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Fraunhofer solar cell research.

The race for solar panel efficiency heats up, SunEdison goes for a more streamlined model, Europe wants to nip the MIP in the bud, and Germany lends a helping hand to India.

Solar Decathlon kicks off amidst NREL layoffs

The U.S. Energy Department's Solar Decathlon kicks off Oct. 8, 2015

As international university teams compete on innovative solar home designs, the U.S. Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, which has been instrumental in organizing the popular challenge, is facing increasing...

Nigeria Alternative Energy Expo sets sights on solar

Abuja, Nigeria

The conference will seek to match renewable energy project developers with global investors and examine innovative solar financing programs and off-grid solutions.

China increases solar installation target for 2015

20 MW Golmud PV plant

The country's National Energy Administration is requiring new projects to be completed by the end of 2015 and connected to the grid by the end of June next year, a move that has led to increased installations for the year.

Punjab aims for full sustainability

Inauguration of Welspun PV plant in Punjab, India, October 2015

Leaders in the Indian state have reiterated their commitment to solar photovoltaic power as they inaugurate the region's largest green energy project.

Global solar investment shows flat growth in Q3 2015

Bloomberg New Energy Finance reports a 1% year-over-year fall in global solar investment to $43.9 billion, but notes distortion by currency effects.

Singulus lowers 2015 forecast despite solar sales uptick

Singulus CEO Dr. Stefan Rinck.

German equipment manufacturer's optical disc segment failing to meet expected demand, forcing an overall revision downwards of revenue for the year despite sales in solar segment expected to double.

IRENA calls for energy roadmaps to integrate renewables

"Power sector transformation should focus on a transition of the system as a whole, and not treat the integration of renewable power generation as a separate issue."

IRENA has released a new report outlining measures for the development of national roadmaps to assist in the transition to renewables in a country’s power grid. Policy makers will need play a central role in successfully...

Energy Storage Systems secures $3.2 million flow battery VC funding

Battery system.

Pangaea Ventures invests in the Oregon-based developer's All-Iron Redox Flow Battery as part of a wider $4.5 million round of fundraising the company has secured to aid production ramp up.

GE creates $1 billion energy startup, 200 new jobs

Current is headquartered in Boston

With the aim of "transforming" the energy sector, GE has bundled its LED, solar, energy storage and electric vehicle businesses into an over US$1 billion new startup. Current will utilize GE’s Predix platform to deliver...

1366 chooses New York to build its first commercial-scale wafer facility

After years of delays, 1366 Technologies has announced plans to break ground on the factory to produce its proprietary Direct Wafers no later than the second quarter of 2016.

Solar funding rises in Q3 despite dismal stock prices

Mercom Capital's latest quarterly report shows the volume of VC funding and debt financing rising during Q3, while public market financing fell.

REC to offer bid in Dubai's 800 MW solar park tender

Desert in Dubai

The Oslo-based PV manufacturer company says that REC solar panels are tough and reliable enough to withstand the heat and sandstorms that exist in Dubai.

SunEdison to halt transfer of assets to yieldcos

Citing “market dislocation”, SunEdison has announced short-term changes to its operating plan. This includes a plan to hold more projects in warehouses instead of moving them into the company's two yieldcos.

Australia drops anti-dumping case against Chinese solar firms

Solar installation, Australia.

Australian Anti-Dumping Commission recommended the investigation be terminated in April having found only negligible injury or hindrance caused to the Australian PV industry.

Chorus IPO brings in $112.5 million

Chorus Clean Energy AG's large-scale PV installation in Riechelbach, Germany

The solar and wind operator will invest proceeds, which could reach $134 million if an over-allotment option is exercised, in further growth.

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