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US: 100% conversion to wind, water and solar power by 2050 feasible, PV to account for 38%

Solar PV a could account for 38% of power generation in the U.S. in 2050

In a new study by Stanford University, a solid financial, technical and economical case for the U.S to convert its all-purpose energy systems to ones powered by wind, water and sunlight (WWS) has been made. Based on their...


GTM: Advanced Energy exit leaves 17% U.S. inverter market share up for grabs

SMA solar inverter manufacturing

GTM Research has published analysis showing that Advanced Energy currently holds 17% inverter market share in the U.S., meaning the firm’s exit from the market has left a sizable opportunity for competitors.


US solar output 50% higher than official figures suggest, report finds

Rooftop installation, U.S.

A joint study by GTM Research and kWh Analytics finds that distributed solar in the U.S., absent from official EIA figures, accounts for 9.2 GW, or 45%, of the nation's capacity.


Advanced Energy confirms exit of solar inverter business

Advanced Energy's 1000NX central inverter.

The U.S. precision power conversion company has taken the decision to shutter its solar inverter business after grappling with poor sales in the sector for the past few quarters.


Solar-powered Formula E can overtake Formula 1, says Richard Branson

Richard Branson celebrates with Formula E inaugural champion Nelson Piquet Jr in London.

The Virgin tycoon believes all-electric and solar-powered racing cars will prove more attractive to sponsors and racing enthusiasts within the next four or five years.


pv magazine weekly digest

Solar sunrise

BNEF drops its annual future energy outlook with solar the shining light, BYD advocates for 'all silicon' and batteries and key German solar players make a stand against the minimum price.


Sunrun moves towards IPO

Sunrun installation

Solar lease provider Sunrun is moving towards IPO. The San Francisco based company has filed a S-1 registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday.


SMA to capitalize on GW scale PV hybrid opportunities

SMA Solar Technology AG has set up a test center at its German headquarters to optimize PV diesel hybrid energy systems. Such applications are growing in importance, says the company, which estimates an annual global growth in...


Interview: Behind the New Energy Outlook 2015

Australian PV power plant.

Yesterday, Bloomberg New Energy Finance released its 2015 New Energy Outlook. In it solar PV was seen as a leading energy source for the future, however the pace of renewable energy deployment and the continuation of large...


BNEF: solar likely largest energy investment target 2015 – 2040

Sunrise.

Solar will attract funding of around US$3.7 trillion of over the next 25 years, becoming the largest energy segment in terms of new investment. This is the key finding from Bloomberg New Energy Finance in its New Energy Outlook...


Trina confirms 2 GW Indian fab plans

Trina production

Trina Solar has confirmed to pv magazine that it has signed a framework agreement with a partner in Indian to develop a 2 GW solar cell and module manufacturing facility in the country. Details for the plan are yet to be thrashed...


Oxis to roll out Li-S energy storage batteries next year

Oxis Energy is gearing up to sell its energy storage batteries in 2016. The lithium sulfur (Li-S) battery developer, which unveiled a solar storage technology demonstration project in early June with Proinso, predicts a battery...


Mercom tips 2016 global PV market to reach 57.4 GW

UK power plant.

2015 looks set to be another year of growth for the global solar market with new installations set to reach 57.4 GW. Mercom Capital delivered the prediction its Global Solar Forecast, published this week.


Fraunhofer ISE head to step down, run for public office

Eicke Weber.

Eicke Weber, the head of leading solar research body the Fraunhofer ISE, has announced that he will step down from his post and run for public office. Most interestingly Weber has announced he will stand for Germany’s Free...


PV exceeds 2020 EU renewable energy target

Solar PV technology has already exceeded its deployment goals under the European Commission's renewable energy targets. Overall, the EU is on track to meet its 2020 targets, with renewables accounting for a projected 15.3% of...


NexWafe plans 250 MWp kerfless wafer production

Fraunhofer spinoff, NexWafe GmbH plans to set up a 250 MWp production line for its kerfless wafer production. The first pilot line is expected to begin in 2017.


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