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Indian EPC Sterling and Wilson hopes to deliver 250 MW of solar power in Nigeria

Nigerian flag.

The developer is currently in discussions with international solar PV developers to build up to 250 MW of solar capacity in Nigeria over the next two-to-three years following a recent push in the country to get 975 MW online.

'World's largest single-axis plant' complete

The world's largest single-axis solar project has been completed near the Californian city of Calexico.

Spanish EPC provider Abengoa commissioned and constructed the Mount Signal project in 16 months. Google provided more than $100 million of the project funding.

Solar cross-border project in Korean peninsula

Plans for a 1 MW solar project are part of a 'green detente' to defuse rising tensions on the Korean peninsula.

Plans for the South to install 1 MW of solar panels on a North Korean factory park are part of a green detente. Power output would rise to 20 MW with the addition of other renewables.

Ingeteam inverters installed in Galapagos

Three Ingeteam inverters have been installed as part of a diesel-PV hybrid power system at the airport on the Galapagos island of Baltra.

Three of the Spanish company's inverters have been installed in a PV-diesel hybrid system on the island of Baltra. The company says the new system has shaved 12% off diesel costs at the island's airport.

CSUN, Zep Solar sign licensing deal

Zep Solar installation, mounting system

The move is expected to facilitate sales of CSUN PV panels in the United States in view of the widespread use of Zep Solar mounting technology in the country.

China targets 70 GW of solar by 2017

China has announced plans to triple its installed solar capacity to 70 GW by 2017.

The country has announced plans to triple solar capacity within three years. Renewables ambitions also include a 150 GW target for wind power by 2017.

Recurrent Energy to develop 150 MW Texan project

The city of Austin's utility, Austin Energy, has signed a 20-year PPA for a 150 MW solar project to be developed by Recurrent Energy in West Texas.

The project will be the largest single-site solar project in Texas, says Recurrent. Utility Austin Energy said solar is now cost effective across 85% of the state's electricity supply.

Sillia energy to take over Bosch solar plant in France

Bosch PV module fab in France

The companies signed a purchase agreement in March. The French photovoltaic manufacturer has agreed to take over 128 of the approximately 230 employees and continue the production of solar modules.

J.v.G. Thoma establishes 30 MW PV module fab in Tunisia

Tunis, Tunisia

The Bavarian company has teamed up with a local partner to set up a PV module fab in the North African country.

ASD unveils new hybrid battery

ASD hybrid storage system

Combining the strengths of existing technologies, the storage system offers the advantages of stand-alone and grid-tie use.

Midsummer reaches new efficiency record for CIGS solar cells

Midsummer flexible lightweight solar panel

The Swedish solar equipment manufacturer says the shift towards more rooftop installations make lightweight and flexible thin film solar cells ideal.

First Solar establishes mounting system fab in Australia

The First Solar project planned for Broken Hill will use mounting systems made from Australian steel at a new manufacturing facility established with IXL Group in Adelaide.

The U.S. solar giant has called on the expertise of Australian metalworkers IXL Group in an example of the role the solar industry can play in areas hit by the decline of automotive manufacturing.

Obama pledges more US solar buildings and jobs

Barack Obama, Nellis Airforce Base

The White House has already invested $2 billion in energy efficiency in federal buildings and is now pledging an additional $2 billion by 2016, doubling the program, with much of the funding going into PV systems.

Dominion acquires 32 MW PV projects in Tennessee

Selmer City Hall

The solar farms, which are scheduled to begin commercial operation later this year, bring the Virginia-based energy group's solar portfolio to 212 MW. The plants employ 162,000 BYD modules and 36 SMA inverters.

Arizona to impose new tax on solar lease customers

Solar rooftop installation, USA.

The State Department of Revenue has reinterpreted its tax policy, reassessing leased solar panels as "merchant power plants" that must be taxed.

Japan reaches for stars to develop orbital solar

NASA concept of solar power satellite

"It would be difficult and expensive, but the payoff would be immense, and not just in economic terms," says Susumu Sasaki, professor emeritus at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.

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