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UBS: Solar plus storage is already cost effective in Australia

GSES, UBSe solar-storage graph

A new study from investment bank UBS says solar plus storage already make economic sense for Australian households, a finding that could dramatically reshape the nature of the energy industry in the country.


India considers new PV support scheme for state-owned companies

MNRE representatives inspect a PV installation in India.

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy may introduce a separate scheme for Public Sector Undertakings.


California calls for large-scale energy storage

Opening session, Energy Storage trade fair, Düsseldorf.

The Energy Storage trade fair in Düsseldorf begins with a rousing call from California for more energy storage solutions.


NEC snaps up grid-scale battery business

Storage battery system.

The Japanese company has purchased A123 Energy Solutions from China's Wanxiang Group for a reported $100 million.


Chinese PV exports to Europe fell 62% in 2013

China flag.

Figures from the China Chamber of Commerce confirm China-European business revenues down by $3.7bn last year.


Panasonic develops stand-alone PV power system

Pansonic's Power Supply Container.

The company’s Power Supply Container generates and stores solar energy, and is ideal for for rural off-grid areas.


BNEF promotes CSUN to Tier 1 supplier status

CSUN's Turkey production facility.

The Bloomberg New Energy Finance tiering system for PV module makers ranks producers based on bankability and assistance given to developers and EPCs.


GCL Poly to become GCL New Energy

100 MW PV plant in Zhongwei.

The name change is a reflection of the Chinese company's expansion into the development of large scale PV plants.


Hanergy Solar posts 57% profit increase in 2013

Hanergy HQ, China.

The Chinese solar company enjoyed a net profit of $266.7 million last year, boosted by an increase in delivery of turnkey lines.


Intersolar China opens with call for more R&D

Intersolar China opening ceremony.

The conference began with a series of impassioned presentations on the bullish state of China's PV market, but urged greater investment in domestic R&D and quality control.


100 GW annual PV deployment by 2018, says NPD Solarbuzz

NPD Solarbuzz forecast graph

The global PV industry will add 100 GW of capacity a year by 2018 say the analysts, with c-Si technology set to dominate the landscape.


Japan gives final approval for 11% FIT cut

Rooftop solar installation in Japan.

The move, finally confirmed today, will reduce the solar feed-in tariff to $0.31 cents per kW for 20 years, beginning on April 1.


Construction begins on 250 MW First Solar Nevada PV plant

Moapa River Indian Reservation, Nevada.

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power agrees 25-year PPA for the project, which will be located north of Las Vegas.


Heliatek breaks efficiency record for 40% transparent organic cells

Heliatek's OPV cell.

The organic solar film producers have achieved a new record in efficiency for 40% transparent solar cells, achieving 7.2% in recent lab tests.


Hanwha Q CELLS collaborates on 31 MW Mexican PV installations

Hanwha Q CELLS Germany HQ.

The German-headquartered company will finance all 31 MW of PV across 120 locations of local retail giants, Tiendas Soriana.


Israel's Parliament installs rooftop PV, applies net-metering innovation

Knesset, Israel.

The Parliament building has announced a tender for a 400 kW rooftop installation that will make it the greenest government HQ in the world.


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