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Germany slates $210 million for sustainable power grid research

Transmission tower maintenance, Germany

Some 200 research institutes and companies are taking part in the initiative, part of the country's ambitious goal of an 80% renewable energy share by 2050.


Amtech receives order for IonSolar implant system, announces Q3 FY results

Production line.

The U.S.-based solar equipment manufacturer will ship its IonSolar Implant system to an unnamed Chinese solar company within six months.


Unlicensed PV sector could propel Turkey to 10 GW by 2023

Solar installation, Turkey.

Senior energy experts in the country expect a bright future for Turkey's solar industry, driven largely by the unlicensed PV segment.


ReneSola back in black as shipments grow 15%

ReneSola PV cells quality control

Increased revenue and an improved margin helped push the Chinese group back to profitability thanks in large part to improved global operations and successful cost reductions.


Seven North Carolina solar farms set for Canadian Solar modules

Charlotte, North Carolina.

Deal sees Canadian Solar supply 44 MW of its high efficient modules to seven solar forms in North Carolina before the end of the year.


Trina Solar to add 49.9 MW to UK solar portfolio

Jifan Gao, Trina Solar CEO and Chairman.

Trina to develop utility-scale solar park in the U.K., adding to the 23.8 MW PV capacity the company has already installed in the country.


London Mayor aims swipe at UK chancellor's lack of support for green economy

Boris Johnson.

As Boris Johnson throws his hat into the ring for a seat following next year's general election, the outspoken mayor has criticized the U.K. chancellor's stance on environmental policies.


UK hits 5 GW solar PV capacity

Solar installation, Glemham.

NPD Solarbuzz figures find that 90% of U.K. capacity was installed in the past three years. FIT-driven, small-scale systems account for 42% of all installation capacity.


BNEF: Solar poised for rapid growth in Mexico and Central America

Bloomberg New Energy Finance has presented a new report which finds that investments in solar slumped in the region in the first half of 2014, after booming in 2012 and 2013. However, the company notes strong drivers and policy...


China requests extension for US trade case settlement

SolarWorld, Hillsboro, Oregon.

Letter sent by Chinese government representatives to DOC asks for another week in which to strike a deal in the ongoing solar trade war.


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Japanese PV market booms: over 1 GW-AC put online in April, 10-12 GW-AC predicted for 2014

Japan's solar market is continuing to grow, with more projects coming online in 2014, according to new data and projections from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The company expects Japan to commission between 10.3 and 11.9 GW of...


China surpasses Germany as world's solar bright spot

Beijing skyline, China.

Global Renewable Energy Report 2014 finds that China now boasts the world's biggest solar market, accounting for investments of $23.56bn last year.


Suntech buys up 30% of US storage company Powin Energy, wins best-in-class panel rating

Suntech HQ, Wuxi, China.

The Chinese solar producer has paid $25 million for a 30% share of Powin Energy, and could acquire a further 30% over the next two years.


Smart money against hitting EU target

A smart meter.

The EU is on track to fall short of its target of having smart meters in 80% of households by 2020. Member states have committed more than $60 billion to the smart meter roll out.


China adds 3.3 GW of solar in six months

Pollution in Beijing.

The Asian superpower is on track to eclipse Europe as the world's solar powerhouse this year. But the first-half figure is well short of halfway to the stated target of 13 GW of new solar this year.


pv magazine's weekly news roundup

MS Turano PlanetSolar boat.

A quick look back at the biggest solar news stories that have grabbed our attention over these past seven days.


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