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Philippines may place limits on future PV build-out

Solar PV system in Philippines. Image by Becky Beetz.

The country’s Department of Energy (DoE) may start imposing limits on the amount of renewables such as solar and wind that can be installed in parts of the country where the grid is most congested, according to a local report.

Solar Frontier to construct 13 MW project in historic Hiraizumi

A power plant.

Japanese thin film producer and system integrator Solar Frontier has signed an agreement to construct a 13 MW power plant in Japan's Tohoku region. The site will be adjacent to a UNESCO world heritage site.

Saft wins Hawaiian battery supply deal

Saft batteries.

French battery maker Saft has secured a 'multi million dollar' battery supply deal in Hawaii. The energy storage system will be used as part of the 12 MW solar park being built at Anahola.

New platform for home appliances to interact

A solar rooftop.

The Thread Group has launched an open platform that permits appliances to 'talk' and be controlled by a mobile device. Home heating and lighting systems will be a big part of the internet of things.

Enel to take full control of 3Sun factory

3Sun, Sicily, Italy

The move follows Sharp's withdrawal last week from a purchase agreemenet with the joint venture as well as its exit from Enel Green Power & Sharp Solar Energy (ESSE).

Canadian Solar supplies modules for 100 MW Ontario PV plant

Ontario flag.

The solar developer will supply more than 450,000 modules for the project, as well as providing engineering, procurement and construction services.

WindStream Technologies installs world's largest wind-solar project in Jamaica

WindStream Technologies SolarMill installation, Kingston, Jamaica

Employing the company's hybrid SolarMills, the 80 kW installation will generate more than 106,000 kilowatt hours a year for leading Kingston law firm Myers, Fletcher & Gordon.

China adds 52 companies to list of approved PV suppliers

Module production, Trina Solar.

The updated list of Chinese companies that meet the entrance requirements for the PV industry has now risen to 161 in total.

Five takeouts from Intersolar North America

People in the lobby of Intersolar North America.

A week ago today, the 7th annual Intersolar North America trade show and conference closed its doors. Around 17,000 people attended the three-day event with key trends towards storage technology, tracking and BoS innovations...

Tata launches Indian finance plan for solar customers

Solar PV rooftop array.

The solar manufacturer will partner with Bajaj Finance to offer interest-free financing for solar installations costing less than $4,000.

US federal government tips solar for leading energy role

Rooftop PV installation, U.S.

The Energy Information Administration's generation projections through to 2040 expect solar power to account for nearly half of new renewable energy capacity.

Solar propelling distributed power to new heights, finds report

Solar PV plant, China.

A study by GlobalData Analyst predicts global installed distributed power capacity to reach 389 GW by 2019, with solar PV driving that growth.

China inverter growth tops 100% as domestic dominance grows

China Inverters, IHS.

As China's solar inverter market expanded to nearly $800 million in 2013, demand has been driven by domestic suppliers, according to IHS.

Rent-a-roof policy on cards for Delhi, India

Delhi skyline, India.

Officials in the Indian city are considering adopting the successful rent-a-roof solar scheme launched by current PM Narendra Modi in Gujarat in 2011.

Welspun to start construction of 50 MW solar PV plant in Maharashtra, India

The deputy chief minister laid the foundation stones for the project, which is moving forward despite the overall slowness in the Indian market.

Pakistan approves feasibility study for solar project

Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif.

Nawaz Sharif's government is considering three more feasibility studies after 24 letters of intent for solar schemes were issued. Sharif's rural electrification program is continuing apace.

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