The sun.

15/09/14: Brighter skies leading to 5% PV yield increases

New research from Germany’s Fraunhofer ISE has shown that brighter skies are leading to PV system output exceeding forecasts by 5%. Fraunhofer has adjusted its forecast models accordingly.

15/09/14: Massachusetts utility-scale PV sector in danger

The U.S. state of Massachusetts has proposed not setting aside any capacity in 2016 for traditional solar PV projects larger than 650 kW under the new SREC II program. The state's solar industry warns that this will have major...

Goal Zero camping lamp

15/09/14: Pico solar, solar home systems expected to reach $2.1 billion in annual revenue by 2024

PV consumer systems provide new alternatives to kerosene lighting in the developing world, reports Navigant Research.

Sail boat equipped with Solara modules

15/09/14: Newly established Solara takes over CentroSolar's off-grid unit

A management buyout has led to the formation of the new company and its acquisition of insolvent CentroSolar's Stand Alone System division.

Australian Labor leader Bill Shorten

15/09/14: Australia: Rooftop solar future boosted as Labor pledges support

Australian opposition leader Bill Shorten has blasted the recent recommendations made by the government-appointed review panel headed by businessman Dick Warburton and pledged continued support for rooftop solar, RenewEconomy...

JAG Energy's 2 MW Sakaida Solar Way installation.

15/09/14: Goldman Sachs facilitating low-interest solar bonds in Japan

With interest at the 1% level, bonds are proving cheaper than bank loans and fulfilling strong demand for long-term A-rated notes in the country.

Austin Texas.

15/09/14: Xcel Energy opens tender for 200 MW of projects in Texas

Through its Southwestern Public Service Company (SPS), Xcel Energy has opened the tender for projects worth 200 MW of PV capacity in Texas. Projects are to be delivered by Dec 31, 2016.

SunEdison Charanka Solar Park

15/09/14: India reveals draft of new program to support 20 GW of large PV projects by 2020

As outlined in an initial draft, the ambitious program will work with state governments to set up a series of solar parks and mega-solar projects. Mercom Capital says that the announcement is good sign for solar policy under the...

A Spanish CSP power plant.

15/09/14: Spanish summer not bad for solar PV

Although the proportion of electricity generated from solar PV in Spain declined a little this summer, CSP's share of the mix grew. The country's PV sector is still dealing with the fallout from last year's abolition of FIT...

Ulrich Speisshofer, CEO of ABB.

12/09/14: pv magazine's weekly news round-up

Here we are again, everything you could possibly need to know about this week in solar shoe-horned into one handy email. Those of you old enough can think of it as a sun-drenched That Was The Week That Was.

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15/09/14: Duke Energy commits to 278 MW of solar PV in North Carolina

Following on its February RFP, Duke has announced that it will acquire and construct three PV plants totaling 128 MW, including the largest PV project east of the Mississippi River, and sign PPAs with another five totaling 150...

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Industry press releases

15/09/14: DK Kim returns to Hanwha SolarOne as chief commercial officer

Hanwha SolarOne, a top-10 global photovoltaic manufacturer of high-quality, cost-competitive solar modules, today announced that DK Kim will return to the company as chief commercial officer (CCO) effective immediately.

By: Hanwha SolarOne

15/09/14: Cell cutting technology to increase PV module power output

InnoLas Solutions GmbH offers an automated laser machine with an integrated with soft wafer breaking process to produce half cells or quarter cells for later module assembly.

By: InnoLas Solutions GmbH

15/09/14: Hudson Clean Energy Partners closes $90 million in follow-on financing

Partners support portfolio companies' growth in global renewable energy markets

By: Hudson Clean Energy Partners

15/09/14: SSE signs contract for 49.5 MWp Tianmen PV power plant project in China

The facility is one of the largest solar power project in China's Jianghan Plain.

By: Shanghai Surpass Sun Electric

12/09/14: Dhamma secures first Mexican permit

Spain's Dhamma Energy will construct a 37.4 MW solar plant in Guanajuato, Mexico. The project is part of a 350 MW portfolio in the country which is set to be developed from 2015 to 2018.

By: Dhamma Energy

12/09/14: SSE signs $81.5m development deal

Shanghai's Surpass Sun Electric has signed an $81.5m deal to develop a 49.5 ME project in Hubei province. The Tianmen scheme is reported to be the largest in the Jianghan Plain.

By: Shanghai Surpass Sun Electric

12/09/14: Fijian schoolchildren say thanks for Clenergy panels

Young students benefiting from rooftop and ground mount systems supplied by Clenergy have expressed their thanks to the company. Clenergy is part of the It's Time Foundation replacing diesel generators in schools across the...

By: Clenergy

11/09/14: SMA introduces integrated, compact DC-to-AC system solution for utility-scale PV power plants

Utility Power System delivers higher energy yields, lower capital and operating expenditures

By: SMA America and SMA Canada

11/09/14: Shell and Pele unveil first football pitch to be powered by players' footsteps

Pitch set to inspire next generation of scientists to tackle the global energy challenge

By: Royal Dutch Shell plc

11/09/14: Ideal Power and EnerDel to develop a new line of Mobile Hybrid Power Systems

Mobile Hybrid Power Systems (MHPS) will integrate Ideal Power’s 30kW hybrid converter, EnerDel’s lithium-ion batteries, and proprietary control systems with a diesel generator, designed for both remote and grid-tied microgrid...

By: Ideal Power Converters

11/09/14: Precision launches GaN-ready magnetic capabilities

New GaN-ready magnetics provide demonstrated optimized performance in next generation energy-efficient, compact power conversion technologies.

By: Precision, Inc.

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