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Planning barrier to UK solar could be removed

A Sainsbury's in Glasgow.

The government has proposed raising the bar for commercial rooftop systems needing planning permission, from 50 kW to 1 MW. The STA says more needs to be done for the 50 kW-to-5 MW rooftop market in the UK.


Renewable energy share reaches record high in Germany

Berlin, Germany

New installations coupled with favorable climatic conditions helped boost the share of renewables to a record 28.5% in the first half of 2014.


SunPower to supply solar panels for 29 MW-DC Japanese PV plant

The American PV maker will supply its high-efficiency E20/327 modules to a Japanese conglomerate for a project in Southern Japan. SunPower has supplied around 400 MW of PV modules to the nation to date.


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Arizona Public Service unveils plans to install 20 MW of solar PV on customer rooftops

The move by the Arizona utility would replace a utility-scale solar PV plant that it planned to build. APS' rooftop solar plans are in sharp contrast to its attacks on net-metered solar, and the move has been questioned by SEIA.


SMA cuts sales and profit forecast, announces layoffs

SMA inverters

The leading inverter manufacturer is lowering its annual sales forecast by up to EUR 450 million and planning to cut 600 jobs worldwide by the end of next year amidst shrinking demand.


Chinese government, companies blast US anti-dumping tariff decision

Trina Solar PV panel production

Canadian Solar warns that the U.S. decision "in favor of one non-competitive PV manufacturer will cost tens and thousands of jobs across the entire U.S. solar industry."


JinkoSolar secures $225 million investment for downstream business

JinkoSolar PV plant, China

China Development Bank, Macquarie and New Horizon will acquire a 45% stake in the Jinko Power division. JinkoSolar is revising its full-year 2014 project development guidance upwards as a result.


Russia's southwestern region to add 10 PV farms by 2018

Ufa River, Bashkortostan, Russia

Solar Systems and Avelar Solar Technologies are set to build 10 new PV farms in southwestern Russia, while IES Holding is developing a 25 MW PV farm in the Orenburg region.


Kyocera, SPCG complete 257 MW of solar farms in Thailand

Kyocera, SPCG 7.46 MW plant in Korat, Thailand

One of the largest in Southeast Asia, the solar power project will produce enough electricity to power 287,500 local households.


Martifer Solar builds 8 MW PV plant in Ukraine

Martifer Solar's 8 MW Shargorod plant

The Portuguese solar group has implemented a total of 29 MW in the country since 2012. The latest installation represents its sixth project with Rengy Development.


Direct Energy acquires US residential installer Astrum Solar

Astrum rooftop PV

By acquiring the eighth-largest residential solar installer in the United States, Direct Energy and parent company Centrica plc have moved into the U.S. solar PV market. This is part of a trend of acquisitions in this space.


California Governor Brown signs MOU with Mexico to encourage cross-border renewable energy development

Governor Jerry Brown in Mexico

Non-binding agreement calls for work in renewable energy R&D, deployment and investments in infrastructure, as well as exploring grid integration between California and Baja California.


German court opens insolvency proceedings against Photon Holding

Photon cover

The District Court of Aachen has opened the main insolvency proceedings against the group due to its inability to meet its liabilities. Preliminary proceedings began in June at the request of a creditor.


SunPower breaks ground on 135 MW Quinto Solar Project

California Valley Solar Ranch in San Luis Obispo County.

CEO Tom Werner says SunPower's ownership strategy provides it with a return on investment from its technology while reducing the risk to potential buyers if it later sells the plant.


PV more profitable than onshore wind in Germany

Fraunhofer ISI, Karlsruhe, Germany

Although PV installations in Germany produce less electricity than onshore wind installations, they generate "significantly higher profits," according to a new report by the Fraunhofer Institute.


Shin-Etsu Chemical to license cell manufacturing technology

Shin-Etsu Gunma Complex, Isobe Plant, Japan

The Japanese company has established a mass production process for 156 by 156 mm solar cell products that have a conversion efficiency of 21%.


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