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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.


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Onlookers in the U.K. enjoy today's solar eclipse, which was billed as an unprecedented test for Europe's power grids.

The solar eclipse was on everybody's lips as expectant eyes turned to Italy and Germany to see how the grids would cope, while elsewhere it was a tale of R&D breakthroughs, bold solar targets and even a dramatic fire.


Solar eclipse chance to test grid response, say European technicians

Solar eclipse.

Solar power loss expected to be minimal, but event offers unprecedented opportunity to assess the impact of small oscillations on national grids across affected areas in Europe.


China boosts 2015 solar target by 20%

The Chinese flag.

China's National Energy Administration has announced that it will boost its 2015 solar target to 17.8 GW. The NEA has cited the need to, "stabilize and expand the solar application market," as the reason for the move.


Chinese social media questions Jinko's fire prevention measures

JinkoSolar fire.

Users on Chinese micro blogging site Weibo have raised questions about JinkoSolar's fire prevention measures at its Jianxi fab. Informal reports indicate a tower that is a part of the Jinko facilities appears totally destroyed.


Italy to switch off PV plants over 100 kW during solar eclipse

Solar eclipse from Japan

In Germany, the debate is still on as to how to deal with large PV systems during the solar eclipse on Friday. Italian transmission grid operator Terna has made the decision to switch off large-scale PV plants for an entire...


EU to raise minimum import price for Chinese solar modules

European Commission

A year after lowering the minimum import price, the European Commission is set to increase it back to its original level. The weak euro is one major reason for the move.


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A whale, breaching.

Europe grabs the PV headlines this week as the EC finds three Chinese module suppliers in breach of minimum import pricing, Dutch authorities investigate possible import violations and two Swiss pilots capture our soaring solar...


CEO Interview: Enphase goes big Down Under

Paul Nahi, President and CEO of Enphase Energy.

Enphase CEO and president Paul Nahi tells pv magazine that the company's recent activity in Australia's commercial rooftop sector is just the beginning of sustained expansion into the wider APAC region.


Insolvent SolarMax finds possible buyer

SolarMax inverters

Swiss PV association Swissolar has reported that a company from a German-speaking country is planning an asset deal for the core businesses of insolvent Sputnik Engineering AG, also known a Solarmax. Swiss insolvency authorities...


Despite record loss, E.ON reports 20% earnings increase for renewables

E.ON PV installation, Pellworm, Germany

The German energy giant is shifting its focus entirely to renewables and spinning off its conventional energy business. It plans to announce details about the two new companies later this year.


ReneSola to exit European minimum price

ReneSola HQ

Chinese module manufacturer ReneSola has indicated that it will exit from the European Union's minimum import price (MIP) agreement. The reason for ReneSola's move is the European Commission ruling that Chinese companies cannot...


US solar installations up 30% to 6.2 GW in 2014

Strata Solar commercial installation, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Solar accounted for 32% of new generating capacity in the U.S. last year, beating out both wind energy and coal for the second year in a row, according to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association.


Dutch authorities investigating possible PV module import violations

Port of Rotterdam

An importer in the Netherlands is suspected of shipping re-labled solar modules from China to Europe via Malaysia and Taiwan. According to Dutch press reports, modules from 22 different manufacturers are being held in several...


We have lift-off: Solar Impulse begins round-the-world journey

The Solar Impulse aircraft was constructed in Switzerland and has been conducting test flights in Abu Dhabi since January.

Solar-powered aircraft finally began its circumnavigation of the globe on Monday morning, taking off from Abu Dhabi at 07:12 local time with Andre Borschberg at the controls.


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Vladimir Klitschko in action.

Solar is poised to land the decisive blow in the global energy battle as cost and storage align perfectly, U.S. pricing finds its rhythm and the U.K. market continues its upward trajectory.


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