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IEA talks Energy Transition, but still low-balls future growth of wind and solar

IEA's World Energy Outlook 2015 acknowledges the increasing importance of non-hydro renewable energy, but retains unrealistically pessimistic estimates of cost reduction and future market growth.

UK: Shift from large-scale to rooftop PV confirmed

UK Marks & Spencer rooftop PV plant, Midlands

The anticipated shift in the U.K. solar PV industry from large, utility-scale plants to rooftop projects has been confirmed by the Department of Energy and Climate Change. Investors and developers will have to wait after the...

ABB inverters bear weathering heights

The Pointe Helbronner cable car station on Mount Blanc

The grid-connected solar plant atop the Mont Blanc cable car station required inverters with specifications appropriate to a site at an altitude of 3,500 meters.

Exosun completes first tracker installation in US for EDP Renewables

EDP Renewables's 30 MW-ac Lone Valley PV plant

The 30 MW-ac Lone Valley solar park in California's Mojave Desert is equipped with 262 of Exosun's horizontal single-axis trackers and represents the first collaboration between the French company and EDP Renewables.

Despite record loss, E.ON reports 20% earnings increase for renewables

E.ON PV installation, Pellworm, Germany

The German energy giant is shifting its focus entirely to renewables and spinning off its conventional energy business. It plans to announce details about the two new companies later this year.

Enphase completes largest installation in South Australia, expands operations in Asia-Pacific

The Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Australia

In addition to South Australia's biggest microinverter installation, the company has signed an exclusive supply deal with EnergyAustralia that provides access to 10% of the country's population while also expanding its...

First Solar, SunPower to float joint yieldco

First Solar's 2.3 MW plant in Ohio

The companies' new yieldco joint venture, 8point3 Energy Partners, will own and operate a portfolio of selected solar generation assets. The new subsidiary has filed with the SEC for an initial public offering.

RWE profits slump amid crisis in conventional energy

RWE power plant.

Germany's largest electricity producer posts 45% profit decline for 2014 as country's renewable energy expansion suppresses wholesale electricity prices.

Global advanced energy market worth as much as fashion and apparel industry

Solar and wind installation.

At $1.3 trillion, sector driven by solar, wind, natural gas and building efficiency technology now among one of the globe's largest industries.

Trina, Vivint sign pact for Trinasmart modules in North America

Trina PV module production

Leading U.S. residential solar provider Vivint Solar will now offer Trina's smart panels to homeowners. The Trinasmart technology includes power optimization and monitoring built into the module junction box.

Egypt on path to become 'renewable energy powerhouse'

Cairo, Egypt

The country is on track to expand its solar PV wind sectors to 2 to 3 GW cumulatively by 2020, according to Berlin-based consulting firm Apricum. Following a recent tender, a second procurement round to fill remaining renewable...

US solar installations up 30% to 6.2 GW in 2014

Strata Solar commercial installation, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Solar accounted for 32% of new generating capacity in the U.S. last year, beating out both wind energy and coal for the second year in a row, according to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association.

Dutch authorities investigating possible PV module import violations

Port of Rotterdam

An importer in the Netherlands is suspected of shipping re-labled solar modules from China to Europe via Malaysia and Taiwan. According to Dutch press reports, modules from 22 different manufacturers are being held in several...

UK: Electric vehicles could drive 40% cut in oil imports by 2030

BMW charging under a solar PV carport.

Motorists could save more than $1,500 on fuel costs annually provided the U.K. creates the required infrastructure to support electric vehicles, says new study.

Three Chinese manufacturers to be removed from minimum price agreement

The European Commission.

The European Commission (EC) has proposed removing Canadian Solar, ET Solar and Renesola from its minimum price agreement framework. The EC sites various breaches of the agreement and arrangements that make its enforcement...

KIT-test: Some battery cells last five times longer than others

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Andreas Gutsch of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology has enlivened the discussion about the quality and safety of lithium-ion storage batteries with new tests.

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