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State Solar Job census celebrates solar's economic clout

Rooftop installation.

Census reveals benefits the solar PV industry brings to the U.S. economy, earning praise from the SEIA for revealing encouraging trends.

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.

SolarCity enters solar panel market with Silevo purchase

SolarCity van at a rooftop installation.

Elon Musk's solar company has snapped up the panel maker as it seeks closer control of its supply channels and equipment costs.

Hanergy to make Aston Martin Racing cars cool

Aston Martin Racing

The Chinese company is exploring wider applications of its technologies and investigating how solar can be incorporated into new areas to improve efficiency and enhance performance as part of its ambitious growth strategy.

SEIA backs Massachusetts plans to scrap net metering cap

Rooftop solar PV installation, U.S.

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources has lobbied for a new net metering program, drawing support from SEIA and the New England Clean Energy Council.

India considering tax incentives for solar households

Hyderabad rooftops, India.

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy proposes a tax incentive for homeowners keen on installing solar panels on their rooftops.

CSP offers up to $0.06 per kilowatt hour extra value

Abengoa's 280 MW CSP Solana Plant in Gila Bend, Arizona

In a new report, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory says the greater the penetration of renewables in California, the greater the value of concentrated solar power with thermal storage capacity.

Chinese backsheet producers increasing global share

Coveme PV backsheet production

Consultancy group ASIACHEM expects Chinese producers to gain a majority share of the global market by the end of 2015.

Turkmenistan plans solar energy institute

Institute of Oil and Gas, Ashgabat.

A decree by the country's president has called for the creation of a solar research center intended to explore Turkmenistan's untapped solar potential.

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