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Solar installation, Malaysia.

Second tier solar markets took center stage this week, with India, Australia, Malaysia and Brazil each turning heads with their PV development plans and announcements, as leading markets wobbled.


Suntech signs 63 MW supply deal to Thailand

Thai flag.

China’s Suntech has signed a deal to sign a 63 MW in projects in Thailand. Gunkul Engineering is developing the projects to be grid connected by the end of the year.


Solarcentury rolls out BIPV solution to UK market

Sunstation from Solarcentury.

Sunstation system designed to appeal to aesthetic sensibilities of British homeowners as U.K. residential rooftop market prepares for further growth.


US clean energy use hits 80 year high, says EIA

Solar PV rooftop installation, U.S.

Data from the Energy Information Administration reveals highest levels of renewable energy use in the U.S. since the Great Depression of the 1930s.


Younicos launches North American storage consulting service

Younicos battery.

Following successful consulting engagements in Europe, Younicos will offer suite of storage-related technical consulting services to North American customers.


SolarCity and BofA create $200m tax equity fund for smaller investors

SolarCity installation in progress.

Newly created funding pot aimed at regional banks and other smaller corporations interested in offering solar finance packages to residential customers.


SunEdison to build seven solar parks on Long Island, New York

U.S. Long Island.

Renewable energy developer signs agreements with five municipal entities for the plants, which will add a combined total of 14 MW of PV to Long Island.


Australia's CSIRO rolls out PV residential monitoring platform

The Eddy.

Australian-made technology that will allow householders to remotely monitor and control their electricity usage, and utilities to coordinate demand management programs, is being trialed in the city of Perth and regional...


JinkoSolar Q1 revenue increases 36.5% Y-O-Y

JinkoSolar modules.

The Chinese vertically integrated solar developer enjoys huge rise in downstream revenue, shipments up 35.8% year-over-year although gross margin contracts slightly.


Santander launches $2bn renewable energy fund

House of Commons, London.

Spanish lender partners with two of Canada's largest pension funds to launch London-headquartered Cubico Sustainable Investment, a joint fund for renewable energy projects.


Abengoa's 210 MW Chile solar hybrid complex approved

The Atacama desert.

The Spanish renewable developer has been given the green light to proceed with the Atacama 2 project, which is a combined PV/CSP development in the Atacama desert.


Duke announces plans for Disney-inspired solar park

Cinderella's Castle, Walt Disney World.

The 5 MW facility in Reedy Creek, Florida, will be arranged in the shape of a Disney-inspired design, the utility has confirmed.


Hevel Solar plans $450m PV expansion in Russia

Hevel Solar PV park in Russia.

Venture between Renova and OAO Rusnano to develop Russia's solar footprint being driven by oil billionaire Viktor Vekselberg.


Australia: solar subsidy report draws industry's ire

Solar farm, Australia.

Report by Australian think-tank the Grattan Institute attacking the country's "expensive" solar subsidies dismissed as blinkered by pro-solar advocates.


Edinburgh unveils ambitious community solar plans

Arthur's Seat and the Edinburgh skyline.

Council of the Scottish capital outlines aim to create the U.K.'s largest community-owned urban renewable energy project, aimed at reducing carbon emissions by 855 tonnes a year.


Solar fastest-growing U.S. power source since shale boom

Solar stroud installation, California.

Figures from the EIA reveal that solar will grow by more than 30% over the next year, posting growth patterns not seen in U.S. since the shale boom.


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