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SunPower gets a $42 million cash injection

A SunPower residential installation.

The U.S. solar manufacturer will use the money to expand its solar leasing program. SunPower says it already has 20,000 American households signed up.


Tata Power to develop 28.8 MW solar project in Maharashtra, India

Maharashtra, India

Indian utility Tata Power is boosting its solar activities with a new 28.8 MW project in the state of Maharashtra. Its 25 MW plant in neighboring Gujarat has just surpassed 43 GWh.


Arizona leads US in per capita solar

Marana, Arizona

Solar generation is on the rise in the U.S. and Arizona has become the leading state in terms of solar capacity per capita, but it now appears to be reversing course.


Agreement expected this week in EU-China trade dispute

The European Commission and China continue to wrangle for a compromise in the ongoing trade dispute over dumping prices on imported Chinese PV products. Insiders expect an agreement this week.


Chinese module prices on the rise

Trina Solar PV module production

Chinese panels are increasing in price due to the EU's anti-dumping tariffs. As a result, high-quality modules from South Korean and Western suppliers are becoming more competitive, says IHS.


Mascotte's $250 million due diligence bill

Taipei.

The Taiwanese company has been forced to take HK$1.93bn hit in its 2013 figures, part of a HK$3.03 billion annual loss, after due diligence over the Sun Materials acquisition failed to spot a hydroflouric acid problem.


Russian Far East bolsters RES capacity

The Russian Far East, where adverse climate conditions have resulted in high prices for fossil fuels, is increasingly embracing renewable energy. The offers opportunity, but also challenges for local developers.


Global demand grows for Taiwan's PV cells

Gintech Taiwan

The Chinese-European trade dispute and growing demand in Asia and North America has created a booming global market for Taiwanese PV cells, which saw international shipments jump 6.7% in the first half of the year.


PPA for Rwanda's first grid scale solar park

Kigali.

The government in Kigali has signed a PPA for an 8.5 MW project in Rwamagana district. The park will be developed by the founders of Israeli solar company Arava Power.


ReneSola lands 63 MW Thai supply deal

The flag of Thailand.

The Chinese manufacturer continues its contract wins in south east Asia with a Thai module supply deal. Its panels will be used in a project in Nakornsawan.


Hermes launches trial run for solar module production facility in Sofia

Hermes Solar plant in Sofia

Hermes Solar on Friday officially launched the trial run of its new highly automated crystalline module production with an annual capacity of 60 MW in Bulgaria. The first modules, scheduled to ship in September, are mainly for...


Solar self-consumption on the rise in Germany

Germany SolarWorld

Lower feed-in tariffs, high electricity rates and the growing availability of storage systems are making self-consumption a much more attractive option for German solar producers.


Indian manufacturers allege EU module dumping

A photovoltaic park in Karnataka.

Three manufacturers have complained about dumping of cells and modules from the EU and Japan. Same three companies have an ongoing complaint about cells from the U.S., China, Taiwan and Malaysia.


Solar Sculptures illuminate Portland

PV sculptures in Portland

The U.S. city of Portland is using photovoltaic sculptures as part of an urban design project to increase pedestrian traffic in the city.


Westinghouse-CBD merger is off

A Westinghouse Solar module.

Californian solar installer calls off deal after 'continued delays and uncertainty.' Westinghouse Solar also faces a name change after falling behind on brand licensing payments.


Initiative lights up off-grid villages in Pakistan

Pakistani village Chak 113

Working with local and international partners like Coca-Cola, China Mobile's Zong, the Imran Khan Foundation and Engro Corporation, Pakistan's Buksh Foundation has set a goal of illuminating 4,000 off-grid villages by 2017.


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