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Martifer Solar acquires nearly 90 MW of O&M contracts in Italy

Oct 02, 2014

The recent addition of Martifer Solar's Italian contracts solidifies its position as the third largest vertically-integrated O&M player in Europe.

EU SmartFlex production line to make custom solar facades

Oct 02, 2014

Located in Lithuania, the new 50 MW capacity factory will manufacture individually designed solar facades on an industrial scale as part of an EU project.

UK Foresight Solar Fund to raise up to £100 million

Oct 02, 2014

The fund plans to acquire two PV plants with a combined capacity of 74 MW and expects to continue acquisitions of plants below and above 5 MW following the introduction of next year's CfD scheme.

SunEdison begins production of electronic grade polysilicon using fluidized bed reactor technology

Oct 01, 2014

SunEdison's high pressure fluidized bed reactor (HP-FBR) process produces high-purity polysilicon using 90% less energy than the dominant Siemens method. The company plans to ramp the plant to 13,500 metric tons annually in Q1 2015.

World Bank approves US$519 million for 350 MW of solar CSP in Morocco

Oct 01, 2014

The second and third phases of the Noor project will include both parabolic trough and solar power tower CSP components. When complete this will be the largest single-site grouping of CSP projects in the world.

Brightsource, Abengoa scrap plans for controversial solar CSP project

Oct 01, 2014

Despite a recommendation of approval by regulators, the project company has abandoned its application for the 250 MW solar power tower project in the California desert. Palen drew fire from conservationists due to potential impacts on birds.

Latin American solar markets explode in 2014, 2015

Oct 01, 2014

The latest report by GTM Research predicts that 805 MW of solar PV will be installed across the region in 2014, a six-fold increase over 2013. The company forecasts another 2.3 GW of new PV in 2015.

Greensmith sees dramatic growth in grid-scale energy storage market

Oct 01, 2014

The leading California-based energy storage software provider is a key partner in 35 grid-scale projects across the U.S.

Peak Development to distribute Ascent Solar portable products in UK

Oct 01, 2014

The Colorado-based solar company has crossed the Pond, tapping Peak Development to distribute its portable thin film EnerPlex consumer products in Britain.

Scatec Solar completes IPO after delay

Oct 01, 2014

Following a sharp price cut in its shares this week, the Norwegian solar company has today completed its Initial Public Offering.

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A Bright Future For Solar Energy In Schools

Sep 24, 2014

Solar energy has been touted for years as a potential solution to the massive energy crisis which is only beginning to rear its head in our nation. One of the key locations where solar energy is poised to cause a revolution is in the nation’s schools. Many schools are using solar energy to cut down […]

Germany Continues to Lead the Way on Renewable Energy

Sep 23, 2014

In recent years, Germany has become notable for its excellence in the renewable energy markets. Fueled by government subsidies in the industry, the renewable energy businesses in Germany has been quickly growing. In fact, this industry was growing so quickly that the government called a halt to many of its subsidy programs in the area. […]

New Tax on Solar Imports into the U.S.

Sep 08, 2014

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced that it added import duties to Chinese manufacturers’ solar panels and related items.  The new duties add more than eighteen to thirty-five percent plus to these solar imports. The newly assessed duties will of course raise the prices of imports manufactured by Trina Solar Inc., Jinko Solar Holding Co., […]

Sungevity Pursues Opportunities in Europe

Sep 05, 2014

The Californian company Sungevity recently signed a deal with the Neatherlands utility company E.ON Benelux to create a partnership offering services in solar energy. The arrangement calls on Sungevity to use their marketing and solar design platforms to serve utility customers, and the services will be promoted in a co-branded way. The partnership follows investments […]

World’s first PV and thermal rooftop installed in Australia

Sep 02, 2014

An Australian home now has what is believed to be the world’s first solar panel roof that produces both electricity and heat for the home. The $5 million project was developed by building materials firm BlueScope with support from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). The system includes thin-film solar panels which are set on […]

A Historic 105-0 Vote for Solar in South Carolina

Aug 28, 2014

Solar industry advocates, green enthusiasts and environmental conservation groups are basking in the sun today. With a historic 105-0 vote on Wednesday, May 21, South Carolina’s House of Representatives approved of advancing solar technologies and making other crucial energy usage changes to help end residential and commercial reliance on fossil fuel electric power generation. Critics […]

Startup launching solar ATMs in India

Aug 24, 2014

Vortex Engineering, an Indian start up, is rolling out solar-powered ATMs to facilitate banking in rural parts of India. The ATMs use the same amount of energy as a conventional light bulb, and can operate without air conditioning is heat up to 122 degrees Fahrenheit. Vortex’s solar-powered ATMs emit at least 18,500 kg of CO2 […]

Construction to start on U.S. Army’s largest PV array

Aug 20, 2014

Construction on the largest solar PV installation at a U.S. army site will begin this month at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. “This will be the largest solar array in the department of defense on a military installation,” said Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment. The installation is expected to provide […]

Research discover light-emitting solar panels

Aug 17, 2014

Scientists in Singapore have discovered a new material that acts as a solar panel in the day, and a light panel at night. The researchers from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have developed solar cells from a material called Perovskite. These cells don’t just convert sunlight to electricity, but also have the capacity to emit light. […]

China Sunergy facing challenges

Jun 12, 2014

It’s been reported this weekend that China Sunergy is facing steep issues competing in the crowded Chinese solar industry.The solar industry is booming, but competition has become tremendous thereby challenging some companies like China Sunergy. The company is a worldwide high-tech leader specializing in top-rate solar modules that produce green power. China Sunergy is affiliated […]