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California Governor Brown signs 50% renewable portfolio standard into law

The mandate of 50% renewables by 2030 is one of the strongest in the nation, and is expected to drive substantial investment into solar.

US investors take a shine to solar

SolarCity US residential PV installation

The U.S. solar equity markets enjoyed an upswing in October, driven by a substantial number of utility scale projects in the pipeline and advances in technology.

Grid buy-back rejected in Berlin

Berlin skyline

A grassroots movement had sought to amass enough votes to ensure a state buy-back of the city electricity grid, currently operated by Swedish energy group Vattenfall. The effort lost by a narrow margin.

SMA cuts sales forecast for 2013

SMA inverters.

German inverter manufacturer SMA says it will not break even in 2013, thanks to European downturn. But SMA's acquisition of Zeversolar is expected to help the company to brighter times ahead.

India passes 2 GW mark

Gujarat solar park.

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy says grid-connected solar in the country has passed the 2 GW point. Wind power still dominates the sector with 19.8 GW installed.

EU report highlights solar metals fear

The flags of the EU and China.

The EU's Joint Research Center says three metals used in the solar industry are at risk of shortages. China's stranglehold of raw materials could mean problems ahead for Europe.

Optimism high at PV Taiwan

PV Taiwan 2013, Taipei World Trade Center

Less was more that this year's PV Taiwan confab in Taipei, where attendees noted a greater number of higher level executives and more serious engagement among participants as overall business improves.

Jiangsu Shunfeng to pay $540 million plus for Suntech

Wuxi Suntech headquarters.

Solar manufacturer Jiangsu Shunfeng has announced details of its planned acquisition of Wuxi Suntech. If successful, the move would consolidate Cheng Kin Ming's position in Chinese solar.

Desertec to launch $40.5 million MENA fund

Morocco solar panels

The Desertec Industrial Initiative (Dii) is developing an investment vehicle to support renewable energy projects in the MENA region, which Dii says will reach 3.3 GW of RE capacity by 2015.

US solar industry enjoys second-best quarter

The second quarter of 2013 saw the U.S. install 832 MW of solar capacity – a 15% increase on Q1 and only beaten by Q4 2012, when 1,311 MW were installed.

Honda to dissolve Honda Soltec operations in early 2014

The Japanese motor giants will discontinue their wholly-owned PV subsidiary in Spring next year due to falling revenues in that part of their business.

Enel lands four successful REIPPP solar bids

A satellite image of southern Africa.

Italian company Enel Green Power says its bids added up to 65% of the PV projects awarded to renewables bidders in South Africa's REIPPP. The company's Green Power subsidiary also saw two onshore wind bids approved.

PassivSystems partner with Freetricity on Eur 55 million UK PV campaign

Freetricity has chosen PassivSystems to monitor a free solar PV roll-out campaign due to be launched across the U.K., a scheme that is expected to add 30 MW of rooftop solar to the nation’s portfolio.

Thailand: Easing of residential solar requirements

The flag of Thailand.

The Thai government is reportedly preparing to make it easier for households to install solar rooftops. An easier permitting regime could be put before government for approval on Tuesday.

China extends probe into EU polysilicon imports by six months

The country's Commerce Ministry cited the "comparative specificity and complexity" of the case as reason for the extension, which will run until May 1.

First Solar reveals bullish Q3 figures

First Solar modules.

First Solar's Q3 figures show sales and profits jumping as the company announces an imminent deal to sell its 250 MW Silver State South scheme. Foreign exchange losses are the only negative of impressive figures.

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