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US residential demand approaching 1 GW a year

Arizona residential solar

Residential demand in the United States is increasing as PV systems become increasingly attractive across more states and falling prices drive denmand growth, NPD Solarbuzz reports.

SunEdison fourth-quarter net loss deepens

SunEdison image

Lower sales in the company's solar division and falling semiconductor material prices, coupled with high charges related to a facility closure, contributed to its profit plunge.

US Interior Department greenlights 550 MW projects in California, Nevada

Mojave Desert, California

Developer First Solar has agreed to undertake significant project design changes and mitigation measures to minimize impacts to wildlife, including the endangered desert tortoise.

Meyer Burger, CSEM partner on Swiss heterojunction technology project

Heterojunction silicon technology offers a higher level of efficiency than standard cells and a simpler production process. It also boasts remarkable temperature characteristics and low-cost mass production of PV modules.

SolarWorld offers rosy medium-term view ... maybe

SolarWorld PV installation, Germany

The German company expects improved sales and shipments in the next two years, with a possible pre-tax profit in 2015, but the forecast remains conditional and subject to change.

New in-roof system may offer mounting solution for renovated buildings

Renusol's in-roof InterSole system

Residential rooftop solar systems are getting a new look from Dutch construction company BAM Woningbouw and German manufacturer Renusol.

Google funds $650,000 SolarAid study in Africa

Priscilla and son in Zambia.

The search engine giants have given financial backing to SolarAid to assess the impact solar power can play in alleviating poverty in Africa.

EDPR commences construction of first US solar projects

The Spain-based renewable energy company has broken ground on 30 MW of solar projects located in Southern California.

India to add 2 GW of solar projects

Sursagar Lake in Vododara, Gujarat, India

The new plants will double the country's solar energy capacity, putting it in line to reach its 2017 target of 10 GW.

Transatlantic dialogue putting Guelph, Canada, on the solar map

Downtown Guelph.

Representatives from the Ontario city were in Berlin this week to garner insight into Germany's renewable energy best practice.

Just two EU countries comply in time with WEEE PV deadline

Only the U.K. and Bulgaria transposed the latest Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE) on PV modules into national law before the Feb. 14 deadline.

Leading PV markets see pipeline grow to 95 GW

NPD Solarbuzz 2014 solar project graph

Commercial and utility-scale projects make up half of the 4,300 projects in the planning in leading PV countries in Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America, according to NPD Solarbuzz.

Helios Resource to launch new solar panel fab in Russia

Moscow, Russia

While industry watchers see increasing foreign interest in Russia's growing solar market, tough local content requirements could dampen investment.

Solar Frontier soars to profitability

Solar Frontier

The Japanese thin-film module manufacturer helped its corporate unit reach profitability for the first time ever ast year due to increased business in the growing domestic market.

Global consortium collaborates on 8.5 MW Rwanda solar plant

Northwestern Rwanda landscape.

The consortium is being led by Norway's Scatec Solar and Dutch developer Gigawatt Global Cooperatief, with additional funding from U.K., U.S., Finnish and Austrian governments.

First EBRD-funded solar PV plant commissioned in Ukraine

Ukraine flags.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has supported the commissioning of a 4.5 MW plant in Ukraine's Vinnitsa Oblast to the tune of €4.1 million.

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