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Lithium batteries leading electrochemical energy storage technologies

Lithium-Ion Battery for BMW i3 electric car

A new study by the Technical University of Munich indicates Asian developers are leading the way when it comes to energy storage systems and far outpacing U.S. and European rivals.

France, Germany forging PV alliance

Francois Hollande, Bastille Day

French President Francois Hollande supports plans to build a giant PV module plant with an initial annual production capacity of 1 GW and which could expand up to 5 GW.

First Solar breaks ground deep in the heart of Texas

First Solar

The Arizona solar giant is breaking ground in Pecos County, where locals are eager to embrace solar despite a rich legacy in oil and gas.

European Commission unveils climate, energy targets

BMWi production, Leipzig

With the Europe's "industrial renaissance" looming above all, critics say the EC's 2030 climate and energy goals will do little for the green tech sector or the world's climate.

Capital Stage, Belectric welcome German energy minister's proposals

Berlin skyline

For Germany's big renewable energy players, clarity is of the utmost importance. For Belectric, the introduction of a tender system for ground-mounted PV plants can’t come soon enough.

Thesan, Power-One partner on 9 MW PV project in Romania

Bucharest, Romania

"Romania offers the ideal topographical and political conditions for the installation of solar parks, which makes it a perfect investment target," says Power-One's Alessandra Romoli.

JA Solar, Powerway establish module fab in South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa

South Africa continues to attract global solar players. With joint module factory, JA Solar and Powerway hope to expand operations throughout the Southern African region.

SMA: Back to profitability

SMA CEO Pierre-Pascal Urbon

After a lossmaking 2013, SMA is finally seeing light at the end of the tunnel. The world inverter market leader expects to close the year with an operating profit and a sales increase of up to 45%.

Yingli claims No. 1 spot as leading module supplier, again

Yingli PV panel production

The Chinese company boasted the biggest market share in China and Germany and came in second in the United States, close behind First Solar.

Solar Frontier settles on fourth Japanese module plant

The signing of the site agreement for Solar Frontier.

The Tohoku Plant has been agreed with both the Miyagi prefectural government and the Ohiramura local government of Japan.

German government plans rile solar industry

A draft plan to revamp Germany's renewable energy subsidy program calls for self-consumption fees, FIT cuts, the introduction of a PV tender system and limits on new capacity expansion.

Solar on the rise at US military bases

Training exercise, U.S. military.

Installed solar power at U.S. military bases now totals 125.5 MW -- 33% of the military's total renewable energy capacity.

China funding $60 million solar project for Pakistan parliament

Pakistan flag.

The Chinese government has backed a 1.8 MW installation at Pakistan's Parliament House building in Islamabad to help the country ease its energy woes.

Adler Solar opens Bremen solar warehouse

Adler Solar's new solar warehouse in Bremen, Germany.

German solar service company Adler Solar says importers can benefit from its nearby testing center. The new Bremen warehouse can be used by clients before products are officially imported to the EU.

China responds with polysilicon duties

The flag of China.

China has imposed permanent duties on U.S. and South Korean polysilicon. The decision comes within hours of the U.S. Department of Commerce's announcement about duties on Chinese solar products.

Solar could power half of Kenya by 2016, according to experts

Kenyans inspect a solar installation in the country.

Kenyan government identifies nine viable sites for its proposed $1.2 billion investment in solar energy.

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