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Neo Solar Power to transfer cell lines to Malaysia, China

In a move to avoid U.S. tariffs on Chinese and Taiwanese PV, the cell maker plans to begin production in Malaysia with a 70 MW cell line in Q1 2016.

EDF launches first green bond; €350 million slated for solar

Toul Rosieres solar plant near Nancy, eastern France

The French utility company's first green bond offering will raise a total amount of €1.4 billion, 25% of which will be earmarked for solar power investment.

SolarReserve expands Down Under

Australia, Mount Tom Price iron ore mine

The California-based large-scale solar power project developer is looking to exploit opportunities in Australia's off-grid mining sector.

ReneSola, SunEnergy1 close 2013 with 63 MW of projects in North Carolina

SunEnergy1 Plymouth, NC solar farm

ReneSola and SunEnergy1 began their collaboration in 2013 and the partnership has resulted in 63 MW of PV installations in the U.S. state of North Carolina.

SunEdison secures $100 million for sale-leaseback fund

SunEdison PV installation

Financing partner De Lage Landen has agreed to a further investment in the fund, which SunEdison hopes will create new markets by attracting more customers.

Soft costs account for most of PV residential installation costs

Rooftop installation in Colorado.

A report by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory discovered that non-hardware costs account for up to 64% of the total cost of residential rooftop solar systems.

US solar stocks surge on brighter prospects for financing

Solar stock market traders

SolarCity's innovative bond offering, SunEdison's consideration of spinning off key assets into yieldcos and SunPower's geographically diversified portfolio are piquing the interest of market watchers.

Solar expected to be cost-competitive with natural gas by 2025

Gas power plant.

Lux Research predicts that far from being outshone by cheap natural gas, solar power will actually benefit from increased gas penetration and achieve cost parity by 2025.

Hitachi to introduce 1 MW storage system

Hitachi CrystEna concept graphic

The company is aiming to meet growing demand for energy storage and stabilization solutions as power grids face increasing challenges in coping with ever more renewable energy. Tests are to start in the U.S. early next year.

Quercus to fund 254 MW of PV projects for UK

PV solar farm in England.

The asset management company will team up with engineering firm Progressum to deliver 21 PV plants in central-southern England in a deal worth an estimated $490 million.

Bulgarian PV industry blasts government's 20% tax plan

Sofia, Bulgaria

The Bulgarian government is set to introduced a new 20% tax on renewable energy. The country's PV sector warns the move will scare off investors and reverse the country's progress.

Mascotte reveals details of disastrous acquisition


Mascotte's prediction of an impending half-year loss last week must have been an easy call. The company has written off Sun Materials' Yi-Lan plant at a cost of HK$845 million.

Trade mission paves way for Saudi Arabia's solar market

Saudi Aramco PV installation.

A recent solar trade mission to Saudi Arabia saw a clutch of international companies explore first-hand opportunities to develop solar power in the country.

No new anti-subsidy action on Chinese solar products

Karel de Gucht.

As expected, the EU has effectively announced the summer trade deal will be used as a panacea for its subsidy and dumping investigations. EU manufacturers are sure to be disappointed by the announcement.

California cities re-introducing clean energy incentive

Yingli system, home, Antioch, California

San Francisco is set to re-start the Property Assessed Clean Energy program to assist homeowners finance solar installations. Despite opposition by the federal government, the scheme is gaining steam.

Deals 'imminent' for Conergy units


Chinese module manufacturer Astroenergy will acquire Conergy's Frankfurt module business. The identity of the buyer for the Rangsdorf-based Mounting Systems business has not been revealed.

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