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Wells Fargo-financed 45MW Arizona power plant completed
12 Feb 2016 at 1:51pm
Sandstone Solar, a 45MW PV plant in Arizona, has been officially opened by developer Spower and utility Salt River Project, which will buy power from the plant.

STi Norland supplying solar equipment for Acciona’s 247MW Chile plant
12 Feb 2016 at 1:12pm
Spain-based solar tracker and fixed structures manufacturer STi Norland has been chosen by renewables firm Acciona Energia to provide PV equipment and installations for around half of the El Romero solar plant, which will stand at 247MW in the Atacama desert of Chile.

NREL finalises new quality standard for PV module manufacturing
12 Feb 2016 at 12:59pm
Researchers at the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory in the US have completed the development of a new international quality standard for PV module manufacturing.

Florida utility FPL starts construction on 225MW of solar plants
12 Feb 2016 at 12:34pm
Florida utility Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) has started construction of 225MW of solar plants, which will triple the firm’s solar capacity.

New EU trade duties start on certain PV firms in Taiwan and Malaysia
12 Feb 2016 at 12:23pm
Punitive trade duties will now be applied to Chinese cells and modules shipped through Malaysia and Taiwan, the European Commission has confirmed.

Schneider Electric deploys 1MWh EcoBlade storage for solar microgrid
12 Feb 2016 at 12:22pm
Schneider Electric will provide a 1MWh energy storage system to be paired with a PV system from Duke Energy-backed REC Solar in the latest project to show how renewables-integrated microgrids can work.

Avancis likely customer for 300MW Singulus selenisation system order
12 Feb 2016 at 11:17am
Specialist PV manufacturing equipment supplier Singulus Technologies has said that it is close to closing a major contract after a customer signed an order late last year for a new advanced selenisation system, based on its ‘CISARIS’ platform for CIGS thin-film production.

Latin America Power gets temporary freeze on US$150 million of SunEdison’s assets
12 Feb 2016 at 10:50am
Troubled renewable energy firm SunEdison has been forced by the New York State Supreme Court to comply with a temporary order that blocks an asset transfer of US$150 million, due to efforts from Latin America Power (LAP) to seek arbitration and compensation over the failed acquisition of the company by SunEdison last year.

Maine solar stakeholders petition to preserve net metering after proposed legislature threat
12 Feb 2016 at 9:13am
Solar jobs and businesses in the US state of Maine are under threat if net metering is not kept intact under proposed legislative changes, according to the newly formed Solar Energy Association of Maine.

SMA, TenneT to partner up in order to develop stronger feed-in projections
12 Feb 2016 at 1:15am
SMA Solar Technology AG and transmission grid operator TenneT have signed off on a contract for the supply of current performance data from PV systems.

Who is the best US presidential candidate for solar? Maybe it doesn’t matter
11 Feb 2016 at 5:30pm
The best thing about solar being subsidy free may yet turn out to be the neutering effect it has on politicians, argues John Parnell.

Solar Frontier ran 900MW Kunitomi CIS plant near full-capacity in 2015
11 Feb 2016 at 5:03pm
Leading CIS (copper, indium, selenium) thin-film producer Solar Frontier reported that its main manufacturing plant ran at almost full capacity in 2015.


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Florida Power & Light breaks ground on three new solar PV plants totaling 224 MW
12 Feb 2016 at 11:14am
Florida Power & Light Co. (FPL, Juno Beach, Florida, U.S.) on February 11th, 2016 celebrated the ground breaking of its three new solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants with a ceremony on the site of the future FPL Manatee Solar Energy Center. The three new large, community-scale PV plants, which include the FPL Babcock Ranch Solar Energy Center and the FPL Citrus Solar Energy Center, are expected to begin producing solar power by the end of 2016 and will triple the company's current PV capacity.

World Bank Group supports 200 MW solar PV project in Senegal
12 Feb 2016 at 11:05am
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, on February 9th, 2016 signed an agreement with the government of Senegal to develop up to 200 megawatts of solar power under “Scaling Solar,” a World Bank Group initiative helping African countries procure renewable energy quickly and affordably.

sPower, SRP unveil 45 MW Sandstone Solar PV facility
12 Feb 2016 at 7:18am
sPower (Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.) and Salt River Project (SRP, Tempe, Arizona, U.S.) on February 11th, 2016 announced the opening of sPower Sandstone Solar, one of the Valley’s largest photovoltaic facilities. SRP is purchasing all 45 megawatts of the solar power produced at the facility, which is owned and operated by sPower. Sandstone Solar produces enough solar power to supply more than 8,000 homes, according to sPower.

TECO opens its largest solar PV plant at Tampa International Airport
12 Feb 2016 at 7:13am
Tampa International Airport and Tampa Electric Company (TECO, Tampa, Florida, U.S.) on February 11th, 2016 unveiled a canopy of solar PV panels on the top floor of the airport’s south Economy Parking Garage – which provides solar energy to Tampa Electric’s customers and shade for parking patrons.

Gestamp Solar becomes X-ELIO after KKR completes acquisition of 80% stake
12 Feb 2016 at 7:06am
Gestamp Solar, a global developer and operator of solar photovoltaic plants, has changed its name to X-ELIO following the successful completion of KKR’s acquisition of an 80 percent stake in the business. “X-ELIO combines all the elements that are needed to capture the dramatic increase in demand for solar energy: capital resources to invest in the long term, an entrepreneurial mindset, technology leadership and the ability to scale the business,” said CEO Jorge Barredo.

GTM Research: 20 U.S. states at grid parity for residential solar PV
11 Feb 2016 at 8:37am
As installation costs continue to decline and retail electricity rates climb, residential solar photovoltaic (PV) economics have become increasingly attractive across the United States, according to the latest report from GTM Research (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.). “U.S. Residential Solar Economic Outlook: Grid Parity, Rate Design and Net Metering Risk” finds that 20 U.S. states are currently at grid parity, and 42 states are expected to reach that milestone by 2020 under business-as-usual conditions.

Schneider Electric to deploy solar PV powered micro-grid and energy storage system at Boston One Campus
11 Feb 2016 at 8:31am
Schneider Electric, (Rueil-Malmaison, France), a global specialist in energy management and automation, will build a micro-grid system at its Boston One Campus (Andover, Massachusetts, U.S.) to develop, test and showcase micro-grid energy management solutions. The system will include a 400 kilowatt photovoltaic (PV) system built and operated by REC Solar Inc. (San Luis Obispo, California, U.S.), a national provider of commercial solar and energy solutions.

Mitsubishi, Mortech Manufacturing PV system reduces need for grid-supplied power by 80 percent
11 Feb 2016 at 8:26am
Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. (Cypress, California, U.S.) on February 10th, 2016 announced the installation of a 183.4 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) system at Mortech Manufacturing Inc.'s facilities in Azusa, California. The PV system was manufactured by Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. and installed by SunGreen Systems. Local political leaders, including Azusa Mayor Joe Rocha, joined a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday recognizing the PV system as the largest in the city of Azusa.

PV research: SolarWorld accepting applications for 2016 Junior Einstein Award
11 Feb 2016 at 8:21am
SolarWorld (Hillsboro, Oregon, U.S.), the largest U.S. crystalline-silicon solar manufacturer for more than 40 years, is now accepting applications for its SolarWorld Junior Einstein Award 2016. The oldest and most prestigious prize for young scientists in the photovoltaic (PV) industry will be awarded for the 11th time.

Australian solar PV Installations hit the 5 GW mark; 913 MW added in 2015
10 Feb 2016 at 11:53am
According to solar energy consultancy SunWiz, 5 gigawatts (GW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity are now installed in Australia. Solar now represents 9% of Australia's total electricity generation capacity of 56 GW. SunWiz recently calculated that there are over 23 million solar PV panels installed in Australia, a solar panel for every man, woman and child.


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