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SunPower can access another $44.5 million for solar leases

Jul 28, 2014

U.S. vertically integrated manufacturer SunPower has closed an agreement to finance $44.5 million of its solar leases. Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital (HASI) is providing the capital.

SolarWorld increases first half revenue by modest 13%

Jul 28, 2014

SolarWorld AG's preliminary business results for the first half of 2014 also reveal solid growth in module sales but below-par sales of complete systems.

GCL-Poly expects $103m first half 2014 profit

Jul 28, 2014

Chinese polysilicon suppliers issue positive profit alert after analysis of preliminary management accounts for first six months of 2014.

Comtec Solar to double Malaysian production capacity

Jul 28, 2014

The Chinese wafer producers will expand capacity at their Sarawak plant from 300 to 600 MW as the company finalizes two supply deals with U.S. companies.

SolarReserve signs power contract for 20 MW solar PV plant in El Salvador

Jul 28, 2014

El Salvador has awarded a power purchase agreement (PPA) to SolarReserve for the output of a 20 MW project, as part of a competitive solicitation under which 94 MW of PV projects were awarded. These projects are part of a solar boom in the region.

One of Australia’s largest PV companies goes under

Jul 28, 2014

Queensland-based Ingenero appears on the path to bankruptcy, after being placed in administration late last week. Official documents show that the move has occurred after it was unable to pay a U.S. creditor.

UK: Wind could decide future of utility-scale solar, says IHS

Jul 28, 2014

Under the new CfD scheme, solar plants over 5 MW could enjoy an early advantage while the ROC is still applicable for onshore wind projects.

Industry responds to US anti-dumping ruling

Jul 28, 2014

Steep duties imposed by the Department of Commerce criticized by both CASE and SEIA, but SolarWorld applauds decision to 'level the domestic playing field'.

Solar trade war: U.S. imposes preliminary anti-dumping tariffs of 26-165% on solar PV from China, Taiwan

Jul 25, 2014

The U.S. Department of Commerce has issued preliminary anti-dumping tariffs of 26-165% on imports of crystalline silicon solar PV cells and modules from China and Taiwan.

EU debates energy security strategy

Jul 25, 2014

The European Parliament debated a strategy which calls for more renewable generation alongside more fossil fuels and nuclear. Ukraine conflict is bringing energy security sharply into focus.

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New Tax on Solar Imports into the U.S.

Jun 18, 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

Jun 16, 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

Jun 15, 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 […]

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 […]

A Historic 105-0 Vote for Solar in South Carolina

May 23, 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

Apr 29, 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

Apr 22, 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

Apr 14, 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. […]

Solar plane set to fly round the world revealed

Apr 12, 2014

Solar Impulse 2, the plane set to fly around the world only using solar power has been revealed. After 12 years of work, Swiss duo Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg are one step closer to their revolutionary flight, set for 2015. Solar Impulse 2 has been developed from learnings of Solar Impulse 1, the first […]

New group aims for 20,000 solar installations at schools by 2020

Apr 09, 2014

A new National Solar Schools Consortium will facilitate resource sharing to teach students about solar and promote the use of solar energy at school campuses across the country. The Consortium was launched at the recent National Science Teachers Association Conference, held in Boston. The group’s goals for the year 2020 include: 20,000 solar installations at […]