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Heliatek raises €18 million from investors

Heliatek organic solar film production

A group of high-profile investors led by BMW heir and entrepreneur Stefan Quandt are supporting the German organic solar film manufacturer's market entry in the BIPV and automotive sectors.


Can energy utilities keep their customers, or will they flee the grid?

Australian solar installation.

Will Australia's electricity consumers welcome utilities' attempts to re-engage with distributed generation, or has energy democratization already taken hold?


New York's $5bn renewables vision

The Statue of Liberty, New York.

NYSERDA says its 10-year plans will cost $3.85bn on top of current spending commitments. But the sustainable energy body says that does not mean a rise in energy bills for consumers.


Under the hood of the latest 21.7% CIGS world record

ZSW head Michael Powalla.

ZSW head Michael Powalla discusses the processes that led researchers to the 21.7% CIGS efficiency record.


Sunrun announces expansion plans

Rooftop PV installation, USA.

The leading US residential solar company will open or expand 10 new offices across four states before the end of the year.


IPVEA rebranded as SOLARUNITED

SOLARUNITED members.

The International Photovoltaic Equipment Association ditches acronym in favor of new name that reflects the association's new vision and expansion plans.


Enphase to supply 1 MW of inverters to UK housing project

Nurthumberland countryside, England.

The US microinverter supplier has partnered with a local energy firm to install 4,000 microinverters at a charity-backed housing scheme.


TMEIC to make inverters in Texas

Despite a booming market in Japan, the world's fourth-largest inverter maker has expanded to the United States, and IHS says that it expects more inverter companies to follow suit.


Phoenix Solar to build 32 MW solar plant in North Carolina

Phoenix Solar module.

The solar company will construct, engineer and procure the entire project, located in the state's Bladen County, for Duke Energy.


WRB secures PPA for 20 MW PV project in Jamaica

Jamaica 7 miles beach.

The company will supply solar power at US$0.18 per kW hour to the grid, with completion expected early 2015.


Berkeley Lab report examines financial impacts of distributed PV on utilities

U.S. rooftop installation

Impacts to utility shareholder earnings and return on equity can vary greatly but can also be mitigated through a range of measures, according to analysts.


UN Climate Summit strikes bum note

President Obama at the UN.

Despite the self-congratulatory mood, critics attack gathering of 120 world leaders for failing to rise to the challenge of climate change.


UC Davis to build largest PV installation in University of California system

UC Davis, California

Built and owned by Sunpower, the project is designed to generate 33 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year, compared to total campus electricity use of 228 million kilowatt hours in 2013-14.


EPIA backs WTO environmental free trade agreement

European Commission.

The European Photovoltaic Industry Association says it supports free trade of all solar products, and urges quick conclusion of WTO solar trade dispute.


IRS to review Value of Solar Tariffs in Austin, Texas

Downtown Austin, Texas

Solar households in Austin can sell, but not consume, the PV power they generate while having to buy electricity from the utility. The scheme also increases costs for homeowners, say critics.


Solarcentury to build Africa's largest solar carport

Solarcentury carport, Germany.

The 858 kW installation uses Solarcentury's dual-mode technology and will sit atop a carport at the new Garden City Mall in Nairobi, Kenya.


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