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US electrical generation from renewables hits 14.3%

Grid power lines

Solar power generation in the U.S. more than doubled in the first half of 2014. Overall, electrical generation from non-hydro renewables increased 10.4% year on year.


pv magazine's weekly news round-up: Aug 8-15

Chinese CIGS installation.

A quick look back at the biggest solar news stories that have grabbed our attention over these past seven days.


SolarWorld enjoys 53% increase in first-half shipments, revenue below expectations

SolarWorld rooftop installation.

The German solar company shipped 357 MW of solar wafers, modules, cells and kits in the first six months of 2014, but revenue of $305 million fell short of target.


Second solar crowd-funding platform launches

Rooftop solar installation.

South Carolina-based Palmetto Group launches online investment platform that enables individuals and companies to invest in solar power projects across the U.S.


Europe finances 100 MW CSP project in South Africa

EU flags flying.

The EIB has provided a $100 million loan to public utility Eskom. The CSP plant is located near Upington, in the Northern Cape.


China to close polysilicon import loophole from September

Polysilicon during production.

As the U.S.-China trade war trundles on, China's Ministry of Commerce has said that it will seek to close a loophole that permits duty-free polysilicon from the U.S., EU and South Korea.


Brazil awaits decision of Amazon campaigner

Marina Silva.

Marina Silva, the running mate of Brazilian socialist presidential candidate Eduardo Campos, killed in a plane crash on Wednesday, has yet to announce whether she will replace the former governor of Pernambuco in the race. The...


Centrotherm posts strong first-half revenue, forecasts difficult second half

centrotherm HQ, Blaubeuren.

Revenue hits $104 million in the first half of 2014, largely driven by centrotherm's polysilicon factory in Qatar. Board anticipates tough market environment for second half.


Applied Materials' EES revenues suggest very modest recovery in PV equipment industry

A year-over-year doubling in revenues in the company's PV equipment division still leaves EES far below volumes in 2010 and 2011. The division returned to profitability in the previous quarter.


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Mexican energy reforms to benefit solar

Sweeping energy reforms signed into law this week include multiple changes to the electricity sector, many of which favor solar and other renewable energies.


NRG to acquire mobile solar startup Goal Zero

Goal Zero product

The U.S. energy group is taking a bold step into the mobile solar business with the purchase of the Utah-based maker of personal solar products.


Zhenfa to buy 51% stake in STR Holdings

Zhenfa 50 MW PV plant, Golmud, Qinghai, China

The acquisition will give the U.S. encapsulant manufacturer a major beachhead in China's growing PV market. For STR shareholdders, the deal could mean a $22.6 million dividend windfall.


CBD Energy acquires 30% stake in Environmental Engineering

Bangkok, Thailand

The deal provides the Australian company with a beachhead in the growing Thai market and an additional 100 MW pipeline. Environmental Engineering in turn has the right to use the Westinghouse Solar brand.


Italy FiT cuts legally questionable, says McDermott Will & Emery

Belectric PV park, Italy

Owners of PV plants bigger than 900 kW face minimum losses of about 8% as a result of new legislation passed by the Italian government last week.


Mounting Systems: Back on track with new investor

Mounting Systems Managing Director Stefan Spork

Interview: pv magazine speaks with Mounting Systems Managing Director Stefan Spork about the company's new ownership structure and its continuing internationalization strategy.


Brazilian local content rules could spur domestic industry

In an effort to shore up local PV manufacturing, Brazil's development bank has set local content requirements for solar projects which it will finance in Brazil's first national solar-only auction.


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