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IKEA to broaden solar panel sales beyond UK

IKEA store.

The Swedish furniture retailer is to sell solar panels in eight more countries following a successful pilot scheme in the UK.


SunEdison to install solar PV micro-grids in 54 remonte Indian villages

Offgrid village in India

As part of the SunEdison Eradication of Darkness (SEED) initiative, the company will provide solar power to nearly 8,000 people and provide grants for farmers to buy solar water pumps.


Canadian Solar completes first PV power plant in Japan

Kagoshima City, Japan

The company's utility-scale project pipeline in the country currently stands at 405 MW.


Egypt announces renewable energy feed-in tariffs

Cairo, Egypt

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has said the country needs to invest at least $12 billion over the next five years in order to meet the electricity demands of the population.


Centrotherm cites PV sector weakness as 50 jobs cut

Centrotherm turnkey production line.

The German solar equipment manufacturer announces continued restructuring and modernization program that will see 50 jobs go at its Blaubeuren HQ.


US adds 1.5 GW of PV capacity in first 8 months of 2014

New York skyline.

Data from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission shows 68 MW of solar power added in August as world leaders meet in New York for UN Climate Summit.


24 MW solar project under construction in Honduras

With the Pavana Solar Park, Honduras has reached 74 MW of solar PV under construction, giving it a leading position in Central America. GTM Research says that this is only the beginning for the region.


Mission Solar Energy opens high-efficiency PV cell and module facility in Texas

The fab is the third commercial-scale crystalline silicon PV cell factory in the United States, and will use n-type mono wafers for high-efficiency PV. The plant will supply OCI's 400 MW portfolio of solar projects in Texas.


With 12 GW pipeline, PV markets in Middle East, Africa show strong growth potential

Morocco solar PV plant

While South Africa and Israel have until now driven PV demand in the region, an increasing number of Middle Eastern and African countries are entering the solar market, according to NPD Solarbuzz.


EU PVSEC opens as the Netherlands reaches 1 GW solar landmark

EU PVSEC 2013

The 29th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference began today in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.


Innotech Solar acquires Tripod Energy, Italian PV assets

Tripod Energy's 1 MW Natale PV project, Italy

The Scandinavian-German PV module maker says the acquisition will strengthen its cash position and provide reliable operating revenues from the two PV plants Italy.


SPI Solar buys Hawaiian assets

Honolulu, Hawaii

The takeover of joint venture and acquisition of addition projects has given SPI a pipeline of 17.5 MW in Hawaii.


Vivint Solar targets IPO of $371 million

Vivint Solar HQ.

The financing target sees the residential solar installer step up its efforts to gain a greater share of the US leasing market.


Study: Solar customers may be better off using self-generated power

UK rooftop PV system

A U.K. smart grid project investigates whether solar PV owners could benefit from using their generated energy instead of exporting it back to the grid.


SunPower produces one billionth solar cell

SunPower e20 PV module.

The US solar company's production milestone follows announcement of a new 350 MW manufacturing facility.


German PV equipment sales up 39% in first six months

Teamtechnik Stringer TT 1200

Booming business in Asian is driving sales in the sector, which is also seeing increased momentum from the U.S. and emerging markets, the German Engineering Federation reports.


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