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David Cameron and Barack Obama share a beer.

The U.S. and U.K. continue to go their separate ways on renewables, encouraging data from Germany warms the solar cockles, and a new solar mapping tool raises the roof across the U.S.


ITRPV handed over to German VDMA

The Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International, better known as SEMI, has handed over the coordination of the International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaic (ITRPV) to German association VDMA.


Solyndra misled government to secure $535m loan guarantee, investigation finds

Solyndra HQ, Fremont, California.

Four-year probe finds that the bankrupt solar company misrepresented facts and omitted key information in securing federal loan guarantee under stimulus program.


LDK Solar to supply 67MW for Thai PV project

LDK Solar will be supplying 67 MW of PV modules to a PV project in Thailand under a module supply agreement it signed with EA Solar Phitsanulok.


IBC Solar seeks to develop 80 MW in Germany

IBC Solar has managed to implement around 50 MW of solar capacity in Germany in the first half of 2015. The company seeks to develop around 80 MW this year in total.


50% lesser transmission charges for solar in Rajasthan

The Rajasthan Solar Association has stated that the transmission charges for inter-state open access solar projects will be halved. This reduction order has been passed by the Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission (RERC)...


Solar alliance urges UK government to support small-scale FIT

David Cameron.

100-strong alliance of small businesses, retailers and local government representatives sign letter urging British Prime Minister to protect feed-in tariff ahead of review later this year.


Germany: 35% more PV storage installations

The number of subsidized solar power storage installations has increased by more than 35% in a year in Germany. Falling prices and the desire for energy independence are fuelling this high demand.


"I am certainly not the solar industry gravedigger," says Asbeck

In a newspaper interview in Germany, SolarWorld's CEO and founder Frank Asbeck defended the crackdown on the Chinese competition with regards to dumping. Additionally, Asbeck criticized German politics which apparently ruined...


PSEG Solar acquires 25.4 MW project from Hanergy

PSEG Solar Source has announced the acquisition of the Columbia Solar Project from Hanergy America Solar Solutions. The 25.4 MW plant has a 20-year PPA with Pacific Gas & Electric.


CIGS world-record holder, TSMC exits solar industry

CIGS thin film company TSMC will cease manufacturing activities at the end of August

Taiwan-based TSMC has announced it will exit the thin film industry, ceasing manufacturing activities at the end of August, due to the fact its "solar business is no longer economically sustainable." All product warranties will...


ReneSola’s net revenues continue to fall on back of downstream shift

ReneSola wants to move away from module manufacturing

ReneSola recorded a number of Q2 2015 losses which, it says, reflects its shift from upstream to downstream activities. In the second half of the year, it plans to develop and build over 300 MW of solar PV projects and increase...


Renewables come closer to covering 100% of German demand

On Sunday midday, about 80% of the electricity demand in Germany was covered by renewable sources. A lot of sun and wind made this possible.


Crowdfunding record for solar

Sonneninvest has managed to gather more than a million Euros via crowdfunding for solar PV plants. The company's second crowdfunding venture has already secured more than half a million Euros.


Silfab plans 50 new jobs, bifacial module launch

Silfab plans to launch a new bifacial solar PV module this year

Canada's Silfab Solar is planning to add 50 new jobs in 2016, thus taking the total of new employees between 2015-16 to 80. It also expects to release a new bifacial module by the end of this year.


Swedish Midsummer granted loan for thin film R&D

Flexible thin film solar equipment developer, Midsummer has been granted a SEK10 million (US$1.21 million) grant from Almi Företagspartner for the continued development of thin film solar cell production equipment.


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