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Fraunhofer ISE pursues titania rearside coating

A high efficiency cell.

Using a technique it has labeled 'Snow Globe Coating,' Germany's Fraunhofer ISE is pursuing a titania rearside cell coating technology. Fraunhofer says it provides a reflective back coating to cells, boosting efficiency.


SolarCity outlook disappoints despite 20% Q3 revenue increase

Rooftop installation, SolarCity.

The U.S. solar panel leasing company generated third-quarter revenue of $58 million, booking 230 MW of new projects during that period.


First Solar and Belectric start 46 MW solar project in Oxford

Sheep grazing at a solar PV installation in England.

New utility-scale development will be able to power one quarter of households in the famous old city, says Belectric.


America's Ex-Im bank supports renewables exports

The U.S. flag

The Washington lender has given $200m of financing support to renewables exports this year. The Ex-Im has supported the industry to the tune of almost $2bn since 2009.


First Solar to expand manufacturing capacities, but no yieldco

In its third-quarter results, First Solar announced that it will expand manufacturing capacities in Malaysia and Ohio. The company also revealed that it will not be pursuing a yieldco vehicle at this time.


Scatec Solar sales skyrocket in third quarter

Scatec Solar Kalkbult project, South Africa

The Norwegian company nearly doubled its installed production capacity to 220 MW following the grid connection of three solar power plants in South Africa and Rwanda, which drove revenue and profit growth.


Canadian Solar wins 114 MW of solar power projects in Brazil

Vazante, Minas Gerais, Brazil

The Canadian PV developer is parnering with local company Solatio on three projects in the state of Minas Gerais.


SMA: Net loss grows in first nine months amidst declining orders

SMA inverter production

The leading inverter manufacturer attributed declining sales to project delays in key foreign markets and a sharp drop in European demand due to lower subsidies.


Germany: New guidelines for PV pilot tender

SunEnergy 31.5 MW solar park in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy continues to work on the regulatory framework to implement the pilot tender for ground-mounted photovoltaic systems. pv magazine has obtained a copy of the key points currently...


SunEdison pipeline grows to 4.5 GW in third quarter as sales, losses grow

SunEdison's San Andres project

At the end of the third quarter, SunEdison had 610 MW of its pipeline under construction compared to 475 MW at the end of the second quarter and 558 MW at the end of Q3 2013.


Republican wins in the US Senate bode ill for renewable energy

Republican control of both houses of the U.S. legislature is expected to lead to renewed attacks on clean energy policies and environmental law in general. However, this may not effect the course of key policies by U.S. President...


Australia's 'father of PV' predicts solar costs will halve by 2025

Australian PV researcher Martin Green

The world leading researcher says the cost of solar PV will fall by 50% in the next 10 years, making it the cheapest of all energy technologies and help radically transform the world's power landscape.


NRG Energy posts 32% increase in third-quarter profit

Goal Zero personal solar devices

The California Valley Solar Ranch and Ivanpah solar plant boosted operating profits for the U.S. energy company's Renewables division. NRG's new solar assets also included Pure Energies and Goal Zero.


UK to add 1.3 GW utility-scale solar in Q1 2015, says IHS

Solar Farm, England.

The analysts expect the few months before the Renewable Obligation Certificates scheme ends will drive a bumper quarter for solar installations in the U.K.


Abundance launches Europe's largest crowd-funded solar project

Solar rooftop installation.

The U.K.-based crowdfunder hopes to install 749 solar PV rooftop systems in Scotland as part of a 3.1 million pound scheme.


PV Cycle collects first 10,000 tons of discarded PV modules in Europe

PV Cycle: PV module recycling

By the end of October, PV Cycle had made collections in 20 different European countries from 350 collection points. The organization has increased its figures from 80 tons in its first year of operation to 10,053 tons today.


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