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UK: Wind could decide future of utility-scale solar, says IHS

Wind farm, U.K.

Under the new CfD scheme, solar plants over 5 MW could enjoy an early advantage while the ROC is still applicable for onshore wind projects.


One size does not fit all for solar PV module reliability

GTM Research and PV Evolution Labs have released the results of new tests on PV module reliability performance, which paint a complex picture of reliability factors.


JinkoSolar Signs CNY 1 billion financing deal with China Minsheng Bank

JinkoSolar PV plant, China

Financial services will include merger and acquisition financing, supply chain financing, bridge loans, letters of guarantee, trade financing and project financing, particularly for distributed PV projects.


Big climate shoes to fill say solar supporters as UK reshuffles Cabinet

Greg Barker speaking at the University of Salford.

Former energy and climate change minister Greg Barker was a staunch solar ally, say leading commentators on U.K. renewable energy.


Spain's new law shakes PV landscape

Moron de la Frontera, Spain

Spain's cabinet recently approved a new renewable energy law which aims to implement previous PV guidelines. PV advocates say the law creates payment confusion, scares investors and punishes existing installations.


Solar propelling distributed power to new heights, finds report

Solar PV plant, China.

A study by GlobalData Analyst predicts global installed distributed power capacity to reach 389 GW by 2019, with solar PV driving that growth.


Report: Energy storage market expected to rise to $50 billion in 2020

BMWi production plant, Leipzig, Germany

The automotive market is displacing consumer electronics as the biggest user of energy storage, which will lead to further scale and cost reductions, according to Lux Research.


What impact will the WTO ruling have on the US solar industry?

Industry experts and leading U.S. solar companies do not expect any immediate or seismic fallout following the announcement that the WTO has upheld parts of China's counter-claim.


Silicor to build its first large-scale polysilicon facility in Iceland

The solar silicon producer is in currently in negotiations with the government of Iceland over incentives, and expects to break ground later in 2014.


Evonik partners with GCL on silicon compound plants in China

GCL-Poly polysilicon facilities

The German chemical giant is looking to establish plants with capacities of more than 20,000 metric tons planned. For GCL-Poly, the collaboration will help diversify its silicon products and boost competitiveness.


China inverter growth tops 100% as domestic dominance grows

China Inverters, IHS.

As China's solar inverter market expanded to nearly $800 million in 2013, demand has been driven by domestic suppliers, according to IHS.


Rent-a-roof policy on cards for Delhi, India

Delhi skyline, India.

Officials in the Indian city are considering adopting the successful rent-a-roof solar scheme launched by current PM Narendra Modi in Gujarat in 2011.


US solar duty violated trade rules, WTO finds

Suntech solar panels from China.

The World Trade Organization ruled on Monday that U.S. tariffs imposed on Chinese solar panels broke international trade rules.


Welspun to start construction of 50 MW solar PV plant in Maharashtra, India

The deputy chief minister laid the foundation stones for the project, which is moving forward despite the overall slowness in the Indian market.


Fraunhofer ISE sets new world record with 36.7% efficient CPV module

Fraunhofer ISE miniatured version of a CPV module

The German research institute set the new record using a Soitec quadruple-junction solar PV cell and Fresnel lens concentrators. Commercialization of this technology is expected in one to two years.


China paving way for electric vehicles

Tesla solar electric car

In the past week, the government has set a 30% share for state-purchased cars and exempted new energy cars from sales tax.


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