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Ulrich Speisshofer, CEO of ABB.

Here we are again, everything you could possibly need to know about this week in solar shoe-horned into one handy email. Those of you old enough can think of it as a sun-drenched That Was The Week That Was.


Printable solar cells close to commercialization

Dyesol solar dye cells.

Australian research organization CSIRO says its solar cells, printable onto plastic, are nearing market. CSIRO says domestic solar dye cell manufacturer Dyesol is interested in commercializing the technology.


Build first, worry about quotas later, says China

A rooftop system.

In another push for DG, China's National Energy Administration says small-scale generation pilot areas must be started by the end of the month to qualify for support. Manufacturer Renesola says a Q4 solar gold rush would drive up...


Energy is at the heart of Florida election

Florida governor Rick Scott.

Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist says incumbent Republican governor Rick Scott oversaw bill rises to fund utility infrastructure including natural gas pipes and nuclear. The utilities have donated $3.55m to Republicans...


Greek isles to be connected to grid

A Greek island.

French, Swedish, Italian and Greek companies this week signed contracts to install underground and subsea cabling to connect the Cyclades to the mainland grid. The connections will boost solar project development in the isalnds.


Solar farms increasingly popular with UK farmers

4.2 MW PV array at the Newlands Farm in Devon, England.

More and more farmers are combining sheep and chickens with rows of PV panels and producing a double output of food and clean, home-grown power, according to a new report, says the BRE National Solar Centre.


Sanderink buys Wagner Solar

Wagner headquarters in Coelbe

The Dutch group has taken over the insolvent German PV group, which will continue to operate under the Wagner Solar brand and retain 80 employees at its two sites in Hesse.


Aleo Solar up and running in Germany

Aleo Solar module production

Following its acquisition by Taiwanese group Sunrise Global Energy, production at the former Bosch-owned Aleo Solar in Prenzlau, Germany, has begun again. The PV manufacturer is now producing its high-efficiency 300 W modules at...


SPI Solar to pay $92 million for Maltese firm, 26.57 MW of PV projects in Greece

Athens, Greece

Describing the deal as "a significant milestone" in its global expansion, SPI said it would pay nearly $92 million in cash and company shares for Sinsin Renewable Investment Limited.


Oman, Royal Dutch Shell invest $53 million in GlassPoint Solar

Petroleum Development Oman, Glasspoint Solar

Big oil is increasingly turning to solar power to extract petroleum, so much so that the country of Oman and Royal Dutch Shell on Monday announced a $53 million investment in GlassPoint Solar.


ABB unveils strategy to become battery leader

ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer at Capital Markets Day event, London, 9.9.2014

Swiss power and automation giant ABB intends to establish itself as the "leading entity" in the battery storage sector. It set out this vision in its Capital Markets Day event in London on Tuesday.


US, China hold close to 50% of global PV pipeline

LADWP PV installation, California

At a combined capacity of 61 GW, projects in the U.S. and China make up almost half of the current PV pipeline, according to IHS, which says a large share of planned projects are "immature" and unlikely to materialize.


Canadian Solar partners on $800 million solar fund in China

Danba, Sichuan, China

Teaming up with the state-owned Sichuan Development investment company, Canadian Solar will focus on utility-scale and distributed generation projects in Sichuan Province and other solar resourceful regions in the country.


Italian FiT cuts destabilizing PV market, hurting Europe, says EPIA

Rooftop PV array in Itay

The PV industry association argues that the law will block "prosumers" from providing flexibility to the energy system and helping to avoid costly grid extensions.


China reveals details of distributed generation policy

The flag of China.

The government's National Energy Administration has pledged to help local authorities drive rooftop installation across the nation. The details were revealed in an investment note issued by Deutsche Bank.


Weekly news round-up

Elephants.

A pick of the biggest headlines in solar around the world this week, with details of elephants, bees, beer, gigafactories, ultra-mega, erm, things and electioneering in the UK... as Sid Vicious once said... almost.


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