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Solar installation, Malaysia.

Second tier solar markets took center stage this week, with India, Australia, Malaysia and Brazil each turning heads with their PV development plans and announcements, as leading markets wobbled.


Ford partners with Trina Solar to launch MyEnergi Lifestyle in China

The MyEnergi Lifestyle program explained.

Program offers hybrid electric vehicles, solar system and energy-efficient appliances to families intent on developing wider understanding of their carbon footprint.


Solarcentury rolls out BIPV solution to UK market

Sunstation from Solarcentury.

Sunstation system designed to appeal to aesthetic sensibilities of British homeowners as U.K. residential rooftop market prepares for further growth.


US clean energy use hits 80 year high, says EIA

Solar PV rooftop installation, U.S.

Data from the Energy Information Administration reveals highest levels of renewable energy use in the U.S. since the Great Depression of the 1930s.


Younicos launches North American storage consulting service

Younicos battery.

Following successful consulting engagements in Europe, Younicos will offer suite of storage-related technical consulting services to North American customers.


SolarCity and BofA create $200m tax equity fund for smaller investors

SolarCity installation in progress.

Newly created funding pot aimed at regional banks and other smaller corporations interested in offering solar finance packages to residential customers.


SunEdison to build seven solar parks on Long Island, New York

U.S. Long Island.

Renewable energy developer signs agreements with five municipal entities for the plants, which will add a combined total of 14 MW of PV to the borough.


EPIA rebrands as SolarPower Europe

EPIA's rebranding received the full backing of its members.

Full member backing for name change from European Photovoltaic Industry Association to SolarPower Europe to reflect expanding "scope of organization".


Hanwha Q Cells registers 70% Q1 profit increase

The merged Q Cells and Hwnwha SolarOne brand has posted a positive set of financials for Q1.

Positive first financial results since strategic merger of company, with revenue rising 54% to $333.5 million. One-time restructuring charge of $22.1 million dilutes profit margin.


JinkoSolar Q1 revenue increases 36.5% Y-O-Y

JinkoSolar modules.

The Chinese vertically integrated solar developer enjoys huge rise in downstream revenue, shipments up 35.8% year-over-year although gross margin contracts slightly.


Santander launches $2bn renewable energy fund

House of Commons, London.

Spanish lender partners with two of Canada's largest pension funds to launch London-headquartered Cubico Sustainable Investment, a joint fund for renewable energy projects.


United PV and Huaxia Life partner on 1 GW solar development fund

Hainan Haikou skyline, China.

Chinese solar developer to work with life insurance provider on RMB9 billion PV development project over next two years.


IEA PVPS 2014 report praises solar's tremendous development

Solar array.

Annual report reveals solar PV accounts for more than 1% of global electricity demand for first time ever, recognizes growth and evolution of the industry.


Abengoa's 210 MW Chile solar hybrid complex approved

The Atacama desert.

The Spanish renewable developer has been given the green light to proceed with the Atacama 2 project, which is a combined PV/CSP development in the Atacama desert.


Duke announces plans for Disney-inspired solar park

Cinderella's Castle, Walt Disney World.

The 5 MW facility in Reedy Creek, Florida, will be arranged in the shape of a Disney-inspired design, the utility has confirmed.


Australia: solar subsidy report draws industry's ire

Solar farm, Australia.

Report by Australian think-tank the Grattan Institute attacking the country's "expensive" solar subsidies dismissed as blinkered by pro-solar advocates.


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