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Google buys solar-powered drone company

Titan Aerospace drone.

The tech giant snaps up New Mexico-based Titan Aerospace, a startup that is developing unmanned, solar-powered jets designed to fly nonstop for years at a time.


German conference to showcase latest in energy storage, electromobility

BMWi production in Leipzig

The 14th UECT international conference in Ulm will also highlight the boom in electric vehicles. A new report shows the number of electric cars has risen to 400,00 worldwide.


Italy helps Egypt develop solar power

As part of the two countries' cooperation on environmental protection and sustainable development, Italy is providing aid for the development of solar facilities in El Fayoum.


Capital Stage posts 54% boost, forecasts sunny future

Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, Languedoc-Roussillon, France

The Hamburg-based renewable energy group has expanded its investor base and moved into France, where it has made its biggest ever investment in four solar farms with a combined output of 40 MW.


LDK Solar delisted from New York Stock Exchange

LDK Solar HQ, China.

Having warned last week that the Chinese solar company's status was under review, the NYSE yesterday determined that LDK was no longer suitable for listing.


Canadian Solar wins financing for Ontario plant

Canada

Canadian Solar has won financing of CAD $50.5 million for its solar power plant in North Dundas in the Canadian province of Ontario.


Solar Frontier to build airport-sited mega-station in Nagasaki, Japan

Japan

Japanese companies Solar Frontier and Chopro are banding together to build a 29 MW facility adjoining the airport in Nagasaki.


Capital Stage AG hit 53.6% profit in 2013

Hamburg docks.

Positive financial year underlined by expansion into French market and revenue increase of Eur 57 million ($78.5 million).


GE throws weight behind 230 MW Japanese PV plant

Setouchi, Japan.

The U.S. conglomerate will invest in the Setouchi-based solar power project, which will cost an estimated $777 million and become Japan’s largest once complete.


Phoenix Solar narrows losses in 2013

Phoenix Solar module.

The German solar PV company reported a consolidated loss of €10.7 million ($14.7 million) last year, down from €37.3 million in 2012.


EDPR gets funding for plants in Romania

Bucharest, Romania

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Black Sea Trade Development Bank are to work together to finance EDP Renovaveis’s (EDPR) building of 50 MW of solar plants in Romania.


Centrotherm revenues grow 70% in second half of 2013

Centrotherm HQ, Germany.

Strong start to 2014 follows encouraging 2013 in which the company significantly reduced its consolidated net loss from the previous year.


Microinverter, DC optimizer market surpasses 2 GW capacity

Enphase PV microinverter.

Figures from GTM Research suggest the market is evolving from niche sector to successful, growing segment of the solar industry.


GCL-Poly signs credit deal with China Development Bank

China flag

Chinese polysilicon and wafer supplier GCL-Poly has signed a credit facility agreement with the China Development Bank in order to further develop its domestic solar farm business.


Greece amends retroactive FIT cuts; leaves solar PV sector divided

Greece solar installation.

MPs to vote on amended PV bill over the weekend as Greek solar agencies squabble over industry's future.


Philippines set to unveil 22 MW solar facility

Solar

The Philippines is about to unveil its first major solar facility that feeds into the power grid.


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