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Google and SunPower pitch in for $250 million solar lease project

Rooftop PV installation, U.S.

The tech giant pledges $100 million to SunPower's solar lease program, further augmenting its involvement in residential rooftop solar across the U.S.


Desertec loses major German partners

Desertec solar array in Morocco.

The future of the ambitious, multi-billion dollar-project to generate renewable energy in the MENA region in order to supply Europe appears to be in doubt following the exit of major German partners.


Solarex: Turkish solar sector sees increased activity

Hans Christoph Neidlein, Andrea Jeremias

The Solarex confab in Istanbul came to a close on Saturday with an optimistic outlook for the Turkish PV market. Numerous companies reported increased activity and qualified interest.


Solarex: Waiting for Turkey's real market push

IBC Solar's 200 kWp plant in Konya, Turkey

The Solarex confab in Istanbul, which runs through Saturday, is enjoying bustling attendance, with a slew of international companies showcasing products and services. German equipment manufacturers in particular have reported...


Trina Solar announces new high-efficiency Honey Ultra module

Trina Solar's modules in production

Trina Solar is in pilot production of the Honey Ultra module, which has set new records for efficiency. Testing on the module was done by TUV Rheinland.


CSUN, PV-Systems sign 15 MW deal in Turkey

CSUN deal at Solarex, Istanbul, April 2014

The Chinese company is expanding its activities in Turkey, which it sees as a "major hub for the booming Turkish, developing Middle East and established European markets."


Asian countries gain ground on top inverter supplier list

Inverters

The decline of Western countries' prominence has been further illustrated with IHS's new report. Having conquered their domestic markets, inverter suppliers from China and Japan are positioned to expand internationally.


Polish government approves renewable energy bill

Polish parliament

Poland, which generates some 90 percent of its electricity from coal plants, is seeking to increase renewable energy to at least 15 percent by 2020 in order to meet EU targets.


Martifer Solar connects nearly 80 MW to UK grid

Martifer Solar PV project in UK

The Portuguese company has completed the largest PV cluster built to date for Lightsource Renewable Energy. Martifer has installed almost 110 MW of solar projects in the U.K. in the past year.


US adds 2.2 GW of PV in 2013

US EIA chart: new solar capacity added in 2013

Distributed solar PV capacity in the United States grew by an estimated 1.9 GW last year, most of which was located in California.


EU calls for market-based initiatives to replace green energy subsidies

High tension lines in Europe

The European Commission has adopted new rules for public support of renewable energy and environmental protection projects that offer greater protection for energy intensive industry.


Turkish PV market expanding despite growing pains

PV Power Plants - Turkey, April 2014

Local developers expect at least 500 MW a year of new installed PV capacity in Turkey starting in 2016 despite the difficulties facing the sector.


Hanwha Q CELLS completes first US solar farm on a Superfund site

Hanwha Q CELLS Superfund site, Indiana, United States

Hanwha Q CELLS CEO Charles Kim says in completing the non-subsidized project, the company "has broken a barrier that has frustrated solar project developers for more than 20 years."


German cabinet approves renewable energy law reform

Berlin, Germany

Proposed changes to the country's renewable energy law include a 50 percent surcharge on PV self-consumption and a reduction in industry exemptions.


India's PROINSO signs deal with China's JinkoSolar

Chinese flag.

The India- and China- based companies have signed a deal for an undisclosed amount that will see the Chinese company have its products distributed around India.


Russian solar sector heats up

Russian Republic of Buryatia

Moscow-based conglomerate Renova Group is leading the way in Russia's solar development. The company's subsidiaries are partnering with local and foreign players on PV projects throughout the country.


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