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Environmental, solar groups protest SDG&E’s attempts to change net metering 2.0

Three environmental groups and an elected official joined the solar industry in a rally against the San Diego utility’s attempts to change the details of the successor program to net metering.

Solar usage continues to soar in California

Sunpower project, San Luis Obispo

The state's grid operator is preparing for a major boost in renewable energy in 2020, when utilities will have to obtain 33% of their electricity from renewable energy sources.

Berlin startup launches plug & play storage system

Berlin skyline.

The concept from Qinous, which delivers 100% renewable energy, is to be unveiled this week at the Energy Storage Conference in Düsseldorf.

Solar spending could reach $3.8bn in 2014, says IHS

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The analysts expect global expenditure on solar PV to increase by 45% on last year, with Latin America leading the way on manufacturing growth.

Analysts expect $58m loss for SMA

The SMA Solar Academy building.

The overcapacity and price falls that dogged manufacturers are expected to have finally fed through into this year's results for German inverter maker SMA Solar. The figures will be confirmed on Thursday.

Greek investors rail at latest retroactive proposals

The Greek parliament building in Athens.

Draft government proposals for a fresh round of retroactive FIT cuts have caused further dismay for renewables investors. The terms of the proposed 'New Deal' for renewable energy producers would reduce both backdated and future...

Shunfeng announces acquisition details

Wuxi Suntech's headquarters.

Chinese manufacturer Shunfeng has finally revealed details of its protracted takeover of Wuxi Suntech. The deal will be put to a shareholder vote on April 7.

Sunways heads back into insolvency

Sunways manufacturing.

The German solar manufacturer has announced it has filed for insolvency, just seven months after exiting previous proceedings. Chinese parent company LDK Solar is under fresh scrutiny after recent Chinese solar defaults.

Chile reaches 150 MW of installed solar with further 225 MW under construction

Saferay 1.4 MW PV plant, Chile

PV installed capacity increased significantly in February with the connection of the 48.2 MW San Andres project. The volume of solar projects under construction increased from 128 MW in January to 225 MW in February.

First Solar announces vigorous 2014 outlook

First Solar PV operations center.

The U.S. solar company's financial guidance predicts net sales to reach $4bn this year as plans are announced to boost rooftop growth.

SolarCon China closes on high note

SolarCon 2014, PV FAB Managers Forum

The three-day Shanghai conference and exhibition showcased a booming domestic PV market and a recovering manufacturing industry while focusing on the country's increasingly significant downstream sector.

SunEdison connects California's largest RAM PV plant

The 24 MW solar plant in the Californian Desert is the largest to date to be brought online under the state's Renewable Auction Mechanism (RAM) program.

Meyer Burger sees revenue drop despite increase in orders

An influx of orders in the latter part of 2013 came too late to boost sales for the Swiss engineering company, which saw annual losses increase 47%.

SolarCity narrows annual loss, posts fourth-quarter profit

SolarCity residential installation

While the U.S. company's solar system sales remained unchanged, revenue from its leasing program nearly doubled last year. The company saw a 78 percent increase in megawatt deployed to 280 MW in 2013.

Hanwha SolarOne supplies 6.2 MW of PV modules to Guatemala

The German subsidiary of South Korea's Hanwha Group is again partnering with Spanish companies Cobra and Gransolar as it seeks to expand its Latin American footprint.

Adler Solar establishes BEC Solar

Adler Solar customs warehouse, Bremen

The German solar industry service provider is expanding its services in its domestic market by joining forces with BEC Engineering.

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