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Offgrid solution: Using discarded smartphone batteries to light up rural homes

solar-powered LED lamp

Kyung Hee University researcher Boucar Diouf plans to start solar-powered LED lamp pilot projects in Senegal and sub-Saharan African countries within the next year.


Wagner files for insolvency

Wagner head office, Coelbe, Germany

The 35-year-old German company has opened insolvency proceedings with the hope of successfully restructuring and securing new financing.


Oklahoma imposes grid fee on residential PV installations

Rooftop installation, U.S.

New bill passed by the state will apply an as-yet-undetermined monthly surcharge to homeowners who install rooftop PV arrays.


Yingli preps share offering aimed at funding downstream expansion

Yingli production facility

The Chinese PV group has increased its operations in the booming domstic market and intends to use up to 60% of the proceeds from the offering for downstream expansion.


Tesla partners with Hanergy on first Chinese charging stations

Tesla CEO Elon Musk in Beijing delivers first car orders to China.

Chief exec Elon Musk has said the electric carmaker would make significant investments in China, including the creation of seven Supercharger networks. The first batch of stations is slated for Beijing and Shanghai.


OPDE completes construction of new 12 MWp solar farm in UK

OPDE 12 MW solar farm, Hampshire, England

The farm strengthens OPDE's presence in Britain, where the Spanish group is planning solar installations with a total capacity of 150 MW in the near future.


PV demand in Middle East, Africa to grow by 50% in 2014

PV installation in Morocco

Saudi Arabia is set to become a leading PV country in 2016, driving the MEA market to 4.4 GW by 2018.


Eguana to deliver Sonnenbatterie storage systems to global markets

Sonnenbatterie storage management system

The collaboration will allow Eguana to sell integrated Sonnenbatterie systems for residential applications in the U.S. as well as in European markets.


PV installations grow dramatically in Japan

PV rooftop, Japan

As of January 2014, Japan had a cumulative installed PV capacity of more than 13 GW.


Marubeni mega-solar plant goes online in Japan

The Marubeni 82 MW mega-solar plant in Oita City, Japan

The company also has two other large-scale power plants in the works with a combined capacity of more than 77 MW in the country.


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SolarWorld backs US 'solarize' campaign

Charlotte, North Carolina

Communities within North Carolina and Utah work together to erect solar panels while one university launches first campus-sponsored scheme.


SunEdison raises funds to build facilities in Ontario, Canada

Ontario, Canada

The Canadian firm is to build 33 MW of facilities in the province as part of an ongoing relationship with Deutsche Bank.


Sunways AG receives purchase offer for its inverter business

Sunways AG HQ, Konstanz, Germany.

Insolvent and bedeviled by debt, administrators warn the Konstanz-based subsidiary of LDK Solar that the offer is not sufficient to satisfy shareholder demands.


Google and SunPower pitch in for $250 million solar lease project

Rooftop PV installation, U.S.

The tech giant pledges $100 million to SunPower's solar lease program, further augmenting its involvement in residential rooftop solar across the U.S.


Avancis sells off solar business to Chinese group CNBM

Avancis

The manufacturer from China will restart production later this year of the troubled company's products. Acquisition is seen as part of plan of expansion.


Aleo Solar's poor 2013 financial report signals final death knell

Aleo Solar HQ in Germany.

Poor but unsurprising financial results published today reveal a 55% contraction in annual revenue, which fell to just EUR 124.9 million ($172.6 million).


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