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5 takeaways from the 8th World Future Energy Summit

A robot.

The MENA region has long been he center of great expectations for the PV industry. From Monday to Thursday this week much of the global solar industry descended on Abu Dhabi for the 8th World Future Energy Summit. The big names...

Chile heats up: SunPower and Enel add new power plants

SunPower project Salvador

Chile’s market for photovoltaic power plants is off to a hot start in 2015, with new 70 MW and 55 MW projects coming on line and Chile’s energy regulator, Sistema Interconectado Central (SIC), estimating the addition of as much...

UK added 700 MW of FIT-driven PV in 2014, figures show

Rooftop PV installation from Solarcentury

Data from the Department of Energy and Climate Change reveals some 125,000 homes added solar to their rooftops last year, triggering latest FIT reduction.

Australian solar market likely to grow in 2015

An Australian solar rooftop.

The resilient Australian solar market “may well” exceed 2014 results, on the back of the build out of the existing PV power plant pipeline. This is conclusion of Australian analysts SunWiz, which notes that rooftop system sizes...

IEEE Smart Village promotes solar and microgrids in Himalayas

The solar array at the IEEE Smart Village.

An IEEE solar array and smart grid project located in a village 11,000 feet above sea level in the Himalayas has been completed, to demonstrate the reliability and sustainability of the solution for offgrid communities in the...

Industry urges European PV research sector to 'wake up'

Sophia Symposium, France.

Gathering of leading solar researchers and industry representatives at the Sophia research infrastructure symposium stokes passionate debate about future of European PV.

Distributed generation drives 40 GW to 42 GW 2014 market

Korean solar modules at sunrise.

The global PV market reached between 40 GW and 42 GW in 2014, demonstrating moderate growth on 37 GW in 2013. This is according to figures released today by the PV Market Alliance.

UK: Grupotech to install 186 MW of PV in Q1

Lightsource's 3 MW Apse New Barn Solar Farm on the Isle of Wight.

In the three years that Grupotec has been operating in the U.K., it has erected 32 PV parks with a total capacity of 220 MW, making it the No. 2 leading EPC company in the country last year.

China: Move to shore up manufacturers through new regulations

The Chinese flag.

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology in China has released new regulations aimed at boosting equity in manufacturing expansions and encouraging consolidation amongst manufacturers in the country's PV, battery and...

Top Chinese module suppliers sell out till Q2 while increasing market share

JA Solar module inspection

Representing 35% of global module capacity, IHS forecasts a 5.7 GW total effective capacity of Chinese tier-1 module suppliers in the first quarter of 2015.

'Six-cent energy is not the new normal'

A desert scene.

The ultra-low LCOE agreed for the latest phase of Dubai's 1 GW project is not typical but may point to an expectation of further falls in panel prices up to 2018.

ABB and Solar Impulse form tech alliance for round-the-world-flight

The Si2 in flight.

Three engineers from the power and automation company will work alongside the Solar Impulse team as it embarks on its solar-powered circumnavigation of the globe.

WFES: Gore confident of climate agreement in Paris

The MENA stuff.

Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore believes a global C02 emissions agreement is likely to be achieved at Paris, as a part of the UNFCC negotiations to take place in Paris later this year. Gore made his remarks while picking up...

Solarcentury launches African venture

60kW installation, Kenya.

SolarAid's parent company has teamed up with East African Solar to form Solarcentury in East Africa, a venture to design and build installations in the area.

Bidders land 200 MW solar deal

The Dubai skyline.

Winning tender announced for second phase of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. The Dubai scheme will have a 1 GW capacity by 2030.

UP acquires stake in 50 MW project developer


ZNShine sells off majority stake in project in Xinjiang in return for EPC contract for next phase of 50 MW scheme.

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