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SkyPower announces $440m, 200 MW Djibouti solar plans

Djibouti City.

Canadian developer continues its international expansion with agreement to develop large solar project in the east African nation; plants will be built in four phases over next four years.

UK: 27,000 solar jobs could go if FIT cut proposals are enacted

Solar installation, England.

Analysis by the Solar Trade Association of employment data released by TBR Economic Research reveals that the vast majority of the 35,000 jobs the solar sector support could be at risk if FITs are cut.

First Solar secures loan for Japanese pipeline

First Solar...

U.S. thin film producer and developer First Solar has secured a loan facility from Mizuho Bank to develop utility scale PV projects in Japan. The loan is for US$33 million and First Solar has indicated that it will work with...

SkyPower signs 150 MW PPA in Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh.

Canadian solar developer enters long-term power purchase agreement with the Government of Madhya Pradesh for the development of 150 MW of solar PV.

India: PM Modi calls on states for proactive solar push

Modi at a Welspun solar development.

Indian Prime Minister sends pro-solar tweet hours after urging the country's state leaders to ensure solar power projects are implemented as soon as possible; foreign bidders at auction draw criticism.

SMA surpasses 1 GW inverter milestone in Japan

SMA solar inverter production.

The German inverter manufacturer becomes the first non-Japanese supplier to reach this milestone. Local presence in market since 2011 has delivered constant growth drivers.

US: Utility-scale solar averaging five cents/kWh, study finds

Solar PV plant in Nevada.

Report by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory finds that utility-scale solar project developers negotiate average PPAs of just five cents per kWh, an all-time low figure; 30% ITC helps lower costs.

Indian power giant proposes 4 GW solar goal

Tamil Nadu landscape.

Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC), which relies on lignite and coal to deliver power to India, has ventured into the world of solar PV; 10 MW array first step towards 4 GW installation goal, chairman says.

NEXTracker completes 110 MW shipment to SunEdison Chile solar farm

Nextracker installation.

Supply of Self-Powered Trackers to the 110 MW Quilapilun power plant in Chile now complete; SunEdison developing the project, which is set to become the company's largest in South America.

Belectric OPV completes world's largest organic BIPV array in Africa

The BIOPV array at the African Union building was completed in just five days using 445 Belectric OPV solar modules.

The German OPV producer develops energy-generating solar shade sail for the new Peace and Security building of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Installation is largest BIOPV project in the world.

Australia leads world in residential solar penetration

Australia Future Farm.

New data have revealed that Australia has the highest rate of PV penetration in the residential segment. Report publisher describes Australia's role as: "pioneering the experiment of rooftop solar and the world is watching."

Germany: IBC completes three solar parks in three months

Walberle mountain range.

Developer builds three turnkey solar power plants for Main-Spessart-Solar GmbH with a combined output of 10 MWp. All three connected to the grid within just three months, to be operated as community projects.

Japan: Thai utility eyes 100 MW plant, Mitsubishi UFJ to invest in Fukushima project

Japan Fukuoka.

Thailand-based power producer Ratchaburi Electricity forms JV for investment in 100 MW Japan solar plant; Four lenders partner to provide loan for 53 MW solar farm in Fukushima.

Amazon secures approval for 80 MW Virginia solar farm


Amazon Solar Farm U.S. East receives permit from Virginia Department of Environmental Quality; 80 MW installation to be located across 900 acres in the state's Accomack County.

Australia: groundbreaking solar array for offgrid mine commences operation

The Weipa solar array.

A 1.7 MW solar array a remote Australian mine site has commenced operation in what the developers are touting as the country’s first commercial diesel displacement PV system. The Weipa Solar Plant will supply electricity to a...

BayWa r.e. sells 15 MW UK solar farm

Glenham Solar farm, England.

German clean energy developer offloads Pingewood Solar Farm to Swiss-based Susi Partners for undisclosed amount. Company aiming to sell a further three U.K. solar farms this year.

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