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Arizona utility introduces residential solar program

Tucson, Arizona.

Tucson utility will offer customers chance to fix energy bills for 25 years. TEP will choose which locations benefit from solar rooftops.

US: Sunshine state retreats further into solar shadows

Lake Mary, Florida.

Florida's Public Service Commission cuts energy efficiency targets and votes to end solar rebate program at the end of 2015.

ReneSola opens new offices in Canada and Mexico

ReneSola HQ, China.

Chinese company's expansion in North and Central America follows similar successful strategy in U.S. as it seeks to capitalize on expected solar growth.

UK: Share offer launched for 5 MW community solar farm

The directors of the Wiltshire Wildlife Community Energy initiative at their previous project, the 1 MW Chelworth solar array.

The Wiltshire Wildlife Community Energy scheme hopes to raise $4.25 million for the 5 MW Braydon Manor Farm PV installation in the southern England county of Wiltshire.

Soitec achieves 46% multi-junction cell for CPV

A Soitec record setting cell.

France's Soitec has achieved 46% conversion efficiency with one of its multi-junction solar cells. Soitec claims the high efficiency cell tops its previous world record announced in September 2013.

NEO Solar inks 400 MW cell deal with Canadian Solar

Canadian Solar installation.

The Taiwanese solar cell maker expresses relief at the deal, having suffered Q3 losses as a result of the U.S.-China trade dispute.

SMA reduces 2014 guidance for second time, will increase layoffs


SMA has significantly reduced its sales guidance for 2014. In its new guidance, the German inverter supplier expects sales between EUR 775 million and EUR 790 million, down from EUR 850 million and EUR 950 million. "Significantly...

Germany: lowest monthly PV installs since March 2009

German solar park.

October 2014 has delivered the weakest new solar installation figures in almost five years, with around 75.5 MW of new PV capacity being added in the country over the month. The figures confirm the depressed state of the market...

E.ON brand turns its back on fossil fuels

E.ON-backed solar installation, U.S.

Germany's largest utility will spin out of fossils fuels and towards renewables in response to changing dynamic of energy landscape.

IEA calls on EU for greater cooperation in shift to cleaner energy

Coal-fired power plant.

Potential Energy Union requires greater emphasis on energy security throughout Europe, with renewable energy playing a greater role in that transition, says International Energy Agency.

Indian PV pipeline soars past 22 GW

Andhra Pradesh's Hyderabad.

More than 22,100 MW of new solar PV capacity pledged across 12 Indian states as part of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission.

Taiwan's solar companies feel the strain in Q3

Neo Solar Power HQ

Poor third-quarter financials across the board for Taiwan's leading solar cell companies as the U.S.-China spat rumbles on, spreading uncertainty throughout the industry.

GCL-Poly seeks $1.3bn sale of wafer business

GCl-Poly polysilicon factory.

The Chinese equipment company will sell seven wafer factories and two ingot factories to two buyers in an attempt to clear its heavy debt.

pv magazine weekly news roundup: Nov 21-28

Tesla motor.

Assault of batteries shapes the week, while the good vibes of the 15th Forum Solarpraxis are punctured by the news of SolarMax's insolvency.

Renewable energy now Scotland's top power source

Onshore wind, Scotland.

Clean energy from wind, hydro and, yes, solar produced more power than nuclear, coal or gas in first six months of 2014, figures show.

Chinese delays could see Japan steal solar top spot

Japan solar rooftop.

Postponed and delayed PV projects in China are stunting growth figures, says expert. Japan's surging end to year could see it displace China as world's largest market.

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