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SolarCity narrows Q1 loss, beats installation forecast

SolarCity rooftop installation.

The solar company installed 153 MW in the first quarter, and increased revenue by 6% to reach $67.5 million.


Global inverter market shrinks 4%, Asian suppliers gaining, says IHS

SMA service.

Intense price competition drove the inverter market down 4% to $6.6bn in 2014 as global demand continued its shift eastwards towards Asian markets.


SolarCity secures $500m aggregation loan for distributed solar

SolarCity installation.

The credit facility agreed with BofA Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank thought to be largest of its kind for distributed solar projects.


Tesla 'R' Us: more solar firms partner with the Powerwall

Tesla S, Powerwall in the home.

Tesla's breakthrough battery storage offering proves irresistible to leading solar companies keen on bundling the tech with their own service and products.


Expected Q1 loss does little to diminish SunPower's positive outlook

SunPower large-scale installation.

The U.S. module manufacturer reports reduced revenues for the first quarter as the company diverts attention to inaugural yieldco venture with First Solar.


IEA: Clean-energy innovation essential to meeting climate goals

IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven

The International Energy Agency presented its Energy Technology Perspectives 2015 report in Paris on Monday, which calls for a tripling of public spending on low-carbon technology R&D.


Egypt signs deals for 220 MW of solar

Cairo, Egypt

The agreements, signed with five companies from Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, include 220 MW of solar and 100 MW of wind and are valued at $500 million.


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