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Solar power driving North Carolina's clean economy, study finds

Warehouse Farm, Chapel Hill solar installation.

Report by Pew Charitable Trust shows new solar capacity installed in 2013 amounted to 335 MW; the third-highest across the U.S.


Malaysia opens talks on 50 MW PV plant

Mosque in Kedah, Malaysia.

The government has met with energy advisors to discuss plans to construct a 50 MW PV plant in northern state of Kedah.


Eclareon examines PV competitiveness in seven countries

Moron de la Frontera, Spain

The company's new report found that in Germany and Italy, low PV installation prices, a low discount rate and high electricity prices compensate for low irradiation levels to reach grid parity.


Solar usage continues to soar in California

Sunpower project, San Luis Obispo

The state's grid operator is preparing for a major boost in renewable energy in 2020, when utilities will have to obtain 33% of their electricity from renewable energy sources.


Berlin startup launches plug & play storage system

Berlin skyline.

The concept from Qinous, which delivers 100% renewable energy, is to be unveiled this week at the Energy Storage Conference in Düsseldorf.


Solar spending could reach $3.8bn in 2014, says IHS

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The analysts expect global expenditure on solar PV to increase by 45% on last year, with Latin America leading the way on manufacturing growth.


Analysts expect $58m loss for SMA

The SMA Solar Academy building.

The overcapacity and price falls that dogged manufacturers are expected to have finally fed through into this year's results for German inverter maker SMA Solar. The figures will be confirmed on Thursday.


Wuxi municipality snubs Suntech panels

A Hanwha SolarOne manufacturing facility.

The local government of Wuxi turned to Hanwha SolarOne for a 100 MW, 'long-term' solar rooftop scheme, despite the 4 GW of Wuxi Suntech cell and module capacity on its own doorstep.


Greek investors rail at latest retroactive proposals

The Greek parliament building in Athens.

Draft government proposals for a fresh round of retroactive FIT cuts have caused further dismay for renewables investors. The terms of the proposed 'New Deal' for renewable energy producers would reduce both backdated and future...


Shunfeng announces acquisition details

Wuxi Suntech's headquarters.

Chinese manufacturer Shunfeng has finally revealed details of its protracted takeover of Wuxi Suntech. The deal will be put to a shareholder vote on April 7.


Sunways heads back into insolvency

Sunways manufacturing.

The German solar manufacturer has announced it has filed for insolvency, just seven months after exiting previous proceedings. Chinese parent company LDK Solar is under fresh scrutiny after recent Chinese solar defaults.


Chile reaches 150 MW of installed solar with further 225 MW under construction

Saferay 1.4 MW PV plant, Chile

PV installed capacity increased significantly in February with the connection of the 48.2 MW San Andres project. The volume of solar projects under construction increased from 128 MW in January to 225 MW in February.


First Solar announces vigorous 2014 outlook

First Solar PV operations center.

The U.S. solar company's financial guidance predicts net sales to reach $4bn this year as plans are announced to boost rooftop growth.


SolarCon China closes on high note

SolarCon 2014, PV FAB Managers Forum

The three-day Shanghai conference and exhibition showcased a booming domestic PV market and a recovering manufacturing industry while focusing on the country's increasingly significant downstream sector.


SunEdison connects California's largest RAM PV plant

The 24 MW solar plant in the Californian Desert is the largest to date to be brought online under the state's Renewable Auction Mechanism (RAM) program.


Meyer Burger sees revenue drop despite increase in orders

An influx of orders in the latter part of 2013 came too late to boost sales for the Swiss engineering company, which saw annual losses increase 47%.


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