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Sharp mulls China solar cell market entry

Sharp Japan.

Japanese electronics giant is preparing to expand into the Chinese solar market with an eye on supplying megasolar plants being planned across the country. Strategy could prove risky, experts say.

Yingli mulls bid for 100 MW solar plant in Dubai

The Dubai skyline at sunset.

Chinese solar giants reveal their ambitions to be part of the UAE’s solar renaissance, says regional MD.

Xcel Energy and SunPower plan 50 MW Colorado PV plant

San Luis Valley, Colorado - site of the proposed 50 MW solar PV plant from SunPower and Xcel Energy.

The solar park will be located at a 320-acre site in San Luis Valley, with construction to commence in early 2015.

Canadian Solar and GCL-Poly announce joint venture in China

GCL-Poly facility in China.

The two solar companies are to jointly build a manufacturing facility for the production of crystalline solar cells in Jiangsu Province.

IBC Solar breaks Japanese ground with 2.3 MW solar project

Sakura, Japan.

The German PV system specialist is working with local partners to fully develop the plant, scheduled for completion in mid-July.

New solar-powered drone launched by Sunlight Photonics

The SUNLINK-5 UAV is the first commercially available solar-powered drone to hit the market.

The SUNLINK-5 is a small UAV (unmanned airborne vehicle) that has been designed for low to medium altitudes and day-long missions thanks to its solar-powered capability.

Shunfeng to raise $774 million through share offering

Suntech module factory, China.

The Chinese solar cell manufacturer hopes to raise funds in order to construct more solar power stations.

Buffett joins renewables-fossil fuels battle

Warren Buffett's PR Newswire agency has run a report calling on Congress to reinstate PTCs for wind power biofuels and energy efficiency technologies.

The veteran investor's news agency is running a report highlighting the employment cost of federal uncertainty over production tax credits. The report calls on state legislators to resist attacks on renewables policies.

Hanwha SolarOne supplies modules for 7.3 MW PV parks in Germany and UK

Hanwha modules ready for shipping

The two PV plants from German EPC contractor IdeemaSun add further capacity to Europe's most dynamic PV markets.

GCL-Poly inks contracts for 4.15 GW of solar projects

GCL-Poly polysilicon factory.

The Chinese renewable energy company will partner with Guodian and Huanghe on a series of solar farms that, combined, will add 4.15 GW to GCL's PV portfolio.

'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.

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