Germany, Japan and the US are leading the way in bringing light to an industry plagued by bouts of darkness. Germany has almost doubled its capacity compared to this time last year. Japan's proposals for its new FiT look set to take the world by storm and the US is promising a solar industry with long-term job security prospects by 2020. Heliatek is also adding to the positive feel of this week's round-up having achieved a record 10.7% conversion efficiency for its organic tandem solar cell. The only dampener of spirits in this week's Newscast is LDK Solar's plummeting sales.