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SunEdison cancels acquisition of Brazilian wind and hydro projects from Renova

SunEdison has let a deal which included yieldco TerraForm Global receiving 2.7 GW of Brazilian wind and hydro projects lapse, as the company tightens its belt.

Brazil launches first solar auction with price ceiling of $109

Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil

The state of Pernambuco has set a price ceiling of $109 per megawatt hour for Brazil’s first auction aimed exclusively at solar energy projects scheduled to take place on December 20.

LDK Solar posts third-quarter loss of $127 million

LDK Solar

In a move that will improve its domestic business operations, LDK Solar has secured an onshore credit facility of up to $256 million. The company's offshore operations remain unable to meet short-term liabilities, however.

First Solar lands in Japan

Mount Fuji, Japan

With construction underway on its first thin film plant and a new distribution deal for its TetraSun crystalline silicon modules, First Solar is set to expand operations in Japan despite the country's long aversion to cadmium.

IBC Solar inaugurates 2.3 MW plant in Portugal

2.3 MW As Galegas plant, Fanhoes, Portugal

For German PV company IBC Solar, the first turnkey project in Portugal underscores the group's growing international presence while garnering praise from local leaders.

SolarWorld buys Bosch solar division

SolarWorld PV module production

In taking over the majority of Bosch Solar Energy, Germany's SolarWorld secures a high-performance cell production plant that boosts its overall production capacity to more than 1 GW. SolarWorld will keep some 800 Bosch employees.

Off-grid: A demanding market

Off-grid PV, Fraunhofer Institute

At the Off-Grid PV workshop on the second day of the Forum Solarpraxis conference in Berlin on Friday experts discussed the opportunities, obstacles and trends of the market.

UK: Conergy to build 40 MW of PV plants, further 50 MW in pipeline

Conergy HQ.

Conergy teams up with U.K. partner Camborne Energy to sell 40 MW of solar farms to investors, while also securing full EPC rights for 90 MW project pipeline.

8minutenergy, Saferay re-team on 19.7 MW California solar farm

Lake Isabella, Kern County, California

The leading California-based independent PV developer and its German partner are jointly developing and building the Woodmere Solar Farm. The utility-scale facility is expected to begin operation in 2015.

Solarcentury to build 10.2 MW solar park in Somerset, UK

Solar farm in the U.K.

The British solar company has been selected to engineer, procure and construct (EPC) the plant, which is owned by Belltown Power company.

Australia's solar industry calls for renewed support in view of RE target success

Australian residential PV, Perth

In a new report, Australia's Renewable Energy Certificates Agents Association finds that the country's Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme is acheiving its intended purspose and calls for it to remain unchanged.

US to become third-largest PV market in 2014

Completion status for U.S. PV projects.

A PV pipeline in excess of 43 GW represents 7% growth in a year, propelling the U.S. to third-place in 2014 installation projections, behind China and Japan, reports NPD Solarbuzz.

US company Astonfield to install pilot PV project in Oman

The desert of Oman.

The solar installation will be implemented with the assistance of local firm Multitech, and should begin commercial operation in mid-2014.

Residential PV systems cut summer peak demand by more than 50%

Driskill Hotel, Austin, Texas

A new study by the Pecan Street Research Institute has found that west-facing solar systems in the U.S. state of Texas reduce peak demand from the grid by up to 65% while south-facing arrays result in a 54% drop.

Forum attendees oppose self-consumption levy

The 14th Forum Solarpraxis.

Charge would strangle the growing self consumption market, say attendees at the 14th Forum Solarpraxis. Policy support is needed to drive solar and storage costs must come down say solar representatives.

First Solar restates commitment to Japan

First Solar modules.

Arizona-based manufacturer First Solar says it is committed to the Japanese market. The Tokyo government sparked fears over its FIT regime after announcing a big reduction in its GHG reduction targets last week.

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