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BREAKING: Arizona Public Service attempts to weaken net metering - again

The utility’s latest proposal includes an elevated basic service charge, mandatory demand charges and reduced compensation for excess electricity generated.

Trina Solar posts first-quarter net profit of $26.5 million

Jifan Gao, Trina chairman, CEO

The Chinese group is aiming to develop 400 MW to 500 MW of downstream PV projects in 2014 and expects to realize its module shipment target of 3.6 GW to 3.8 GW in 2014.

Chinese rooftop PV expected to reach only 1 GW in 2014 rather than 8 GW target

PV installation in Hong Kong

PV players attending the SNEC PV Power Expo in Shanghai say a lack of regulations covering subsidies for distributed solar will keep installations from meeting the ambitious goal this year.

Ingenious Clean Energy finances £27 million solar parks project

Glastonburgy, Sommerset, England

Barclays provided a £15 million loan towards the financing of three new solar parks in southwest England developed by British Solar Renewables.

US photovoltaic market to approach 20 GW in 2014

Strata Solar, Warehouse Farm, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

An influx of new capital for centralized and distributed generation is boosting strong growth. PV systems are increasingly attracting investments from installers and utility companies as well as institutional investors, private...

meeco Group teams up with Elcomponics Technologies in India

meeco's Mauritius PV installation

The Swiss company's Indian subsidiary is forming a joint venture to produce a solar power management systems for its growing business in Asia and Africa.

SNEC opens to bustling crowds

Heraeus stand, SNEC

More Chinese equipment and inverter manufacturers presented their products than previous years amidst growing optimism that China's young distributed PV power market will soon take off.

PV module shipments to grow 30% in 2014

NPD Solarbuzz graph: shipment growth 2014

End-market demand could approach 50 GW this year if the leading suppliers achieve forecasted growth rates. Yingli is expected to top annual PV supplier shipment rankings for the third year in a row.

Foresight fund secures £100 million to purchase UK solar farms

Conergy 5 MW plant in Cornwall, Britain

The solar asset manager expects to double its operational capacity in the U.K. in the next twelve months to some 200 MW. It's latest acquisition includes the 37 MW Kencot, Oxfordshire, PV farm.

SolarWorld weighs legal action following alleged Chinese spy attack

SolarWorld CEO Frank Asbeck

Although condemning the alleged hacking as a "criminal act," SolarWorld's chief exec also describes it as "a big honor and a nod to our excellent technology."

Indian election could see clean energy revolution

Renewables companies hope India's Prime Minister elect Narendra Modi will replicate his leadership of renewables in Gujarat state on the national stage.

Wind power bosses expect great things if Narendra Modi becomes prime minister. As chief minister of Gujarat, Modi pioneered the introduction of the country's first incentives for large-scale renewables.

CSUN, Zep Solar sign licensing deal

Zep Solar installation, mounting system

The move is expected to facilitate sales of CSUN PV panels in the United States in view of the widespread use of Zep Solar mounting technology in the country.

Canadian Solar breaks ground on 60 MW cell fab in China

Canadian Solar is set to expand its annual cell capacity by 60 MW by the end of the year when it opens a new factory in Jiangsu province, China.

The Chinese manufacturer started work on a new solar cell factory in Jiangsu Province, China, on Saturday. The project is an 80-20 joint venture with wafer maker GCL-Poly as a minority partner.

China installs just 188 MW of distributed PV power in first quarter

China has set ambitious goals for the further deployment of PV, but lags behind in installed distributed power. Only 188 MW of distributed PV were installed in first quarter 2014.

US congressman says natural gas is the solution to EU-Russia energy crisis

Vladimir Putin's posturing over gas supplies to the Ukraine means America needs to escalate its LNG exports, according to the Republican-dominated House of Representatives.

Representative Fred Upton says the U.S. must export more liquified natural gas to help countries avoid an over-dependence on Russian gas. Upton described the U.S. as 'the world's emerging energy superpower.'

AT&T expands solar mobile charging initiative in New York City

The telco group's PV-powered Street Charge offers free device charging at more than 20 parks and outdoor locations through September.

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