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COP21: African Renewable Energy Initiative launched, 300 GW 2030 target

African leaders aims to electrify the entire continent by 2030

Africa has pledged its support for renewables in Paris this week by announcing the launch of the African Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI). The goal is to achieve universal access to energy on the continent. 10 GW of new and...

Australia: Greens push CSP project

A computer image of a proposed CSP plant.

The Western Australian branch of the Australian Green party, the WA Greens, has released its Energy 2029 plan today, which promotes a 100% renewable future for the resource-rich state. As a part of a plan, an inland site has been...

Mexico reaches 14 MW of PV installations

Mexico flag

Mexico has reported a cumulative installed photovoltaic capacity of 14 MW – almost double that of 2011. Growth is projected to continue on the same trajectory this year.

Russia considers solar power for planes

Sheremetyevo airport, Russia

Russia’s Ministry of Industry and Trade (Minpromtorg) has ordered several studies into fuel alternatives for its civilian aircraft industry, including solar energy. Around RUB628 million (US$ 21 million; €15.5 million) has...

India: Kerala unveils 10,000 PV rooftop program

Kerala houseboats India

The Indian state of Kerala has unveiled a program aimed at installing 10,000 one kW rooftop photovoltaic systems. The initiative was launched today by India’s Minister for New and Renewable Energy.

US: Quanta EPC on 40 MW California PV parks

The California state flag.

Houston, Texas-based Quanta Services Inc has won an EPC contract for solar parks in Kings and Tulare counties in California.

World passes 100 GW installed PV capacity mark

A German solar photovoltaic installation.

Behind the headline news from the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) that the world has passed the 100 GW mark in cumulative installed photovoltaic capacity, is the ongoing story of a shift away from Europe.

BNEF: PV will be cheaper than fossil fuels in Australia by 2020

Australia solar photovoltaic plant

Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) forecasts that large-scale photovoltaic systems will supply energy cheaper than coal and gas by 2020 in Australia. Already, it states, wind farms are supplying energy cheaper than its fossil...

Greece: Tender announced for 50 MW PV park

Rendering of PPC Renewables' 50 MW proposed photovoltaic park.

PPC Renewables has announced three tenders for a 50 MW photovoltaic project in Greece. If the park is completed by this October, it will secure a tariff of €0.392/kWh.

Belgium reaches 2.6 GW of installed PV power

Brussels, Belgium

Belgian Renewable Energies Association, Apere, announced yesterday that Belgium surpassed 2.6 GW of installed photovoltaic capacity at the end of 2012. Overall, the renewable energy accounts for 2.8% of the country’s total...

US: More solar, less PV savings?

A solar rooftop installation in New Jersey.

A report into the electricity bill savings available from residential photovoltaics in the U.S. has come up with some surprising conclusions. For instance, the more solar penetrates the energy mix, the lower the savings available...

Spanish associations to start legal action against PV FIT decreases

Spain solar photovoltaic park Solarpack

Four renewable energy associations in Spain have joined forces to oppose implementation of the Spanish government’s new decree, which "retroactively aggravates initial investment conditions" for developers of photovoltaic...

Photowatt to manufacture all PV modules in France


Photowatt parent company, EDF, has announced it will invest €10 million in the establishment of a new 75 MW photovoltaic module manufacturing line in France, in order to bring production back to Europe. Exisiting facilities will...

13 offgrid PV projects in Sierra Leone

Laos-based Sunlabob Renewable Energy has been awarded two contracts for the design, supply, installation and local training for 13 turnkey solar PV plants in Sierra Leone.

330 GW of global PV capacity predicted by 2020

General solar photovoltaic modules

The sky is the limit for photovoltaic market growth, which is expected to more than triple by 2020, according to a report just released by London-based research firm GlobalData. It says growth is being stimulated by two major...

PV power optimizer shipments to reach 4 GW by 2016

Power optimizer solar photovoltaic

Ash Sharma, director of solar research at IHS Solar forecasts double digit growth in photovoltaic power optimizers over the next two years, despite the fact they are not said to be economical in well-designed installations. In...

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