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SolarCity narrows Q1 loss, beats installation forecast

SolarCity rooftop installation.

The solar company installed 153 MW in the first quarter, and increased revenue by 6% to reach $67.5 million.


World's largest merchant solar project goes online in Chile

Etrion and SunPower have completed Project Salvador in Northern Chile, five months ahead of schedule. At 70 MW this the largest solar plant in the world which sells the electricity it generates on the spot market.


3.5% FIT degression announced for small-scale UK solar

Rooftop solar installation, UK.

UK's Office of Gas and Electricity Markets confirms that all tariff bands below 50 kW to degress by 3.5% on January 1, 2015.


Phoenix Solar extends financing deal despite lower revenue, earnings forecast

Phoenix Solar 3.5 MW plant, Saudi Arabia

The publicly listed German PV system integrator has again revised its revenue and earnings forecast downward but offers a positive outlook for 2015 based on orders received. CEO Bernd Köhler has announced he will exit the company...


China best country for clean energy investment, study finds

20 MW solar installation, China.

Joint research by Climatescope and UK Department for International Development ranks China as the best country in which to invest in clean technology.


SunPower to build 160 MW panel fab in South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa

SunPower will manufacture high-efficiency solar panels at the new facility, which will also house its EPC and O&M offices, consolidating its South African operations under one roof.


Europe on BEST PATH to developing high-capacity transmission networks

Transmission tower, Germany

Backed by the European Commission and coordinated by Spanish TSO Red Eléctrica de España, the aproject aims to provide vital


Chinese joint venture fuels REC Silicon's third-quarter profit

REC Silicon facility in Moses Lake, Washington

The Washington-based Norwegian group recorded a dramatic hike in profit due to the sale of its silane based FBR-B technology to its Yulin joint venture in China. The company is also working with the U.S. government to resolve the...


TerraForm Power pays $250m for Capital Dynamics' solar assets

U.S. installation.

The SunEdison-owned solar farm operator will acquire 77.6 MW of PV projects across a number of U.S. states after completing the debt-financed purchase.


Aside from problems with Russia, Ukraine offers top conditions for PV

Activ Solar installation, Bolhrad, Ukraine

Ukraine has emerged as an ambiguous destination for PV. It provides some eye-catching tariffs and boasts very good solar irradiation. If only political risks did not exist.


ABB supplies inverter solutions to 146.4 MW solar project in Honduras

Town in Valle, Honduras.

The power and automation company will deliver 52 of its 2 MW inverter stations, alongside medium voltage stations and string monitoring junction boxes to what will be one of Latin America's largest PV plants.


Enel takes quarter of capacity in Brazil's solar auction

The Italian developer plans to build 254 MW of solar PV in the state of Bahia, which will require a $400 million investment.


German wholesaler Energiebau files for insolvency

Energiebau Managing Director Michael Shepherd

The Cologne District Court has ordered the opening of preliminary insolvency proceedings for the photovoltaic wholesaler. The provisional administrator is reviewing the state of the company. The management is eager to find a...


Germany: PV growth drops to lowest level since February 2011

SunEnergy 31.5 MW PV park, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

The demand for photovoltaic systems in Germany reached a new low in September with 110 MW. Nevertheless, solar subsidies continue to decrease. November feed-in tariff rates for rooftop systems up to 500 kW range between 10.98 and...


UK: DECC community solar backing prompts STA 10 commitments amendment

Westmill community solar park.

Voluntary agreement by the Department of Energy and Climate Change to explore opportunities for community-backed solar farms triggers revision of STA's solar commitments.


IHS acquires NPD's Solarbuzz, DisplaySearch

SolarCity ZEP installation

The two businesses will be integrated into the IHS Technology division and position the group as a global provider of displays research and solar market information, according to IHS President and CEO Scott Key.


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