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Daqo reports under $10/kg polysilicon production during Q1

The Chinese polysilicon and wafer maker has stayed profitable despite record low prices, and expects further improvements as polysilicon supply tightens.

Canadian Solar breaks ground on 60 MW cell fab in China

Canadian Solar is set to expand its annual cell capacity by 60 MW by the end of the year when it opens a new factory in Jiangsu province, China.

The Chinese manufacturer started work on a new solar cell factory in Jiangsu Province, China, on Saturday. The project is an 80-20 joint venture with wafer maker GCL-Poly as a minority partner.

China installs just 188 MW of distributed PV power in first quarter

China has set ambitious goals for the further deployment of PV, but lags behind in installed distributed power. Only 188 MW of distributed PV were installed in first quarter 2014.

US congressman says natural gas is the solution to EU-Russia energy crisis

Vladimir Putin's posturing over gas supplies to the Ukraine means America needs to escalate its LNG exports, according to the Republican-dominated House of Representatives.

Representative Fred Upton says the U.S. must export more liquified natural gas to help countries avoid an over-dependence on Russian gas. Upton described the U.S. as 'the world's emerging energy superpower.'

AT&T expands solar mobile charging initiative in New York City

The telco group's PV-powered Street Charge offers free device charging at more than 20 parks and outdoor locations through September.

Sunways prepares for liquidation

Konstanz-based Sunways took another step towards liquidation by starting proceedings to de-list its shares from the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

Proceedings have started to de-list the company's stock from its main Frankfurt exchange. The company also announced its chairman of the management board has resigned.

Germany leads in electric vehicle production but says 'Nein danke' to driving them

BMWi production in Leipzig

German drivers appear to prefer the roar of combustible engines than the quiet humming of electric cars despite the country's leading position as a major producer of e-vehicles.

Shoals Technologies Group awarded 17.5 MW racking contract at Fort Huachuca army base

Delegates and officials break ground on the Fort Huachuca solar array.

The group will partner with American Helios Constructors to complete the project, which is part of the largest army base in the country.

EU fossil fuel reserves dwindling, according to report

Gasometer, La Plaine, Saint-Denis, France

Disputed U.K. university report claims to illustrate just how dependent on Russia EU member states are. Anglia Ruskin research says France has less than a year's domestic reserves of oil, coal and gas left.

China targets 70 GW of solar by 2017

China has announced plans to triple its installed solar capacity to 70 GW by 2017.

The country has announced plans to triple solar capacity within three years. Renewables ambitions also include a 150 GW target for wind power by 2017.

Recurrent Energy to develop 150 MW Texan project

The city of Austin's utility, Austin Energy, has signed a 20-year PPA for a 150 MW solar project to be developed by Recurrent Energy in West Texas.

The project will be the largest single-site solar project in Texas, says Recurrent. Utility Austin Energy said solar is now cost effective across 85% of the state's electricity supply.

Canadian Solar stockpiles cash and inventory

Canadian Solar CEO Shawn Qu insists his company is in good health, blaming falling figures on a 'seasonally slow quarter.'

CEO Shawn Qu says the company has hoarded cash and inventory during a seasonally slow period to reap the benefits when demand rises again. The high-profile CEO will continue to focus on downstream projects.

Aleo solar's sale is complete

At least 180 aleo solar jobs have been saved with the completion of the company's transfer to new owners SCP Solar, with more jobs to follow at the company's Prenzlau module factory.

The former Bosch subsidiary says 180 jobs have been saved and more may follow from its Prenzlau operation. Aleo has handed over the first $9.6 million of a $13.7 million sweetener to new owners SCP Solar.

Utilities invest in robotic tracker systems

QBotix's robotic tracking systems have attracted $12 million from investors, including giant utilities E.ON and Iberdrola.

E.ON and Iberdrola joined a $12 million funding round for Californian tracker company QBotix this week. The German multinational revealed it has invested after testing out the robotic trackers for 'over a year.'

Outsourcing PV panel production growing trend among manufacturers

Trina Solar PV panel production

Fueled by increasing market demand and efforts by manufacturers to reduce costs, the trend to outsource module production is on the rise among leading global players, says GlobalData.

Australia to launch anti-dumping investigation against Chinese PV manufacturers

Sydney Harbour

Falling prices and increased competition from China is making business tough for local PV producers, yet they've also spurred PV development while offsetting incentive cutbacks.

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