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Eco Energy World connects 70 MW of PV in UK

Aug 22, 2014

The renewable energy developer brought five solar PV projects online across the south of England in quick succession, swelling its solar portfolio.

Sub-Saharan Africa commissions 1.8 GW RE capacity this year

Aug 22, 2014

South Africa, Ethiopia and Kenya lead renewable energy surge, with more clean power to be added this year than entire 2000-13 period.

Bill to streamline solar permitting passes the California legislature

Aug 21, 2014

Legislation to standardize and improve the “byzantine” permitting and inspection procedures in various cities and counties in California has passed both houses of the state's legislature. CALSEIA says that this will both reduce installation time and help bring down the cost of solar.

SunEdison closes on US$160 million fund for 46 MW of behind-the-meter solar PV

Aug 21, 2014

The solar developer says that its lease-pass-through fund represents a new approach designed to allow participation from a wider range of tax equity investors. The fund will support roughly 1/3 of SunEdison's behind-the-meter projects in 2014.

REC, Sunrun sign US solar panel deal

Aug 21, 2014

The U.S. market is becoming increasingly important for the Norwegian solar group as it continues to broaden distribution of its products worldwide.

S4 Solar to build 100 MW module assembly plant in Brazil

Aug 21, 2014

S4 Solar do Brasil, which is making its debut at Intersolar South America this month, is constructing a 100 MW module plant in Brazil to focus on the domestic market.

Trina takes a different approach to EU markets

Aug 21, 2014

The Chinse solar giant has become more competitive in getting its products to customers, says Ben Hill, the company's president Europe. Trina's global strategy, including operations in the U.K., the U.S. and Japan, remain key to its success.

Australia: Pro-solar rally slams attack on renewable target

Aug 21, 2014

The organized opposition to the federal government's moves to abolish or reduce Australia's Renewable Energy Target (RET) has begun. More than 500 people attended a rally in Brisbane to protest against changes to the RET.

Telecommunications boosting hybrid power in off-grid areas

Aug 21, 2014

Demand for power is rising due to the increasing growth of telecommunications in remote off-grid regions, particularly in developing countries, and driving installations of hybrid power systems.

Andhra Pradesh aiming for 5 GW of solar by 2019

Aug 21, 2014

The state government is expected to unveil a wide-ranging new renewable energy policy next month that would set major targets in the southeastern Indian state.

solartribune

New Tax on Solar Imports into the U.S.

Jun 18, 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., […]

Sungevity Pursues Opportunities in Europe

Jun 16, 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

Jun 15, 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 […]

China Sunergy facing challenges

Jun 12, 2014

It’s been reported this weekend that China Sunergy is facing steep issues competing in the crowded Chinese solar industry.The solar industry is booming, but competition has become tremendous thereby challenging some companies like China Sunergy. The company is a worldwide high-tech leader specializing in top-rate solar modules that produce green power. China Sunergy is affiliated […]

A Historic 105-0 Vote for Solar in South Carolina

May 23, 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 […]

Startup launching solar ATMs in India

Apr 29, 2014

Vortex Engineering, an Indian start up, is rolling out solar-powered ATMs to facilitate banking in rural parts of India. The ATMs use the same amount of energy as a conventional light bulb, and can operate without air conditioning is heat up to 122 degrees Fahrenheit. Vortex’s solar-powered ATMs emit at least 18,500 kg of CO2 […]

Construction to start on U.S. Army’s largest PV array

Apr 22, 2014

Construction on the largest solar PV installation at a U.S. army site will begin this month at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. “This will be the largest solar array in the department of defense on a military installation,” said Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment. The installation is expected to provide […]

Research discover light-emitting solar panels

Apr 14, 2014

Scientists in Singapore have discovered a new material that acts as a solar panel in the day, and a light panel at night. The researchers from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have developed solar cells from a material called Perovskite. These cells don’t just convert sunlight to electricity, but also have the capacity to emit light. […]

Solar plane set to fly round the world revealed

Apr 12, 2014

Solar Impulse 2, the plane set to fly around the world only using solar power has been revealed. After 12 years of work, Swiss duo Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg are one step closer to their revolutionary flight, set for 2015. Solar Impulse 2 has been developed from learnings of Solar Impulse 1, the first […]

New group aims for 20,000 solar installations at schools by 2020

Apr 09, 2014

A new National Solar Schools Consortium will facilitate resource sharing to teach students about solar and promote the use of solar energy at school campuses across the country. The Consortium was launched at the recent National Science Teachers Association Conference, held in Boston. The group’s goals for the year 2020 include: 20,000 solar installations at […]