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UK added 700 MW of FIT-driven PV in 2014, figures show

Rooftop PV installation from Solarcentury

Data from the Department of Energy and Climate Change reveals some 125,000 homes added solar to their rooftops last year, triggering latest FIT reduction.


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The World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2015

Volatility due to sinking oil prices and PV development in the Middle East, Barack Obama's praise of solar, the ITC's confirmation of import tariffs and Q Cells moving production out of Germany were just some of the week's...


HelioSage, Gulf Power partner on 120 MW of solar in Florida

Gulf Power and HelioSage teams visit a HelioSage project under construction in North Carolina.

The Virginia-based solar developer will build the utility-scale projects at three military sites as part of a collaboration with the U.S. Air Force and Navy.


Turkey aims for 3 GW of PV by 2023

Istanbul, Turkey

In 2014, Turkey saved $850 million in energy imports due to the increase in the share of renewable energy.


Hanwha Q Cells' exit from Germany reflects weak European PV market

Hanwha Q Cells headquarters in Thalheim, Germany

The PV manufacturer has announced plans to end its production operations in Germany in March and relocate them to more affordable locations. IHS analyst Stefan de Haan sees the main reasons for the move in the floundering...


SunEdison secures European financing to build 85.2 MW of solar in UK

West Penwith, south coast of Cornwall, U.K.

Spain's Santander and Germany's Bayerische Landesbank arranged funding for the projects, which will be owned by SunEdison's yieldco subsidiary TerraForm Power.


UK: Grupotech to install 186 MW of PV in Q1

Lightsource's 3 MW Apse New Barn Solar Farm on the Isle of Wight.

In the three years that Grupotec has been operating in the U.K., it has erected 32 PV parks with a total capacity of 220 MW, making it the No. 2 leading EPC company in the country last year.


Top Chinese module suppliers sell out till Q2 while increasing market share

JA Solar module inspection

Representing 35% of global module capacity, IHS forecasts a 5.7 GW total effective capacity of Chinese tier-1 module suppliers in the first quarter of 2015.


SolarWorld wins again: US affirms injury over PV imports from China, Taiwan

SolarWorld headquarters, Oregon

In the latest chapter of the ongoing trade dispute between certain PV manufacturers in the United States and China, the U.S. International Trade Commission in a vote Wednesday upheld tariffs proposed in 2014 on PV imports from...


Investments in 'grid-edge' companies climb to $1.3 billion in 2014

Alevo gigafab in North Carolina

According to GTM Research, investments in the field last year surpassed 2012 and 2013 but remained below the $1.4 billion the sector raised in 2011.


Hanwha Q Cells to shutter production in Germany

Hanwha Q Cells, Germany

The company's German site will cease production as of March 1. The German facility has production capacities of 230 MW for cells and 130 MW for modules. Hanwha will relocate part of the fab to Malaysia, where costs are cheaper.


IHS halves five-year outlook for PV installations in Saudi Arabia

Rub al Khalid Desert, Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has postponed the roll-out of its renewable energy plans by eight years, now setting its its capacity target to 2040, according to reports citing Hashim Yamani, president of the King Abdullah City for Atomic and...


Grid flexibility to integrate renewables in Europe

Map of Europe

A new study titled Managing Flexibility in European Electricity Grids by Frost and Sullivan finds that grid flexibility is crucial to integrate renewable energy sources in Europe. Technical, geographical, managerial and above all...


State of the Union: Obama shines modest light on US solar expansion

President Barack Obama delivers State of the Union speech on Jan. 20, 2015.

In his annual State of the Union speech delivered to Congress and the nation Tuesday evening, President Barack Obama highlighted the rapid expansion of solar power in the United States since he moved into the White House.


EU's lead climate negotiator shares Gore's optimism in Abu Dhabi

Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore at the 2015 WFES conference in Abu Dhabi.

On the same day that former U.S. Vice President Al Gore expressed optimism that an agreement on greenhouse gas emissions would be reached in Paris later this year, Jake Werksman, the European Union's lead negotiator in these...


Solarexpo could herald Italian solar renaissance

Il Duomo, Milan.

Organisers of the Milan trade show say there are signs of a recovery in Italian PV. Inverter maker Fronius and Chinese giant Jinko Solar are making all the right noises.


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