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US: large-scale solar generation doubled in 2014, says EIA

Utility-scale solar PV's input to U.S. electrical generation increased by more than 100% in 2014.

Growth in non-hydro renewables increased by 11% in 2014, with utility-scale solar alone enjoying 102% increase in electrical generation, data shows.


Construction begins on Australia's first floating PV array

Infratech floating plant.

South Australia is set to be the location for Australia's first floating PV array. Construction is under way on the components for a 4 MW floating PV power plant, which is scheduled to begin producing electricity in April.


pv magazine weekly news digest

Vladimir Klitschko in action.

Solar is poised to land the decisive blow in the global energy battle as cost and storage align perfectly, U.S. pricing finds its rhythm and the U.K. market continues its upward trajectory.


NewGen to install 200 MW of solar in Sierra Leone

Freetown, capital of Sierra Leone.

Power company will break ground on first, 20 MW, plant this year with 180 MW more utility-scale schemes to follow by 2018. Hydro, DG microgrids, thermal and solar lighting will also play a role in electrifying country.


7 days off the grid: weekly offgrid news

India offgrid.

The weekly round-up from pv magazine of the lesser-known news from the off-grid sector, compiled each Friday by specialist editor Peter Carvill.


JinkoSolar signs $479m finance agreement with China Minsheng Bank

JinkoSolar rooftop installation.

Five-year deal sees China Minsheng Bank offer financial support to assist JinkoSolar's downstream development and manufacturing efforts.


Chinese officials set ambitious and unlikely 100 GW goal

The flag of China.

Target was announced by energy official Nur Bekri to parliament. Government aims to rein in coal in favor of natural gas, wind and solar.


Grid opens offering to more low-income households

A SolarCity rooftop being installed.

Non-profit installer has become a channel partner for Clean Power Finance. This week also saw SolarCity expand into its 16th state.


Ecobuild: five things we learned from the London show

Ecobuild, London.

The burgeoning potential of the U.K.'s commercial rooftop sector, funding innovation and a hankering for more political stability were key trends of a fast-paced show.


Oxford PV raises over US$12 million to commercialize perovskites

Tandem PV.

UK-based perovskite technology developer Oxford PV has closed an £8 million (US$12.15 million) first-tranche B equity round to continue to develop its solar perovskite technology. The round doubles the amount of equity...


SPI Solar's $1.6bn credit line

Money.

China-focused developer secures three new lines of credit. Cries of unfair state subsidy support are likely to ring loud again.


‘Breakout year’ for non-hydro energy storage in U.S., finds GTM report

Battery storage.

While pumped-hydroelectric energy storage continues to dominate the U.S. storage landscape, with 22 GW of total installed capacity, installations of non-hydro alternatives such as chemical battery systems are growing fast.


Canadian Solar reports record-breaking year

Canadian Solar Chairman and CEO Shawn Qu

The company announced major increases in sales and net profit last year. The recent acquisition of Recurrent Energy, meanwhile, will expand its total project pipeline to 8.5 GW. Some 2.4 GW of late-stage projects represent a...


IHS: Inverter price declines to lead BoS cost reductions

An SMA inverter.

Industry analysts IHS believe that inverter price decreases will lead global balance-of-system (BoS) cost reductions in the PV industry. Inverter prices are predicted to fall 8% annually through to 2019.


1366 Tech partners with Hanwha Q Cells in wafer launch

The 1366 Tech and Hanwha Q Cells team.

This latest generation of the company's kerfless wafer production machinery, which avoids feedstock waste by forming wafers directly from molten silicon, is designed to make more than 5 MW per year.


SunEdison acquires Solar Grid Storage

Solar Grid Storage energy storage unit

The Pennsylvania-based energy storage and PV company brings its projects, pipeline and personnel to SunEdison, allowing it to now offer battery storage solutions to complement solar and wind projects worldwide.


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