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Global investment in green energy rises 17% to $270 billion

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Driven by solar and wind, global investment in green energy last year reversed a two-year dip, seemingly ignoring the challenge posed by sharply lower oil prices, according to the United Nations Environment Programme.


Solar leases can deter homebuyers, claim

A SolarCity rooftop installation.

LA Times report highlights problems leased solar rooftops can cause when selling a home. Buyers may fear they will fail credit checks to take over the lease.


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Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson.

The world's drivers are plugging in, Norway and Germany are plugging in, Hanergy is certainly not propping up and Australia is bolting together.


Shunfeng shareholders help impressive annual figures

Cheng Kin Ming.

The acquisition of Wuxi Suntech's manufacturing facilities transformed Shunfeng into a tier 1 player overnight but the ambitious company was staring down the barrel three months ago.


Beijing will close final coal plant next year

A coal-fired power station.

City authorities closed two plants last week and will bring down the curtain on coal in 2016. The capital is replacing coal with natural gas-fired plants.


SolarEdge goes public, begins trading as SEDG

Today's unveiling of SolarEdge's IPO at the NASDAQ in New York.

The Israeli power optimizer specialist has today gone public on the NASDAQ, announces pricing of its initial public offering.


Innotech Solar files for insolvency

Innotech Solar cell fab in Halle, Germany

Innotech CEO: "We are convinced that leading cell companies will have huge interest in our optimization process."


Europe's solar market declined 36% in 2014, says EPIA

Italian PV array.

Global growth took the solar market to 40 GW overall, but Europe supplied just 7 GW of that final figure, with the U.K. the only bright spot.


Egypt-SIA examines solar goals, market conditions

Nile, Aswan, Egypt

In a new report, the Egypt Solar Industry Association looks at the current state of the country's ambitious solar development plans, including an overview of government policy, the country's feed-in tariff program and...


UK: Solar grows 93% in 2014 as renewables overtake nuclear

UK solar farm.

Renewable energy generated 19.2% of the U.K.'s electricity in 2014, government figures show, surpassing nuclear generation for the first time ever.


GCL New Energy posts net loss of $14.5 million

GCL New Energy solar project

The company attributed its loss to increased expenses resulting from its expansion in the solar sector.


Sunlabob Renewable Energy receives $2.1 million investment

Kiribati.

The Laos-based renewable energy developer has secured impact investment to aid the expansion of its off-grid electrification program.


Asian market lifts Centrotherm 2014 revenue to $208m

Centrotherm production.

The German PV equipment manufacturer achieved its guidance for 2014 following a strong first half of the year and solid performance in Asian solar markets.


Meyer Burger narrows loss, increases revenue, orders in 2014

Meyer Burger head quarters, Thun, Switzerland

The bankruptcy of U.S. company GT Advanced Technologies left a serious dent in Meyer Burger's bottom line after the Swiss group was left sitting on a number of machine and diamond wire materials orders that it ultimately wrote...


SMA posts considerable losses for 2014

SMA inverter installation.

German inverter manufacturer blames poor market and heavy price pressure for losses, guidance for 2015 forecast to be far brighter.


California hits 5% solar, offsets hydro losses due to drought

The Golden State is the first U.S. state to tap the sun for 5% of its power, finds government report, as solar hits 1% of nationwide generating capacity.


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