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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.

Ingeteam inverters installed in Galapagos

Three Ingeteam inverters have been installed as part of a diesel-PV hybrid power system at the airport on the Galapagos island of Baltra.

Three of the Spanish company's inverters have been installed in a PV-diesel hybrid system on the island of Baltra. The company says the new system has shaved 12% off diesel costs at the island's airport.

CSUN, Zep Solar sign licensing deal

Zep Solar installation, mounting system

The move is expected to facilitate sales of CSUN PV panels in the United States in view of the widespread use of Zep Solar mounting technology in the country.

China targets 70 GW of solar by 2017

China has announced plans to triple its installed solar capacity to 70 GW by 2017.

The country has announced plans to triple solar capacity within three years. Renewables ambitions also include a 150 GW target for wind power by 2017.

Recurrent Energy to develop 150 MW Texan project

The city of Austin's utility, Austin Energy, has signed a 20-year PPA for a 150 MW solar project to be developed by Recurrent Energy in West Texas.

The project will be the largest single-site solar project in Texas, says Recurrent. Utility Austin Energy said solar is now cost effective across 85% of the state's electricity supply.

Sillia energy to take over Bosch solar plant in France

Bosch PV module fab in France

The companies signed a purchase agreement in March. The French photovoltaic manufacturer has agreed to take over 128 of the approximately 230 employees and continue the production of solar modules.

J.v.G. Thoma establishes 30 MW PV module fab in Tunisia

Tunis, Tunisia

The Bavarian company has teamed up with a local partner to set up a PV module fab in the North African country.

ASD unveils new hybrid battery

ASD hybrid storage system

Combining the strengths of existing technologies, the storage system offers the advantages of stand-alone and grid-tie use.

Midsummer reaches new efficiency record for CIGS solar cells

Midsummer flexible lightweight solar panel

The Swedish solar equipment manufacturer says the shift towards more rooftop installations make lightweight and flexible thin film solar cells ideal.

First Solar establishes mounting system fab in Australia

The First Solar project planned for Broken Hill will use mounting systems made from Australian steel at a new manufacturing facility established with IXL Group in Adelaide.

The U.S. solar giant has called on the expertise of Australian metalworkers IXL Group in an example of the role the solar industry can play in areas hit by the decline of automotive manufacturing.

Obama pledges more US solar buildings and jobs

Barack Obama, Nellis Airforce Base

The White House has already invested $2 billion in energy efficiency in federal buildings and is now pledging an additional $2 billion by 2016, doubling the program, with much of the funding going into PV systems.

Dominion acquires 32 MW PV projects in Tennessee

Selmer City Hall

The solar farms, which are scheduled to begin commercial operation later this year, bring the Virginia-based energy group's solar portfolio to 212 MW. The plants employ 162,000 BYD modules and 36 SMA inverters.

Arizona to impose new tax on solar lease customers

Solar rooftop installation, USA.

The State Department of Revenue has reinterpreted its tax policy, reassessing leased solar panels as "merchant power plants" that must be taxed.

Japan reaches for stars to develop orbital solar

NASA concept of solar power satellite

"It would be difficult and expensive, but the payoff would be immense, and not just in economic terms," says Susumu Sasaki, professor emeritus at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.

SkyPower FAS Energy signs deal for 3 GW PV project in Nigeria

Nigeria's capital city, Lagos.

The historic agreement with the Federal Republic of Nigeria Government will bring masses of utility-scale solar capacity to the West African nation.

TÜV Rheinland partners with TRaC Global on new desert climate tests

TUV Rheinland PV module testing

With an eye on the burgeoning PV market in the MENA region, the testing and certification organizations are bolstering test offerings for PV systems in desert conditions with simulated sandstorms.

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