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Google invests $300m in SolarCity's $750m residential PV fund

SolarCity installers at work.

The tech giant announces sizeable increase in solar energy commitment, dwarfing previous $280 million investment in SolarCity.

UK: solar threat to food security overstated by minister, documents show

Sheep grazing at a solar farm in England.

Freedom of information request reveals government's own environmental department has no evidence that solar farms have a serious impact on agricultural output.

Lockheed Martin taps Advanced Roofing for PV plant in Florida

An artist rendering of Lockheed Martin's planned 2.25 MW carport in Clearwater, Florida.

The solar carport will be the largest privately held, non-utility owned solar energy array in the state.

M+W Group to shutter German semiconductor, PV unit

M+W Group headquarters, Stuttgart, Germany

The German engineering and construction giant is dissolving its semiconductor and photovoltaic plant construction division in Germany but will continue operations in other regions. Some 215 employees are affected by the move.

Silevo teams move into former Solyndra facilities

The Solyndra building.

In a sign of the ongoing renaissance of solar manufacturing in the U.S., it has been revealed that SolarCity is moving its expanding Silevo team into the former Solyndra manufacturing facilities in Fremont, California. It is...

Lark Energy launches new commercial company

Lark Energy's 9 MW Hanson's Cement Works, Rutland, UK

One of the leading U.K. solar developers is branching out into the lucrative commercial rooftop sector, which the company describes as "rosy."

International consortium carries out PV performance R&D project

imec clean room

Financed by the European Commission, the Performance Plus project was launched with the goal of making PV systems more reliable and cost-effective and improving their overall performance.

PV delivery unit could transform London solar, argues official

House of Commons.

London Assembly Member Jenny Jones publishes data revealing 93% of schools in London do not have solar panels installed, calls for PV delivery unit for the city.

UK: Success for Welsh solar farm

3C Energy's 14 MW farm in Norfolk, England

A Welsh planning inspectorate has approved a 10 MW PV installation after county council committee members rejected the project. The agricultural site will remain in use, with sheep to graze between the solar panels.

Photon Energy doubles O&M assets in 2014 despite revenue drop

Photon Energy's 758 kW plant in Zahorany, Czech Republic.

The Amsterdam-based solar energy company, which connected its first off-grid project in Australia last year, reduced its annual loss but said its bottom line was hit by a hefty loss on the revaluation of derivatives.

IRENA Director-General: Renewable energy can fuel India's economic growth

IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin at India's RE-Invest confab, Feb. 16, 2015

RE-Invest: IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin stressed the importance of renewable energy in sustainably meeting India's growing energy needs at the Renewable Energy Global Investors' Meet & Expo in New Delhi on Monday.

IHS: US, Japan to account for 50% of global PV inverter sales in 2015, 2016

Kagoshima City, Japan

Japan and the United States will be the main drivers for PV inverter suppliers in 2015 and 2016, according to a new report by IHS. Price drops resulting from growing competition will result in global revenue growth in 2016 of...

REC to push into China under new ownership

The REC Solar manufacturing facility.

Last week PV manufacturer REC appointed a new CEO in Steve O'Neil, which will become effective on 25 March. Only last month, shareholders voted for the company's acquisition by Norway's Elkem Group, which itself is owned in a...

State Bank of India to bankroll 15 GW of solar power by 2020

151 MW GE Welspun Neemuch, India

RE-Invest: Speaking at India's first renewable energy conference, First Solar CEO Jim Hughes warned that India could have difficulty achieving its ambitious solar energy goals if it did not make more land available for plants and...

Coronal Group acquires HelioSage Energy

Panasonic-Coronal PV plant in Farmersville, California

The acquisition, which includes more than 300 MW of contracted solar projects, will result in the formation of Coronal Development Services.

Solar Frontier builds megasolar plant on wooden mountings

Wooden mountings on Solar Frontier PV installation in Japan

Xyence, the leaseholder and a specialist in wood preservation technology, will use its knowhow for the plant's unique wooden mountings.

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