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Berlin startup launches plug & play storage system

Berlin skyline.

The concept from Qinous, which delivers 100% renewable energy, is to be unveiled this week at the Energy Storage Conference in Düsseldorf.

Solar spending could reach $3.8bn in 2014, says IHS

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The analysts expect global expenditure on solar PV to increase by 45% on last year, with Latin America leading the way on manufacturing growth.

Analysts expect $58m loss for SMA

The SMA Solar Academy building.

The overcapacity and price falls that dogged manufacturers are expected to have finally fed through into this year's results for German inverter maker SMA Solar. The figures will be confirmed on Thursday.

Greek investors rail at latest retroactive proposals

The Greek parliament building in Athens.

Draft government proposals for a fresh round of retroactive FIT cuts have caused further dismay for renewables investors. The terms of the proposed 'New Deal' for renewable energy producers would reduce both backdated and future...

Shunfeng announces acquisition details

Wuxi Suntech's headquarters.

Chinese manufacturer Shunfeng has finally revealed details of its protracted takeover of Wuxi Suntech. The deal will be put to a shareholder vote on April 7.

Sunways heads back into insolvency

Sunways manufacturing.

The German solar manufacturer has announced it has filed for insolvency, just seven months after exiting previous proceedings. Chinese parent company LDK Solar is under fresh scrutiny after recent Chinese solar defaults.

Chile reaches 150 MW of installed solar with further 225 MW under construction

Saferay 1.4 MW PV plant, Chile

PV installed capacity increased significantly in February with the connection of the 48.2 MW San Andres project. The volume of solar projects under construction increased from 128 MW in January to 225 MW in February.

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