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UK: despite record growth, 'sudden and severe' policy changes harming renewable sector, report finds

Solar installation from Solarcentury.

The Renewable Energy Association's report on the state of the British clean energy landscape warns that strong growth in recent years is threatened by repeated policy interventions by government.

Orkney hosts UK's first 2 MW energy storage trial

Orkney Island, Scotland

The Scottish islands are to host a 2 MW lithium-ion battery storage trial after a lengthy previous test in Nagasaki, Japan.

Positive signals from Trina, Yingli and Jinko Solar

Trina Solar PV module production

Analysts from IHS see the second quarter of 2013 as a turning point. Leading Chinese PV manufacturers have posted very positive quarterly figures and markedly improved prospects. The recovery is not expected to be short lived.

SolarWorld halves net loss in first half of 2013

Frank Asbeck, CEO, SolarWorld

The German manufacturing giant has succeeded in winning approval for a restructuring plan and considerably narrowed its first-half loss. CEO Frank Asbeck offers an upbeat assessment.

Foxconn testing solar waters

The Taiwanese electronics group, which is reportedly eager to reduce its reliance on Apple, is expected to decide by year's end whether to expand its solar operations.

Meyer Burger sees a positive turning point

Solar photovoltaic equipment manufacturer Meyer Burger Technology Ltd. has released a rather bleak 2013 first half report on its company sales. However expressing optimism, the company stated that it expects market dynamics to...

Market share for thin film projected to fall

The market share of thin film photovoltaic panels is expected to decline each year to 2017 according to the latest NPD Solarbuzz PV Equipment Quarterly report. First Solar and Solar Frontier will continue to hold the bulk share...

JinkoSolar returns to profitability in second quarter

U.S. 1.2 MW BIPV, JinkoSolar

The Chinese manufacturer posted a Q2 profit of $8 million following the expansion of operations in emerging markets such as Japan, the U.S. and India.

US Interior Department approves new solar zone in California

Chocolate Mts, California

As part of the Obama administration's clean energy goals, the U.S. Interior Department has established a new Renewable Energy Evaluation Area that could result in the development of more than 3.3 GW of solar capacity.

Gujarat lights up canal with 10 MW project

Gujarat Kadi canal-top pv plant

The Indian state of Gujarat is set to expand canal-top solar power generation with a new 10-kilometer long photovoltaic project.

US: Greenwood Energy acquires Massachusetts projects

Renewable energy investment company Greenwood Energy is set to invest in Massachusetts after signing a deal to acquire two developments from Borrego Solar Systems.

Researchers boost CdTe cell efficiency from below 8% to 11.5%

CdTe thin film cell

Scientists at Switzerland's Empa have increased efficiency levels of flexible cadmium telluride solar cells by successfully doping them with copper.

Trina, Yingli, SunPower top Solar Scorecard

Trina Solar PV module production

Of the leading 40 solar companies, environmental and consumer advocacy group Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition found that Trina Solar, Yingli and SunPower bested industry rivals in areas such as worker safety and module toxicity.

Japan selects projects to develop large-scale storage batteries

The Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has announced the companies that will introduce large-scale storage batteries into electricity grid substations.

Trina Solar to supply modules to Nevada solar project

Photovoltaic module producer Trina Solar has announced that it will be supplying 250 MW of modules to the Copper Mountain Solar 3 project in Boulder City, Nevada.

German solar developer Sunselex files for insolvency

Sunselex, France

The Munich-based project developer may have folded, but its management is looking to transfer the group's core assets to a Swiss subsidiary with a new focus on emerging markets around the globe.

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