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REC Solar and SolarCity increase module supply deal to 220 MW

SolarCity rooftop installation.

The supply agreement builds upon an earlier deal struck in June between the two companies, and extends right the way through 2015.


British academics receive €2.4 million grant for PV cell research

CdTe thin film PV cell.

A consortium of scientists led by Bristol University will use the funds to develop new active materials for PV cells using low-cost and abundant natural elements.


SMA and E.ON develop world's first modular large-scale battery

The M5BAT at SMA.

The 5 MW M5BAT storage system is located in Aachen, Germany, and has been backed by a €6.5 million grant from the German government's Energy Storage Funding Initiative.


Pipeline of PV projects in Pakistan reaches 772 MW

Solar installation in Punjab village, Pakistan.

The country currently has 22 individual solar PV projects under different stages of development, according to Pakistan's Alternative Energy Development Board.


S.A.G. Solarstrom to open insolvency proceeedings

S.A.G. Solarstrom in Freiburg, Germany.

The German developer has announced it will open general insolvency proceedings on March 1 after a brief flirtation with self-administered proceedings. The crisis started after problems in the UK and Italy.


Fraunhofer ISE signs renewable energy MoU with Fukushima

Fraunhofer research of solar PV cells.

This Memorandum of Understanding is intended to help the Japanese Prefecture become the country's new hub for renewable energy research.


BELECTRIC completes four Californian solar facilities totaling 7.8 MW

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco.

The solar EPC contractor completed the projects at the end of 2013 under the California Renewable Energy Small Tariff FIT program.


Opposition to UK solar farms is a perception problem

A solar farm in the UK.

A chief advisor to the NFU says the majority of UK solar developers follow agreed best practice guidelines. A rising number of solar farms are being called in, and rejected, by the secretary of state for communities of the...


Future sunny for Roth & Rau

Roth & Rau headquarters

The solar engineering company is seeing signs of recovery in the PV market as it focuses on the development of high-tech production equipment.


JinkoSolar supplies modules to CSEM-uae for research venture

Street in Ras al-Khaimah.

The modules will be used at CSEM's Solar Outdoor Laboratory in the United Arab Emirates for applied research purposes.


Avancis achieves new certification record for thin-film module

Avancis CIS record

With a record 16.6% efficiency, Avancis again leads the international efficiency ranking of encapsulated CIS thin-film modules.


Solid partnerships and full fab capacity mark strong fiscal year for SunPower

SunPower modules being installed at the California Valley Solar Ranch.

The California-based solar company reports fourth-quarter revenue of $638 million, spurred by a strong performance in North America and lucrative international partnerships.


Solar securities may offer major investment potential

U.S. rooftop installation

A new study has found that securities from solar PPAs can make a healthy profit while making billions of dollars availalbe to finance solar project.


SunEdison strikes solar partnership to bring PV power to Georgia, US

SunEdison U.S. installation.

The global solar company has teamed with United Renewable Energy to help businesses in the southern state tap into PV potential.


China caps 2014 solar subsidies at 14 GW

Large-scale PV plant in China.

The National Energy Administration will hand out regional quotas for individual provinces based on local demand and resource, with projects that exceed the quota ineligible for the subsidy.


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.


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