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Fire risk prompts North American recall of 1.5 million SolarWorld modules

SolarWorld installation.

The solar giant will recall 1.3 million U.S. and 210,000 Canadian systems due to the risk of electrocution, shock or fire caused by incorrectly fitted copper lugs.


Toyota switches on 3.8 MW solar array at UK engine plant

Solar panels at Toyota plant.

The car giant's Deeside plant in North Wales has been fitted with 13,000 solar panels that will power 10% of the plant’s electricity needs each year.


Thailand set for $1.4bn renewables boost

A 9.5 MW solar PV plant in Thailand.

Bangkok-based clean power developer Energy Absolute Pcl plans to invest 46 billion baht in Thailand’s green energy sector over the next three years.


Eco Energy World connects 70 MW of PV in UK

Exmoor coastline, Devon, U.K.

The renewable energy developer brought five solar PV projects online across the south of England in quick succession, swelling its solar portfolio.


Bill to streamline solar permitting passes the California legislature

Legislation to standardize and improve the “byzantine” permitting and inspection procedures in various cities and counties in California has passed both houses of the state's legislature. CALSEIA says that this will both reduce...


SunEdison closes on US$160 million fund for 46 MW of behind-the-meter solar PV

The solar developer says that its lease-pass-through fund represents a new approach designed to allow participation from a wider range of tax equity investors. The fund will support roughly 1/3 of SunEdison's behind-the-meter...


REC, Sunrun sign US solar panel deal

REC Solar factory, Singapore

The U.S. market is becoming increasingly important for the Norwegian solar group as it continues to broaden distribution of its products worldwide.


S4 Solar to build 100 MW module assembly plant in Brazil

Goiania, Goias, Brazil

S4 Solar do Brasil, which is making its debut at Intersolar South America this month, is constructing a 100 MW module plant in Brazil to focus on the domestic market.


Trina takes a different approach to EU markets

Trina President Europe Ben Hill

The Chinse solar giant has become more competitive in getting its products to customers, says Ben Hill, the company's president Europe. Trina's global strategy, including operations in the U.K., the U.S. and Japan, remain key to...


Australia: Pro-solar rally slams attack on renewable target

Save Solar Rally, Aug. 21, 2014, Brisbane, Australia

The organized opposition to the federal government's moves to abolish or reduce Australia's Renewable Energy Target (RET) has begun. More than 500 people attended a rally in Brisbane to protest against changes to the RET.


Telecommunications boosting hybrid power in off-grid areas

SMA PV-diesel hybrid system, Palladam, India

Demand for power is rising due to the increasing growth of telecommunications in remote off-grid regions, particularly in developing countries, and driving installations of hybrid power systems.


Andhra Pradesh aiming for 5 GW of solar by 2019

Hyderabad, India

The state government is expected to unveil a wide-ranging new renewable energy policy next month that would set major targets in the southeastern Indian state.


U.S. lowers anti-dumping tariffs on Taiwanese solar cells, modules

Citing a “ministerial error”, the U.S. Department of Commerce has cut in half duty levels for solar products made in Taiwan by Motech, and has reduced tariff levels for most other Taiwanese solar PV makers as well.


China to boost distributed PV, 5 GW expected

Rooftop PV system, China

Policy changes could result in a new definition of eligible DPV projects in China and open up incentives for projects of up to 20 MW. It's one of a number of key revisions that may accelerate DPV installations, says IHS.


JA Solar back in black as module shipments skyrocket

JA Solar module inspection

The company is banking on a strong second half due to continued demand in Japan and increased business in North America, according to Chairman and CEO Baofang Jin.


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.


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