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GCL calls off Chinese wafer business sale

GCL-Poly manufacturing facility in China.

Polysilicon giant calls off sale in wake of ITC ruling that will see Chinese companies repatriate operations from Taiwan. Sale would have eased debt burden on GCL.


Arizona utility rate changes could price solar out of Phoenix

Municipal utility Salt River Project has proposed changes to its rates for customers who install rooftop solar, which advocates say will destroy the solar industry in its service territory.


The pv magazine weekly digest

Alan 'Fluff' Freeman.

Trina rules the world, oil is cheap as chips, Germany retreats from solar and Abengoa switches on 250 MW. It's all here with all the week's solar news in one handy article.


US smart grid firm betting on Australia

A PV smart grid.

MicroPlanet emphasized its various attempts to break the Australian market in trading update. According to the figures, no sales were registered in Q3.


Peel-and-stick solar cells

Stanford University campus.

Stanford professor says peel-away solar cells could revolutionize BIPV. Chinese academic is working on scaling up the technology.


Advanced energy drives California job creation

Solar installers in California.

Solar employs almost 73,000 workers among the 431,800 working in advanced energy in the state. Rise in AE job numbers far outstrips general state and national employment rises.


Utility acquires Element Power US

Downtown Edmonton.

Capital Power will pay $114 million for US subsidiary's renewables portfolio. Element Power US has 15 MW North Carolina PV project among its four North American solar schemes.


SunEdison signs 39.5 MW of solar power contracts with housing authorities in Massachusetts

At least 11 PV plants will supply power to public housing through the state's virtual net metering program. SunEdison estimates savings of US$60 million over 20 years.


Kong Sun to boost Chinese DG PV by 600 MW

Hainan skyline, China

The Hong Kong-based investment company is to collaborate with Chinese EPC Wuxi Liansheng on the development of the distributed solar projects.


Is the oil price slump a boon for solar?

Texas oil well.

As global oil prices hit a five-year low, the fossil fuel industry is facing a gathering storm that could spell great news for the solar power industry.


UK: subsidy-free solar to soar by 2020, report finds

Commercial installation, UK.

Relentless cost reductions will allow solar to prosper in the UK without support schemes as early as 2020, finds a report from think-do tank Thema1.


Croatian PV sector owes it all to rooftops

Croatia rooftop system.

A lack of ambition across the sector has hindered solar PV's growth in this sun-rich country, with only the small-scale rooftop sector likely to expand over the coming years.


Top 10 module suppliers in end-of-year reshuffle, says IHS

Trina Solar is forecast to become the world's largest module supplier at the end of 2014, according to IHS.

Revised full year forecasts from the world's leading solar module manufacturers prompt top 10 reshuffle, according to newly combined Solarbuzz and IHS.


Canada clean energy sector employs more people than oil sands

80 MW Sarnia PV plant, Ontario

Investment in renewable energy tops CAD$25 billion in the past five years, pushing employment in the sector up by 37%.


Dutch solar simulator startup raises €2 million

The Eternal Sun simulator.

Eternal Sun, a spin-off from Delft University of Technology in Holland has announced that it has raised €2 million ($2.5 million) in A round financing to continue rolling out its solar simulator technology. Belgian's Vermec is...


Abengoa puts a 250 MW solar CSP plant online in California

Abengoa has declared commercial operation for the Mojave plant, the fourth in a series of very large concentrating solar power (CSP) projects which have come online in the last 14 months in the deserts of the Southwestern United...


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