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China: PV installed capacity grows to almost 30 GW in 2014

The BYD solar factory in China.

China's National Energy Administration (NEA) has released 2014 solar figures. The report shows installed capacity approached 30 GW, while manufacturers are reporting greatly increased utilization rates.

US developers turn back on Chinese suppliers

U.S. president Barack Obama.

Two American developers have reportedly signed supply deals with non-Chinese manufacturers, just two weeks after CVD decision. A report has predicted a price rise of 14% for Chinese modules in the States.

Yingli to supply 12 MW of modules to Malaysian projects


The Chinese PV giant is partnering with Malaysian solar company Gading Kencana on a utility-scale solar farm as well as residential installations across Malaysia.

IHS predict solar supply chain revenue to rise by 24% in second half of 2014

IHS Supply Chain forecast.

Analysis from IHS Technology forecasts a solid upturn for the global solar PV supply chain sector after a weak first six months of the year.

Indonesia restarts solar auction

Jakarta, Indonesia

The government has relisted solar projects for a new renewable energy auction that has some $43 million slated for solar projects on the country's outer islands.

Trina Solar strikes 60 MW module supply deal with China's Xinyi Solar

Trina Solar PV module in production.

Chinese solar giants Trina Solar will supply 60 MW of modules, including 25 MW of its dual glass module, for installation at Xinyi's greenhouse solar project.

Japan installed 7 GW of solar capacity in last fiscal year

82 MW Marubeni plant, Japan

Figures from Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry show that the country's solar sector soared between March 2013 and March 2014.

German solar breaks three records in two weeks

Berlin, Germany

Update: The country's remarkable PV performance demonstrates the need for electricity storage solutions, says Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI). Germany is nevertheless poised to miss this year's target for added PV capacity.

Italian PV industry threatened by retroactive FIT cuts

Florence, Italy

Proposed cuts to Italy's PV feed-in tariff program could leave solar investors with significantly less return than orginally guaranteed.

SolarCity's Silevo acquisition triggers solar stock surge

SolarCity installing a rooftop PV array.

Following the news that SolarCity had purchased solar panel maker Silevo, solar panel stocks around the world enjoyed a notable surge.

Greenpeace taps solar power to screen World Cup match in Croatia

Greenpeace PV rooftop at Croatian school

The screening will take place at a local school in a village severely damaged by recent floods in the Balkan region. Croatia's renewable energy targets include 52 MW of installed PV by 2020.

Sunways: prospects positive, says insolvency administrator

Sunways headquarters, Konstanz

Business is set to continue at the German solar group's main facilities following the acquisition of its core assets by Shunfeng Group and the newly established Bluecell GmbH.

Wavelabs acquires Fraunhofer CSP as customer

WAVELABS' product.

Germany's Fraunhofer Institute has purchased Wavelabs' SINUS-220 solar simulator to bolster its PV testing and optimization research.

DuPont completes largest PV installation to date

DuPont Cernay 4.5 MW plant, France

The 4.5 MW DuPont Cernay solar park is the company's largest PV installation on DuPont land to date and the largest ground-mounted solar park in Alsace, France.

SunEdison acquires 50% stake in Silver Ridge Power

SunEdison solar installation.

California's SunEdison will partner with Riverstone Holdings LLC on the ownership of Silver Ridge Power, which operates a number of large-scale PV plants in the U.S.

Yingli Green lowers Q1 losses by more than half

Yingli production facility, China.

Yingli Green Energy has reported losses of $55 million in the first quarter of 2014 after ending 2013 with a final quarter net loss of $128 million.

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