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Germany: Solarwatt acquires storage specialist e-Wolf

Solarwatt's headquarters in Dresden

The German battery technology start-up boasts the storage experts behind Formula 1 team Toyota Racing's kinetic energy recovery system (KERS). Solarwatt expects the acquisition to reduce storage system costs over the long run.

Second delay for Shunfeng-Suntech acquisition

Wuxi Suntech's headquarters.

Investors hit by a profit warning last month are given fresh cause for concern. Shunfeng has now pledged to reveal details of the acquisition on Friday.

Canadian Solar opens microgrid testing center

The new facility at Guelph, Ontario, is part of the company's Total Solutions downstream business. The testing center was part-funded by the Ontario Ministry of Energy.

$100m renewables fund for sub-Saharan Africa

The African Renewable Energy Fund closed its first round of capital raising with $100 million in the bank. The fund hopes to double the amount available for 5-50 MW schemes within 12 months.

Second Chinese company has shares suspended

Trading in panel maker Baoding Tianwei Baobian Electrical's shares has been suspended after the company reported back-to-back annual losses. A domino effect could be about to kick in in the Chinese solar sector.

Solar revival sparking next-gen tech revolution, says IHS

CdTe thin fim cell.

The analysts anticipate advanced PV technologies to find their way into the mainstream this year as solar capital expenditure bounces back.

US anti-subsidy decision on China extended to June 2

U.S. DOC building.

The Department of Commerce pushes back the decision date, citing the complexity of the issues.

Hanwha SolarOne losses shrink amid soaring shipments

Hanwha SolarOne module factory.

Solid demand from Japan and China saw the solar company end 2013 on a high, forecasting further growth for 2014.

Exosun to supply trackers to 12 MW solar PV plant in France

An Exosun installation in France.

The solar tracking company has agreed a supply deal with French renewable energy company Fonroche Energie for its Le Betout PV plant.

Austria follows German lead on solar self-consumption fee

Rooftop PV installation, Austria

The Austrian Ministry of Finance has introduced a grid fee for PV systems that produce more than 5,000 kWh per year.

SolarCity to sell low-cost PV systems in Best Buy

SolarCity installation, U.S.

Entrepreneur Elon Musk's solar leasing company will roll out a new sales approach at 60 Best Buy stores across the U.S.

South Africa set for more local PV manufacturing

Solar PV TV and pv magazine

The Power & Electricity World show in Johannesburg closed its doors this afternoon with a positive outlook for the South African solar market.

SolarWorld AG assumes control of Bosch production plant

Production facility in Arnstadt, Germany.

The German solar company today takes ownership of the cell and module factory, increasing the company's cell production capacity to 700 MW.

Mexico moves up to third in IHS Emerging Market Report

Queretaro in Mexico.

Boosted by the 300 MW of PV capacity under construction, IHS ranks the Central American nation third behind South Africa and Turkey.

UK town may scrap solar farm planning permission

Solar park in England.

Swindon Borough Council is poised to relax planning rules for solar farms provided a site suggestion is put forward by residents.

NextEra Energy wins approval for 750 MW Californian solar park

Blythe, Southern California.

Approval for the 4,400-acre McCoy Solar Energy Project in Riverside County has finally been granted by county supervisors.

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