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Tesla partners with Hanergy on first Chinese charging stations

Tesla CEO Elon Musk in Beijing delivers first car orders to China.

Chief exec Elon Musk has said the electric carmaker would make significant investments in China, including the creation of seven Supercharger networks. The first batch of stations is slated for Beijing and Shanghai.


Google and SunPower pitch in for $250 million solar lease project

Rooftop PV installation, U.S.

The tech giant pledges $100 million to SunPower's solar lease program, further augmenting its involvement in residential rooftop solar across the U.S.


Global clean energy investment up 10% in first quarter

Japan rooftop solar array.

Massive rise in small-scale solar in Japan and the U.S. helps push renewable energy investment towards strong first quarter.


No US solar shortage this year, says IHS

Rooftop PV installation, USA.

Although antidumping fines on Chinese module suppliers will almost certainly create U.S. panel price hikes, the prospect of a shortage is unlikely, say the analysts.


Aleo Solar to be sold, dissolved and renamed

Aleo Solar factory.

The troubled German solar company announced today the results of yesterday's extraordinary AGM meeting, revealing it will trade as AS Abwicklung und Solar-Service AG from April 30.


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.


Desertec loses major German partners

Desertec solar array in Morocco.

The future of the ambitious, multi-billion dollar-project to generate renewable energy in the MENA region in order to supply Europe appears to be in doubt following the exit of major German partners.


Solarex: Waiting for Turkey's real market push

IBC Solar's 200 kWp plant in Konya, Turkey

The Solarex confab in Istanbul, which runs through Saturday, is enjoying bustling attendance, with a slew of international companies showcasing products and services. German equipment manufacturers in particular have reported...


US adds 2.2 GW of PV in 2013

US EIA chart: new solar capacity added in 2013

Distributed solar PV capacity in the United States grew by an estimated 1.9 GW last year, most of which was located in California.


UK solar strategy favours commercial rooftop at expense of solar farms

Greg Barker, Reza Shaybani at SunSolarEnergy in Birmingham

Swathes of commercial and industrial roofs could be transformed into solar energy generating plants under a new solar strategy unveiled by the U.K. government on Friday.


EU lowers Chinese PV import volume

European Commission

In responding to lower installation forecasts in Europe, Brussels has reduced the import volume for photovoltaic manufacturers from China from 7 to 5.8 GW this year.


China Sunergy boosts revenue, narrows loss in 2013

China Sunergy building

The Nanjing-based company shipped a total of 235.8 MW in the fourth quarter, beating forecasts. CEO Stephen Cai attributes the company's improved performance on its operational flexibility, cost control efforts and entry into new...


Crisis in Ukraine threatens domestic PV industry

Russian President Vladimir Putin signs the treaty annexing the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastol on March 18, 2014.

The political crisis in Ukraine is threatening to hollow out the country's nascent PV industry as the world awaits the outcome of Russia's annexation of Crimea.


Romania adds 850 MW in past eight months despite incentive cuts

Romania 50 kW PV installation

The country is also increasingly working with Turkey on a number of ambitious energy projects, including a plans to build 1 GW of capacity and a 450-kilometer-long submarine electricity line connecting the two countries.


German equipment manufacturers expect sales increase of more than 25%

Stringer system, Teamtechnik

Germany's PV equipment and plant manufacturers are cautiously optimistic and expecting a 25 percent increase in revenue this year despite lacking a plan to ensure their competitiveness in the medium term.


First Solar radiates confidence as stock price rises 20%

First Solar module.

Monthly stock report shows impressive uptick for the Arizona company, while SunPower continues to create a buzz.


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