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UK tops 1 GW solar installations for first half 2014

Rooftop solar in the UK.

A total of 1,137 MW of solar PV capacity was added in the first six months of the year, outstripping Germany and the highest in Europe.

New PV panel plant commissioned in Ethiopia

Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa

A new photovoltaic panel manufacturing plant with annual capacity of 20 MW has been completed in Ethiopia.

Global smart grid investment to double by 2018

Smart metering.

Global smart grid investment grew 7% in 2012 to US$13.9 billion, according to figures from Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

EU electric vehicles plan could lift solar sector

The Tesla electric supercar could be powered by solar.

The European Union could be poised to give its ailing solar sector a welcome shot in the arm in the form of its proposed clean fuel strategy.

PV installations up in 2013 as revenues fall

A solar installation in South Africa.

There were mixed messages in the latest solar white paper from market research company IHS iSuppli, with predictions that a rise in global installations in 2013 will go hand-in-hand with falling revenues.

Belectric EPC on 5.7 MW US scheme

The Lake County solar park.

German solar company Belectric performed EPC and will carry out operations and maintenance for a 5.7 MW photovoltaic installation at Lake County, Oregon.

SolarWorld seeks to refinance debt mountain

Solar World module production.

SolarWorld AG, Germany's leading solar panel producer and the manufacturer most active in petitioning the EU and U.S. authorities to bring anti-dumping duties against Chinese imports, is seeking to restructure its debt pile.

Hanwha Q.Cells supplies Davos solar rooftop

Hanwha solar modules.

Given the number of world leaders gathering to argue over topics such as the global economic malaise and whether Britain really wants to be in the EU or not, you might imagine enough hot air would be spouted annually at the World...

PV division obliterates Bosch Group's 2012 profits


The impact of plunging PV prices throughout 2012 has been graphically illustrated with the release of full-year figures by global technology giant Bosch.

JA Solar supplies VW's largest solar installation

Phoenix Solar.

Chinese module maker JA Solar has supplied 33,600 modules for the largest solar installation in the U.S. state of Tennessee.

Nuclear to play second fiddle to renewables in western Europe

A nuclear power station in the UK.

With the UK government under fire as opponents of its Energy Bill claim it is biased towards nuclear and gas at the expense of renewables, new research could make interesting reading for Tory Chancellor George Osborne.

PV manufacturers' roadmap goes international

JA Solar's factory in Hebei Ningjin.

The latest edition of the International Technology Roadmap for PV (ITRPV) will be presented in Berlin in March.

1.1 GW of new solar capacity in India in 2013

A solar installation in India.

With 4.4 GW of new solar projects expected to be announced in India in 2013, only around 1.1 GW will be online by the end of the year, according to consultants Bridge to India.

Debt-ridden LDK sells off another 12% stake

Stock market traders are enjoying a volatile relationship with solar shares.

The carve-up of debt ridden LDK Solar continued with the disclosure yesterday that the British Virgin Islands-registered Fulai Investments Ltd has paid US$31.1 million for a 12% stake in the ailing Chinese manufacturer.

Polysilicon price could rise in March… slightly


There are indications falling polysilicon production is starting to address the long-standing global oversupply and helping the price of the solar material stabilize, according to consultants IHS i-Suppli.

Oil price driving PV development in the Middle East

Abu Dhabi.

U.S. solar module manufacturer-turned-plant-developer First Solar is targeting the Middle East and north Africa as a growth market as oil and gas-rich nations look to reduce their domestic reliance on such fuels to maximize...

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