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Court rejects Solar-Fabrik's self-administration insolvency plans

A court in Freiburg has rejected Solar-Fabrik's attempts at self-administration insolvency, due to high costs. The news comes on the back of product warnings issued by the company.


Costa Rican regulator proposes solar FIT

Costa Rica 1 MW Parque Solar Miravalles

The Central American country's public services authority says the proposed rates of up to $0.1794 per kilowatt hour would allow PV developers to receive sufficient revenue to recover investment and a "reasonable return."


Shared solar set to explode

Shared solar installation, United States

Shared solar for homes and businesses could represent as much as 49% of the U.S. distributed PV market by 2020 and reach up to 11 GW in the period, according to a new report by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).


SolarWorld posts Q1 net loss despite revenue increase

SolarWorld HQ in Hillsboro, Oregon

The German-U.S. PV manufacturer continued making net losses for the fourth quarter in a row but managed to increase shipments by 44% to 202 MW as sales rose 50% due in large part to the dynamic U.S. market.


Foresight increases asset value in Q1, eyes more UK solar investments

Foresight's 37 MW Kencot solar farm in Oxfordshire, England

The U.K. company has refinanced and extended its revolving acquisition facility from £100 million to £120 million in order to back future project acquisitions. All of the 10 solar installations in its 233 MW portfolio are fully...


German official: Bids for ground-mounted installations at 9-10 eurocents

PV plant, Fuerstenwalde, Germany

Speaking at an event hosted by the German Engineering Association, Rainer Baake , state secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, confirmed for the first time the prices for the new pilot tenders for...


Update: SPI buys stake in ZBB ahead of storage deal

ZBB Energy Corp. headquarters

As part of a supply agreement valued at between $80 million and $120 million, SPI will integrate ZBB Energy's advanced energy storage systems in its PV solutions for solar markets around the globe. The Chinese solar developer...


Meyer Burger reaches settlement agreement with GT Advanced Technologies

Meyer Burger

GTAT has agreed to recognize the company's $35 million claim and assume ownership of equipment it had ordered before a soured deal with Apple allegedly forced it into bankruptcy.


SolarCity rolls out $1bn commercial solar rooftop fund

Wal-Mart solar installation.

Expansion of SolarCity's commercial ambitions aided by investment from Credit Suisse that will finance the installation of 300 MW of commercial solar rooftops.


Andalay Solar narrows annual loss, increases revenue

Port of Long Beach, California

The California company's fourth-quarter bottom line was affected by module shipment delays caused by a labor dispute that slowed operations at West Coast ports last year. The company reports good progress in executing its new...


SunEdison, TerraForm finance 97 MW solar portfolio in UK

The 15.6 MW Pitworthy solar farm in Devon, England

Backed by £84.6 million in financing from Germany's Bayerische Landesbank, the companies closed financing for projects across the U.K. with the capacity to power 30,000 homes a year. EDF Energy entered signed a 15-year PPA for...


German renewables pushing wholesale electricity further into negative territory

German chancellor Angela Merkel.

Wednesday saw German solar panels generate a record 27.7 GW of electricity. With more sunny weather predicted, that benchmark is expected to be short-lived.


SPI buys 30 MW of PV project development rights in Japan

Mount Fuji, Japan

In its second major global project agreement this week, SPI has picked up a raft of solar PV projects across four Japanese prefectures.


Thin film to power drones

A drone.

Silent Falcon UAV will be powered by Ascent Solar cells. Drone has a range of 'commercial, public safety and defense applications.'


Labour pledges to remove carbon from UK electricity supply

Labour leader Ed Milliband.

To achieve decarbonization through PV alone would require an extra 100 million panels in the next 15 years. Labour would make decarbonization by 2030 a legal requirement, if elected on May 7.


Court halts restart of Japanese reactors

Fukushima reactor 1.

Plans to restart two reactors in western Japan have been stopped despite green light from nuclear regulator. News comes in the wake of India's pro-nuclear trade agreements.


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