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Austria's Heinzel Energy buys 51% stake in 3F Solar Technologies

3F Solar Technologies' Solar One hybrid collectors

Vienna-based start-up 3F Solar Technologies has developed a solar hybrid collector that combines photovoltaic and solar thermal energy panels, which the company says is ideal for single-family homes, housing projects, businesses...

Is solar in Spain losing its shine?

Moron de la Frontera, Spain.

Provisional 2013 Spanish figures show that while renewables continue to dominate, further growth for the solar sector is in doubt.

UK energy minister to call for 4 million more solar panels

Greg Barker at University of Salford.

Greg Barker is expected to announce ambitious plans to dramatically increase the U.K.'s solar capacity in the new year.

Scotland tops 100 MW solar milestone

Orkney Islands.

Official figures show that Scotland now has 106 MW of PV capacity installed, a growth of 36% in just one year.

JinkoSolar connects 80 MW PV project to China grid

Chinese river.

The four solar farms bring the Chinese solar company's annual grid connection capacity to 213 MW for 2013.

SolarWorld praises US Department of Defense for bolstering Buy American Act

SolarWorld manufacturing.

New rule bars the purchase of China-assembled solar panels for use in U.S. military sites, evoking the intended purpose of the Buy American Act.

Global solar PV demand to reach 49 GW in 2014, say NPD Solarbuzz

Solar installation China

The solar analysts forecast a record 12 months for solar installations, estimating 5 MW of PV to be installed every hour for the first three months.

Tata Power solar targets granted 2016 extension

Maharashtra, India.

India's largest industrial group has won government approval to postpone its solar fulfilment in the face of a shortage of PV generation.

Solargiga seals 200 MW deal in Ghana

Ghana city, Cape Coast

DCH-Solargiga, a 70% equity-held subsidiary of Solargiga, and the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) signed an agreement to form a joint venture to build 200 MW of solar PV in Ghana.

Good Energy Group acquire provisional approval to build 49.9 MW UK solar farm

Raynham Hall, West Raynham

The renewable energy supplier must fulfil further appropriate conditions for its planned PV plant, to be built on a disused airfield in the English county of Norfolk.

Shunfeng settles balance for Wuxi Suntech

Wuxi Suntech HQ

Following last month's acquisition of Wuxi Suntech, Chinese solar module provider Shunfeng has settled the final $412 million balance.

South Korea to support first PV plant in Uzbekistan

Sanarkand, Uzbekistan.

Seoul's government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to jointly set up and operate a pilot 100 MW PV plant with its Uzbek counterparts.

Mexico to lead Latin America PV in 2014, say GTM Research

La Paz, Mexico

The analysts forecast that the Mexican solar market will grow to 240 MW next year, outstripping its neighbours in South America.

Trina Solar to supply 25 MW of modules to Thai PV project

Solar farm in Thailand.

The Chinese solar manufacturer has been chosen by Bangchak Solar Energy to supply 25 MW of modules for Phase III of its 75 MW solar project.

Small fab, new process -- Solar Frontier's expansion

Solar Frontier's 900 MW Kunitomi Plant in Miyazaki, Japan.

Exclusive: Brooks Herring, Solar Frontier's director of International Business, discusses the firm's new 150 MW plant in Japan, which he describes as a "stepping stone to global expansion."

Inverter shipments to top 10 GW in final quarter


IHS estimate that quarterly shipments of solar inverters will exceed 10 GW for the first time ever in Q4 after a record 9.9 GW were shipped in the third quarter of 2013.

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