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German official: Bids for ground-mounted installations at 9-10 eurocents

PV plant, Fuerstenwalde, Germany

Speaking at an event hosted by the German Engineering Association, Rainer Baake , state secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, confirmed for the first time the prices for the new pilot tenders for...


Trina sets new efficiency record for multi-crystalline silicon modules

Trina Solar module production

The latest achievement marks the first time that a multi-crystalline Silicon PV module has reached an efficiency higher than 19%. Trina's multi-crystalline Honey Plus solar cells, the brand name for the company's PERC solar...


Kingspan launches US solar energy company

Kingspan Energy PV project

The Irish group has expanded to the U.S. market, launching solar energy solutions provider Kingspan Energy, which will focus on 150 kW to 5 MW PV installations for the commercial and public sectors.


IUSASol taps IdeemaTec trackers for 21 MW project in Mexico

IUSASol's 21 MW of PV farms in Jocotitlán, Mexico.

The German company says its single line tracker design with no connections between rows are the perfect solution for the non-rectangular and hilly fields common in Mexico.


The pv magazine weekly news digest

SolarCity PV installation

SolarCity invests big in commercial rooftops, Tesla teases its new solar battery and SPI takes o a major stake in ZBB Energy while while China is now on track to hit 20 GW this year: pv magazine sums up the week’s news.


Masdar launches UAE's first independent solar testing and R&D lab

Masdar PV plant, Abu Dhabi

The Masdar Solar Hub will serve as a platform to test solar energy systems and deliver new innovative technologies to market.


Pakistan's Parliament House goes solar

The Pakistani Parliament House

The 1 MW system employing Yingli solar modules was fully financed by China. Chinese President Xi Jinping was in Islamabad this week for the PV array's innauguration. News of the new installation comes amidst reports that the...


Tesla to announce home and utility-scale battery next week

Elon Musk of Tesla Motors.

Company sets April 30 date for unveiling, widely believed to be a new home battery and one for utility scale, to be produced at company’s new gigafactory.


150 MW solar plant announced for Mexico's Baja California

Beach in Baja California.

The $279 million installation will be developed by Energy Partners Latin America and will be located in the sun-rich northwestern corner of the peninsular state.


Utilities in New Jersey pursue 80 MW of solar approvals

New Jersey road sign.

Atlantic City Electric, Jersey Central Power & Light and Rockland Electric Company seeking proposals for solar PV projects in order to secure Solar Renewable Energy Certificates.


SolarCity rolls out $1bn commercial solar rooftop fund

Wal-Mart solar installation.

Expansion of SolarCity's commercial ambitions aided by investment from Credit Suisse that will finance the installation of 300 MW of commercial solar rooftops.


Obama-backed report calling for US grid upgrade receives solar industry approval

Transmission lines and a small solar farm in the U.S.

The Solar Energy Industries Association agrees with the findings of the first-ever Quadrennial Energy Review, which suggests U.S. electric grid requires significant change to accommodate new energy landscape.


sPower secures $168m debt finance for 144 MW US solar projects

Salt Lake City.

The sustainable energy producer announces placement of $168.5 million in loans, approved by three investment banks, to back leverage investment for 25 solar assets.


NEXTracker agrees 105 MW supply deal with groSolar

groSolar ground-mount development in New Jersey.

Tracking specialist signs three-year deal to deliver its single axis trackers to groSolar's distributed generation solar projects across the U.S.


China could hit 20 GW of new solar this year, says Deutsche Bank

China's Qinghai province.

Analysts believe the country has the potential to exceed 20 GW of solar installations this year following a better-than-expected first quarter and improved policy outlook.


GE to invest in 42 MW Japanese solar farm

Downtown Nagano.

Industrial giant agrees to back the solar plant in Futtsu City, Japan, as the conglomerate builds on its commitment to invest in $1bn in renewable energy projects annually.


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