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US solar installations up 30% to 6.2 GW in 2014

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Solar accounted for 32% of new generating capacity in the U.S. last year, beating out both wind energy and coal for the second year in a row, according to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association.

SolarWorld interested in Bosch's solar production

SolarWorld CEO Frank Asbeck has told Germany's Handelsblatt that the company is interested in a part of Bosch's solar cell production unit.

Malaysia: Saudi Arabian company to develop polysilicon plant

Malaysian state Sarawak will develop a new US$1.6 billion polysilicon manufacturing plant which is slated to start operations in 2016.

US: new tool to illustrate solar job creation

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The Solar Foundation has released an online tool to chart job creation in the U.S. solar industry by state. The State Solar Jobs Map will allow people lobbying for the wider adoption of solar photovoltaics to illustrate how many...

Spain: T-Solar plans to lay off 170 employees

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Spanish photovoltaic module manufacturer T-Solar has started proceedings to lay off 170 employees, according to local media. The company has been involved in voluntary insolvency proceedings for over a month.

Japan: PV on the ascent, but nuclear power uncertainty remains

The Japanese Ministry for Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has announced that the total combined renewable energy capacity between April 2012 and January 2013 has reached 1,394 MW. Photovoltaic capacity alone accounted for...

SDG&E signs three PV PPAs worth 47 MW

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San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has signed three solar PPAs for a total of 47 MW.

What does Suntech’s insolvency mean for solar?

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When Suntech defaulted on $541 million of convertible U.S. bonds in March, solar players across the world were watching. The very public, and long-expected, failure of the former poster boy of solar, Zhengrong Shi, has left the...

California: New group formed to defend net metering

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A coalition of solar companies and physicians has been formed in California, to push back against utility company attempts to wind back net metering for solar customers.

LDK Solar Q4 net loss tops $0.5 billion

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Debt-ridden LDK Solar has recorded an enormous Q4 2012 net loss totaling over US$0.5 billion, significantly up from the $95.9 million loss seen in the previous quarter. Although the beleaguered Chinese photovoltaic manufacturer...

New solar policies in India expected to increase demand; help improve margins

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According to Bridge to India, close to 1.5 GW of PV projects are currently under development in India. It forecasts that over 1 GW of new capacity will be installed this year. Meanwhile, 2014 is expected to see new installations ...

177W modules rolling off Solar Frontier’s production lines

The audience at the Thin Film Forum.

Japanese thin film producer Solar Frontier has announced a milestone module efficiency during Thin Film Week in Berlin. Speaking at the Thin Film Forum, head of product management, Ichiro Sugiyama, said that a champion module...

Asia drives growth in global PV inverter market

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Global inverter sales generated 5% growth, as Asia drove the global market in 2012, IMS Research reports. But European and U.S. suppliers still dominate this market segment.

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US: 99% of installed PV systems in 2012 were net-metered projects

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Net-metered projects continue to grow in the U.S., as annual capacity surpassed 2 GW for first time in 2012, according to a report on new trends and solar power connections by U.S. electric utilities released by the Solar...

2012 global clean energy investments decline, as capacity grows

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Despite an 11% decline in global clean energy investments in 2012, the industry showed “resilience” by adding 88 GW of generating capacity, according to a report released by U.S.-based The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Saudi Arabia: 50 monitoring stations planned for solar

Saudi Arabia has turned to the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for training and expertise. Together with NREL and its partner Battelle, more than 50 monitoring station to gauge and predict...

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