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In a 100% renewable US we'll all be running our houses with solar power and relaxing in front of the box to watch Formula E. But we won't be using AE inverters...


Foxconn testing solar waters

The Taiwanese electronics group, which is reportedly eager to reduce its reliance on Apple, is expected to decide by year's end whether to expand its solar operations.


Meyer Burger sees a positive turning point

Solar photovoltaic equipment manufacturer Meyer Burger Technology Ltd. has released a rather bleak 2013 first half report on its company sales. However expressing optimism, the company stated that it expects market dynamics to...


BNRG set to begin construction on 20 MWp solar park in UK

BNRG will build the utility-scale project on approximately 120 acres (48.6 hectares) of land in South East England. The plant will be equipped with some 82,000 solar panels, making it one of the largest in the country.


Market share for thin film projected to fall

The market share of thin film photovoltaic panels is expected to decline each year to 2017 according to the latest NPD Solarbuzz PV Equipment Quarterly report. First Solar and Solar Frontier will continue to hold the bulk share...


JinkoSolar returns to profitability in second quarter

U.S. 1.2 MW BIPV, JinkoSolar

The Chinese manufacturer posted a Q2 profit of $8 million following the expansion of operations in emerging markets such as Japan, the U.S. and India.


US Interior Department approves new solar zone in California

Chocolate Mts, California

As part of the Obama administration's clean energy goals, the U.S. Interior Department has established a new Renewable Energy Evaluation Area that could result in the development of more than 3.3 GW of solar capacity.


Gujarat lights up canal with 10 MW project

Gujarat Kadi canal-top pv plant

The Indian state of Gujarat is set to expand canal-top solar power generation with a new 10-kilometer long photovoltaic project.


Researchers boost CdTe cell efficiency from below 8% to 11.5%

CdTe thin film cell

Scientists at Switzerland's Empa have increased efficiency levels of flexible cadmium telluride solar cells by successfully doping them with copper.


Trina, Yingli, SunPower top Solar Scorecard

Trina Solar PV module production

Of the leading 40 solar companies, environmental and consumer advocacy group Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition found that Trina Solar, Yingli and SunPower bested industry rivals in areas such as worker safety and module toxicity.


Australia: fixed rate utility charges floated

A residential PV array in Perth, Western Australia.

The government of the state of Western Australia (WA) has suggested introducing a fixed fee for grid connection for solar households in the face of falling utility revenues.


Trina Solar to supply modules to Nevada solar project

Photovoltaic module producer Trina Solar has announced that it will be supplying 250 MW of modules to the Copper Mountain Solar 3 project in Boulder City, Nevada.


Activ Solar complete 69.7 MW Ukrainian project

Austrian solar developer Activ Solar has completed the installation of the 69.7 MW Nikolayevka Solar Park in Ukraine's Crimean region.


German solar developer Sunselex files for insolvency

Sunselex, France

The Munich-based project developer may have folded, but its management is looking to transfer the group's core assets to a Swiss subsidiary with a new focus on emerging markets around the globe.


US solar sector eager to reinforce energy grid

Namaste Solar

A new report by the U.S. Department of Energy calls for increasing the resiliency of the country's electric grid to weather outages. The nation's solar sector is eager to help.


Russia set to draw up national RES map

Moscow, Russia

While Russia lags far behind most developed Western countries when it comes to renewable energy, the government is now creating a single RES development map to better gauge the country's potential.


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