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UK government refuses to intervene in solar farm plans

Secretary of state for communities and local government Eric Pickles.

Secretary of state Eric Pickles refused to be drawn into the planning application for a 15-16 MW farm in Cumbria but is very much an interventionist when it comes to applications in the Tory heartlands in the south east of...


Sunrun approves Canadian Solar PV modules

Sunrun residential rooftop PV

Customers and PV installers will now be able to choose Canadian Solar products in their Sunrun home solar system.


Trina Solar sets new efficiency record for silicon cells

Trina Solar PV module production

While the technologies are not currently in production, they will be part of the company's future commercialized Honey Plus and IBC products, says Trina Vice President and chief scientist Pierre Verlinden.


JA Solar multi-Si 60-cell solar module sets output record, surpasses 280 W

JA Solar module inspection

The output power of the record-setting solar modules can be further improved by fine tuning the company's module assembly process and encapsulation materials, the company says.


pv magazine weekly news roundup: Nov 7-14

Obama and Xi Jinping in Beijing.

Solar shows its worth in space, in Africa, and in the home, while the world's two biggest carbon emitters sign a landmark agreement to boost renewable energy deployment.


Capital Stage could double generation portfolio

Hamburg Capital stage.

The German developer has signed a 20-year strategic financing deal with the Gothaer Group. Purchase of solar parks could double Capital's 313 MW portfolio.


China Sunergy financing deal in Turkey

China Sunergy's Istanbul-Tuzla module plant.

Chinese manufacturer will develop projects of up to 100 MW in Turkey with financing from DenizBank. The Chinese company last month started shipments of its Turkish-made modules to the US.


8minutenergy signs 100 MW PPA

8minutenergy's Chocolate Mountain project, in California.

US developer's Springbok project will supply households in LA. Construction of the project is set to start in the first three months of the new year.


Westinghouse parent enters administration

A Westinghouse solar module.

Australian renewables developer CBD Energy has entered voluntary administration along with its Australian solar business. The company hopes to announce a restructuring plan next month.


Applied Materials results show little sign of recovery in the PV equipment market

Applied Materials has reported another slow quarter in its Energy & Environmental Services division, a sign that recovery in the PV equipment industry is still far off.


13. November 2014 | | Comment now

Attacks on state net metering policies fall short

The latest edition of IREC and VoteSolar's Freeing the Grid finds no significant rollbacks to state net metering policies over the last twelve months, despite multiple attempts by utilities.


Solar panels carry Rosetta's lander to comet

Rosetta: Philae landing, ESA artist's impression

Humanity yesterday celebrated an historic step towards unlocking the mysteries of the oldest building blocks of our Solar System: Comets. Solar cells carried the European Space Agency's Rosetta probe, Philae, onto the first-ever...


Imergy signs flow battery deal with Hawaii's Energy Research Systems

Hawaii State Dept. of Education PV installation

The combination of solar power systems and Imergy's vanadium flow batteries are a cost effective solution for areas with high electricity prices or limited grid capabilities, says Herve Mazzocco, Imergy's director of Business...


UK adds £10 million for community renewable energy schemes

UK rooftop Lightsource Renewable Energy

The new funding will allow communities to play their part in generating renewable power at a local level, according to Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey.


Solar industry on both sides of pond cheer US-Chinese CO2 emissions deal

Barack Obama, Xi Jinping in Beijing, Nov. 12, 2014

"The news is good for the solar industry, as solar is an obvious solution to fight climate change and stimulate local economies while bringing green, sustainable and affordable energy to the world," says James Watson, CEO of the...


Greensmith riding energy storage wave atop software platform

Greensmith CEO John Jung

Interview: Greensmith, a leading provider of energy storage management software, has seen dramatic growth in the grid-scale energy storage market, putting the company ahead of its 2014 targets. CEO John Jung spoke with pv...


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