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Germany: 35% more PV storage installations

The number of subsidized solar power storage installations has increased by more than 35% in a year in Germany. Falling prices and the desire for energy independence are fuelling this high demand.

SolarWorld's Asbeck rekindles interest in Bosch

Right after introducing measures to save his own photovoltaic company, SolarWorld CEO Frank Asbeck is drawing up plans again, this time for Bosch Solar. A German newspaper report confirms Asbeck's interest in parts of Bosch Solar.

India: 4 GW power plant project launched

The Indian power plant.

The Indian government has announced plans to build the world’s biggest solar power plant, in the Rajasthan province. While huge, at 4 GW in total capacity, the project’s timeline is a long one.

Global energy company E.ON moves towards solar as newest board member at SEIA

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) this week welcomed global energy company E.ON, headquartered in Essen, Germany, as the newest addition to its board of directors.

Construction begins at First Solar’s Solar Gen 2

The Antelope Valley - generic photo.

First Solar has commenced construction at its third project in California’s Imperial Valley. The 150 MW Solar Gen 2 project is expected to be completed by July 2014.

US solar power costs fall 60% in just 18 months

The cost of solar power in the U.S. is now 60% cheaper than it was in early 2011, according to a joint report by the U.S. Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and GTM Research.

Brazil's solar potential in the spotlight at Intersolar South America

Intersolar South America 2013, Expo Center Norte, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Intersolar South America opened in Sao Paulo on Wednesday with a clear focus on the domestic market. The event’s first day made apparent Brazil’s solar potential in both distributed generation and large-scale power plants.

EIB to support Indian renewable energy projects with EUR 80 million loan

The European Investment Bank (EIB), supported by Italian export credit agency SACE S.p.A, signs EUR 40 million loan as first instalment to SREI Infrastructure Finance Limited (SREI) to finance renewable energy projects in India.

Germany: RE law reform threatens energy transition

Bundestag, Berlin, Germany

As Germans prepare to go to the polls on Sunday, renewable energy policy remains a point of contention among diverse interest groups. Proposals to overhaul the current RE law leave out grass-root endeavors, however.

Energy Capital developing 300 MW plant in Utah

Notch Peak, Millard County, Utah

The U.S. state of Utah has lagged behind other western states in installed solar capacity, but that is slowly changing. Energy Capital Group has unveiled plans for a 300 MW PV plant in the state.

PV book-to-bill ratio to remain at sub-parity levels for Q3

NPD Solarbuzz forecast a tenth consecutive quarter where net bookings for PV equipment lag behind recognized sale revenues.

China imposes new solar industry guidelines

Yingli solar PV production

The Chinese government has issued new regulations requiring domestic PV manufacturers to not only invest in the expansion of production capacities, but also in research and development and quality control.

Spain's competition watchdog blasts government plans to tax solar

CNC HQ in Madrid, Spain.

The country's National Competition Commission has warned the government that its plans to limit and tax solar power generation will damage Spain's economic competitiveness.

Boston ranked as most energy-efficient US city

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) ranks Boston as the most energy-efficient of 34 major U.S. cities rated.

Commercial segment set to lead solar storage market by 2017

IHS storage graph 9.13

While the commercial sector currently makes up the smallest part of the global solar energy storage business, it is projected to expand by a factor of 700 in the next four years and dominate the market in 2017.

California embracing third-party residential PV ownership

SolarCity US residential solar

While the residential PV market in California is booming, most of the new installations are owned not by homeowners but rather by third-party companies.

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