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Hanwha unveils solar-powered island plan

Hanwha SolarOne production facility.

The Korean group announces project that will see the small islet of Jukdo turned into a 100% solar-powered community, replacing the four diesel generators that currently provide power.

Hopes for a CIGS boom in South Africa

PTiP CIGS production fab, South Africa

Thin-film manufacturer PTiP and Germany's Singulus have taken their first step in realizing an ambitious vision of creating a prosperous CIGS production industry in South Africa.

Suntech signs agreement over noteholder lawsuit

Suntech's former Wuxi headquarters.

U.S. noteholders have secured a pledge to have their obligations treated on an equal footing with non-U.S. creditors. Suntech can now continue with Cayman Islands liquidation proceedings.

JFE breaks ground on 26.2 MW solar plant in Fukushima

Fukushima solar plant and former golf course.

The plant will be located at a former golf club in the Japanese prefecture, with completion scheduled for March 2015.

GCL issues profit warning

GCL Poly.

Ambitious GCL has warned shareholders it expects another loss for 2013. Plans for 1 GW of project development are a sign of the company's hopes 2014 will bring salvation.

Future of solar bright in Russia

Enerparc plant, Dagestan, Russia

Russia is embracing solar power despite reduced government forecasts for PV development. Federal regions and neigboring CIS countries are ramping up ambitious PV plans.

India paves way for 4 GW scheme

A satellite image of India.

Six publicly-owned bodies in India have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop the world's biggest solar project. The first phase of the 4 GW Sambhur scheme will be complete within three years.

Solar3D acquires California's SUNworks

Jim Nelson

The three-dimensional solar cell developer has purchased California-based Solar United Networks Inc. (SUNworks).

Spanish solar industry demands national referendum on energy policy

Madrid, Spain

The country's PV trade association is mobilizing the public for a series of demonstrations across the country this spring in a call to arms against the current government.

1 MW off-grid PV system goes online in Afghanistan

1 MW array installation in Bamyan Province, Afghanistan

Financed by New Zealand's Sustainable Energy Services and NETcon, the Bamyan Renewable Energy Programme will supply energy to 2,500 households, businesses and government buildings.

Apple receives patent for solar-powered MacBook

Apple store, New York

The MacBook would use a PV unit to generate electricity, according to the company's patent application.

juwi International to merge business operations in EMEA region

Stephen Hansen, juwi

German renewable energy group juwi has found its dynamic duo in Stephan Hansen and Dirk Retzlaff, who will oversee business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Silicon Valley startup signs 1 MW of intelligent storage

Green Charge Networks energy storage

Green Charge Networks' intelligent energy storage solutions complement solar PV, electric vehicle charging and energy efficiency strategies.

Yingli joint venture tops 100 MW of solar projects in China

Haikou, Hainan, China

The Chinese solar giant says its close cooperation with state-owned enterprises ensures long-term development of its downstream business across China.

US solar jobs up 20% in 2013

LADWP solar project installers, California

Solar employment grew 10 times faster than the national average employment growth rate of 1.9% last year, according to a report by The Solar Foundation.

Canadian Solar tops non-domestic brand in Japan

Japanese flag.

The global solar power company has shipped 508 MW of PV modules to Japan, claiming a 7% share of the market and becoming the largest foreign solar brand.

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