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IDB approves US$66 million for Uruguay's first large utility-scale solar PV plant

The La Jacinta project is a breakthrough for Latin America, as one of only five solar projects larger than 50 MW to secure both a power contract and financing.


Planning barrier to UK solar could be removed

A Sainsbury's in Glasgow.

The government has proposed raising the bar for commercial rooftop systems needing planning permission, from 50 kW to 1 MW. The STA says more needs to be done for the 50 kW-to-5 MW rooftop market in the UK.


Swiss developer signs 6.27 GW deal with Hareon

Izmir, Turkey.

ILB Helios plans 3.3 GW of projects in Turkey over the next three years. The deal, with the Chinese manufacturer, has a pipeline of projects including Jordan, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Iran and Iraq.


Brazilian bank aims to boost domestic solar manufacturing

Sao Paulo, Brazil.

A BNDES solar project funding scheme will have various levels of local content requirement. From 2020 onwards, bank-funded schemes must include Brazilian cells.


India's Uttar Pradesh announces 300 MW solar bidding process

Uttar Pradesh.

The Indian state issues a request for proposal, calling for interested bidders to submit their offers for a share of the 300 MW of PV capacity.


Renewable energy share reaches record high in Germany

Berlin, Germany

New installations coupled with favorable climatic conditions helped boost the share of renewables to a record 28.5% in the first half of 2014.


SunPower to supply solar panels for 29 MW-DC Japanese PV plant

The American PV maker will supply its high-efficiency E20/327 modules to a Japanese conglomerate for a project in Southern Japan. SunPower has supplied around 400 MW of PV modules to the nation to date.


JinkoSolar secures $225 million investment for downstream business

JinkoSolar PV plant, China

China Development Bank, Macquarie and New Horizon will acquire a 45% stake in the Jinko Power division. JinkoSolar is revising its full-year 2014 project development guidance upwards as a result.


Developer planning 49 MW scheme on Anglesey

An English solar farm.

SBC wants to develop a $93m scheme on the Welsh island and is launching a four-week public consultation. UK developers have been emboldened by the recent High Court defeat for the government's attempt to block solar farms.


Yingli named a "best supplier" by Fuji Electric

Yingli's manufacturing operations.

Chinese solar giant Yingli has been named as one of Fuji Electric's "best suppliers" at a recent supplier conference. Fuji says that Yingli's modules have helped the firm increase sales from its Solar Energy Generation System...


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.


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