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Newly established Solara takes over CentroSolar's off-grid unit

Sail boat equipped with Solara modules

A management buyout has led to the formation of the new company and its acquisition of insolvent CentroSolar's Stand Alone System division.


Portugal adds 33 MW of PV for 330 MW cumulative solar capacity

Microgeneration in Portugal

Portugal added 33 MW of solar PV capacity in the first six months of 2014. A significant reduction in new mini installations is worrying, though, given the Portuguese PV sector is predominantly rooftop driven.


Global investment creating perfect storm for growing markets

Lightning storm

The flood of money pouring into renewable energy around the world is trickling down and creating new revenue streams for established businesses eager for growth.


China brings forward start date of carbon trading scheme

Air pollution in Beijing.

Official announces a national carbon trading scheme will be introduced in 2016. The country is already running seven city and province-based pilot schemes.


US home solar loans at 6.5%

The California skyline.

San Francisco-based Dividend Solar has launched an affordable loan for residential solar. The EmpowerPortal loan permits residents to claim a 30% federal tax credit.


SunEdison to supply solar power to Chilean copper mine

Los Pelambres copper mine, Chile

TerraForm Power plans to buy the 69.5 MW Javiera solar facility when completed next year. The plant will supply Los Pelambres copper mine in the Coquimbo Region through the Central Interconnected System.


Conergy acquires 18 MW in UK solar projects

Conergy 5 MW plant in Cornwall, UK

The solar company has purchased two new PV projects, a 13.5 MW installation in South Wales and a 4.45 MW array in Cornwall, England.


Wuxi Suntech to invest $2.5 billion in Japanese expansion

The revitalized Chinese group is looking to build large-scale solar plants in Japan and sell power to electric companies through the feed-in program.


Russia set to join IRENA

IRENA Fourth Assembly, January 2014

While the Russian government has yet to notify the Agency, IRENA tells pv magazine it encourages all U.N. member states to join the organization.


Activ Solar rejects Crimean government claims

Active Solar's 31.55 MW PV installation in Ukraine

The Austrian solar company tells pv magazine that it has no assets in Crimea nor any related debts to Russian banks, describing reports that it owes $300 million to Russian banks as "incorrect."


FRV says Australian solar pipeline worthless if RET changed

Rafael Benjumea, CEO of Spanish developer FRV.

Interview: Rafael Benjumea, CEO of Spanish developer FRV, warns that implementation of Australia's RET Review recommendations will discourage investment in the country's solar industry.


Mexican PV project to light up Chihuahua

Chihuahua City, Mexico

The 33 MW-AC plant is being developed by SDC Energreen Aljaval, a joint venture between Mexico's Energreen and Spanish group Aljaval, which is developing more than 300 MW of PV across the country.


France's PV market recovers in the first half of 2014

The latest French government figures show solar PV market recovery continuing in the second quarter of 2014, led by large projects. During the quarter the nation surpassed 5 GW of installed PV.


Tesla’s battery Gigafactory likely to result in over 50% oversupply

A Tesla.

New research from Lux Research makes the prediction that the Tesla Motors/Panasonic 35 GW lithium-ion battery production will result in 50% overproduction. The scenario will likely occur, says Lux, as Tesla misses its target of...


India rejects anti-dumping: Industry reaction

Indian flag.

Despite disappointing some manufacturers, the decision by the Indian government not to introduce AD tariffs could prove positive for many local players.


European Council ups 2030 renewables target to 30%

European Union flags.

The new target, an increase on the previous 27% goal, is welcomed by the solar industry, but draws criticism for failing to introduce binding commitments.


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