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Deutsche Bank: Momentum continues in U.S. solar market

Oct 24, 2014

The bank's latest research note from the Solar Power International trade show predicts continuing U.S. market growth through 2015, as well as a potential deal on tariffs against Chinese solar products.

PV puts other renewables in the shade in Israel

Oct 24, 2014

Israel's government has approved the transfer of 520 MW of quotas for solar PV, signalling the beginning of an exciting time for solar power in the Middle East.

The pv magazine weekly news digest: Oct 18-25

Oct 24, 2014

With poly and solar energy price falls set to continue, it's good news all round this week... apart from in Austin, Texas... and unless you are Tony Abbott... or an LDK shareholder...

Snap-together mounting system 'halves installation time'

Oct 24, 2014

Californian company secures $1m accelerator grant from US Department of Energy. Cash will speed the introduction of the SMASH PowerStation to market.

Household solar 'safe' as Abbott takes aim at large scale renewables

Oct 24, 2014

Australian PM Tony Abbott wants to reduce amount of large-scale solar built up to 2020 by two-thirds with his 'real' 20 per cent target. The move was one of the recommendations of the discredited Warburton Review of the country's renewables target.

Utility acquires 150 MW First Solar project

Oct 24, 2014

Southern Power acquires Solar Gen 2 project. The First Solar scheme is set to be finished by the end of the year.

Marks and Spencer to install UK's largest PV rooftop

Oct 24, 2014

Mark Group will install a 6.1 MW project on top of retailer's East Midlands distribution centre. Uncertainty over the government's new incentive scheme will limit commercial rooftops to sub-5 MW from April onwards.

Spanish supreme court paves way for lawsuits against solar FIT cuts

Oct 23, 2014

pv magazine has learned that Spain's supreme court, the Tribunal Supremo, has invited the country's Photovoltaic Union (UNEF) to discuss its lawsuit against the recent measures that reduce solar subsidies. A trial date may be announced in due course.

Mexico's Solartec opens up shop in Texas

Oct 23, 2014

After buying the assets of French group Tournaire Solaire Energie, the Mexican company is investing some $31 million in a new manufacturing plant north of the border. The company expects its Houston fab to generate sales of $285 million in the next five years.

Solarcentury report lifts lid on UK commercial solar potential

Oct 23, 2014

Report highlights how commercial rooftop installations can help businesses reduce running costs, meet government targets and increase a building's value.

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The Truth About Solar and Silver Prices

Oct 23, 2014

In August of this year, Wall Street Daily predicted that solar photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing would be “The Unlikely Driving Force Behind an Imminent Surge in Silver Prices.” In fact, all over the web, precious metals watchers are predicting a jump in silver prices due to increasing demand for the highly conductive metal by the booming […]

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 […]