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The energy battle is on... and solar is no longer the niche newcomer it once was, much to the chagrin of the pro-coal lobby.

Obama's clean power plan angers the coal industry, Indian auction strikes another low solar price, further cost reductions are on the way, and SolarCity's plans for world domination edge closer to reality.

Russia to invest $4.2 billion in solar sector by 2020

Altai Republic, Russia

The state-owned tech investment giant Rusnano and Russian conglomerate Renova are key players in the country's burgioning solar sector.

GE invests $24 million in 151 MW PV project in India

The project marks the U.S. group's first PV investment in India. GE has exceeded $10 billion in renewable energy investment commitments worldwide to become one of the industry's leading investors.

Demand from Japan, Europe buoy REC's first-quarter results

REC Solar Singapore

The Norwegian company is expanding production capacity with two new module lines and broadening its product offering as it seeks to strengthen its position in the high-end market segment.

Turkish solar market gathering pace

The ICCI event, Istanbul.

The impression cast by the 20th International Energy and Environment Fair and Conference in Istanbul suggest a domestic market that is rapidly gaining ground.

Hawaiian Electric affirms commitment to solar

Honolulu, Hawaii

Boasting one of the highest levels of installed solar power in the country, Hawaiian Electric has rejected the findings of a recent poll and claims that it has "a significant public image problem."

NY-Sun Initiative extension receives industry-wide applause

NY state governor Andrew Cuomo

The SEIA and Vote Solar have both backed state Governor Andrew Cuomo's decision to extend the successful initiative to 2023.

Wagner files for insolvency

Wagner head office, Coelbe, Germany

The 35-year-old German company has opened insolvency proceedings with the hope of successfully restructuring and securing new financing.

Oklahoma imposes grid fee on residential PV installations

Rooftop installation, U.S.

New bill passed by the state will apply an as-yet-undetermined monthly surcharge to homeowners who install rooftop PV arrays.

Yingli preps share offering aimed at funding downstream expansion

Yingli production facility

The Chinese PV group has increased its operations in the booming domstic market and intends to use up to 60% of the proceeds from the offering for downstream expansion.

Tesla partners with Hanergy on first Chinese charging stations

Tesla CEO Elon Musk in Beijing delivers first car orders to China.

Chief exec Elon Musk has said the electric carmaker would make significant investments in China, including the creation of seven Supercharger networks. The first batch of stations is slated for Beijing and Shanghai.

OPDE completes construction of new 12 MWp solar farm in UK

OPDE 12 MW solar farm, Hampshire, England

The farm strengthens OPDE's presence in Britain, where the Spanish group is planning solar installations with a total capacity of 150 MW in the near future.

PV demand in Middle East, Africa to grow by 50% in 2014

PV installation in Morocco

Saudi Arabia is set to become a leading PV country in 2016, driving the MEA market to 4.4 GW by 2018.

Eguana to deliver Sonnenbatterie storage systems to global markets

Sonnenbatterie storage management system

The collaboration will allow Eguana to sell integrated Sonnenbatterie systems for residential applications in the U.S. as well as in European markets.

PV installations grow dramatically in Japan

PV rooftop, Japan

As of January 2014, Japan had a cumulative installed PV capacity of more than 13 GW.

Marubeni mega-solar plant goes online in Japan

The Marubeni 82 MW mega-solar plant in Oita City, Japan

The company also has two other large-scale power plants in the works with a combined capacity of more than 77 MW in the country.

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