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Fukushima Prefecture and Fraunhofer ISE sign Memorandum of Understanding

Freiburg, Germany - The prefecture of Fukushima, which was struck by a severe nuclear accident three years ago, is aiming to become a new hub for renewable energy research. A new center, called the Fukushima Renewable Energy Institute, will open in April 2014.

India: MoU for establishing a 4,000 MW solar power project signed

New Delhi, India - An Ultra Mega Solar Power Project with a cumulative capacity of 4,000 MW will be set up in Rajasthan near Jaipur, close to Sambhar Lake.

Sunpower raises gross margin in 2013

San Jose, USA - Sunpower Corp. announced financial results for its 2013 fourth quarter and fiscal year ended.

RWE to build wind farm in coal mining region

Bedburg & Essen, Germany - The City of Bedburg and RWE have taken the decision to build for the Königshovener Höhe wind farm in a region reclaimed from the Garzweiler open-cast coal mine.

Global demand for polysilicon to surge 25 per cent in 2014

Santa Clara, USA - Demand for polysilicon used in solar and semiconductor applications is expected to rise sharply to 282,000 metric tons in 2014, up 25% versus last year.

Canadian Solar: Q4 results and concurrent offerings of common shares and convertible senior notes

Guelph, Canada - Canadian Solar Inc. announced selective preliminary results for the fourth quarter ended on December 31, 2013. The company also announced that it priced the offering of 2,778,000 common shares of the Company, with no par value, at US$36.00 per common share.

Europe must stay in the global race for low-carbon leadership

London - Europe risks undermining its future competitiveness by slipping back as a group of other countries emerge to drive the development of low-carbon technologies, according to a new economic analysis published last Thursday.

Siemens delivers direct-drive wind turbines for community wind farm in Germany

Hamburg - Siemens Energy was awarded the contract for Holzacker-Knorburg community wind power plant.

German consortium signs five megawatt solar agreement in India

Bangalore, India - A German Consortium comprising of SOLEA AG and PINPOINT VENTURES HOLDING signed a Power Purchase Agreement for a 5 Megawatt Solar project with Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (BESCOM).

NREL Director Arvizu elected to National Academy of Engineering

Washington, D.C., USA - Dan Arvizu, director of the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), has been elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering.

Energy markets: North-Western European power markets successfully coupled

Paris - In a landmark move for the future of Europe’s power markets, the four Power Exchanges and 13 Transmission System Operators (TSOs) in the North-Western Europe (NWE) day-ahead price coupling project have successfully launched NWE Price Coupling.

Dong Energy sells half of its share in London Array

Fredericia, Denmark - DONG Energy has today signed an agreement to sell half of its 50 per cent share in the 630 MW offshore wind farm London Array 1 to La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (La Caisse), for a total sum of GBP 644 million (approx. DKK 5,800 million).

Vestas: Revenue, EBIT and free cash flow above expectations and issue of new shares

Aarhus, Denmark - 2013 marked the final year of Vestas’ two-year turnaround.

Company profile Siemens breaks ground on wind turbine diagnostics center in Denmark

Orlando, USA - Siemens Energy Service has broken ground on a new, highly-advanced remote diagnostics center for wind turbines, located at the company’s wind service headquarters in Brande, Denmark.

Tesla and Sixt Leasing Announce Strategic Partnership

Munich, Germany—Tesla Motors today announced a lease offer that results in the effective and attractive cost of driving a Model S of about €550 per month, including Tesla Service.

Yingli Green Energy's Joint Venture Develops over 100 MW of Solar Projects in Hainan

Baoding, China – Yingli Green Energy today announced that its joint venture, Hainan Solar Power (HNSP) has developed more than 100 Megawatt (MW) of solar projects in Hainan Province, China since its establishment in 2009. Yingli Solar is the exclusive module supplier for all of HNSP's solar projects.

Growing uncertainty in Scotland’s offshore wind sector as investment dips

Glasgow, United Kingdom - The Scottish offshore wind industry could be threatened by an investment hiatus after figures showed major developers had more than halved their spending in Scotland.

Vestas’ 8 MW prototype wind turbine has produced its first kWh of electricity

Aarhus, Denmark – “We have now completed the production, testing, and installation of the V164-8.0 MW as planned, thanks to the team’s intense effort during a time when Vestas has reduced its investments and lowered fixed costs. We now look forward to evaluating the turbine’s performance on site,” says Vestas’ Chief Technology Officer Anders Vedel.

EU and India join hands to facilitate Offshore Wind

New Delhi - The Global Wind Energy Council and partners announced the launch of a four year project to develop a roadmap for offshore wind development in India, with a focus the states of Gujarat and Tamil Nadu.

Sharp to construct 52 MW solar power plant in Thailand

Osaka, Japan – Sharp Corporation has signed an agreement with SSP of Thailand to construct a 52 MW large-scale solar power generation plant in that country. Construction will begin in January, with operations scheduled to start by the end of 2014.

Geronimo Energy Acquires Green River Wind from Mainstream Renewable Power

Minneapolis, USA – Minnesota-based Geronimo Energy and Dublin, Ireland-based Mainstream Renewable Power announced today Geronimo’s acquisition of Mainstream’s Green River Wind Farm located in Whiteside, Lee and Bureau Counties in Illinois.

Tesla Motors expands supercharger network in Europe

Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Last week Tesla Motors officially opened new Supercharger locations connecting the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Model S customers are now able to take free, fully electric trips in Germany, the Alps and elsewhere.

Ormat reaches commercial Operation of the Mammoth G1 Power Plant

Reno, USA – Ormat Technologies announced on Thursday that it successfully completed the scope of work needed to bring the Mammoth G1 geothermal power plant in Mono County, California to full capacity. The 6 Megawatts (MW) plant reached commercial operation under the new power purchase agreement (PPA) with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) that allows for hourly energy deliveries of up to 7.5 MW and now receives the full commercial rate defined in the PPA.

EU-Commission paves the way for fracking

Brussels, Belgium - The European Commission adopted a recommendation aiming to ensure that proper environmental and climate safeguards are in place for fracking.

International Solar Market: Continued Success of Chinese Producer Yingli

El Segundo, USA - China was the largest solar market in the world in 2013, besting a hotly contested field that included Japan, the United States and Germany, and Chinese manufacturer Yingli Green Energy was also the globe’s foremost supplier of solar modules for the second year in a row. In all, the four countries accounted for two-thirds of worldwide PV demand last year, according to the latest analysis from IMS Research.

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