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REC, Sunrun sign US solar panel deal

REC Solar factory, Singapore

The U.S. market is becoming increasingly important for the Norwegian solar group as it continues to broaden distribution of its products worldwide.


S4 Solar to build 100 MW module assembly plant in Brazil

Goiania, Goias, Brazil

S4 Solar do Brasil, which is making its debut at Intersolar South America this month, is constructing a 100 MW module plant in Brazil to focus on the domestic market.


China to boost distributed PV, 5 GW expected

Rooftop PV system, China

Policy changes could result in a new definition of eligible DPV projects in China and open up incentives for projects of up to 20 MW. It's one of a number of key revisions that may accelerate DPV installations, says IHS.


JinkoSolar to deliver 40 MW to Chile

Chile's energy minister with a PV power plant.

Chinese module manufacturer JinkoSolar has announced that it will supply 40 MW of modules to solar developer 8i for a project in Chile. The project will be located in the Valparaiso region, in Central Chile.


Israel to launch net metering pilot program for government buildings

PV installations at a Kibbutz dairy in Israel

Israel's Ministry of Public Security is tendering development of 13 rooftop PV installations totaling 750 kW. The so-called 'Blue Sky' project is a pilot program that aims to deploy solar PV net metering systems across the...


Lithium batteries leading electrochemical energy storage technologies

Lithium-Ion Battery for BMW i3 electric car

A new study by the Technical University of Munich indicates Asian developers are leading the way when it comes to energy storage systems and far outpacing U.S. and European rivals.


David Cameron stands firm on UK solar plans despite trade petition

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron.

British PM's response to STA-led petition recognizes solar's key role in the U.K. energy mix but dismisses calls to review ROC decision.


SunPower introduces pilot solar lease program Down Under

Residential PV array, Perth, Australia

The company's pilot program in Melbourne is modeled after its successful residential leasing program in the United States. SunPower systems are available in other regions of Australia through cash and loan programs.


Factory delays spurring higher cell efficiencies, finds NPD Solarbuzz

NPD Solarbuzz chart.

Solar PV manufacturers are stepping up R&D efforts to achieve greater efficiencies, with industry standard modules set to reach 275 W within a year, research finds.


Trina Solar supplies 82 MW anti-PID modules to Chinese solar project

Trina Solar module production.

The Chinese solar company's anti-potential induced degradation modules will be fitted at a new solar PV plant in Jiangsu Province, China.


Community solar program to power Adams County, Colorado

Fort Collins, Colorado.

The county will become the first in the U.S. to power its government buildings via the Community Solar Gardens program developed by SunShare.


Off-grid solar system brings energy transition to Alabama steel company

Cullman, Alabama.

Apel Stel Corporation's new 340 kW PV system, boasting more than 1,000 Suntech solar panels, meets 98% of the company's energy needs.


pv magazine's weekly news round-up: Aug 8-15

Chinese CIGS installation.

A quick look back at the biggest solar news stories that have grabbed our attention over these past seven days.


Europe finances 100 MW CSP project in South Africa

EU flags flying.

The EIB has provided a $100 million loan to public utility Eskom. The CSP plant is located near Upington, in the Northern Cape.


NRG to acquire mobile solar startup Goal Zero

Goal Zero product

The U.S. energy group is taking a bold step into the mobile solar business with the purchase of the Utah-based maker of personal solar products.


Zhenfa to buy 51% stake in STR Holdings

Zhenfa 50 MW PV plant, Golmud, Qinghai, China

The acquisition will give the U.S. encapsulant manufacturer a major beachhead in China's growing PV market. For STR shareholdders, the deal could mean a $22.6 million dividend windfall.


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