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Austin, Texas increases solar goals by 700 MW, solar to be new default source of power

Sep 02, 2014

The city council in the capitol city of the U.S. state of Texas has passed a sweeping resolution to strengthen solar policies and goals for its municipal utility. This includes procuring an additional 600 MW of utility-scale solar, another 100 MW of local solar and deploying energy storage.

Fluor puts online the 170 MW-AC Centinela Solar project in Southern California

Sep 02, 2014

Fluor has completed the massive plant in only 20 months time, as the latest utility-scale PV project to go online in Southern California's Imperial Valley. The plant may also be one of the last mega-projects in the area, as California increasingly moves to smaller utility-scale solar.

China to top 100 GW PV capacity by 2028, says NPD Solarbuzz analyst

Sep 02, 2014

By 2028, the world will boast at least nine countries with more than 5 GW PV capacity installed, led by China with more than 100 GW.

juwi enters Philippine market with utility-scale plant

Sep 02, 2014

The German company will provide complete EPC services for the 6.25 MW solar farm, which is replacing old diesel generators. The project is one of a number of projects in the company's pipeline.

New UK funding scheme will hit solar hard, says industry

Sep 02, 2014

DECC's first round of spending in the Allocation Framework for Contracts for Difference is unlikely to benefit the solar sector, argues the STA and REA.

ReneSola to develop 13 MW solar farm project in UK

Sep 02, 2014

The Chinese PV company expects the solar farm in Dorset, England, to be fully operational and connected to the national energy grid by end of this year.

Etrion, Hitachi to build 34 MW of utility-scale PV projects in Japan

Sep 02, 2014

Etrion is one of the first foreign independent power producers to secure Japanese domestic financing for utility-scale solar plants. Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank provided is funding the projects.

Avancis acquired by China's CNBM

Sep 02, 2014

German thin film manufacturer Avancis has announced that its acquisition by Chinese building materials and glass supplier CNBM has gone ahead. It says that preparations to restart its production in Torgau, Germany, will begin immediately.

Crimean government threatens to nationalize Activ Solar's assets in Crimea

Sep 02, 2014

Leaders in the former Ukranian region of Crimea, which was annexed by Russia in March, are looking to nationalize projects owned by Activ Solar due to outstanding debt to Russian banks.

India's ideal solar roadmap could add 145 GW of PV within decade, says report

Sep 01, 2014

Bridge to India and Tata Power Solar's joint report suggests that the best-case scenario for India's solar sector could boost PV capacity by more than 140 GW.

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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 […]