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PV more profitable than onshore wind in Germany

Fraunhofer ISI, Karlsruhe, Germany

Although PV installations in Germany produce less electricity than onshore wind installations, they generate "significantly higher profits," according to a new report by the Fraunhofer Institute.


Shin-Etsu Chemical to license cell manufacturing technology

Shin-Etsu Gunma Complex, Isobe Plant, Japan

The Japanese company has established a mass production process for 156 by 156 mm solar cell products that have a conversion efficiency of 21%.


US army adds small businesses to $7 billion renewable energy contract

PV installation, Fort Bliss, Texas

The Army's $7 billion Multiple Award Task Order Contract (MATOC) is aimed at power purchase agreements involving renewable or alternative energy projects greater than 10 MW.


First Solar signs 100 MW deal with Japan's XSOL

Mount Fuji, Japan

The deal follows First Solar's move last year to invest $100 million in mega solar projects in the country. The XSOL agreement will also supply smaller-scale installations.


SunPower can access another $44.5 million for solar leases

A SunPower residential solar installation.

U.S. vertically integrated manufacturer SunPower has closed an agreement to finance $44.5 million of its solar leases. Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital (HASI) is providing the capital.


SolarWorld increases first half revenue by modest 13%

SolarWorld installation, Germany.

SolarWorld AG's preliminary business results for the first half of 2014 also reveal solid growth in module sales but below-par sales of complete systems.


SolarReserve signs power contract for 20 MW solar PV plant in El Salvador

El Salvador has awarded a power purchase agreement (PPA) to SolarReserve for the output of a 20 MW project, as part of a competitive solicitation under which 94 MW of PV projects were awarded. These projects are part of a solar...


UK: Wind could decide future of utility-scale solar, says IHS

Wind farm, U.K.

Under the new CfD scheme, solar plants over 5 MW could enjoy an early advantage while the ROC is still applicable for onshore wind projects.


Industry responds to US anti-dumping ruling

Chinese cell manufacturing.

Steep duties imposed by the Department of Commerce criticized by both CASE and SEIA, but SolarWorld applauds decision to 'level the domestic playing field'.


Solar trade war: US imposes preliminary anti-dumping tariffs of 26-165% on solar PV from China, Taiwan

The U.S. Department of Commerce has issued preliminary anti-dumping tariffs of 26-165% on imports of crystalline silicon solar PV cells and modules from China and Taiwan.


EU debates energy security strategy

The flag of the EU.

The European Parliament debated a strategy which calls for more renewable generation alongside more fossil fuels and nuclear. Ukraine conflict is bringing energy security sharply into focus.


24. July 2014 | | 3 comments

Utility-scale solar makes up 1/3 of new U.S. electric capacity in the first half of 2014

FERC's latest report finds that solar capacity additions still lag natural gas expansion, and the Department of Energy predicts the continued domination of gas through 2040.


UK cap on renewable subsidies harms solar, says industry

Tillhouse solar farm, England.

The £200m subsidy ceiling announced today amounts to a large reduction in support for large-scale solar, says the U.K.'s solar industry.


SunEdison acquires 156 MW-DC solar project in Colorado for yieldco

SunEdison has acquired the 156 MW-DC Comanche Solar project from Community Energy, which TerraForm Power will have the option to purchase upon completion. This announcement follows on TerraForm closing on its US$533 million IPO.


SolarWorld merges German operations

SolarWorld facility, Freiberg, Saxony, Germany

The German group is bundling its operations in the state of Saxony to create a centralized production chain in Freiberg, which is celebrating 20 years of solar production next month.


REC Solar achieves $16.2 million second-quarter profit

REC Solar facility, Singapore

While Europe remains the company's No. 1 market, it sees great potential in the U.S., where it recently signed a major supply deal with leading solar provider SolarCity.


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