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Divine intervention in climate talks

Pope Francis in  the Philippine city of Tacloban, January 2015

Pope Francis is set publish an encyclical on ecology and climate change this year with the aim of inspiring real action at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris. The pontiff's actions are defining the Vatican's new role as a...


Hanwha Q Cells to shutter production in Germany

Hanwha Q Cells, Germany

The company's German site will cease production as of March 1. The German facility has production capacities of 230 MW for cells and 130 MW for modules. Hanwha will relocate part of the fab to Malaysia, where costs are cheaper.


IHS halves five-year outlook for PV installations in Saudi Arabia

Rub al Khalid Desert, Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has postponed the roll-out of its renewable energy plans by eight years, now setting its its capacity target to 2040, according to reports citing Hashim Yamani, president of the King Abdullah City for Atomic and...


Grid flexibility to integrate renewables in Europe

Map of Europe

A new study titled Managing Flexibility in European Electricity Grids by Frost and Sullivan finds that grid flexibility is crucial to integrate renewable energy sources in Europe. Technical, geographical, managerial and above all...


State of the Union: Obama shines modest light on US solar expansion

President Barack Obama delivers State of the Union speech on Jan. 20, 2015.

In his annual State of the Union speech delivered to Congress and the nation Tuesday evening, President Barack Obama highlighted the rapid expansion of solar power in the United States since he moved into the White House.


EU's lead climate negotiator shares Gore's optimism in Abu Dhabi

Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore at the 2015 WFES conference in Abu Dhabi.

On the same day that former U.S. Vice President Al Gore expressed optimism that an agreement on greenhouse gas emissions would be reached in Paris later this year, Jake Werksman, the European Union's lead negotiator in these...


Solarexpo could herald Italian solar renaissance

Il Duomo, Milan.

Organisers of the Milan trade show say there are signs of a recovery in Italian PV. Inverter maker Fronius and Chinese giant Jinko Solar are making all the right noises.


Plummeting oil prices could adversely affect off-grid uptake

A mine in Australia.

Falling oil prices have the potential to harm the uptake of solar-diesel hybrid systems, according to research from German consultancy firm THEnergy.


'Six-cent energy is not the new normal'

A desert scene.

The ultra-low LCOE agreed for the latest phase of Dubai's 1 GW project is not typical but may point to an expectation of further falls in panel prices up to 2018.


ABB and Solar Impulse form tech alliance for round-the-world-flight

The Si2 in flight.

Three engineers from the power and automation company will work alongside the Solar Impulse team as it embarks on its solar-powered circumnavigation of the globe.


Solarcentury launches African venture

60kW installation, Kenya.

SolarAid's parent company has teamed up with East African Solar to form Solarcentury in East Africa, a venture to design and build installations in the area.


Bidders land 200 MW solar deal

The Dubai skyline.

Winning tender announced for second phase of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. The Dubai scheme will have a 1 GW capacity by 2030.


UP acquires stake in 50 MW project developer

Xinjiang.

ZNShine sells off majority stake in project in Xinjiang in return for EPC contract for next phase of 50 MW scheme.


Gap in the lith-ion market in China

A BMW lith-ion battery.

Foreign manufacturers could move in as domestic manufacturers struggle to meet rising demand driven by EVs. Samsung, LG and Foxconn are already making significant investments.


Photon Laboratory files for insolvency

Photon

A German district court has opened insolvency proceedings for Photon Laboratory GmbH. A creditor filed a claim against the PV testing lab as early as June.


Russia develops high-efficiency HIT modules

The flag of the Russian federation.

Industrial prototypes of above 20% efficient HIT modules produced in Russia. News comes as Chinese company plans cell and module manufacture on Russian soil.


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