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Scottish renewable energy in the post-referendum era

Scotland onshore wind turbine

Following Scotland's independence referendum last month and voters' decision to remain in the U.K., increasing the country's devolved powers has emerged as the center of a dynamic debate. Will energy policy also be devolved? And...

REC Silicon narrows loss

REC Silicon, Moses Lake, Washington

The Norwegian company, largely based in the U.S., says it has so far evaded Chinese duties by using available legal options offered by Chinese law.

Centrotherm posts solid start to 2014

Centrotherm's production facilities.

The German solar machinery manufacturer has received orders worth more than $41 million in the past two months, driven by demand from the U.S. and Japan.

Talesun extends reach into Turkey's solar sector

The Turkish flag.

The international solar company has established a new partnership with Ege Trade just two months after its first foray into the Turkish solar market.

Pure Energy to build 40 MW module plant in Brazil

Maceio, Alagoas, Brazil

The Brazilian start-up, which cooperates with Italy's BMS and Italian renewable energy company Regran, may expand the facility to up to 70 MW of annual module production.

Strata, ET Solar partner on multi-megawatt project in North Carolina

Charlotte, North Carolina

U.S. company Strata Solar is set to complete 300 MW in 2014 and has pipeline of more than one gigawatt across seven states.

Hanwha Q CELLS, AGR break ground on large-scale PV plant in UK


UK renewable energy developer AGRenewables (AGR) has teamed up with Hanwha Q CELLS in Germany on a 24.3 MW solar installation in Stowbridge, England.

Italian energy storage market set to explode

Storage battery

Energy storage could be a very attractive prospect for users of photovoltaic energy, particularly in markets where electricity retail costs are high.

JA Solar modules pass 'extreme environmnent' tests

JA Solar module inspection

The China Quality Certification Center has designed new testing methods to fairly evaluate the performance of the solar modules in extreme environments, according to the company.

US challenges India's domestic content requirement

PV manufacturing in India

The White House argues that India's domestic content requirements not only hinder international cooperation on clean energy but also make solar energy more expensive for the country.

SunEdison to close polysilicon fab in Italy

Merano, Italy

As part of its global restructuring plans to reduce costs and maintain competitiveness, the U.S. company will also consolidate its semiconductor crystal operations.

Polysilicon demand to rise 25% in 2014

Solar polysilicon.

Module shipping expectations of 49 GW this year is driving demand, according to NPD Solarbuzz, which predicts the reduction in the amount of polysilicon needed per watt will continue but at a reduced rate.

Tokyo elects pro-nuclear governor

The Tokyo skyline.

It is unclear what the election signifies for the Japanese solar industry. A pro-nuclear stance could mean a regression of generous solar FITs but it could also be an endorsement of the regime that introduced them.

Indian state of Tamil Nadu lowers solar roadmap target

Tamil Nadu, India

Local energy experts have welcomed the tweak, which relieves the burden on high energy consumers and instead puts the onus to meet solar targets on the state utility.

German consortium signs 5 MW deal in India

Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Solea AG and Pinpoint Ventures are planning to develop solar projects in India with a total capacity of 200 MW in the next three years.

SEIA proposes deal to remove US and Chinese duties

Rhone Resch.

US Industry body the SEIA says Chinese manufacturers could pay into a fund for their American counterparts in return for all duties being lifted. The group also wants China to remove its polysilicon duties.

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