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Obama announces new support for clean energy

U.S. President Obama has announced a number of actions to support solar and other forms of clean energy including new funding for loan guarantees, federal support for PACE and more solar on military homes.


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.


First Solar full module efficiency of 18.2%

A First Solar efficiency record.

U.S. thin film manufacturer First Solar has achieved a major boost in module efficiency using its cadmium telluride technology. Today the company announced a full module efficiency of 18.2%, from an 18.6% aperture efficiency...


Energy storage investment opportunities, business models must be identified

The investment opportunities and business models in the energy storage industry need to be identified, writes Ernst & Young. In the energy industry in general, more focus needs to be placed on the customer, with utilities...


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Intersolar Europe opened its doors this week, prompting a flurry of bullish solar market reports outlining a glittering future for the renewable energy. That is, if the politicians and regulators play along. Energy storage was...


Intersolar Europe: India can take manufacturing center stage, says Vikram Solar CEO

A visitor steps into Trina Solar's module manufacturing facility via the medium of augmented reality.

Indian solar manufacturing industry coming of age says CEO, and no longer looks to China for guidance. First Solar outlines O&M ambition.


Intersolar Europe: SolarWorld exits SolarPower Europe trade body

The SolarWorld booth at Intersolar Europe was abuzz today with talk of the company's exit from SolarPower Europe.

The industry body formerly known as EPIA had irked the German solar company with its opposition to EU trade duties, something SolarWorld had long lobbied for.


Renewables outpace nuclear in 2014 European power generation

Last year was said to be a benchmark for renewable energy, with renewables producing more power in Europe than nuclear for the first time. In yet another glittering solar industry report, SolarPower Europe further calculates...


US: 32 GW utility-scale solar pipeline under development ahead of 2017 ITC deadline

Analysts say a massive 32 GW pipeline of utility-scale solar is under development in the U.S., with developers aiming to finish their projects by the end of 2016, when the Federal energy investment tax credit (ITC) expires....


G7 leaders to aim for carbon-free economy by end of century

G7 meeting point, Germany.

Leaders of G7 countries back global greenhouse gas reductions by between 40-70% by 2050, with full decarbonization of global economy by end of century.


Eu Prosun calls for PV MIP investigation to be extended following solar companies' breach

Canadian Solar, ET Solar and ReneSola are no longer exempt from punitive trade duties, having breached the terms under the minimum price agreement framework, which had negated their tariff exemptions. EU Prosun has said they are...


SunPower files lawsuit against SunEdison, former employees for poaching trade secrets

In a U.S. federal lawsuit filed yesterday, June 3, SunPower Corp. has accused SunEdison Inc. of poaching over 20 employees and trade secrets between 2011 and 2014, in order to gain a competitive edge.


Eminent UK scientists announce global clean energy "space-race" program

UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon inspecting a solar farm.

The Global Apollo program looks to emulate the successful moon missions of the '60s by diverting similar levels of efforts and funding towards making clean energy cheaper than coal.


ReneSola Q1 financials reveal $18.5 million net loss

Solar cell development, ReneSola.

Chinese solar company continues transition toward downstream activity as Q1 net revenue shrinks by 15.9% year-over-year.


Hanwha Q Cells to build 1.5 GW solar cell plant in South Korea

Cell production, Hanwha.

The Korean solar cell manufacturer has announced plans to construct the nation's first large-scale cell fab at a cost of $315.54 million. Facility will be located in Jincheon.


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