germany

The automotive market is displacing consumer electronics as the biggest user of energy storage, which will lead to further scale and cost reductions, according to Lux Research.


Jiangsu Shunfeng to pay $540 million plus for Suntech

Wuxi Suntech headquarters.

Solar manufacturer Jiangsu Shunfeng has announced details of its planned acquisition of Wuxi Suntech. If successful, the move would consolidate Cheng Kin Ming's position in Chinese solar.


Desertec to launch $40.5 million MENA fund

Morocco solar panels

The Desertec Industrial Initiative (Dii) is developing an investment vehicle to support renewable energy projects in the MENA region, which Dii says will reach 3.3 GW of RE capacity by 2015.


US solar industry enjoys second-best quarter

The second quarter of 2013 saw the U.S. install 832 MW of solar capacity – a 15% increase on Q1 and only beaten by Q4 2012, when 1,311 MW were installed.


Honda to dissolve Honda Soltec operations in early 2014

The Japanese motor giants will discontinue their wholly-owned PV subsidiary in Spring next year due to falling revenues in that part of their business.


Enel lands four successful REIPPP solar bids

A satellite image of southern Africa.

Italian company Enel Green Power says its bids added up to 65% of the PV projects awarded to renewables bidders in South Africa's REIPPP. The company's Green Power subsidiary also saw two onshore wind bids approved.


PassivSystems partner with Freetricity on Eur 55 million UK PV campaign

Freetricity has chosen PassivSystems to monitor a free solar PV roll-out campaign due to be launched across the U.K., a scheme that is expected to add 30 MW of rooftop solar to the nation’s portfolio.


Thailand: Easing of residential solar requirements

The flag of Thailand.

The Thai government is reportedly preparing to make it easier for households to install solar rooftops. An easier permitting regime could be put before government for approval on Tuesday.


China extends probe into EU polysilicon imports by six months

The country's Commerce Ministry cited the "comparative specificity and complexity" of the case as reason for the extension, which will run until May 1.


First Solar reveals bullish Q3 figures

First Solar modules.

First Solar's Q3 figures show sales and profits jumping as the company announces an imminent deal to sell its 250 MW Silver State South scheme. Foreign exchange losses are the only negative of impressive figures.


California: 250 MW solar PV plant begins commercial operations

The California Valley Solar Ranch (CVSR), located in San Luis Obispo County and one of the biggest in the world, is owned by NRG Energy, NRG Yield and SunPower.


Martifer Solar and Hanwha Q CELLS Korea complete 17.8 MW Portuguese PV project

The cluster of three solar projects is located in the Lisbon, Setubal and Evora regions of the country, with Martifer Solar responsible for all operations.


Demansys buys Singapore's demand response pioneer CPvT

Singapore Marina Bay

Demand response represents a new growth opportunity by actively managing the consumption of energy consumers. With CPvT in Singapore, Connecticut-based Demansys found an ideal partner with which to expand in Asia.


Yingli, Jinko poised to hit third-quarter shipment records

Yingli PV production China

The Chinese PV industry rebound continues as Yingli approaches 3 GW annualized shipments and Jinko decreases blended costs to $0.50 per watt. In a new report, NPD Solarbuzz says the recovery has taken a major step forward.


Suntech to challenge Chapter 7 filing for involuntary bankruptcy

The troubled solar company has until November 6 to respond to the petition filed against it calling for involuntary bankruptcy.


Conergy wins 22 MW order in the Philippines

The German solar giants will install their solar panels for local investor San Carlos Solar Energy Inc. in what is their first foray into this emerging Southeast Asia market.


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