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Eco Energy World connects 70 MW of PV in UK

Exmoor coastline, Devon, U.K.

The renewable energy developer brought five solar PV projects online across the south of England in quick succession, swelling its solar portfolio.

First Solar eyes Pakistan

The flag of Pakistan.

After breaking into Indian solar with its first project, the U.S. thin film giant has stated an ambition to enter Pakistan's fledgling market. Pakistan has no utility scale projects on the ground yet.

SolarCity: Q2 losses double as installations and revenue soar

SolarCity rooftop installation.

The leading U.S. solar company posted smaller than expected losses of $47.7 million in the second quarter, the figure masking a 62% revenue increase.

Indian government pushes states to ultra-mega projects

Indian energy minister Piyush Goyal.

Plans have emerged for the Union government of Narendra Modi to kick-start mammoth-scale projects in five states. But there has still been no indication of where the panels will come from for ultra-mega projects.

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First Solar announces first development project in India

While First Solar has been the single largest module supplier for the Indian market, with the 45 MW-AC project at two sites in the new state of Telangana the company is moving into project development in the nation as well.

PACE returns: 17 counties launch clean energy funding programs in California

Enabled by legislation at the state level, counties across California have launched property assessed clean energy (PACE) programs. This represents a revival for PACE, a promising mechanism for property owners to finance solar...

SunEdison shows strong growth in Q2 2014, supported by yieldco launch

SunEdison business installation

The solar developer's revenue grew 62% year-over-year in Q2 2014, and SunEdison ended the quarter with 475 MW of projects under construction. More importantly, the company held its yieldco IPO in July, as it moves towards a model...

Yingli surpasses 10 GW of global solar module deployment

Yingli solar PV installation.

The vertically integrated PV manufacturer reached the milestone in June, adding that the tally amounts to 40 million PV modules globally.

Germany launches renewable energy installation register

The Federal Network Agency in Bonn, Germany

Operators of wind turbines and biomass facilities will have to register their systems with the Federal Network Agency, which already keeps track of PV plants in order to determine solar subsidy degression rates based on the...

SMA posts increasing half-year losses, expects upturn in H2

Pierre-Pascal Urbon, SMA's CEO.

The German inverter manufacturer blamed weak demand in Europe for growing first-half losses but expects international demand to drive a dynamic second half in 2014.

Hanwha Q CELLS to top 1.5 GW production capacity before 2015

Q CELLS in production.

German PV company to add 230 MW production capacity to domestic and Malaysian fabs, grows shipments 68% in first half of 2014.

Bulgarian Constitutional Court hands down victory to solar industry

Drachevo PV plant, Bulgaria

Bulgaria installed just 1.18 MW in the first half of 2014, confirming the country's PV sector stall. Amidst the gloom, a court ruling last week has provided a needed ray of light.

SolarWorld refutes White House involvement in US-China trade dispute

Barack Obama, Xi Jinping

The German and U.S. solar manufacturer has denied rumors that the Obama administration has pushed for a compromise in the ongoing trade row but has told pv magazine the two conditions it's demanding for a negotiated settlement.

Vivint files for IPO for solar business

The home automation and security company has filed to spin off its solar business. Vivint Solar is the second-largest residential installer in the United States, and is gaining market share.

SMA buys O&M unit from Phoenix Solar

SMA CEO Pierre-Pascal Urbon

While the leading German inverter maker is expanding its O&M services in Europe and North America, Phoenix Solar has lowered its revenue and operating profit forecast for the year.

US, Chinese solar EPC companies continue to dominate global PV installations

First Solar PV module installation

Of the 10 companies it predicts will top this year's ranking, six are based in China while four are in North America, reports IHS. South Africa is expected to grow fivefold in 2014, installing close to 600 MW.

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