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Oil giant BP forecasts larger role for solar+storage in energy future

Solar installation, Duke Energy.

Despite 'abundant' oil and gas resources and increasingly sophisticated extraction methods, pressure to reduce carbon emissions, coupled with falling component costs, will see solar+storage play greater role in energy mix.

Germany launches new solar farm incentive scheme

saferay AG 11.5 MW plant in Helbra, Germany

The Bundesnetzagentur (Federal Network Agency) has published details of its first ever competitive tender process for large-scale ground-mounted solar PV systems.

PV Expo: Residential system solutions on display

PV Expo, Tokyo, Japan, 2015

Complete residential power solutions were on display on the first day of the 8th PV Expo trade show and exhibition currently underway in Tokyo. Providing backup power has been a major driver of the trend, which, while small in...

BASF, Toda Kogyo Corp. launch battery materials joint venture

BASF in Ludwigshafen, Germany

The new joint subsidiary of the German and Japanese chemical giants will specialize in cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries.

State government in Nigeria begins ambitious off-grid plan

Collaboration with U.K. to bring off-grid solar to hundreds and schools and hospitals in Lagos region.

Analysts give First Solar-SunPower yieldco deal thumbs-up

SunPower Tolosa PV plant, San Luis Obispo, California

Deutsche Bank Market Research has praised First Solar and SunPower's newly announced yieldco joint venture, calling it "probably the best strategy for both companies."

Jordan's round two tender applicants announced

Jordan solar rooftop

Jordan has impressed with its commitment to include a sizeable amount of solar PV power in its energy mix. The country aims to generate 10% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020, including 600 MW of installed solar PV.

First Solar Q4 earnings more than double, ahead of red ink in Q1

First Solar thin-film modules, Malaysia

Thanks to the completion of several large-scale projects at the end of last year, leading thin-film module maker First Solar saw fourth-quarter earnings more than double to $1.89 per share compared with the third quarter on 13%...

SunPower posts 75% quarterly revenue increase for Q4

SunPower expects to add 250 MW of PV in China this year, and begin production at its U.S. Fab 4 facility before the mid-way point of the year.

The U.S. solar company generated revenue of $1.16 billion in the final quarter of 2014, annual revenue for the year topped $3 billion.

Renewables could feed 60% of European grids by 2030, study finds

Solar and Wind in Europe.

Report by DNV GL for the European Commission claims 60% integration of renewable energy in European distribution grids feasible by 2030 given infrastructure and regulatory support.

Solar energy emerging as cheapest power source in many parts of the world

Dubai, UAE

By 2025, solar power in sunny regions of the world will be cheaper than power from coal or gas, according to a new Fraunhofer report for German think tank Agora Energiewende, which stresses that success depends on stable...

European Commission calls for 'energy union' as its seeks to break Russia's market dominance

Nord Strea AG pipeline - Russian landfall in Portovaya Bay, August 2010.

The European Commission is set to present a new plan on Wednesday calling for an "energy union" that would strengthen its stance in the global energy market against Russia. The German government appears to have some qualms about...

Macquarie Infrastructure finances 29 MW UK solar farm

Pembrokeshire beach.

The Quercus Assets Selection installation, located in Wales, has signed a 15-year power purchase agreement with Norwegian utility Statkraft.

Booming Japanese market draws industry leaders to PV Expo

PV Expo.

The 8th PV Expo kicks off on Wednesday in Tokyo with an impressive collection of solar industry leaders attending the event on the back of an ongoing Japanese solar boom.

ZSW boosts efficiency of cadmium-free thin-film cells to world record level

A ZSW researcher prepares solar cells for measurement under the sun simulator.

Researchers replaced intermediate films consisting of cadmium sulfide and zinc oxide with zinc oxysulfide and zinc magnesium oxide. As a buffer layer, zinc oxide-sulfide is more transparent to light in the blue wavelength range,...

Analysis: Sungrow targets global growth to match domestic strength

Sungrow Shanghai Expo.

The inverter supplier has been the flag-bearer for Chinese international expansion, and is eyeing further global growth, says IHS.

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