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Shunfeng shareholders help impressive annual figures

Cheng Kin Ming.

The acquisition of Wuxi Suntech's manufacturing facilities transformed Shunfeng into a tier 1 player overnight but the ambitious company was staring down the barrel three months ago.


African Development Bank supports off-grid solar-hybrid systems in Tanzania

Tanzania school

The development bank has provided a grant of $420,000 to support technical development, due diligence and advisory systems in the country.


Global EV market reaches 740,000 cars, new study finds

BMW i3 production.

Analysis by the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research (ZSW) reveals 320,000 new electric vehicle registrations in 2014 as car battery suppliers hit $2.17 billion in revenue.


IHS: Global single-axis tracker revenues to reach $2 billion in 2019

Exosun solar trackers

In 2015 single-axis tracker installations will exceed fixed-tilt installations in the Americas for the first time, according to the research group.


Kyocera expands storage offering in Germany

Kyocera facility

The leading Japanese battery provider is teaming up with domestic players Energetik and Solare Datensysteme to launch a new residential energy storage solution in Germany.


Enel breaks ground on 230 MW of South African projects

The Limpopo region of South Africa.

Italian developer has started work on three of the four solar projects awarded it under a 2013 tender. Work is proceeding despite the struggles of utility Eskom to accommodate new projects in its grid.


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Onlookers in the U.K. enjoy today's solar eclipse, which was billed as an unprecedented test for Europe's power grids.

The solar eclipse was on everybody's lips as expectant eyes turned to Italy and Germany to see how the grids would cope, while elsewhere it was a tale of R&D breakthroughs, bold solar targets and even a dramatic fire.


Package of pro-solar measures for Illinois

The Exelon City solar plant, Chicago.

Utility ComEd will introduce microgrids, EV chargers, community solar and voltage optimization but new billing policy could prove controversial.


Japan confirms FIT cut of 16% by July

Solar PV rooftop, Japan.

Latest degression of the country's generous subsidy rate is larger than in previous years as Japan's METI brings to an end three-year period of premium rates.


MNRE presses all Indian states to define their own solar policy

Indian solar plant.

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy urges each of India's states to present clear policies for solar energy to the government.


Ideal Power and LG Chem collaborate on storage and conversion deal

battery energy storage

A multi-year alliance agreement will see LG Chem roll out its commercial and microgrid storage systems in collaboration with Ideal Power's power conversion technology.


SPI signs joint venture for 50 MW of floating PV projects

Infratech's floating PV plant.

The Chinese PV developer will partner with Aqua Clean Energy on the co-development of floating PV projects in four U.S. states as well as Mexico.


Germany: Switching off PV plants during eclipse expensive option

Berlin, Germany

Like the rest of Europe, Germany is bracing for its own version of Black Friday: Higher wholesale electricity prices, increased costs for reserve power and compensation in case of PV plant shutdowns are all in the cards.


Solar eclipse chance to test grid response, say European technicians

Solar eclipse.

Solar power loss expected to be minimal, but event offers unprecedented opportunity to assess the impact of small oscillations on national grids across affected areas in Europe.


Etrion: 138 MW in development in Chile, Japan

Etrion's 70 MW Salvador PV park in Chile

The Swiss company, which recently completed its majority owned 70 MW Salvador solar park in Chile, posted a 60% increase in net losses last year as revenue fell 8%.


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