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10 companies take legal action over EUR 100 billion Hinkley nuclear subsidies

An alliance, including Greenpeace, is appealing the European Commission’s decision to approve subsidies for the British nuclear power plant, Hinkley Point C. Germany’s Bundestag is voting this evening on whether to follow suit.


Leclanché secures $8.2 million in financial backing

Swiss battery maker, Leclanché has secured CHF7.7 million (around US$8.2 million) in additional funding to support its growth plans. Major shareholder, Recharge Aps has also agreed to convert up to CHF 17 million of its loan into...


US: 100% conversion to wind, water and solar power by 2050 feasible, PV to account for 38%

Solar PV a could account for 38% of power generation in the U.S. in 2050

In a new study by Stanford University, a solid financial, technical and economical case for the U.S to convert its all-purpose energy systems to ones powered by wind, water and sunlight (WWS) has been made. Based on their...


Global installed PV capacity to reach 200 GW soon, says German solar association

A cumulative solar PV capacity of 200 GW will soon be reached, says BSW-Solar, indicating up to 22 GW have been added in 1H 2015. Like other recent estimates, the German solar association predicts 50 GW of new capacity additions...


GTM: Advanced Energy exit leaves 17% U.S. inverter market share up for grabs

SMA solar inverter manufacturing

GTM Research has published analysis showing that Advanced Energy currently holds 17% inverter market share in the U.S., meaning the firm’s exit from the market has left a sizable opportunity for competitors.


Enphase expands Grid Alternatives partnership by 3 MW

A Grid Alternatives installation.

Microinverter supplier Enphase has expanded its partnership with Grid Alternatives. The extended cooperation should see another 3 MW of solar added to low-income households and communities.


Germany registered 101 MW of new solar PV in May

Solar PV plant in Germany.

Installation slowdown means that the FIT will be cut by just 0.25% across Q3 owing to cumulative capacity additions coming be below the government corridor of 2.4-2.6 GW.


Solar Independence Day: where does UK solar go from here?

The U.K.'s Solar Trade Association will once again host a Solar Independence Day on Friday and Saturday, with the industry at something of a crossroads under the new government.


US solar output 50% higher than official figures suggest, report finds

Rooftop installation, U.S.

A joint study by GTM Research and kWh Analytics finds that distributed solar in the U.S., absent from official EIA figures, accounts for 9.2 GW, or 45%, of the nation's capacity.


Yingli announces project bonds for Chinese public; will create online financing portfolio

The solar panel manufacturer is looking into innovative ways to finance its solar PV projects

In an interesting move, Yingli Green Energy has announced the issuance of project bonds to the Chinese public. The China-based solar manufacturer intends to widen its portfolio of new online financing products going forward.


Advanced Energy confirms exit of solar inverter business

Advanced Energy's 1000NX central inverter.

The U.S. precision power conversion company has taken the decision to shutter its solar inverter business after grappling with poor sales in the sector for the past few quarters.


SunEdison inaugurates 50 MW PV plant in India

SunEdison has inaugurated its 50 MW Dammakhedi solar PV plant in Madhya Pradesh, India. The project was completed two months ahead of schedule.


Pilot production begins on Daqo's $150 million ramped up polysilicon capacity

Pilot production has begun on Daqo New Energy's newly added 6,000 MT polysilicon capacity in China. The aim is to increase this to 12,150 MT. The company has said it will achieve polysilicon production costs of US$12/kg "in the...


India poised to introduce dollar bidding for solar contracts in July

Solar installation, India.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi hopes to attract further foreign investment by inviting bids for India's first dollar-linked solar power contracts next month.


UK should offer more clean energy incentives, says Committee on Climate Change

Solar PV park, England.

First mandatory report from the Committee says that "urgent action" is required in the new Parliament if the U.K. is to keep its emissions reductions on track.


Emirates Insolaire completes first 3 colored solar panel projects, unveils future plans

Emirates Insolaire LLC has completed what it says is the world’s first installation of colored solar panels – a 12 kWp building façade in Switzerland. To date, it has executed three projects, all in Europe. With commercial-scale...


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