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SunPower introduces pilot solar lease program Down Under

Residential PV array, Perth, Australia

The company's pilot program in Melbourne is modeled after its successful residential leasing program in the United States. SunPower systems are available in other regions of Australia through cash and loan programs.

Obama orders federal buildings to triple renewable energy use

Barack Obama.

U.S. President says government should lead by example, targeting 20% renewable energy use by 2020 for all 500,000 federal buildings.

asola to resume module production in Germany

asola HQ in Erfurt, Germany.

Having undergone a restructuring process following a takeover by Chinese manufacturer STGCON, the Erfurt-based company will resume production next week.

Japan's PV module shipments soar

Fukuoka, Japan

Japanese demand for PV modules is exploding and the country is on track to become the second-largest solar market in the world behind China. Looming FIT cuts are unlikely to curb demand in the next two years, says EnergyTrend.

Martifer Solar installs 5.41 MW of solar PV in Romania

Romania flag.

The installation is comprised of two solar plants that will supply 13,000 local households with clean renewable energy.

Hanwha Q CELLS increases capital by $188.5 million

Hanwha Q CELLS HQ, Thalheim, Germany

Strengthening its financial position with an injection of capital, Germany-based Hanwha Q CELLS will expand production capacity and push its global business with power plant solutions and services.

Right-wing lawmakers gunning for US solar users

US solar PV installation

A group of right-wing lawmakers is looking to curb states' efforts to expand solar PV and thwart the Obama administration's clean energy and climate protection efforts.

Malaysia increases surcharge to fund FIT program

The Malaysia flag.

The revised surcharge on renewable electricity will increase from 1% to 1.6% from January 1st, 2014.

SolarCity storage solution guards against increasing US power outages

Solar battery.

The company's DemandLogic smart energy storage system has been designed to use stored energy during peak demand hours, while also providing backup during grid outages.

Toshiba to install and operate PV systems on German apartment buildings

German city of Villingen

The electronics giant plans to sell solar power to residents at lower prices than utilities. Toshiba will initially install 3 MW serving 750 apartments with the aim of increasing capacity to more than 100 MW by 2016.

UK publishes revamped subsidy levels for renewables

UK Moor 1 2.7 MW installation, Spalding Lincolnshire

The Solar Trade Association applauded the move but took issue with some aspects of the country's new Electricity Market Reform, adding that developers may continue to rely on the existing Renewables Obligation scheme until 2017.

China's solar capacity to reach 10 GW in 2013

Shanghai, China

Total grid-connected solar capacity in China is set to triple to 10 GW by the end of the year. The country installed nearly 36 GW of new and renewable energy capacity in the first 10 months of 2013.

Australia hits 3 GW installed capacity milestone

Sydney Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

New figures have revealed that Australia has now installed 3 GW of solar PV. Rooftop arrays continue to dominate the market.

UK to cut solar subsidies, boost offshore wind support

London solar PV bridge

The British government says it will "rebalance" renewable energy subsidies in order to encourage private investment in offshore wind projects.

EDF launches first green bond; €350 million slated for solar

Toul Rosieres solar plant near Nancy, eastern France

The French utility company's first green bond offering will raise a total amount of €1.4 billion, 25% of which will be earmarked for solar power investment.

SolarReserve expands Down Under

Australia, Mount Tom Price iron ore mine

The California-based large-scale solar power project developer is looking to exploit opportunities in Australia's off-grid mining sector.

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