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How solarbox is turning London's red phone boxes green

Two people, green phone box. London. Innit.

London's iconic red phone boxes may be turning green, as they are given a second life as solar mobile phone charging stations. UK startup solarbox explains what's under the hood and how it plans to develop its unique 21st century...


Applied Materials' EES revenues suggest very modest recovery in PV equipment industry

A year-over-year doubling in revenues in the company's PV equipment division still leaves EES far below volumes in 2010 and 2011. The division returned to profitability in the previous quarter.


UK hits 5 GW solar PV capacity

Solar installation, Glemham.

NPD Solarbuzz figures find that 90% of U.K. capacity was installed in the past three years. FIT-driven, small-scale systems account for 42% of all installation capacity.


BNEF: Solar poised for rapid growth in Mexico and Central America

Bloomberg New Energy Finance has presented a new report which finds that investments in solar slumped in the region in the first half of 2014, after booming in 2012 and 2013. However, the company notes strong drivers and policy...


pv magazine's weekly news roundup

MS Turano PlanetSolar boat.

A quick look back at the biggest solar news stories that have grabbed our attention over these past seven days.


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.


Tesla and Panasonic to construct battery 'Gigafactory'

Elon Musk in Beijing.

Elon Musk's pioneering electric vehicle company hopes that the factory will advance the mass market production of cost-effective lithium-ion batteries.


SunPower results slip slightly in the second quarter, amid trend of strong growth

While revenues and margins fell in the second quarter, SunPower is still producing modules at full capacity with expansions planned, and is holding more of the solar projects which it builds to retain additional long-term revenue.


400 solar PV projects registered in Brazil auction

Brazil's October 31st reserve auction will for the first time include a separate solar-only category. However GTM Research warns that many hurdles must be overcome before any projects awarded get built.


India's Uttar Pradesh announces 300 MW solar bidding process

Uttar Pradesh.

The Indian state issues a request for proposal, calling for interested bidders to submit their offers for a share of the 300 MW of PV capacity.


SMA cuts sales and profit forecast, announces layoffs

SMA inverters

The leading inverter manufacturer is lowering its annual sales forecast by up to EUR 450 million and planning to cut 600 jobs worldwide by the end of next year amidst shrinking demand.


SunPower breaks ground on 135 MW Quinto Solar Project

California Valley Solar Ranch in San Luis Obispo County.

CEO Tom Werner says SunPower's ownership strategy provides it with a return on investment from its technology while reducing the risk to potential buyers if it later sells the plant.


Industry responds to US anti-dumping ruling

Chinese cell manufacturing.

Steep duties imposed by the Department of Commerce criticized by both CASE and SEIA, but SolarWorld applauds decision to 'level the domestic playing field'.


Developer planning 49 MW scheme on Anglesey

An English solar farm.

SBC wants to develop a $93m scheme on the Welsh island and is launching a four-week public consultation. UK developers have been emboldened by the recent High Court defeat for the government's attempt to block solar farms.


Report: solar revenues set to double by 2020

The earth.

New analysis predicts that total solar industry revenues are set to reach $137.02 billion by 2020, doubling 2013 revenues of $59.84. Greenhouse gas reduction, energy self-sufficiency and security are drivers of the industry's...


What does a Juncker presidency mean for renewables in Europe?

Jean-Claude Juncker

EPIA CEO James Watson says deeds, not rhetoric, will determine Jean-Claude Juncker's impact on the development of renewable energy in the European Union.


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