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UK almost doubles PV capacity in 12 months

Solar installation, England.

Data from DECC reveals U.K. ended 2014 with 5 GW of cumulative solar capacity, having ended 2013 with just shy of 2.8 GW installed.


Tea party and environmentalists unite in Florida

Lake Mary, Florida.

Republican launches petition to open up power sale market in the state. Tory Perfetti wants solar system owners to be able to sell power directly to consumers.


India plans $25bn renewables investment funds

The flag of India.

Business website outlines plans for state-owned bodies to create five $5bn funds. Government-owned institutions concerned yet to comment on investment plan.


Scatec Solar to build Google-backed 104 MW plant in Utah

104 MW Utah Red Hills Renewable Energy Park

Google and Prudential Capital Group are financing the Red Hills solar power plant to the tune of $157 million. The Norwegian integrated independent solar power producer will manage and operate the PV facility.


California adopts pioneering advanced inverter standards

Walmart rooftop PV installation.

State utility commission's decision will modify interconnection rules in order to secure the benefits offered by advanced inverters.


South Korean researchers develop new and improved perovskite formula

Perovskite

The blend addresses the technology's inherent instability problems and reportedly delivers the highest-efficiency perovskite cell to date, according to IEEE Spectrum.


TerraForm buys 26 MW of DG solar plants from SunEdison

SunEdison solar PV installation

SunEdison has unloaded 21 distributed generation solar plants to its yieldco subsidiary for $47 million. TerraForm expects $5 million in annual "cash available for distribution" from the assets.


SMA founder Günther Cramer, 62, dies

Günther Cramer passed away on January 6, 2015.

The company's founder, longstanding chief executive officer and chairman of the supervisory board has passed away after a long illness.


Ghana spurs PV development across country

Cape Coast, Ghana

The International Development Association is bankrolling an ambitious project to install PV in schools and community centers across the West African nation.


Majority of Americans anticipate positive solar impact in near future

Solar PV installation.

Belief in the transformative power of solar energy growing among most sections of U.S. society, finds Harris Poll.


IHS: Top 10 predictions for global PV market in 2015

California: 26 MW Borrego I

Among the market research firm's forecasts for the coming year: California will become global leader in solar power penetration. By the end of 2015, California -- the largest renewable power market in the United States -- will...


US Commerce decision welcomed in China, American downstream market to benefit

Yingli U.S. PV installatino

Update: "In short, this is a setback for SolarWorld and a big win for the Chinese manufacturers," says GTM Research Senior Vice President Shayle Kann.


Germany: Innotech Solar buys Energiebau

Energiebau CEO Michael Schäfer

Saved from insolvency, the German solar wholesaler will now offer Innotech product while continuing to sell other PV modules. The company says it is nevertheless reducing its product portfolio in order to adapt to current market...


Pakistan overhauls its solar industry for the better

Village PV installation, Pakistan.

Government approves net metering program and introduces funding scheme allowing homeowners to borrow against their mortgage for solar installations.


Emerging markets 2015: Will Israel's PV take off?

Israel's Ketura PV plant

Despite the encouraging news coming lately from other Middle Eastern markets, Israel remains the region's most hopeful case for solar PV development. But will Israel seriously decide to boost its photovoltaic sector in 2015? Or...


Idaho approves 100 MW solar project

First Wind PV installation

Valued at some $322.5 million over 20 years, the deal provides an average levelized rate of 6.3 cents per kilowatt hour for Idaho Power Company.


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