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Apple continues solar trend in China

Apple Pushes Hard on Solar in China with 40 MW of New Solar Farms

Apple Pushes Hard on Solar in China with 40 MW of New Solar Farms

Apple continues to walk the walk when it comes to solarization. Now it’s making a big splash on solar in China in partnership with SunPower. Both are teaming up to build two 20-megawatt solar projects in China’s Sichuan province — which is a first, although together they’ve built six in America totaling 90 megawatts. Construction

Solar Power in Space

China wants to build a massive solar power station in space

Moving away from fossil fuels and towards green energy generation is becoming increasingly important, not just because fossil fuels will eventually run out, but the emissions they produce are choking the atmosphere. That’s why we are seeing huge solar farms being built, but China is considering a much more ambitious project. Chinese scientists want to

Chinese solar boom

China’s New Solar Target Could Set the Stage for a Solar Boom

The solar industry is growing around the world, but China is taking growth to another level. It recently set the most aggressive goal of any country by targeting 17.8 GW of solar installations in 2015. That’s 19% higher than the proposed 15 GW goal, and 70% higher than the 10.5 GW installed in 2014. Considering that

China solar outlook 2015

China Solar: Get Ready For A Hot 2015, HSBC Ups Outlook

HSBC issued a bullish report on China’s solar industry this morning, saying that Beijing is now dead serious about controlling pollution. The bank upgraded its China solar demand outlook from 12GW to 15GW for 2015, and from 14GW to 16GW for 2016. China is already the world’s largest market for solar. Beijing has set an ambitious goal 100GW

China’s Solar Power Push

As the world’s largest emitter of carbon, China has decided that one of the best ways to clean up its polluted air is through solar power. The country has led the world in solar installations for the last two years and will likely do so again in 2015. It’s on pace to reach 33 gigawatts

China coal tariffs could impact Australia solar industry

The surprise decision by China to impose tariffs on coal imports from Australia has raised the prospect of tit-for-tat action that could impact on the multi-billion solar industry in Australia. The decision to impose – at least temporarily – a tariff of up to 6% on imports into China is yet another blow on Australian

Solar Installations to Rise 20 Percent in 2014

Global photovoltaic (PV) solar installations will rise to 45.4 gigawatts (GW) in 2014, with 32 percent of this total, or 14.4 GW, coming in the fourth quarter, according to IHS Technology. Although IHS has trimmed its forecast for 2014 by 1.5 GW due to weaker-than-predicted performance in several key markets, a 20 percent increase is

China Raises Solar Target (AGAIN)

Everything China does it outsized, including the 12 gigawatts (GW) of solar capacity it added last year, bringing the cumulative total to 20 GW. Now, the government is raising the target once again, this time to 70 GW of solar by 2017, which would more than triple capacity in just three years. “The new solar target set for 2017 will be easily attained

Volkswagen Makes Electric Car Push in China

According to Volkswagen CEO Prof. Dr. Winterkorn, the company will be “launching the biggest initiative for e-mobility in China’s automotive history.” The initiative gets underway with the launch this year of the Volkswagen brand’s electric up! and e-Golfmodels. While the Porsche Panamera S E-hybrid is already in the showrooms in China, the Group will be launching two further plug-in

The Donald Trump of China Invests in Solar Companies

After several tough years for the solar industry, when numerous companies either held massive debt (in China) or closed their doors (US/Europe), the industry is on the upswing again, and a Hong Kong entrepreneur is taking advantage of that. Zheng Jianming, a real-estate tycoon based in Hong Kong, is quietly buying stakes in Chinese solar companies at fire sale

Tesla’s Chinese Eco-mark Lawsuit

A previous post reported on Tesla’s Chinese trademark problem.  Apparently, a businessman named Zhan Baosheng had registered the TESLA (or “Te Si La” transliterated) trademark in China, blocking  the American automaker from using the mark there. Mr. Zhan was also operating a web site using the Tesla China domain (, and operating a Tesla-branded account on the

In Focus: The US-China Solar Trade Dispute

In case you missed it, the International Trade Commission (ITC) has agreed to consider adding (more) restrictive tariffs to imported Chinese solar panels. Why this is happening, who’s behind the dispute, and what will happen to solar panel prices and installation costs if the suit moves forward are complicated questions—but important ones for both installers

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