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Stellar Homes Group to include solar panels in new Florida homes

Lake Mary, Florida. Image Naufragio.

The homebuilding company will introduce the PV solar systems as a standard feature in all of its new homes, making it the first company in South Florida to do so.

NEXTracker hits 3 GW of cumulative delivery worldwide

NEXTracker has successfully expanded its client base in emerging solar markets including India, China, Australia, and the Middle East

U.S. tracker manufacturer NEXTracker has recently achieved a new milestone with cumulative shipments of over 3 GW of solar trackers around the world.

IKEA UK launches its home solar service

IKEA Store - Image by Calvin Teo

The much anticipated domestic solar PV initiative begins today, with the launch of “Solar Shops” across three of its U.K. stores and online, making the purchase of PV systems for U.K. homeowners easier than ever.

US company to build 50 MW PV plant in the republic of Georgia

Solar installation at the parking lot of the Tbilisi International airport, Georgia

Georgia's Ministry of Energy has signed a MoU with the US-based Headwall Power International to develop a project of a 50 MW PV plant in Gardabani region.

Update: Solar Impulse completes Pacific crossing

Solar Impulse 2

Swiss pioneering pilot Bertrand Piccard has completed the second leg of the Solar Impulse's crossing of the Pacific. The solar aircraft landed at Moffett Airfield on 23 April at 11:44 pm local time. The Solar Impulse 2 will...

Canadian Solar links up 39.4 MWp of PV plants in the United Kingdom

Canadian Solar PV modules in Germany

The six solar plants were connected to the grid under the Renewable Obligations Certificate, which no longer accepts applications.

Alice Springs: Solar city at centre of a fossil fuel controversy

Alice Springs Solar

Renewables have been erroneously blamed for a number of blackouts in Australia, which were actually the result of failing network equipment and fossil fuel generators.

India appeals WTO domestic content ruling for solar

Solar installation, India.

Energy minister Piyush Goyal challenges World Trade Organization's ruling that its domestic content requirements for solar violate international trade rules.

Ecoppia to begin production of module cleaning robots in India

A robotic module cleaner

Israeli developer of module cleaning robots Ecoppia has announced that it will begin manufacturing its E4 units in India. Production is scheduled to commence in Q3. Eccopia company will partner with major OEM manufacturer Sanmina.

Offgrid solution: Using discarded smartphone batteries to light up rural homes

solar-powered LED lamp

Kyung Hee University researcher Boucar Diouf plans to start solar-powered LED lamp pilot projects in Senegal and sub-Saharan African countries within the next year.

Australia: Network business to trial suburban solar+storage mini grid

Tesla PowerWall

An Australian electricity network owner will trial the provision of solar+storage in a suburban setting to see whether 14 homes can form a mini grid, to deliver grid and savings on customer utility bills. AusNet is running the...

Work begins on a 13.6 MW PV plant in Chihuahua, Mexico

It is predicted that the Los Santos 1 project will enter service in July. The investment for this project in the North of Mexico stands at around US$40 million.

Leclanché picks up USD28.9 million order for 53 MWh Ontario storage project

Lelanché manufacturing.

Swiss-based lithium ion battery manufacturer Leclanché SA has booked a $28.9 million order for a 13 MW/53 MWh storage project in Ontario. The company says the battery project will be one of the largest stationary battery arrays...

UK: RBS lending for solar projects tripled in 2015, bank says

RBS was involved in some big solar deals in 2015, and has begun 2016 by investing in a 6.3 MW floating solar farm near London.

The Royal Bank of Scotland invested a total of GBP 1 billion into the U.K.'s renewable energy sector in 2015, including a record GBP 450 million for solar, which represented a three-fold increase on 2014.

France eyes threefold solar target increase by 2023

40 MW installation, France.

Industry body Conseil Superieur de l'Energie approves increase in solar PV target to 20.2 GW by 2023, up from anticipated 10.2 GW cumulative capacity by the end of 2018. Wind target also revised upwards.

ReneSola signs 81.5 MW of module supply deals in China

ReneSola cell inspection.

The Chinese module producer signs agreement with TBEA Xinjiang Sunoasis to supply 56.5 MW of its 305 W, 310 W and 315 W modules to the company; 25 MW supply deal also agreed with China Foma Group.

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