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France's PV market recovers in the first half of 2014

The latest French government figures show solar PV market recovery continuing in the second quarter of 2014, led by large projects. During the quarter the nation surpassed 5 GW of installed PV.

Sonnedix secures €96 million for two solar plants in France

Sonnedix 11.5 PV plant, Istres, France

The project financing for the installations, located in southern France, proved to be HSH Nordbank's largest PV deal in Europe last year.

Yingli joins forces with China National Nuclear Corp. for 500 MW of solar projects

Yingli manufacturing plant

The state-owned nuclear technology giant says its new partnership with Yingli is reflects China's goal of sustainable development. The companies aim to build 500 MW of distributed generation projects.

Canadian Solar secures North Carolina module deal

Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina.

The global solar provider will supply 25.3 MW of modules to four solar projects in the U.S. state of North Carolina.

Goldpoly eager to buy more solar plants in 2014

Gonghe County, Qinghai Province

The latest acquisition brings the Hong Kong solar plant investor and operator's total number of grid-connected projects in 2013 to 400 MW.

Ascent Solar to build fab in China

City of Suqian, China

U.S. manufacturer Ascent Solar has signed a deal to build a factory China's Jiangsu Province. The city of Suqian is investing $32.5 million in the joint venture.

ReneSola to sell 60 MW PV plants to Chinese company; strikes Japan deal

ReneSola PV factory in China.

Jiangsu Ackome, a manufacturer of solar mounting equipment, will purchase three plants from ReneSola, with a combined generation capacity of 60 MW.

GCL-Poly brings 160 MW PV power plants online in China

GCL-Poly 100 MW PV plant, Zhongwei, Ningxia

Exploiting China's sun-rich northern regions, PV developer GCL-Poly has completed two solar plants with a combined capacity of 160 MW in the arid Tengger Desert and Datong.

China to bolster PV industry

Beijing, China

The Chinese government is undertaking steps to strengthen its embattled solar sector, in part by introducing tough guidelines that could whittle down the domestic industry.

SEIA blasts SolarWorld legal action, calls for peaceful resolution to US-China trade dispute

SolarWorld HQ, Hilsboro, Oregon

SolarWorld says it is seeking to stop producers in China and Taiwan from evading duties by assembling modules from cells manufactured in third countries, a practice that allows them to sell below production costs in the U.S.

Minnesota judge backs solar in favor of gas

Minneapolis, Minnesota

The decision marks the first time that unsubsidized solar energy has gone head-to-head with natural gas and come out on top as the best option, both economically and environmentally.

Turkey eyeing one-third renewable energy target for 2023

Solar PV installation in Turkey.

The country's Energy Market Regulatory Authority predicts solar PV capacity to reach 3 GW by 2023.

India pushes back solar auction deadline for second time

Cityscape of Delhi, India.

The country's state-run Solar Energy Corp. -- which is set to conduct the 750 MW auction -- says solar developers are concerned many state utilities will be unable to pay for power produced.

Hanwha SolarOne to supply modules for 11.5 MW UK PV project

Beach at Norfolk, England.

The modules will be supplied to solar wholesaler Ikaros Solar, and will be installed in a solar park in the county of Norfolk, England.

China WindPower to receive $942 million PV development loan

Qinghai province, China.

The China Development Bank will loan the country's largest renewable energy company the funds to develop 800 MW of solar projects.

Net-energy metering rollbacks unlikely to impact US states in 2014

Net-energy metering image

Some U.S. states are looking to revamp net-energy metering programs but potential changes will not impact solar markets this year, according to research group IHS.

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