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China's NDRC order grid operators to purchase curtailed solar power in congested regions

Ground mounted Chinese solar farm in Qinghai.

National Development and Reform Commission issues purchase rule forcing grid operators in 11 Chinese regions to secure utilization of at least 1,300 hours of solar energy; regions identified because of network congestion and...


Obama pledges more US solar buildings and jobs

Barack Obama, Nellis Airforce Base

The White House has already invested $2 billion in energy efficiency in federal buildings and is now pledging an additional $2 billion by 2016, doubling the program, with much of the funding going into PV systems.


Shunfeng, Greenfield to establish major beachhead in UK

Cliffs of Dover, Kent, England

Equipped with Suntech modules, the Chinese giant and its German partner aim to build 900 MW of PV plants by 2015 in what has become Europe's most dynamic solar market.


Dominion acquires 32 MW PV projects in Tennessee

Selmer City Hall

The solar farms, which are scheduled to begin commercial operation later this year, bring the Virginia-based energy group's solar portfolio to 212 MW. The plants employ 162,000 BYD modules and 36 SMA inverters.


SolarCity doubles first-quarter revenue, cuts net loss by 41%

SolarCity installation

The California solar provider achieved record bookings of 136 MW and increased its 2014 guidance to 500-550 MW deployed. The company is on track to meet its one million customer target by 2018.


NREL assembles industry group to explore solar lending

Rooftop installation on Colorado home

The U.S. government agency says a greater prevalence and diversity of loan products could enable higher rates of solar adoption in regions where third-party finance is currently lacking.


Bosch deal boosts SolarWorld's first-quarter bottom line

SolarWorld module production

The German company raised its group-wide shipments by 41% to 154 MW compared to 109 MW a year ago.


Gehrlicher sees strong prospects following management buyout

Perleberg solar park, Brandenburg

The new company took over all the invested capital and intangible assets, including patents, trademarks and brands, of the insolvent Gehrlicher Solar AG.


Arizona to impose new tax on solar lease customers

Solar rooftop installation, USA.

The State Department of Revenue has reinterpreted its tax policy, reassessing leased solar panels as "merchant power plants" that must be taxed.


Japan reaches for stars to develop orbital solar

NASA concept of solar power satellite

"It would be difficult and expensive, but the payoff would be immense, and not just in economic terms," says Susumu Sasaki, professor emeritus at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.


ReneSola signs biggest sales order to date in Jordan

Amman, Jordan

Jordan continues to attract major PV developers as the country seeks to increase its use of solar energy.


SkyPower FAS Energy signs deal for 3 GW PV project in Nigeria

Nigeria's capital city, Lagos.

The historic agreement with the Federal Republic of Nigeria Government will bring masses of utility-scale solar capacity to the West African nation.


First Solar posts 89% boost in first-quarter net profit, announced new projects

First Solar PV module installation

The Arizona-based thin film module maker reported 404 MW in new bookings in the first three months of 2014, including the 53 MW Shams Ma'an project in Jordan. It will next build 42.76 MW in California.


Statkraft, SunEdison sign 88 MW PPA deal in UK

SunEdison installation

With the construction of eight new solar power plants, SunEdison has established a major foothold in the growing U.K. solar market with a total of 117 MW already in operation.


China imposes punitive duties on EU polysilicon

Chinese Minister of Commerce Gao Hucheng

Anti-dumping duties of 42% will apply to German, Italian and Spanish companies, including Schmid, Joint Solar Silicon, MEMC Electronic Materials and Siliken Spain.


Wacker sees first-quarter net profit soar

Wacker polysilicon

A one-off windfall from a restructured solar sector deal resulted in stratospheric profits for the polysilicon giant.


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