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Russian researchers develop lighter, more flexible solar cells

Tomsk State University in Russia

Solar activity is heating up in Russia, where scientists at Tomsk State University are developing a new type of flexible solar cell. At the same time, the first solar plant selected in the country's green capacity tender has...

Hanwha SolarOne's $70 million share issue

Hanwha SolarOne manufacturing.

Chinese solar manufacturer Hanwha wants to expand its project development business in China and upgrade its manufacturing processes. Hanwha Group intends to start manufacturing polysilicon in future.

Mascotte expects to post half-year loss


As the Taiwanese polysilicon manufacturer attempts to raise funds and renegotiate a looming bonds deadline, it has announced another expected loss. The extent of the losses should be revealed at the end of November.

SolarCity, BMW partner on EV marketing campaign

BMW i3 production plant, Leipzig, Germany

SolarCity is teaming up with German automaker BMW to offer U.S. owners of the new BMW i vehicles a discount on home solar installations.

Shunfeng to purchase troubled Suntech's solar panel factories

Suntech Wuxi HQ.

The deal enables the former solar heavyweight to stay in business, with Shunfeng paying an agreed 30% of Suntech's $1.75 billion debt to Chinese creditors.

World Energy Council calls for carbon pricing


The WEC has published a report to coincide with the COP 19 summit in Warsaw. The World Energy Council report repeats the oft-repeated call for policy predictability and transparent energy pricing.

Solar losses weigh on Applied Materials

Applied Materials manufacturing.

The solar business is contained in the only division of Applied Materials to report a full year loss. The fate of the company's solar business hangs in the balance as Applied's $29bn merger with Tokyo Electron approaches.

Greek PV market shrivels to just 6 MW per month

A Greek solar park.

Austerity-driven FIT cutbacks have seen PV installations in Greece plummet from the 801 MW installed in the first quarter. Figures show only 6 MW were installed in each of August and September.

Desert Solar conference instills Saudi confidence

Saudi Arabia Rub al Khalid desert.

The one-day event was low-key but highly focused, attracting an audience committed to patiently furthering PV development in Saudi Arabia.

Japanese climate change u-turn could affect FIT

A smokestack.

IHS analyst Ash Sharma says the Japanese government's reduction of its climate change commitments could affect the solar FIT in March. The generous regime will be reassessed in four months' time, says Sharma.

Google, KKR team with Recurrent Energy on six solar farms

Google headquarters

The reported $400 million cash and debt deal includes five California solar plants and one array in Arizona that will have a combined capacity of 106 MW.

8minutenergy, Saferay partner on 118 MW California project

Road to Bakersfield, Kern County

The Kern County plant, set to begin construction next year and in operation by mid-2015, will have an annual production capacity of 240 million kilowatt hours.

Arizona energy regulators weigh fate of state's solar power subsidy

Arizona desert landscape.

The state's utility regulators are discussing a proposal from Arizona Public Service to amend net metering rates for solar customers, stating the current scheme puts non-solar providers at a disadvantage.

Missouri reaches solar rebate agreement

St. Louis, Missouri

Private utility Ameren and the state watchdog struck a deal this week to continue a solar rebate program that currently has $50 million available for PV projects in the Midwestern state.

UK solar farm approved for MP's family estate

Solar farm in England.

The 175-acre solar farm has been approved by Dorset County Council despite facing stiff opposition from the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE).

Solar Energy Foundation aiding relief workers in Philippines

Relief workers, Philippines

Germany's Stiftung Solarenergie (Solar Energy Foundation) has launched a coordinated effort to equip relief workers in the Philippines with solar lights and charging systems as they struggle to help survivors of Typhoon Haiyan.

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