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A solar spending spree, president Obama takes a personal interest in Caribbean solar and good news from the Azores. Plus the ever-fearless pv mag pokes a stick at the Russian bear and Big Brother Google.


Hawaiian utility bids to slash net metering payments

A solar rooftop in Hawaii.

Move could almost double system payback times. Utility and opponents have until the end of June to reach agreement before the PUC steps in.


Australia: "[Utility scale] solar can genuinely compete without subsidies within three to four years."

A solar plant from First Solar

The final module was put in place on Australia's largest PV power plant today. The 102 MW Nyngan Solar Plant was supplied and installed by First Solar. However the outlook for utility scale solar in Australia continues to appear...


First 100 MW solar plant points to missed opportunity in Australia

A First Solar PV module.

In a ceremony attended by the heads of AGL Energy and First Solar, and ministers from the NSW government, but not the federal government, the 1,366,380th and final solar panel was installed on the 102 MW Nyngan solar farm in...


SunEdison to supply Macalester College 100% PV

Minneapolis.

Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota, is going to purchase sufficient solar power from SunEdison to offset 100% of its electricity consumption. A 25-year PPA has been signed saving the college "million of dollars." The...


Apple, SunPower partner to provide solar power to China's Aba region

China's Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefectures in north-western Sichuan province.

The companies will provide dual-use renewable energy projects that protect the land while providing up to 80 million kilowatt-hours of energy annually.


Algonquin completes solar, wind projects in California, Canada

Algonquin Power & Utilities Corpo. wind turbine

The North American utility is expanding its renewable energy portfolio in Canada and the United States.


Suntech to upgrade entire production to four busbar modules

Suntech 4-busbar module

Ranked as a top tier module by Germany's VDE Institute, Suntech's four busbar module generates more power and offers increased efficiency.


Iraq seeking solar, wind investors

Euphrates River, Iraq

The government is looking to build three large-scale solar plants and a wind power station in several provinces and is offering incentives to potential foreign investors to take on the projects.


Risen unveils plan to develop 1 GW in Inner Mongolia

Inner Mongolia

Chinese PV manufacturer and project developer Risen Energy has revealed the highly ambitious plan to develop 1 GW of PV projects in Wuhai City, in the Haibowan district of Inner Mongolia. The first project under the proposal will...


Huawei supplies string inverters for 62 MW UK solar project

Landsweiler-Reden plant, Germany.

Collaboration with Greencells Group has seen the Chinese ICT giant complete five U.K. solar plants using the company's Smart String PV string inverters.


Solar streetlights combating crime in Zimbabwean city

4,000 solar-powered streetlights will be installed throughout the Zimbabwean capital between now and the beginning of next year.

The city council in Harare, the country's capital, plans to install 4,000 solar-powered streetlights across the city in a bid to tackle a recent surge in street robberies.


NREL calls for international quality standards in PV module manufacturing

NREL outdoor PV testing facility

The leading renewable energy laboratory is spearheading the International PV Module Quality Assurance Task Force to establish guidelines dealing with a number of issues, including adequate durability for specific climate zones...


New 70 MW module fab planned for Europe

Solar in Holland.

Dutch solar developer Orange Solar Power has announced that it is to develop a production facility in West-Brabant, the Netherlands, with phase one to be realized by Q3 2015.


Conergy closes 28 MW solar portfolio in North Carolina

Charlotte, North Carolina.

Financing for five large-scale projects valued at $60 million has now closed, with Conergy acting as EPC to bring the plants online before the end of the year.


Italy links to Malta

Valletta, Malta

Italy has linked to Malta via a new electricity interconnector inaugurated last week. The new 120 kilometer-long subsea line offers Malta an opportunity to boost its renewable energy and marks Europe's latest step in fortifying...


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