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Swiss developer signs 6.27 GW deal with Hareon

Izmir, Turkey.

The developer plans 3.3 GW of projects in Turkey over the next three years. The deal, with Chinese manufacturer Hareon, has a pipeline of projects including Jordan, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Iran and Iraq.


UK tops 1 GW solar installations for first half 2014

Rooftop solar in the UK.

A total of 1,137 MW of solar PV capacity was added in the first six months of the year, outstripping Germany and the highest in Europe.


Brazilian bank aims to boost domestic solar manufacturing

Sao Paulo, Brazil.

A BNDES solar project funding scheme will have various levels of local content requirement. From 2020 onwards, bank-funded schemes must include Brazilian cells.


Solar weighs on Kyocera figures

A Kyocera solar project at Nedo, Japan.

Japanese electronics corporation points to the end of residential subsidies in Japan and a drop-off in utility scale projects as negatives and no mention of solar is made in the upbeat forecasts for the next quarter.


Suntech announces 7.5 MW off-grid PV project in Malaysia

Malaysian solar installation.

The module manufacturer will provide solar panels for rural schools and villages in Malaysia as part of a government electricity project.


Germany: just a gigawatt in the first half of 2014

German rooftop installation

A combined 189 MW of PV plants were registered in Germany in June, bringing the amount of new installed PV capacity to just 1,000 MW in the first six months of the year.


Yingli partners with AMB Energia, expands operations in Poland

Warsaw, Poland

The companies will collaborate on the co-development of 30 MW of solar projects in Poland.


International development banks pledge support for Caribbean nations

7 Miles Beach, Jamaica

Japan has also agreed to provide $15 million to help Caribbean nations deal with the impact of climate change at the Japan-Caricom summit this week.


Ontario rescinds FIT domestic content ruling

Rooftop solar, Ontario.

Following a case brought by Japan to the World Trade Organization, Canada's Ontario government has made the requested changes to its FIT law.


Capital Stage posts 60% increase in pre-tax profit in first half of 2014

Capital Stage 20 MW Solarpark Brandenburg

The German group's bottom line in the first six months of 2014 was boosted by recent acquisitions of solar and wind parks in Germany and France.


Renewable energy share reaches record high in Germany

Berlin, Germany

New installations coupled with favorable climatic conditions helped boost the share of renewables to a record 28.5% in the first half of 2014.


SunPower to supply solar panels for 29 MW-DC Japanese PV plant

The American PV maker will supply its high-efficiency E20/327 modules to a Japanese conglomerate for a project in Southern Japan. SunPower has supplied around 400 MW of PV modules to the nation to date.


SMA cuts sales and profit forecast, announces layoffs

SMA inverters

The leading inverter manufacturer is lowering its annual sales forecast by up to EUR 450 million and planning to cut 600 jobs worldwide by the end of next year amidst shrinking demand.


Chinese government, companies blast US anti-dumping tariff decision

Trina Solar PV panel production

Canadian Solar warns that the U.S. decision "in favor of one non-competitive PV manufacturer will cost tens and thousands of jobs across the entire U.S. solar industry."


JinkoSolar secures $225 million investment for downstream business

JinkoSolar PV plant, China

China Development Bank, Macquarie and New Horizon will acquire a 45% stake in the Jinko Power division. JinkoSolar is revising its full-year 2014 project development guidance upwards as a result.


Russia's southwestern region to add 10 PV farms by 2018

Ufa River, Bashkortostan, Russia

Solar Systems and Avelar Solar Technologies are set to build 10 new PV farms in southwestern Russia, while IES Holding is developing a 25 MW PV farm in the Orenburg region.


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