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Shin-Etsu Chemical to license cell manufacturing technology

Shin-Etsu Gunma Complex, Isobe Plant, Japan

The Japanese company has established a mass production process for 156 by 156 mm solar cell products that have a conversion efficiency of 21%.


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.


Report: Energy storage market expected to rise to $50 billion in 2020

BMWi production plant, Leipzig, Germany

The automotive market is displacing consumer electronics as the biggest user of energy storage, which will lead to further scale and cost reductions, according to Lux Research.


What impact will the WTO ruling have on the US solar industry?

Industry experts and leading U.S. solar companies do not expect any immediate or seismic fallout following the announcement that the WTO has upheld parts of China's counter-claim.


Silicor to build its first large-scale polysilicon facility in Iceland

The solar silicon producer is in currently in negotiations with the government of Iceland over incentives, and expects to break ground later in 2014.


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