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The Bee Gees.

Good news from Italy and India, astonishing news about sunlight levels and the solar cell coming to a printer near you but it's all too late for one US state. We should have listened to Barry...


Solar investment twice as effective as oil in EVs

A Tesla electric vehicle.

Analyst calculates investing in renewables yields far more usable energy to the consumer than oil, dollar for dollar. Traditional combustion engines see a 75-80% energy loss compared to 25-30% in EVs.


It's about the fossil fuels, stupid!

Smokestacks at a coal-fired power station.

Frost and Sullivan report predicts coal will dominate electricity generation up to 2030 and gas is 'a fuel of the future.' Forthcoming global trends report does acknowledge an explosion in the battery storage market, however.


Scatec Solar valued at $298m-$383m

Scatec Solar's project in Kalkbult, South Africa.

The Norwegian developer will set the share price for its pending IPO next week. The company predicted a price range of $4.42-5.68 per share.


U.S. installed solar PV costs continue to fall

The latest report by Berkeley Lab shows that installed PV costs in the United States fell 12-15% during 2013, despite a stabilization in PV module costs. However, America still has the highest installed costs among major markets...


Further devolution will not derail Scotland's stellar renewables success

Scotland onshore wind

pv magazine's Ilias Tsagas argues that further devolved powers for Scotland, in the wake of yesterday's tight independence vote, will not hurt its renewable energy sector but might give it a further boost.


Solar microinverter, power optimizer market to surpass $1 billion in 2018

Enphase PV microinverter

Key markets like the U.S., the U.K. and Australia are driving demand for module-level power electronics, according to IHS. The market has already grown to more than $300 million.


Meyer Burger raises $107 million in bond issue

Meyer Burger building

The successful placement of the bonds is expected to help the company, which saw net losses grow 9% in the first half of the year. Money from the issue will go to capital requirements and investments in demo equipment.


Italy's PV sector considers legal actions

Rome, Italy

ANIE Rinnovabili, the country's solar PV sector voice, is weighing actions against the feed-in tariff (FIT) cuts recently imposed to existing photovoltaic installations. Tariff reductions were absolutely unnecessary, the energy...


Rural electrification set to transform Asia-Pacific microgrid market

PV system, Philippines

The proliferation of microgrids in Asia-Pacific has been encouraged by rural electrification programs in developing countries, and the establishment of commercial microgrids in developed nations, according to Frost & Sullivan.


TÜV Rheinland issues first PID certificate in China to Trina Solar

TUV Rheinland PV module testing

PID tests simulate the practical conditions in the PV system, and verify the module performance and power output under high voltage.


ISC Konstanz, MegaCell sign transfer deal for N-Type BiSoN cell technology

MegaCell founder Franco Traverso

The agreement will help Franco Traverso's recently launched Italian cell company to reach an annual capacity of 80 MW for bifacial BiSoN solar cells with 30% more energy yield. The German R&D institute's partnership with...


Solar Frontier supplies 21.3 MW project in Japan

21.3 MW US Power Plant, Ube, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan

Ube Group and Showa Shell Sekiyu have brought on stream one of Yamaguchi Prefecture's largest PV plants using Solar Frontier's high-performance CIS modules.


Asia-Pacific to account for 60% of global PV demand

20 MW Golmud PV plant, Astroenergy

A year-end surge from China is expected to strengthen the leading position of the Asia-Pacific region in the second half of the year, according to NPD Solarbuzz.


EDF Renewable Energy to sell 57 MW of solar projects to Dominion

EDF RE's 143.2 MW Catalina Solar project, Mojave Desert, California

The sale of the two California projects, which consist of four sites, brings the total of projects EDF RE has sold to Dominion to 84 MW.


ZNShine Solar to build 31 MW power plant in Japan

Hamada, Japan

The Chinese group is expanding its EPC activities in Japan and East Asia. Its EPC subsidiary Power Max will build the plant in the city of Hamada.


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