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Google buys solar-powered drone company

Titan Aerospace drone.

The tech giant snaps up New Mexico-based Titan Aerospace, a startup that is developing unmanned, solar-powered jets designed to fly nonstop for years at a time.


Jinko acquires Topoint production lines

A Jinko Solar project.

Jinko Solar will expand its production capacity with the addition of the bankrupt Topoint group's production lines. Jinko will start operations, under lease, on Monday.


China's PV company 'cull list' to have minimal global impact

Trina Solar PV module production

"The recently published Chinese company 'cull list' will only have a minimal effect on global photovoltaic markets," says Jessica Jin, solar analyst at IHS.


Polysilicon market on roller-coaster ride

Wacker polysilicon

A new report by Bernreuter Research predicts the spot price for polysilicon will rise due to PV industry demand before dropping at the end of the year.


Record installations make US strongest PV market outside Asia Pacific

California LADWP installation

California remained the leading solar state in terms of PV installations, while North Carolina surged into second place, displacing Arizona and New Jersey.


Yingli joins forces with China National Nuclear Corp. for 500 MW of solar projects

Yingli manufacturing plant

The state-owned nuclear technology giant says its new partnership with Yingli is reflects China's goal of sustainable development. The companies aim to build 500 MW of distributed generation projects.


China to bolster PV industry

Beijing, China

The Chinese government is undertaking steps to strengthen its embattled solar sector, in part by introducing tough guidelines that could whittle down the domestic industry.


Net-energy metering rollbacks unlikely to impact US states in 2014

Net-energy metering image

Some U.S. states are looking to revamp net-energy metering programs but potential changes will not impact solar markets this year, according to research group IHS.


Is solar in Spain losing its shine?

Moron de la Frontera, Spain.

Provisional 2013 Spanish figures show that while renewables continue to dominate, further growth for the solar sector is in doubt.


UK energy minister to call for 4 million more solar panels

Greg Barker at University of Salford.

Greg Barker is expected to announce ambitious plans to dramatically increase the U.K.'s solar capacity in the new year.


Scotland tops 100 MW solar milestone

Orkney Islands.

Official figures show that Scotland now has 106 MW of PV capacity installed, a growth of 36% in just one year.


Solargiga seals 200 MW deal in Ghana

Ghana city, Cape Coast

DCH-Solargiga, a 70% equity-held subsidiary of Solargiga, and the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) signed an agreement to form a joint venture to build 200 MW of solar PV in Ghana.


Small fab, new process -- Solar Frontier's expansion

Solar Frontier's 900 MW Kunitomi Plant in Miyazaki, Japan.

Exclusive: Brooks Herring, Solar Frontier's director of International Business, discusses the firm's new 150 MW plant in Japan, which he describes as a "stepping stone to global expansion."


SolarCity launches Give Power Foundation

Rooftop installation, U.S.

For every megawatt of residential solar installed in 2014, the U.S. solar company will donate a solar power system to a school in a developing country.


US Energy Department report examines storage

GE Energy storage

The U.S. Department of Energy report identifies the challenges facing the widespread use of storage solutions, including cost, safety and industry acceptance.


New 'super minister' to redefine Germany's energy transition

Sigmar Gabriel

Sigmar Gabriel will head a combined economy and energy ministry in Germany's new coalition government with a focus on lowering energy prices and boosting industrial output while rebooting the energy transition.


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