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Brighter skies leading to 5% PV yield increases

The sun.

New research from Germany’s Fraunhofer ISE has shown that brighter skies are leading to PV system output exceeding forecasts by 5%. Fraunhofer has adjusted its forecast models accordingly.

Global investment in clean energy falls 12%, despite 20% increase for solar

A solar farm in Spain.

Findings from Bloomberg New Energy Finance reveal a 41% slump in investment across Europe, while Japan's solar-fuelled clean energy landscape saw a 55% surge in investment.

Shunfeng to invest $4.1 billion in solar projects

Xinjiang, China

The company will build most of its 3 GW of new installations this year in China's northwestern regions, including Xinjiang, Qinghai, Gansu and Inner Mongolia.

Missouri finalizes plans for new 5.7 MW solar energy center

St. Louis skyline.

The investor-owned installation will be located in St. Louis, courtesy of local solar energy company, Ameren Missouri.

Bright new dawn for UK solar industry

Solar installation in England.

As new figures suggest that half a million FIT-driven solar schemes are now installed in the U.K., encouraging news is emerging that suggests Britons' solar appetite is stronger than ever.

California greenlights 485 MW PV project

Blythe, California, solar project.

While considerably smaller than originally planned, the $1.13 billion project will spur California's transition to renewable energy and help advance its climate change goals, say regulators.

Japan adds nearly 4 GW of PV capacity

Mount Fuji, Japan

The country's cumulative installed solar capacity reached nearly 11.3 GW by October 31.

Enel secures $300 million for investment in Latin America

Chile, Parinacota Volcano

In Chile, Enel Green Power has begun construction on its first solar park in the country, the 36 MW Diego de Almagro facility.

Grid-connected storage market set to explode

Storage GE Durathon energy storage

The grid-connected energy storage market will increase from 340 MW in 2013 to more than 6 GW in 2017, according to IHS. The U.S. is set to lead the sector.

Barroso calls for end to binding EU renewables target

European Commission

In what may lead to a confrontation between Germany and the EU, the European Commission president is seeking to end binding green energy targets -- something Germany demands.

Hanwha SolarOne partners with HuiTianRan in China

Hanwha SolarOne factory

Korean-Chinese PV manufacturer Hanwha SolarOne has inked a strategic deal with Shanghai HuiTianRan Investment Holding Group to develop downstream opportunities in China, including 700 MW of PV power plant projects.

Financial innovations spur renewable energy investment in global markets

UK Cornwall 5 MW PV park

Investment firms, financiers and energy companies around the globe are introducing innovative new funding vehicles aimed at renewable energy investment.

Large-scale PV projects drive dramatic global PV growth

NPD Solarbuzz large-scale PV market chart

China, the U.S. and Japan accounted for some 60% of all large-scale PV projects in 2013, up from less than 10% in 2010.

SolarWorld unveils record-setting test module

SolarWorld Innovations - inspection

TÜV Rheinland has confirmed a world record of 306 W for a 60-cell format module produced as part of a second-generation Passivated Emitter and Rear Cell (PERC) technology research project.

WFES 2014 to highlight smart metering

WFES 2013

The upcoming World Future Energy Summit will examine the policies and technologies needed to reduce energy consumption, with smart metering among this year's main showcases.

US surpasses 5 GW of utility-scale solar capacity

Wiki-Solar chart

U.S. solar capacity more than doubled in 2013 thanks to the addition of substantial new capacity around the country in mid-size projects between 4 and 92 MW.

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