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UK added 700 MW of FIT-driven PV in 2014, figures show

Rooftop PV installation from Solarcentury

Data from the Department of Energy and Climate Change reveals some 125,000 homes added solar to their rooftops last year, triggering latest FIT reduction.


State of the Union: Obama shines modest light on US solar expansion

President Barack Obama delivers State of the Union speech on Jan. 20, 2015.

In his annual State of the Union speech delivered to Congress and the nation Tuesday evening, President Barack Obama highlighted the rapid expansion of solar power in the United States since he moved into the White House.


EU's lead climate negotiator shares Gore's optimism in Abu Dhabi

Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore at the 2015 WFES conference in Abu Dhabi.

On the same day that former U.S. Vice President Al Gore expressed optimism that an agreement on greenhouse gas emissions would be reached in Paris later this year, Jake Werksman, the European Union's lead negotiator in these...


Solarexpo could herald Italian solar renaissance

Il Duomo, Milan.

Organisers of the Milan trade show say there are signs of a recovery in Italian PV. Inverter maker Fronius and Chinese giant Jinko Solar are making all the right noises.


Rewarded for Trina's module dominance

Shipping containers.

The president of the module business, which has become the world's biggest, has been promoted to the Trina Solar board. The Chinese giant also added a new independent director.


Plummeting oil prices could adversely affect off-grid uptake

A mine in Australia.

Falling oil prices have the potential to harm the uptake of solar-diesel hybrid systems, according to research from German consultancy firm THEnergy.


Price volatility dogs energy leaders across the globe

An oil well in the U.S.

World Energy Council report cites oil price plunge and falling cost of renewables as most critical issue facing energy policymakers in 2015.


'Six-cent energy is not the new normal'

A desert scene.

The ultra-low LCOE agreed for the latest phase of Dubai's 1 GW project is not typical but may point to an expectation of further falls in panel prices up to 2018.


ABB and Solar Impulse form tech alliance for round-the-world-flight

The Si2 in flight.

Three engineers from the power and automation company will work alongside the Solar Impulse team as it embarks on its solar-powered circumnavigation of the globe.


Solarcentury launches African venture

60kW installation, Kenya.

SolarAid's parent company has teamed up with East African Solar to form Solarcentury in East Africa, a venture to design and build installations in the area.


Bidders land 200 MW solar deal

The Dubai skyline.

Winning tender announced for second phase of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. The Dubai scheme will have a 1 GW capacity by 2030.


UP acquires stake in 50 MW project developer

Xinjiang.

ZNShine sells off majority stake in project in Xinjiang in return for EPC contract for next phase of 50 MW scheme.


Gap in the lith-ion market in China

A BMW lith-ion battery.

Foreign manufacturers could move in as domestic manufacturers struggle to meet rising demand driven by EVs. Samsung, LG and Foxconn are already making significant investments.


Photon Laboratory files for insolvency

Photon

A German district court has opened insolvency proceedings for Photon Laboratory GmbH. A creditor filed a claim against the PV testing lab as early as June.


Russia develops high-efficiency HIT modules

The flag of the Russian federation.

Industrial prototypes of above 20% efficient HIT modules produced in Russia. News comes as Chinese company plans cell and module manufacture on Russian soil.


Indian solar 2015: A breakthrough year?

The city of Surat, in Gujarat, India.

The first few weeks of 2015 have seen India's solar industry grab the headlines, but can the momentum be sustained throughout the year and beyond?


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