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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.

Philippines increasingly embracing renewable energy

Bill Clinton, Thomas Lloyd Cleantech Congress 2014

Thomas Lloyd Cleantech Congress: Southeast Asian countries like the Philippines are driving investment in green energy by reducing imported fossil fuel dependency and increasingly adopting renewable sources.

China, US pledge to remove green goods tariffs

Karel de Gucht.

A promise to remove trade barriers on solar goods by politicians at Davos is a world away from the latest solar trade war between the power blocs which erupted overnight.

France, Germany forging PV alliance

Francois Hollande, Bastille Day

French President Francois Hollande supports plans to build a giant PV module plant with an initial annual production capacity of 1 GW and which could expand up to 5 GW.

Capital Stage, Belectric welcome German energy minister's proposals

Berlin skyline

For Germany's big renewable energy players, clarity is of the utmost importance. For Belectric, the introduction of a tender system for ground-mounted PV plants can’t come soon enough.

SMA: Back to profitability

SMA CEO Pierre-Pascal Urbon

After a lossmaking 2013, SMA is finally seeing light at the end of the tunnel. The world inverter market leader expects to close the year with an operating profit and a sales increase of up to 45%.

Yingli claims No. 1 spot as leading module supplier, again

Yingli PV panel production

The Chinese company boasted the biggest market share in China and Germany and came in second in the United States, close behind First Solar.

China responds with polysilicon duties

The flag of China.

China has imposed permanent duties on U.S. and South Korean polysilicon. The decision comes within hours of the U.S. Department of Commerce's announcement about duties on Chinese solar products.

Global investment in clean energy falls 12%, despite 20% increase for solar

A solar farm in Spain.

Findings from Bloomberg New Energy Finance reveal a 41% slump in investment across Europe, while Japan's solar-fuelled clean energy landscape saw a 55% surge in investment.

Bright new dawn for UK solar industry

Solar installation in England.

As new figures suggest that half a million FIT-driven solar schemes are now installed in the U.K., encouraging news is emerging that suggests Britons' solar appetite is stronger than ever.

Barroso calls for end to binding EU renewables target

European Commission

In what may lead to a confrontation between Germany and the EU, the European Commission president is seeking to end binding green energy targets -- something Germany demands.

Conergy launches $100 million solar fund for US market

Conergy solar plant, U.S.

The solar energy company's new financing program is aimed at the construction of large-scale projects totaling 50 MW and is seen as a model for other growth markets.

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.

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