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Israeli solar company looks to Africa, US for opportunities

May 22, 2015

Energix CEO tells pv magazine he has ruled out operating in China, India or the UK and is looking to North America and Africa to expand his renewables business.

The pv magazine weekly news digest

May 22, 2015

Crippling debts and absentee chairmen hogged the headlines coming out of China this week but amid the madness, there was good news out of the US and the Middle East.

Off-grid weekly digest

May 22, 2015

The most comprehensive weekly off-grid PV report, curated by pv magazine's specialist editor, Pete Carvill.

Hanwha unveils solar-powered island plan

May 22, 2015

The Korean group announces project that will see the small islet of Jukdo turned into a 100% solar-powered community, replacing the four diesel generators that currently provide power.

UK investors reportedly eye Indonesian solar

May 22, 2015

The body responsible for driving overseas investment in Indonesia says UK companies are ready to plough $4bn into solar and offshore tidal projects but facts are thin on the ground.

United PV considering Yingli debt assistance

May 22, 2015

Chinese state-owned solar operator tells Bloomberg that it may co-operate with other government-controlled companies to assuage Yingli's current debt burden.

India presses state to raise solar ambition

May 22, 2015

Maharashtra state should aim for 25 GW of renewables by 2020, says 'Union minister'. Of the current 14.4 GW target in the state, 7 GW is expected to come from solar.

Southern Group buys 103 MW solar project in Georgia, US

May 22, 2015

Utility's subsidiary, Southern Power, has acquired the 103 MW Butler solar facility from Community Energy Inc., adding to its 1.1 GW portfolio of clean energy projects.

Solar is the new world, coal execs told at Paris summit

May 22, 2015

Coal and renewable energy executives at climate conference in Paris clash over future energy mix as value of storage brought to the fore.

California: SunEdison secures 33 MW rooftop solar contract

May 21, 2015

SunEdison has been awarded 33 MW worth of solar PV rooftop contracts by Southern California Edison (SCE). The 17 systems are expected to be operational in 2016. Upon completion, TerraForm will acquire them.

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From Dump to Dynamo: EPA Launches Giant Solar Project in Bay Area

May 21, 2015

On May 13, 2015, at Hayward, California, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) celebrated the launching of the first project by the Regional Renewable Energy Procurement Program (R-REP), described as “an unprecedented collaboration of government agencies.” The head of the EPA, local officials and executives from the solar power industry met at the 24-acre West […]

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Students Race for Solar (and Life) Knowledge in Riverside County

May 20, 2015

This past weekend, students from 41 Southern California high schools participated in the 13th Annual Solar Cup race, held on Lake Skinner at Temecula, near Winchester in Riverside County. Teams from Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura counties, operating boats powered totally by solar energy, competed in the race, which is […]

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The Little Utility That Could

May 18, 2015

Warren McKenna, the Manager of Farmers Electric Coop in Kalona, Iowa is a soft spoken fellow. However, it only took one sentence to bring an auditorium full of solar installers and electrical contractors to their feet for a standing ovation. After a full day of presentations from state and local leaders on solar energy at […]

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Palo Alto Seeks to Lead in “Solar Ready” Housing in Bay Area

May 15, 2015

Just before Earth Day, the Palo Alto City Council unanimously passed an ordinance mandating that all new single-family residences in the city be “solar ready.” The new regulation is consistent with the objectives of Palo Alto city government in recent years, which has sought not merely to comply with but to go beyond already strict […]

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San Diego Still #2 City for Solar in U.S., But Will It Remain a “Shining City”?

May 14, 2015

As had been the case the previous year, San Diego attained the number two spot, after Los Angeles, in overall solar capacity in the second annual survey of major U.S. cities (65 in all), called Shining Cities, published earlier this Spring by the Sacramento-based Environment California Research & Policy Center. The other three top five […]

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Disadvantaged Households in Fresno to Get Solar… and Financial Relief

May 13, 2015

A new statewide pilot program in California is giving free solar panels to households in disadvantaged areas, starting with communities in Fresno. Called the Low-Income Weatherization Program (LIWP), it is eventually intended to serve about 1800 households throughout the state. Senate Bill 535, passed in 2012, directed state and local agencies to try to improve […]

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Tesla’s Powerwall: Giant Leap or Small Step?

May 06, 2015

Tesla’s announcement of their new Powerwall stationary battery created quite a whirlwind of excitement. As the dust begins to settle and the initial volleys of hyperbole from from both critics and fans die down, what does the launch of Elon Musk’s new brainchild actually mean for solar users? For those of you who have been […]

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Solar: A Good Technology in Bad Times

Apr 29, 2015

No one can deny that the solar industry is booming. There may be disagreements as to why…opponents claim that solar is too dependent on government subsidies, while supporters point out that solar’s rise is due primarily to market demand for a solid new technology. One thing’s for sure, though– solar is flourishing in times that […]

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Utilities: If You Can’t Beat Solar, Buy It

Apr 16, 2015

“Community Solar” projects are popping up all over the United States, providing large amounts of centrally-located, clean, renewable solar generation to utility customers in the area. On the surface, this would appear to be a great step forward for solar. But, there’s a catch. All solar generation that displaces old, dirty fossil fuel generation provides […]

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Chinese Solar: The Sleeping Giant Is Waking To A New, Smoggy Sunrise

Apr 09, 2015

The Chinese government has set an ambitious new goal of 17.8GW of new installed solar capacity for this year. Can they reach it, and if so, what does it mean for the global solar industry? China’s National Energy Administration (NEA), has set a new PV target for 2015, which amounts to a whopping 27% more […]

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