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NextEra plans 17 MW of solar for Hawaii

Last month, REC brought Hawaii’s largest solar project online in Kaua'i

NextEra Energy will install 17 MW of solar PV at three military bases in Hawaii. Construction is slated for February, with commercial operation expected by the end of 2016.

US: Thin film solar energy sells cheaper than coal fired

New Mexico road sign.

According to the terms of the proposed PPA for the 50 MW Macho Springs solar park in New Mexico, First Solar would be selling the energy generated by its thin film modules for a record low price for the technology.

SunShot initiative funds $9m of solar data projects

The Stars and Stripes.

The U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot solar initiative has awarded another $9 million of funding to seven data projects.

Cyprus issues licenses for 23 PV parks

Nicosia skyline Cyprus

The Cypriot Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism has announced the results of its online tender with regards to the licensing of photovoltaic parks in the Republic of Cyprus.

Etrion plans 8.8 MW PV park in Chile

Chilean flag

Etrion has announced the details of its first proposed Chilean photovoltaic park. The company has entered into a letter of intent (LOI) with Atacama Minerals Chile S.C.M. to install the 8.8 MW project in the north of Chile.

First Solar acquires 50 MW PV project from Element Power

First Solar thin film photovoltaic modules

First Solar Inc. has acquired Element Power’s 50 MW Macho Springs Solar project in New Mexico, the U.S. No financial details were disclosed.

EVSI and Horizon Energy announce 35 MW solar forest project

Solar Tree photovoltaics Envision Solar

Envision Solar International, Inc. (EVSI), Horizon Energy Group and an unnamed property owner have signed a memorandum of understanding to design and install a 35 MW solar forest in North Carolina.

Photon Energy unveils 127 MW PV pipeline

Photon Energy Czech Republic solar photovoltaic plant

Photon Energy Investments N.V. has unveiled an almost 127 MWp pipeline, which it intends to roll out across five countries. The company hopes to raise €40 million in bonds to "kickstart" the projects.

Germany sets new PV installation record in 2012

Germany 2012 solar photovoltaic park 988 k Wp

Germany’s Federal Network Agency has again at the last minute released the latest photovoltaic installation figures and feed-in tariff (FIT) reductions. While last December saw just 330 MW of new plants added, a new installation...

1366 Technologies opens new wafer manufacturing facility in US

1366 Technologies Frank van Mierlo CEO

1366 Technologies has officially opened its new US$6 million 25 MW solar wafer manufacturing facility in Massachusetts. Up to 100 people are expected to be employed there.

3.5 MW PV project completed in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia solar photovoltaic 3.5 MW ground-mounted plant Phoenix Suntech SMA

Phoenix Solar has completed the design and installation of a 3.5 MW photovoltaic park in Saudi Arabia. It is said to be the largest plant of its kind in the region.

EGP commissions 19 PV plants in Greece

Greece Conergy solar photovoltaic plant

Enel Green Power (EGP) has commissioned photovoltaic plants in Greece worth 42 MW. An additional 15 MW has been put into service by EGP and Sharp’s joint venture, ESSE.

AEG secures Eastern European solar contract worth 240 MW

AEG solar photovoltaics

AEG Power Solutions has secured an equipment contract with an unnamed Western European EPC contractor for nine solar projects totaling 240 MW in Eastern Europe.

Solar Bankers plans 300 MW production of its new concentrated solar module

Solar Bankers Apollon concentrated solar module prototype of holographic film

U.S.-based Solar Bankers LLC and Germany’s Apollon GmbH & Co. KG have unveiled a new concentrated solar module using holographic foil, which they claim can be produced at costs lower than other manufacturers. They aim to...

PV projects totaling over 120 MW planned for Chile

Maria Elena Chile

Chile-based Pacific Solar Inc., established in 2011 by Nexer Renovables, is planning to construct two photovoltaic plants in Chile worth 123.5 MW. Operations are expected to commence between 2014 and 2015.

Mitsubishi to install 95 MW of PV in Japan

Tahara City, Japan

Mitsubishi has announced plans to build three photovoltaic power plants in Japan with a total capacity of 95 MW.

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