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Vivint Solar closes on $200 million for U.S. residential solar projects

The residential solar installer has entered into a term facility in two tranches, which it says will provide additional flexibility.


Heliatek breaks efficiency record for 40% transparent organic cells

Heliatek's OPV cell.

The organic solar film producers have achieved a new record in efficiency for 40% transparent solar cells, achieving 7.2% in recent lab tests.


Hanwha Q CELLS collaborates on 31 MW Mexican PV installations

Hanwha Q CELLS Germany HQ.

The German-headquartered company will finance all 31 MW of PV across 120 locations of local retail giants, Tiendas Soriana.


Israel's Parliament installs rooftop PV, applies net-metering innovation

Knesset, Israel.

The Parliament building has announced a tender for a 400 kW rooftop installation that will make it the greenest government HQ in the world.


ReneSola posts annual increases in revenue, net loss

ReneSola headquarters

The company achieved a performance record in the fourth quarter of 2013, however, including a net profit and a 58% increase in module shipments.


Yingli completes 1 MW World Cup solar installation

Arena Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil.

The array at Brazil's Arena Pernambuco stadium will deliver clean solar energy to one of the forthcoming soccer World Cup's most important venues.


Malaysia opens talks on 50 MW PV plant

Mosque in Kedah, Malaysia.

The government has met with energy advisors to discuss plans to construct a 50 MW PV plant in northern state of Kedah.


Eclareon examines PV competitiveness in seven countries

Moron de la Frontera, Spain

The company's new report found that in Germany and Italy, low PV installation prices, a low discount rate and high electricity prices compensate for low irradiation levels to reach grid parity.


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.


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