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Californian utility awarded $5m grant for solar microgrid expansion

San Diego, California.

San Diego Gas & Electric will use the monies awarded by the California Energy Commission to expand the Borrego Springs microgrid to enable it to operate entirely on renewable energy.

Duke Energy scouts out 50 MW of solar in North Carolina

Charlotte, North Carolina.

The utility has issued a request for proposals for new solar energy capacity in the state as it looks to add to its growing PV portfolio.

Enphase posts 57% Q4 revenue increase

AC battery Enphase.

The U.S. microinverter company generated $105.2 million in revenue in the final quarter of last year, with shipments increasing by 67%.

UK: solar threat to food security overstated by minister, documents show

Sheep grazing at a solar farm in England.

Freedom of information request reveals government's own environmental department has no evidence that solar farms have a serious impact on agricultural output.

Lockheed Martin taps Advanced Roofing for PV plant in Florida

An artist rendering of Lockheed Martin's planned 2.25 MW carport in Clearwater, Florida.

The solar carport will be the largest privately held, non-utility owned solar energy array in the state.

M+W Group to shutter German semiconductor, PV unit

M+W Group headquarters, Stuttgart, Germany

The German engineering and construction giant is dissolving its semiconductor and photovoltaic plant construction division in Germany but will continue operations in other regions. Some 215 employees are affected by the move.

Mainstream Renewable Power heads up $1.9bn African RE platform

Africa satellite image.

The European independent renewable energy developer will partner with private equity firm Actis to develop the platform, which will target the construction of up to 900 MW of RE projects.

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