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pv magazine weekly news roundup: Nov 14-21

Thin-fil, solar module.

Impressive efficiency breakthroughs, big-ticket collaborations and encouraging PV development in India... welcome to the past seven days.


US: Renewables accounted for 40% of all new power capacity in first three quarters

Large-scale solar PV park.

Data from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission reveals combined capacity of new renewable energy sources has so far topped 3.5 GW.


Update: MegaCell boards smart urbanization joint venture

MegaCell founder and CEO Franco Traverso

Franco Traverso has provided pv magazine with additional information on Urbeco, the new European alliance that aims to carry out smart and eco-friendly urbanization in developing countries. Belgium's Groupmec and Switzerland's...


ABB secures $55m order for UAE solar substation

Dubai skyline.

The Swiss technology group will integrate the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park into the UAE grid after securing the contract from the Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA).


SPI Solar strikes 1.5 GW China PV deal with GD Solar

Inner Mongolia.

The California-based PV developer acquires first-refusal on ongoing GD Solar projects and will work with the company to develop 500 MW of solar capacity annually in China until 2017.


Energy storage, batteries flourish at SPI 2014

Las Vegas, Nevada

Whether it is ultimately the PV industry that pulls the battery and energy storage industry up with it as it expands, or whether battery and energy storage ultimately pushes PV along, what became clearer at the SPI 2014 show last...


SunPower secures $377m credit for 135 MW solar project in California

SunPower modules.

Santander Bank has agreed to provide the US solar company with the credit facility to invest in the development of its Quinto solar project in Merced County.


Fast-reacting 50 MW power plant planned for Hawaii's solar revolution

Wärtsilä ICEs.

Integration of internal combustion engines seen as key to transforming the state's power generation capabilities and smoothing the way for solar.


PV puts other renewables in the shade in Israel

A satellite image of Israel.

Israel's government has approved the transfer of 520 MW of quotas for solar PV, signalling the beginning of an exciting time for solar power in the Middle East.


Snap-together mounting system 'halves installation time'

Solar panel installation.

Californian company secures $1m accelerator grant from US Department of Energy. Cash will speed the introduction of the SMASH PowerStation to market.


Utility acquires 150 MW First Solar project

A First Solar module.

Southern Power acquires Solar Gen 2 project. The First Solar scheme is set to be finished by the end of the year.


Marks and Spencer to install UK's largest PV rooftop

Marks & Spencer in Glasgow.

Mark Group will install a 6.1 MW project on top of retailer's East Midlands distribution centre. Uncertainty over the government's new incentive scheme will limit commercial rooftops to sub-5 MW from April onwards.


Mexico's Solartec opens up shop in Texas

Solartec 30 kW rooftop installation at Walmart store in Mexico City

After buying the assets of French group Tournaire Solaire Energie, the Mexican company is investing some $31 million in a new manufacturing plant north of the border. The company expects its Houston fab to generate sales of $285...


Solarcentury report lifts lid on UK commercial solar potential

Solar rooftop installation, U.K.

Report highlights how commercial rooftop installations can help businesses reduce running costs, meet government targets and increase a building's value.


Windiga Energy's 20 MW PV plant in Burkina Faso greenlit

Burkina Faso

The project makes Windiga Energy the first independent power producer in the country. In August, the African Development Bank's Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa approved a $950,000 grant for the development of the plant in...


CSUN Turkey ships 39 MW of solar module to France

Languedoc-Roussillon, Southern France

Third Step France will deploy the modules at eight utility-scale projects in Southern France. Chine Sunergy expects to win futrther projects in Europe thanks to its recently opened module fab in Turkey.


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