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Solar investment twice as effective as oil in EVs

A Tesla electric vehicle.

Analyst calculates investing in renewables yields far more usable energy to the consumer than oil, dollar for dollar. Traditional combustion engines see a 75-80% energy loss compared to 25-30% in EVs.


Scatec Solar valued at $298m-383m

Scatec Solar's project in Kalkbult, South Africa.

The Norwegian developer will set the share price for its pending IPO next week. The company predicted a price range of $4.42-5.68 per share.


Chapter 11 plan for LDK subsidiaries

LDK Solar headquarters.

The Chinese giant plans to shut down three US subisidiaries. On Tuesday a court in Hong Kong will rule on the company's restructuring plans.


Solar microinverter, power optimizer market to surpass $1 billion in 2018

Enphase PV microinverter

Key markets like the U.S., the U.K. and Australia are driving demand for module-level power electronics, according to IHS. The market has already grown to more than $300 million.


Meyer Burger raises $107 million in bond issue

Meyer Burger building

The successful placement of the bonds is expected to help the company, which saw net losses grow 9% in the first half of the year. Money from the issue will go to capital requirements and investments in demo equipment.


Rural electrification set to transform Asia-Pacific microgrid market

PV system, Philippines

The proliferation of microgrids in Asia-Pacific has been encouraged by rural electrification programs in developing countries, and the establishment of commercial microgrids in developed nations, according to Frost & Sullivan.


TÜV Rheinland issues first PID certificate in China to Trina Solar

TUV Rheinland PV module testing

PID tests simulate the practical conditions in the PV system, and verify the module performance and power output under high voltage.


Equipment book-to-bill falls back below parity

A graph from SEMI

Hopes for a sustained equipment bounce-back have taken a hit, in the Q2 2014 SEMI Worldwide Equipment Market Statistics Report. The book-to-bill ratio fell to 0.73.


ISC Konstanz, MegaCell sign transfer deal for N-Type BiSoN cell technology

MegaCell founder Franco Traverso

The agreement will help Franco Traverso's recently launched Italian cell company to reach an annual capacity of 80 MW for bifacial BiSoN solar cells with 30% more energy yield. The German R&D institute's partnership with...


Solar Frontier supplies 21.3 MW project in Japan

21.3 MW US Power Plant, Ube, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan

Ube Group and Showa Shell Sekiyu have brought on stream one of Yamaguchi Prefecture's largest PV plants using Solar Frontier's high-performance CIS modules.


Asia-Pacific to account for 60% of global PV demand

20 MW Golmud PV plant, Astroenergy

A year-end surge from China is expected to strengthen the leading position of the Asia-Pacific region in the second half of the year, according to NPD Solarbuzz.


EDF Renewable Energy to sell 57 MW of solar projects to Dominion

EDF RE's 143.2 MW Catalina Solar project, Mojave Desert, California

The sale of the two California projects, which consist of four sites, brings the total of projects EDF RE has sold to Dominion to 84 MW.


ZNShine Solar to build 31 MW power plant in Japan

Hamada, Japan

The Chinese group is expanding its EPC activities in Japan and East Asia. Its EPC subsidiary Power Max will build the plant in the city of Hamada.


Suntech, Greenfield team up with youmex in UK

South coast of West Penwith, Cornwall, England

German green energy financier youmex will arrange construction loans, long-term financing and also sell PV solar power plants to investors, while Greenfield and Suntech will provide EPC services and PV panels, respectively.


REC Solar expands footprint in Hawaii to 27 MW

REC Solar's 14.53 MW KIUC Anahola project, Hawaii

REC Solar has completed six new solar projects for Dole Plantation and W.M. Keck Observatory. In June, it began construction of a 14.53 MW project that is on track to be the largest PV system in Hawaii when completed.


Residential investment in generation and storage expected to top $625 billion by 2023

Rooftop installation, United States

The residential generation market is likely to expand as distributed energy resource technologies mature, accrording to Navigant Research.


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