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SolarWorld merges German operations

SolarWorld facility, Freiberg, Saxony, Germany

The German group is bundling its operations in the state of Saxony to create a centralized production chain in Freiberg, which is celebrating 20 years of solar production next month.


Yaskawa expands into US inverter market with Solectria acquisition

Solectria Inverter.

Deal sees the Japanese technical giant acquire the fifth-largest inverter supplier in the U.S., becoming the only company to feature in the top 10 of the world's two biggest inverter markets.


BYD to set up shop in Brazil

Campinas, Brazil

The Chinese industrial giant is investing $90 million in its first factory in Brazil. The facility will manufacture electric buses and batteries as well as solar panels and energy storage systems.


Tata launches Indian finance plan for solar customers

Solar PV rooftop array.

The solar manufacturer will partner with Bajaj Finance to offer interest-free financing for solar installations costing less than $4,000.


Greenpower Capital expands landowner solar program in Japan

Mount Fuji, Japan

The company can analyze sites and find ways to build solar parks on land where landowners may not realize it's possible, says Greenpower Capital Senior Vice President Jeff Talbert.


Bank of Philippines funds ThomasLloyd solar joint venture

San Carlos PV plant, Philippines

The financing agreement is seen as key to helping San Carlos Solar Energy deliver a larger portfolio of projects to meet the Philippines' growing needs for daytime power and to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels.


Dubai offers $1 million solar solution prize to tackle water shortage

Dubai desert.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum will award $1 million to any research institute that devises a solar-powered way to solve the region's water scarcity.


Thailand dusts off renewable energy plans as unrest subsides

Thailand flag.

Recent political clashes pushed renewable energy to the back burner, but the new energy boss plans to reignite the sector.


US federal government tips solar for leading energy role

Rooftop PV installation, U.S.

The Energy Information Administration's generation projections through to 2040 expect solar power to account for nearly half of new renewable energy capacity.


Photon Energy employs German tech for pilot project Down Under

Photon Energy 283 kW plant in Sydney

The Dutch group has secured funding from the German government to design, install and operate a PV battery power supply for a broadcast antenna in Australia operated by communications infrastructure provider BAI.


Turkey hits all time electricity consumption record

Istanbul, Turkey

Turkey's electricity consumption scored an all time record last week, highlighting the country's thirst for new power capacity. Yet renewable power development plods slowly onwards.


One size does not fit all for solar PV module reliability

GTM Research and PV Evolution Labs have released the results of new tests on PV module reliability performance, which paint a complex picture of reliability factors.


JinkoSolar Signs CNY 1 billion financing deal with China Minsheng Bank

JinkoSolar PV plant, China

Financial services will include merger and acquisition financing, supply chain financing, bridge loans, letters of guarantee, trade financing and project financing, particularly for distributed PV projects.


Big climate shoes to fill say solar supporters as UK reshuffles Cabinet

Greg Barker speaking at the University of Salford.

Former energy and climate change minister Greg Barker was a staunch solar ally, say leading commentators on U.K. renewable energy.


Spain's new law shakes PV landscape

Moron de la Frontera, Spain

Spain's cabinet recently approved a new renewable energy law which aims to implement previous PV guidelines. PV advocates say the law creates payment confusion, scares investors and punishes existing installations.


Solar propelling distributed power to new heights, finds report

Solar PV plant, China.

A study by GlobalData Analyst predicts global installed distributed power capacity to reach 389 GW by 2019, with solar PV driving that growth.


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