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EIA joins chorus to dismiss oil price threat to solar

Solar PV installation, U.S.

Chief energy analyst at the U.S. Energy Information Administration sees no direct threat to renewable energy in the face of plunging oil values.


Chile reaches 873 MW-AC of solar under construction

The latest report by Chile's renewable energy authorities shows a spike in new project starts in the nation, and 326 MW-AC already built.


Energy independence: La Paz, Mexico to meet 100% of electricity demand through solar

Grupotec is currently building a 30 MW solar PV project with energy storage near La Paz, which when added to the existing Aura Solar 1 will meet the entire electricity demand of the city.


AORA to build pilot solar-hybrid plant in Ethiopia

AORA Tulip installation

Israel-based hybrid power developer AORA Solar has signed a deal with Ethiopia's Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy to begin construction of a pilot solar-hybrid power plant.


Germany provides additional $800 million loan for Moroccan solar park

Ourazazate CSP project, Morocco

The German federal government is providing additional backing for the construction of one of the world's largest solar power complexes, which will have a total capacity of 560 MW when completed. The support is part of Germany's...


Abengoa beats fossil fuels on price with solar PV & CSP plus storage in Chile

In addition to the large amount of solar PV awarded in Chile's latest energy supply auction, the Spanish developer has been awarded contracts to supply electricity on a 24-hour basis from concentrating solar power (CSP) and solar...


MegaCell, RCT sign bi-facial poly-crystalline technology transfer deal

MegaCell Chairman and CEO Franco Traverso

The Italian company plans to use the technology for its expansion capacity project in Europe as well as for PV manufacturers interested in poly-cristalline bi-facial cells and modules.


Sonnedix launches global solar project joint venture

Sonnedix Istres PV park, France

The global sola power producer is partnering with institutional investors on a joint platform company that currently operates 117 MW of installed capacity and has 600 MW of projects in pre-construction.


The pv magazine weekly news digest

Shipping containers.

The U.S. Department of Commerce decision came as no surprise, there was good news in battery storage and equipment manufacture and SunEdison Chile wins the pv mag prize for best-named CEO.


Belectric and First Solar connect UK's largest solar farm

Landmead solar park.

In just three months German project developer Belectric, in partnership with manufacturer and developer First Solar, has installed 483,000 thin film modules to complete the 46 MW Landmead Solar Farm. Located in Oxfordshire, the...


Arizona utility introduces residential solar program

Tucson, Arizona.

Tucson utility will offer customers chance to fix energy bills for 25 years. TEP will choose which locations benefit from solar rooftops.


SDG&E transmission line passes 1 GW renewables mark

San Diego.

$1.9bn Sunrise Powerlink is carrying 1 GW of solar and wind power to San Diego. 150 MW from Solar Gen 2 project took utility past the landmark.


SunPower, Sunverge to offer solar with storage in US, Australia

SunPower installation, San Luis Obispo, California

"Over the next five years, we expect to see a disruptive shift in the energy market, with solar power, energy storage, smart devices, energy management technologies and electric vehicles being combined," says SunPower CEO Tom...


Germany sees price drop in solar power storage systems

Regensburg, Germany

Prices for solar power storage systems have fallen by 25% since spring. The German solar industry expects continued growth in demand for storage systems.


Australia: Big energy retailers intensify attack on rooftop solar subsidies

A Canadian Solar PV installation in Australia.

Big Australian utilities such as Origin Energy and AGL Energy are maintaining their attack on subsidies for rooftop solar, joining forces with industry lobby groups to call for their removal – just as they prepare to roll out...


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.


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