A solar rooftop in Hawaii.

17/04/15: Hawaiian utility bids to slash net metering payments

Move could almost double system payback times. Utility and opponents have until the end of June to reach agreement before the PUC steps in.

A solar plant from First Solar

17/04/15: Australia: "[Utility scale] solar can genuinely compete without subsidies within three to four years."

The final module was put in place on Australia's largest PV power plant today. The 102 MW Nyngan Solar Plant was supplied and installed by First Solar. However the outlook for utility scale solar in Australia continues to appear...

A First Solar PV module.

17/04/15: First 100 MW solar plant points to missed opportunity in Australia

In a ceremony attended by the heads of AGL Energy and First Solar, and ministers from the NSW government, but not the federal government, the 1,366,380th and final solar panel was installed on the 102 MW Nyngan solar farm in...


16/04/15: SunEdison to supply Macalester College 100% PV

Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota, is going to purchase sufficient solar power from SunEdison to offset 100% of its electricity consumption. A 25-year PPA has been signed saving the college "million of dollars." The...

Algonquin Power & Utilities Corpo. wind turbine

16/04/15: Algonquin completes solar, wind projects in California, Canada

The North American utility is expanding its renewable energy portfolio in Canada and the United States.

PowerMatching City, Netherlands

16/04/15: Smart grid implementation could generate $3.75 billion for Netherlands

As part of the PowerMatching City pilot project, a community of 40 households used solar panels, micro CHP plants and heat pumps to provide their own electricity and heat their own water. They also used smart software to share...

Mount Fuji, Japan

16/04/15: SPI buys 30 MW of PV project development rights in Japan

In its second major global project agreement this week, SPI has picked up a raft of solar PV projects across four Japanese prefectures.

Suntech 4-busbar module

16/04/15: Suntech to upgrade entire production to four busbar modules

Ranked as a top tier module by Germany's VDE Institute, Suntech's four busbar module generates more power and offers increased efficiency.

Euphrates River, Iraq

16/04/15: Iraq seeking solar, wind investors

The government is looking to build three large-scale solar plants and a wind power station in several provinces and is offering incentives to potential foreign investors to take on the projects.

The Ford Building.

16/04/15: GreenLancer closes $5 million B Round

A cleanweb startup that allows solar installers to outsource engineering and system design has closed a second round of financing to fund its growth. GreenLancer is expanding it software team, enabled through closing a $5 million...

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A solar battery.

17/04/15: The pv magazine weekly news digest

A solar spending spree, president Obama takes a personal interest in Caribbean solar and good news from the Azores. Plus the ever-fearless pv mag pokes a stick at the Russian bear and Big Brother Google.

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Industry press releases

17/04/15: Sunrun expands San Diego office

Company will create more than 60 jobs between new Escondido and San Diego offices. Positions will increase Sunrun's local workforce by more than 70 per cent.

By: Sunrun

16/04/15: AllEarth Solar Tracker manufacturer earns SunPower 2014 award

Tarcker manufacturer partnered with SolarSense in 2014. Five commercial-scale projects included three systems for correctional facilities and state of Vermont offices.

By: AllEarth Renewables

16/04/15: Strathcona Solar honored with SWITCH Ontario award

Napanee-based solar integrator receives 2015 Urban Initiatives Award for developing solar solutions that create sustainable communities and economic growth.

By: Strathcona Solar

16/04/15: China continues to accelerate solar energy expansion

Intersolar China 2015 in Beijing closes with considerable impetus for the solar industry

By: Solar Promotion International GmbH

16/04/15: Vikram Solar launches three collaborations with leading European institutes and suppliers

Memorandums of understanding signed with the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Meyer Burger and Centrotherm at Hannover Messe

By: Vikram Solar

16/04/15: UGE International leverages PPA facility to supply solar energy system for Redwood Group

The 20-year power purchase agreement will provide affordable solar electricity to the logistics facility at no upfront capital cost.


16/04/15: 3D-Micromac's microDICETM OTF system enables high-performance solar cell cutting into half cells

Improved average module power yield by use of Thermal-Laser-Separation (TLS)

By: 3D-Micromac AG

15/04/15: E.ON Energy Services sets new leadership team for US market

Will bring "owner's eye" to U.S. renewable energy customers in asset management, maintenance and repair services

By: E.ON

15/04/15: Commercial solar projects deploy KACO new energy-Ampt solution to reduce system cost, improve performance

Optimized power solution enables more modules per string and higher resolution MPP tracking to improve project economics and design flexibility

By: KACO new energy

15/04/15: Renusol: New solution for vertical mounting of solar modules

Rail-free installation of solar arrays on trapezoidal sheet metal roofs

By: Renusol

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