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Utah rejects net metering fee

Utah State Capitol, Salt Lake City

Decision hailed as a victory for solar in the state as the so-called sun tax is rejected by the Utah Public Service Commission.

Phaesun: Generating income locally

Phaesun CEO Tobias Zwirner

German wholesaler and system integrator Phaesun offers off-grid applications in regions with no or inadequate electricity grids, thus helping communities become economically independent.

Ford unveils new solar-powered concept car

Ford C-Max Solar Energi Concept vehicle

Partnering with SunPower Corp. and the Georgia Institute of Technology, Ford has created a hybrid vehicle that uses a solar panel system and special concentrator technology to charge its battery.

Canadian Solar sells Ontario solar power plant to TransCanada

Mississippi Mills, Ontario

The 10 MW facility, valued at some $60 million, is the fourth of a total of nine solar plants Canadian Solar is building for TransCanada.

Yingli, Datong launch joint venture in China

Yingli Solar PV production

The new joint venture between Yingli Green Energy and the Datong Coal Mine Group will develop and construct solar power plants in the city of Shuozhou.

US solar stocks rising at dawn of 2014

SunEdison image

Industry analysts expect the positive momentum seen in the solar sector throughout 2013 to continue in the new year. The U.S. Congress' tax reform could have long-term implications for U.S. investors and industry players, however.

Romania halves certificates for solar PV starting January 2014

Flag of Romania.

The government will cut green certificates next year for all renewable energy projects finished after January, 2014, with solar PV certificates down to three per megawatt, from six currently.

Is solar in Spain losing its shine?

Moron de la Frontera, Spain.

Provisional 2013 Spanish figures show that while renewables continue to dominate, further growth for the solar sector is in doubt.

UK energy minister to call for 4 million more solar panels

Greg Barker at University of Salford.

Greg Barker is expected to announce ambitious plans to dramatically increase the U.K.'s solar capacity in the new year.

Scotland tops 100 MW solar milestone

Orkney Islands.

Official figures show that Scotland now has 106 MW of PV capacity installed, a growth of 36% in just one year.

JinkoSolar connects 80 MW PV project to China grid

Chinese river.

The four solar farms bring the Chinese solar company's annual grid connection capacity to 213 MW for 2013.

SolarWorld praises US Department of Defense for bolstering Buy American Act

SolarWorld manufacturing.

New rule bars the purchase of China-assembled solar panels for use in U.S. military sites, evoking the intended purpose of the Buy American Act.

Global solar PV demand to reach 49 GW in 2014, say NPD Solarbuzz

Solar installation China

The solar analysts forecast a record 12 months for solar installations, estimating 5 MW of PV to be installed every hour for the first three months.

Hyundai installs South Korea's largest rooftop PV installation

South Korean flag.

The car giant has installed 40,000 solar panels on top of its production plant in the city of Asan. The installation will generation 11.5 million kWh of solar power a year.

Tata Power solar targets granted 2016 extension

Maharashtra, India.

India's largest industrial group has won government approval to postpone its solar fulfilment in the face of a shortage of PV generation.

Solargiga seals 200 MW deal in Ghana

Ghana city, Cape Coast

DCH-Solargiga, a 70% equity-held subsidiary of Solargiga, and the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) signed an agreement to form a joint venture to build 200 MW of solar PV in Ghana.

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