Catholic church looks at relation of energy to justice and peace

Apr 17, 2014

Church bodies increasingly look towards renewable energy to understand the world and promote environmental justice.

China figures not a surprise, says IHS analyst

Apr 17, 2014

The predicted Q1 falls from Yingli and Trina Solar are to be expected, says IHS, as solar companies continue to fall on the market.

FLS Energy to build multiple solar facilities around North Carolina

Apr 17, 2014

The company is seeking to get $200 million in funding as it seeks to take advantage of the generous tax system proffered by the state.

No US solar shortage this year, says IHS

Apr 17, 2014

Although antidumping fines on Chinese module suppliers will almost certainly create U.S. panel price hikes, the prospect of a shortage is unlikely, say the analysts.

BayWa r.e. commissions 18 MW solar farm in UK

Apr 17, 2014

The fourth solar farm from the German renewable energy developer is located in the Welsh village of Whitland.

GreenGo Energy greenlights largest PV project in the Nordics

Apr 17, 2014

The energy company will collaborate with Danica Pension to deliver 6 MW of rooftop PV capacity in Denmark.

NextEnergy Solar Fund to invest in eight UK projects after completing first round of fund-raising

Apr 17, 2014

The fund is set to begin with eight projects, with a further 200 MW planned. The news comes following a disappointing week for funds specialising in renewable energy.

Solar cheaper option than nuclear, new study finds

Apr 17, 2014

Report commissioned by Germany's Agora Energiewende reveals that new solar and wind plants are able to generate cheaper low-carbon power than the most modern nuclear reactors.

Obama to lay down solar challenge to US companies

Apr 17, 2014

A forthcoming Solar Summit hosted by the White House will outline government support for solar initiatives, including a $15 million PV pathway fund.

Aleo Solar to be sold, dissolved and renamed

Apr 16, 2014

The troubled German solar company announced today the results of yesterday's extraordinary AGM meeting, revealing it will trade as AS Abwicklung und Solar-Service AG from April 30.


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 […]

First Solar sets new thin-film efficiency world record

Mar 31, 2014

First Solar has set a new world record for thin-film PV panel efficiency, with its modules converting 17 percent of sunlight to energy. The record was confirmed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and is an increase over the previous record of 16.1 percent, also set by First Solar, in […]

National Women in Solar Initiative to encourage women to join the industry

Mar 10, 2014

SunEdison and GRID Alternatives, a non-profit solar installer, have just launched the National Women in Solar Initiative. The $1.2 million philanthropic partnership aims to encourage women to enter the fast-growing solar industry, and contributes to GRID Alternatives’ mission of providing work training and clean energy to underserved communities. GRID Alternatives will provide training to over […]

U.S. solar market grows over 40% in 2013

Mar 06, 2014

In a new record for annual solar growth in the U.S., solar PV installations rose 41 percent from 2012 to reach 4,751 MW in 2013. The news comes from Solar Market Insight Year in Review 2013, a report from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). The additional installations brought the total PV […]

Report: almost 10% of solar workers are veterans

Mar 05, 2014

A new report finds that the solar industry employs a higher than average rate of veterans, a group often faced with high unemployment. The findings show that as of November 2013, America’s solar industry has grown by 500 percent since 2008, providing more than 13,000 veterans with job opportunities. Almost ten percent of all solar […]

SunEdison completes Defense Department’s largest solar project

Mar 03, 2014

SunEdison and MIC Solar Energy Holdings have completed the largest PV solar installation at any U.S. Defense Department site, at Davis-Monathan Air Force Base in Tuscon, Arizona. The 16.4 MW ground-mounted PV installation covers 170 acres of land that was previously unused, with 57,000 modules that automatically track the sun’s path to maximise electricity generation. […]

2015 Solar Decathlon contestants announced

Feb 26, 2014

The U.S. Department of Energy has revealed the 20 teams of college students participating in the next Solar Decathlon. The teams, hailing from the U.S. and abroad, will spend the next two years developing solar homes to be displayed at the 2015 Solar Decathlon held in Orange County Great Park, California. The homes will be […]

U.S. files trade complaint against India’s National Solar Mission

Feb 18, 2014

The U.S. government has filed a complaint against India with the World Trade Organization (WTO), claiming aspects of the Indian government’s solar expansion plan break global trade rules. As part of it’s National Solar Mission (NSM), which aims to deploy 20,000 MW of solar by 2022, the Indian government is requiring that solar power developers […]