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Utility-scale solar makes up 1/3 of new U.S. electricity capacity in the first half of 2014

FERC's latest report finds that solar capacity additions still lag natural gas expansion, and the Department of Energy predicts the continued domination of gas through 2040.


UK cap on renewable subsidies harms solar, says industry

Tillhouse solar farm, England.

The £200m subsidy ceiling announced today amounts to a large reduction in support for large-scale solar, says the U.K.'s solar industry.


SunEdison acquires 156 MW-DC solar project in Colorado for yieldco

SunEdison has acquired the 156 MW-DC Comanche Solar project from Community Energy, which TerraForm Power will have the option to purchase upon completion. This announcement follows on TerraForm closing on its US$533 million IPO.


SolarWorld merges German operations

SolarWorld facility, Freiberg, Saxony, Germany

The German group is bundling its operations in the state of Saxony to create a centralized production chain in Freiberg, which is celebrating 20 years of solar production next month.


REC Solar achieves $16.2 million second-quarter profit

REC Solar facility, Singapore

While Europe remains the company's No. 1 market, it sees great potential in the U.S., where it recently signed a major supply deal with leading solar provider SolarCity.


Enel to take full control of 3Sun factory

3Sun, Sicily, Italy

The move follows Sharp's withdrawal last week from a purchase agreemenet with the joint venture as well as its exit from Enel Green Power & Sharp Solar Energy (ESSE).


Report: solar revenues set to double by 2020

The earth.

New analysis predicts that total solar industry revenues are set to reach $137.02 billion by 2020, doubling 2013 revenues of $59.84. Greenhouse gas reduction, energy self-sufficiency and security are drivers of the industry's...


Enphase to provide microinverter systems to more than 1,500 new French homes

The deal by a French installer to provide solar PV systems equipped with microinverter systems for a major French home builder may be the beginning of broader adoption of the technology in Europe.


European Commission approves German renewable energy law

Joaquín Almunia, European Commission vice president

The new Renewable Energy Act requires renewable electricity producers to sell on the market. The law also calls for a pilot tender program for ground-mounted solar installations.


Wacker earnings forecast for 2014 revised upwards

Wacker polysilicon

The polysilicon manufacturer says that special income from retained advanced payments and damages will swell the company's EBITDA figures for 2014.


Shunfeng lands $323 million credit line

Suntech headquarters

Boosted by the acquistion of Suntech, the Chinese group is looking to expand operations in the U.S. and Asia and has slated $74 million for investment in 100 MW of projects in Japan.


Coal use undermining German, UK climate efforts, warns WWF

Coal plant in Germany.

Study by the WWF finds Germany and U.K. are among biggest coal consumers in EU, with four German coal plants among the region's five dirtiest.


Canadian Solar supplies modules for 100 MW Ontario PV plant

Ontario flag.

The solar developer will supply more than 450,000 modules for the project, as well as providing engineering, procurement and construction services.


Suniva adds 200 MW module capacity

A PV installation.

American high efficiency mono and polycrystalline cell and module manufacturer Suniva has announced that it will begin construction of a new 200 MW manufacturing facility, in the state of Michigan. Suniva will begin construction...


What does a Juncker presidency mean for renewables in Europe?

Jean-Claude Juncker

EPIA CEO James Watson says deeds, not rhetoric, will determine Jean-Claude Juncker's impact on the development of renewable energy in the European Union.


UK renewables sector cheers carbon budget decision

Ed Davey, Nick Clegg

Legally binding target to cut carbon emissions by 80% will be upheld during the period 2023 to 2027, says U.K. Energy Secretary Ed Davey.


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