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Panel installation begins on Washington DC universities' 52 MW solar project

Washington University.

SunEnergy1 has begun installing JinkoSolar panels at the Duke Energy Renewables solar project in North Carolina, which will feed solar power to three Washington, D.C., universities.

Centrosolar fails to get quorum for creditors' meeting

Centrosolar HQ.

The German solar supplier will try again to persuade creditors to back a partial debt-for-equity swap, on April 14. The Munich company plans to continue with just its American subsidiary in future.

JA Solar joins the path back to profit

JA Solar module inspection.

The Shanghai-headquartered solar company posted its first profit in 10 quarters as Chinese demand fuelled shipments.

Japan rebalances its solar market


The nation's previous overreliance on residential installations has been corrected as the commercial and utility segments have grown more rapidly during the country's 18-month solar boom.

First Solar completes Japanese project

First Solar installers at work.

U.S. solar player First Solar has announced completion of a 1.3 MW solar project in Japan. The Arizone company has full ownership of the Kitakyushu-shi scheme.

Loop Solar targets 3 GW off-grid market

A solar street light in Tamil Nadu, India.

Indian solar lamp supplier Loop Solar says the country's off-grid solar lighting market will explode over the next five years. The company says the market will grow despite, rather than because of, a federal incentive scheme.

Texas utility secures rock-bottom price for solar

Austin, Texas

Under the unprecedented agreement between Austin Energy and SunEdison, the utility will buy solar power for less than $0.05 per kilowatt hour.

Iowa raises solar tax credits

The Iowa state senate chamber.

As investors contemplate the eventual expiration of the federal investment tax credit, the state of Iowa has raised the credits available for residential and business installations. Minnesota has prepared America's first...

Baoding Tianwei pledges to make July payment

Stock market traders.

The prime candidate to follow Chaori Solar into a Chinese default insists it will meet its obligations over a 2018 note. But brokerage has voiced concerns about Tianwei's ability to roll over its bank loans.

Second delay for Shunfeng-Suntech acquisition

Wuxi Suntech's headquarters.

Investors hit by a profit warning last month are given fresh cause for concern. Shunfeng has now pledged to reveal details of the acquisition on Friday.

$100m renewables fund for sub-Saharan Africa

The African Renewable Energy Fund closed its first round of capital raising with $100 million in the bank. The fund hopes to double the amount available for 5-50 MW schemes within 12 months.

Second Chinese company has shares suspended

Trading in panel maker Baoding Tianwei Baobian Electrical's shares has been suspended after the company reported back-to-back annual losses. A domino effect could be about to kick in in the Chinese solar sector.

Solar revival sparking next-gen tech revolution, says IHS

CdTe thin fim cell.

The analysts anticipate advanced PV technologies to find their way into the mainstream this year as solar capital expenditure bounces back.

US anti-subsidy decision on China extended to June 2

U.S. DOC building.

The Department of Commerce pushes back the decision date, citing the complexity of the issues.

Hanwha SolarOne losses shrink amid soaring shipments

Hanwha SolarOne module factory.

Solid demand from Japan and China saw the solar company end 2013 on a high, forecasting further growth for 2014.

Exosun to supply trackers to 12 MW solar PV plant in France

An Exosun installation in France.

The solar tracking company has agreed a supply deal with French renewable energy company Fonroche Energie for its Le Betout PV plant.

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