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Southern Company to develop 131 MW plant in Georgia

Georgia Atlanta.

Southern Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company, will develop a 131 MW utility scale PV power plant in Georgia. The electricity from the plant will be sold to three Georgia electric corporations under a 25-year PPA.


SPI Solar to acquire 168 MW of PV projects from TBEA

Inner Mongolia

The deal will see SPI Solar purchase a raft of solar PV projects from TBEA Sunoasis across a number of Chinese provinces.


Investors investigating potential securities claims against Vivint Solar

Vivint headquarters

At least five U.S. law firms have announced investigations of potential securities fraud against the company. Vivint Solar shares fell more than 20% in inter-day trading following publication of third-quarter results last week.


Indian rooftop market to contribute 'significantly' to expected record growth

India 3 MW PV park in Yelsandra, Karnataka, India

In its new India Solar Rooftop Map, consultancy group Bridge to India forecasts 1.5 GW of rooftop solar in the country by 2018. More than 285 MW of rooftop projects have been commissioned so far, with Tamil Nadu the leading state...


Sunrun approves Canadian Solar PV modules

Sunrun residential rooftop PV

Customers and PV installers will now be able to choose Canadian Solar products in their Sunrun home solar system.


Trina Solar sets new efficiency record for silicon cells

Trina Solar PV module production

While the technologies are not currently in production, they will be part of the company's future commercialized Honey Plus and IBC products, says Trina Vice President and chief scientist Pierre Verlinden.


JA Solar multi-Si 60-cell solar module sets output record, surpasses 280 W

JA Solar module inspection

The output power of the record-setting solar modules can be further improved by fine tuning the company's module assembly process and encapsulation materials, the company says.


Philae sleeps, hope rests in the sun

A satellite tracking tower.

Philae, Rosetta's spacecraft probe, has reportedly gone to hibernation in an unknown corner of the 67P comet after its secondary batteries could not be charged due a lack of solar irradiation. But all is not lost. In contrast, a...


Philae's battery is running down fast

The Philae comet lander.

Bumpy landing has left comet lander on its side in shadow. Battery life could be exhausted by Friday night.


pv magazine weekly news roundup: Nov 7-14

Obama and Xi Jinping in Beijing.

Solar shows its worth in space, in Africa, and in the home, while the world's two biggest carbon emitters sign a landmark agreement to boost renewable energy deployment.


China Sunergy financing deal in Turkey

China Sunergy's Istanbul-Tuzla module plant.

Chinese manufacturer will develop projects of up to 100 MW in Turkey with financing from DenizBank. The Chinese company last month started shipments of its Turkish-made modules to the US.


8minutenergy signs 100 MW PPA

8minutenergy's Chocolate Mountain project, in California.

US developer's Springbok project will supply households in LA. Construction of the project is set to start in the first three months of the new year.


SunPower bets on high efficiency and low concentrating PV

A SunPower module.

Californian solar company SunPower is building out its manufacturing capacity in both high efficiency cells and modules and in Low Concentrating PV (LCPV) in a split strategy it hopes will deliver the diversity it needs to thrive...


Solar panels carry Rosetta's lander to comet

Rosetta: Philae landing, ESA artist's impression

Humanity yesterday celebrated an historic step towards unlocking the mysteries of the oldest building blocks of our Solar System: Comets. Solar cells carried the European Space Agency's Rosetta probe, Philae, onto the first-ever...


Imergy signs flow battery deal with Hawaii's Energy Research Systems

Hawaii State Dept. of Education PV installation

The combination of solar power systems and Imergy's vanadium flow batteries are a cost effective solution for areas with high electricity prices or limited grid capabilities, says Herve Mazzocco, Imergy's director of Business...


UK adds £10 million for community renewable energy schemes

UK rooftop Lightsource Renewable Energy

The new funding will allow communities to play their part in generating renewable power at a local level, according to Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey.


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