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Germany: Solarwatt acquires storage specialist e-Wolf

Solarwatt's headquarters in Dresden

The German battery technology start-up boasts the storage experts behind Formula 1 team Toyota Racing's kinetic energy recovery system (KERS). Solarwatt expects the acquisition to reduce storage system costs over the long run.


Google buys solar-powered drone company

Titan Aerospace drone.

The tech giant snaps up New Mexico-based Titan Aerospace, a startup that is developing unmanned, solar-powered jets designed to fly nonstop for years at a time.


Chinese module prices in US may increase 20%

Yingli PV module production

Further duties on modules assembled in China and on Taiwanese solar components would increase U.S. pricing as firms pass added costs onto customers or outsource production to higher-cost regions, according to GTM Research.


REC Silicon posts results, predicts a year of improvement

REC in Washington.

While still posting losses, the Norwegian company appears to have reversed its declines. Despite a challenging market, the company warily predicts that things will get better.


Global roll-out of renewable energy can avert climate catastrophe, says IPCC report

Greenpeaces protesters at Brandenburg Gate.

UN analysis finds total shift away from fossil fuels will have minimal impact on economic growth while averting feared 2C temperature increase by 2050.


Desertec loses major German partners

Desertec solar array in Morocco.

The future of the ambitious, multi-billion dollar-project to generate renewable energy in the MENA region in order to supply Europe appears to be in doubt following the exit of major German partners.


Chinese manufacturers predict Q1 to be tougher than expected

China and the US

Trina Solar and Yingli have both revised their predictions for Q1 2014. The newer figures show heavier decreases than forecast.


Australian community imagines inclusive solar project

Tathra, Australia.

Members of the public in the New South Wales town of Tathra have been invited to purchase solar panels on a 50 kW array, which will be arranged to spell out the word "Imagine."


Solarex: Turkish solar sector sees increased activity

Hans Christoph Neidlein, Andrea Jeremias

The Solarex confab in Istanbul came to a close on Saturday with an optimistic outlook for the Turkish PV market. Numerous companies reported increased activity and qualified interest.


Solarex: Waiting for Turkey's real market push

IBC Solar's 200 kWp plant in Konya, Turkey

The Solarex confab in Istanbul, which runs through Saturday, is enjoying bustling attendance, with a slew of international companies showcasing products and services. German equipment manufacturers in particular have reported...


CSUN, PV-Systems sign 15 MW deal in Turkey

CSUN deal at Solarex, Istanbul, April 2014

The Chinese company is expanding its activities in Turkey, which it sees as a "major hub for the booming Turkish, developing Middle East and established European markets."


Polish government approves renewable energy bill

Polish parliament

Poland, which generates some 90 percent of its electricity from coal plants, is seeking to increase renewable energy to at least 15 percent by 2020 in order to meet EU targets.


Martifer Solar connects nearly 80 MW to UK grid

Martifer Solar PV project in UK

The Portuguese company has completed the largest PV cluster built to date for Lightsource Renewable Energy. Martifer has installed almost 110 MW of solar projects in the U.K. in the past year.


US adds 2.2 GW of PV in 2013

US EIA chart: new solar capacity added in 2013

Distributed solar PV capacity in the United States grew by an estimated 1.9 GW last year, most of which was located in California.


EU calls for market-based initiatives to replace green energy subsidies

High tension lines in Europe

The European Commission has adopted new rules for public support of renewable energy and environmental protection projects that offer greater protection for energy intensive industry.


Turkish PV market expanding despite growing pains

PV Power Plants - Turkey, April 2014

Local developers expect at least 500 MW a year of new installed PV capacity in Turkey starting in 2016 despite the difficulties facing the sector.


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