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U.S. Energy Secretary Moniz announces US$53 million in funding for solar R&D at SPI

Oct 22, 2014

At the Solar Power International trade show the head of the Department of Energy announced new investments in projects to drive down the cost of electricity from solar, as well as a new round of loan guarantees to be launched in 2015.

SunEdison wins 17.7 MW of distributed solar projects in California

Oct 22, 2014

The company is set to build 30 solar systems for nine public agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area -- SunEdison's home turf.

EU parliament approves new European Commission

Oct 22, 2014

Despite some high-profile setbacks, like the resignation of Alenka Bratusek as energy union vice president nominee, Jean-Claude Juncker's new commission is set to take power on November 1.

VDE, Fraunhofer ISE award First Solar first quality tested certification

Oct 22, 2014

The testing and certification institute says the new certification marks a new age of risk reduction, quality and safety for solar plant assets while reducing the risk for PV power plant investors.

MegaCell boards smart urbanization joint venture

Oct 22, 2014

Urbeco, a new European alliance, aims to carry out smart and eco-friendly urbanization in developing countries. Belgium's Groupmec and Switzerland's Ovóla have joined MegaCell Engineering in the venture.

Altus Power raises $200 million for solar project investment

Oct 22, 2014

Altus Power America partnered with four Franklin Square sponsored funds and GSO Capital Partners on its latest solar investment venture. The company is looking to fund commercial and industrial distributed generation projects.

LDK Solar subsidiaries file for bankruptcy protection in US court

Oct 22, 2014

The beleaguered Chinese PV giant's U.S. subsidiaries, LDK Solar Systems, LDK Solar USA and LDK Solar Tech USA, have filed for bankruptcy protection in Delaware.

Enphase unveils multi-faceted solar energy management and storage system

Oct 21, 2014

The company has launched an integrated energy management system and an AC storage solution at the Solar Power International trade show. These products will be available for residential and commercial PV systems in the second half of 2015.

Sunpreme unveils 500 W bifacial double glass module with 22.2% efficiency

Oct 21, 2014

Fraunhofer ISE and the company's Global Advisory Board member Eicke Weber says the record module efficiency has moved Sunpreme "to the top of the class."

SDC Energreen Aljaval to build 30 MW-AC project in Mexico

Oct 21, 2014

The company's latest solar installation in Chihuahua has won approval from the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and is to be constructed by the end of 2015.

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Solar Water Heating: In the Shadow of PV

Oct 21, 2014

It would be hard not to notice the rush of activity in the worldwide photovoltaic marketplace in recent years, but you may not have noticed that at the same time, solar thermal technology has been rapidly overshadowed by the unprecedented growth and popularity of PV. Once heralded as the most cost effective way to capture […]

Solar Stocks Struggle to Decouple From Crude

Oct 17, 2014

Since late September of this year, the stock market has given investors a bumpy ride as it continues its current downhill slide. Along with other sectors, the solar market has also taken a dive. On top of this, solar is experiencing and additional drop due to relatively low oil prices. This one-two punch is hitting […]

Russia’s Largest Solar Power Plant Opens in Siberia

Oct 09, 2014

The Kosh-Agachsky plant, which has a capacity of 5 megawatts (MW), is the record holder in Russia for solar-power generation. The plant launched on September 4, 2014 and is located in Altai Republic, Gorno-Altaysk, Russia. Kosh-Agachsky allows the region to be power-independent instead of relying on energy from other parts of the country. Andrei Tsygulev told local […]

Germany Continues to Lead the Way on Renewable Energy

Oct 05, 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. […]

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 […]

Sungevity Pursues Opportunities in Europe

Sep 15, 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 11, 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 […]

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., […]

A Historic 105-0 Vote for Solar in South Carolina

Sep 01, 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 […]