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UK renewables sector cheers carbon budget decision

Ed Davey, Nick Clegg

Legally binding target to cut carbon emissions by 80% will be upheld during the period 2023 to 2027, says U.K. Energy Secretary Ed Davey.


German center to work with Saudi university

A collaboration between Stuttgart's ZSW and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology could advance thin film solar and open up the MENA market.

The Stuttgart-based ZSW will work with the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. The five-year collaboration will drive research into the performance of thin film cells under desert conditions.


Global polysilicon market on course for 15% increase

Polysilicon produced by Wacker Chemie

Researchers at Bloomberg New Energy Finance expect global sales of polysilicon to top $6 billion this year, fuelled by demand from China and Japan.


UK PV sector on edge over possible policy changes

Martifer-Lightsource cluster project in the UK

The Solar Trade Association warns that a hasty push for cheap solar would come at the cost of achieving quality in the solar farm industry. The local industry is "on tenterhooks."


Egypt embraces solar, announces $1 billion investment

Nile, Egypt

The Egyptian government has announced plans to invest significantly in solar power development in order to increase the share of green energy in the country and to spur job creation.


UK to become Europe's biggest PV market in 2014

NPD Solarbuzz UK forecast

With more than 120 large-scale PV farms approved for construction, the U.K. is fast becoming a hugely attractive market for project developers and component suppliers, says NPD Solarbuzz.


Hawaiian Electric affirms commitment to solar

Honolulu, Hawaii

Boasting one of the highest levels of installed solar power in the country, Hawaiian Electric has rejected the findings of a recent poll and claims that it has "a significant public image problem."


PV demand in Middle East, Africa to grow by 50% in 2014

PV installation in Morocco

Saudi Arabia is set to become a leading PV country in 2016, driving the MEA market to 4.4 GW by 2018.


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.


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