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US, China hold close to 50% of global PV pipeline

LADWP PV installation, California

At a combined capacity of 61 GW, projects in the U.S. and China make up almost half of the current PV pipeline, according to IHS, which says a large share of planned projects are "immature" and unlikely to materialize.

California greenlights 485 MW PV project

Blythe, California, solar project.

While considerably smaller than originally planned, the $1.13 billion project will spur California's transition to renewable energy and help advance its climate change goals, say regulators.

Japan adds nearly 4 GW of PV capacity

Mount Fuji, Japan

The country's cumulative installed solar capacity reached nearly 11.3 GW by October 31.

Enel secures $300 million for investment in Latin America

Chile, Parinacota Volcano

In Chile, Enel Green Power has begun construction on its first solar park in the country, the 36 MW Diego de Almagro facility.

Grid-connected storage market set to explode

Storage GE Durathon energy storage

The grid-connected energy storage market will increase from 340 MW in 2013 to more than 6 GW in 2017, according to IHS. The U.S. is set to lead the sector.

Barroso calls for end to binding EU renewables target

European Commission

In what may lead to a confrontation between Germany and the EU, the European Commission president is seeking to end binding green energy targets -- something Germany demands.

Hanwha SolarOne partners with HuiTianRan in China

Hanwha SolarOne factory

Korean-Chinese PV manufacturer Hanwha SolarOne has inked a strategic deal with Shanghai HuiTianRan Investment Holding Group to develop downstream opportunities in China, including 700 MW of PV power plant projects.

Financial innovations spur renewable energy investment in global markets

UK Cornwall 5 MW PV park

Investment firms, financiers and energy companies around the globe are introducing innovative new funding vehicles aimed at renewable energy investment.

Large-scale PV projects drive dramatic global PV growth

NPD Solarbuzz large-scale PV market chart

China, the U.S. and Japan accounted for some 60% of all large-scale PV projects in 2013, up from less than 10% in 2010.

SolarWorld unveils record-setting test module

SolarWorld Innovations - inspection

TÜV Rheinland has confirmed a world record of 306 W for a 60-cell format module produced as part of a second-generation Passivated Emitter and Rear Cell (PERC) technology research project.

WFES 2014 to highlight smart metering

WFES 2013

The upcoming World Future Energy Summit will examine the policies and technologies needed to reduce energy consumption, with smart metering among this year's main showcases.

US surpasses 5 GW of utility-scale solar capacity

Wiki-Solar chart

U.S. solar capacity more than doubled in 2013 thanks to the addition of substantial new capacity around the country in mid-size projects between 4 and 92 MW.

Yingli teams up with XSOL in Japan

Yingli solar PV production

A new distribution deal beween Yingli and XSOL is expected to help the Chinese solar giant's sales goals for Japan.

Conergy launches $100 million solar fund for US market

Conergy solar plant, U.S.

The solar energy company's new financing program is aimed at the construction of large-scale projects totaling 50 MW and is seen as a model for other growth markets.

SolarWorld restructuring is cleared

SolarWorld CEO Frank Asbeck.

A Cologne court has cleared the final legal obstacle to SolarWorld's debt-for-equity restructuring. Frank Asbeck ushers in 'the birth of a new SolarWorld.'

EPIA backs call for 2030 renewables target

The flag of the EU.

The European Photovoltaic Industry Association has backed calls by two committees of the European Parliament to extend the 2020 renewables commitment. The EPIA wants 45% of energy to come from renewables by 2030.

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