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Siva Power reaches $10m milestone

The former headquarters of Suntech, in Wuxi, China.

Californian thin film manufacturer a step nearer being 'the least expensive solar panel manufacturer worldwide.' Arrival of city of Wuxi as backer may offer hint as to final location of 300 MW fab.


SMA seeks to cut costs by $180m

SMA inverters.

German inverter manufacturer expects earnings before tax of around $850m this year. The Niestetal-based company said this week 1,600 jobs will go by the end of June.


Ecuador: Cumulative PV power reaches 26 MW

Ecuador flag

The South American nation installed 22.5 MW from January to November last year.


UK almost doubles PV capacity in 12 months

Solar installation, England.

Data from DECC reveals U.K. ended 2014 with 5 GW of cumulative solar capacity, having ended 2013 with just shy of 2.8 GW installed.


Germany approves pilot tenders for ground-mounted PV plants

German energy minister Sigmar Gabriel

The federal government is using the pilot tender scheme to gain experience as it gradually transforms the country's entire support system for renewable energy.


EIA joins chorus to dismiss oil price threat to solar

Solar PV installation, U.S.

Chief energy analyst at the U.S. Energy Information Administration sees no direct threat to renewable energy in the face of plunging oil values.


BayWa r.e. to sell SolarEdge inverters in Germany

BayWa r.e. Glemham solar plant, UK

The German renewable energy company has signed a distribution pact with the Israeli PV equipment supplier to carry its inverter systems.


Homeboy Industries to help build 73 MW Redwood Solar Farms project in California

Homeboy Industries Photovoltaic Training program

The training program helping former gang members turn over a new leaf will provide labor for 8minutenergy and sPower's three solar installations in Kern County.


Soltec to supply 80 MW of solar trackers in Chile

Enel Green Power's 60 MW Lalackama installation in Chile.

The Enel Green Power project is the fourth that Soltec is developing in the Andean country, bringing its accumulated installed capacity to 170 MW in the South American market.


NRG partners with SunShare on community solar in Colorado

NRG Energy's Rutland, Vermont Community Solar Project

The two companies are exploring opportunities in additional states, such as Texas and Massachusetts. The growing trend in view of the fact that many potential buyers of rooftop solar systems lack well-suited properties for...


Russia may impose huge fines against leading solar developers

Moscow, Russia

While localization requirements continue to dog the construction of new PV plants in Russia, two companies have set up PV module fabs in the country.


Southern hospitality: Georgia and Florida reconsider solar lease bans

Savannah, Georgia

A proposed law introduced earlier this month in Georgia's legislature would end the state's current ban on third-party financing for on-site residential and commercial solar arrays.


Abengoa breaks ground on 100 MW PV plant in Chile

Abengoa's 210 MW Atacama 1 PV-CSP complex

In addition to the PV installation, the Atacama 1 facility will include the first solar thermal plant in Latin America. The Spanish renewable energy group says the two technologies complement each other to supply energy 24 hours...


Florida Power & Light to add 225 MW of solar in 2016

10 MW FPL Space Coast Next Generation Solar Energy Center near NASA's Kennedy Space Center

The utility says the advantages of its select sites coupled with decreasing solar costs will allow for the cost-effective expansion of large-scale solar.


One-third of SMA staff to lose their jobs

An SMA engineers inspects an inverter.

German inverter giant to cut 1,600 jobs, the majority of which will be in Germany, as poor European market continues to harm profits.


Italy to omit solar from new renewable incentives plan

Solar PV installation, Italy.

Decision to halt solar subsidies follows country's best ever year for PV power generation. In 2014 solar energy covered 7.53% of Italy's electricity needs.


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