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Solar Impulse breaks non-stop solo flight record, inches closer to Hawaii

Si2 in flight.

The solar-powered aircraft is close to completing the most arduous leg of its round-the-world flight as pilot Andre Borschberg breaks solo flight record as he steers the craft closer to Hawaii.


SMA enjoys strong Q1 sales growth, expands international footprint

SMA CEO Pierre-Pascal Urbon.

The German inverter manufacturer increases year-on-year sales to $254.7 million, driven by growth in the large-scale sector. Hefty staff reduction almost completed.


Solar Frontier to develop 100 MW in UK

Solar Frontier's Tohoku fab.

Japanese thin film producer and project developer Solar Frontier has entered into agreement to supply and construct a 100 MW pipeline of projects in the UK. Construction on the first project will take place in Q3 2015.


E.ON, Sungevity announce plans for German solar market

Germany's E.ON has announced it will work together with U.S. start-up Sungevity in the German energy market. Details on the investment sum were not provided.


Germany: KfW subsidizes over 10,000 solar battery systems

Demand for solar power storage systems in Germany is continuing to rise, with reports that over 10,000 storage batteries for PV systems have been subsidized since 2013. Q1 2015, meanwhile, has seen a 40% YOY increase in the...


EPIA launches O&M best practice taskforce

Module washing

The European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) has launched an Operations and Maintenance (O&M) taskforce to develop best practice guidelines for the fast-growing sector. EPIA brought together stakeholders, service...


SEMI roadmap predicts average module power of 310Wp by 2025

Chinese PV production.

PV module production is set to continue along its historic 20% annual learning curve, with a number of cell and module technologies combining to deliver higher power output and manufacturing profitability. These were some of the...


Aging UK grid harming renewable integration, says Solar Trade Association

Power lines.

The country's "sclerotic" grid is holding back renewable energy, warns the solar trade body, which has called on the new government to invest in the U.K.'s power infrastructure.


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Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

This week it was all Tesla, Tesla, Tesla and, in other news: Tesla. Apparently Elon Musk has released some new product or other...


5 takeaways from 2015 SNEC

SNEC entry.

A genuine solar boom, the internationalization of manufacturing, yieldcos and technology to drive conversion efficiencies higher were major trends to emerge from the SNEC trade show and conference last week in Shanghai, China....


Turkey approves a further 302 MW in PV projects

After awarding 228 MW of PV projects in January, Turkey approved a further 302 MW last week, thus paving the way for the first utility-scale solar installations in the country. The key question now concerns the realization of the...


IHS: Module gross profits to double in 2015

PV module manufacturing.

Gross profits for PV module producers will top US$5 billion in 2015, more than doubling on 2014 results. This is the prediction of industry analysts IHS, which attributed the growing profits a 30% increase in end demand.


MIT Energy Initiative: solar best potential for meeting humanity's needs

Solar sunrise over power lines.

Solar has been singled out by the MIT Energy Initiative (METEI) as holding the best potential for meeting humanity's future long-term energy needs while cutting greenhouse gas emissions. The research calls for more funding into...


EU to review China solar minimum price agreement

EU ProSun's Milan Nitzschke has been critical of Chinese practices in the European solar market.

Decision by European Commission to probe minimum import price on Chinese solar panels could force renewal of anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties.


SolarCity narrows Q1 loss, beats installation forecast

SolarCity rooftop installation.

The solar company installed 153 MW in the first quarter, and increased revenue by 6% to reach $67.5 million.


Global inverter market shrinks 4%, Asian suppliers gaining, says IHS

SMA service.

Intense price competition drove the inverter market down 4% to $6.6bn in 2014 as global demand continued its shift eastwards towards Asian markets.


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