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First Solar begins construction of 141 MW PV plant in Chile

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, Isabel Allende, president of the Chilean Senate, and Energy Minister Máximo Pacheco attended the Luz del Norte PV plant's inaugural ceremony on Oct. 17, 2014.

The Luz Del Norte, expected to be the largest PV plant in South America when completed, will make significant contribution to Chile's national energy agenda. Chilean President Michelle Bachelet and leading government officials...


Canadian Solar clarifies status of Japanese pipeline

Canadian Solar chief exec Shawn Qu

Kyushu Electric Power in Japan has said it is suspending grid connection approval for new solar projects pending evaluation of its respective grid capacity availability, which it expects to comlpete by the second quarter of 2015.


Record quarter to push global PV to landmark 200 GW figure

Solar array in Japan.

Report by NPD Solarbuzz forecasts 19.5 GW of new PV capacity in the final quarter of the year, exceeding entire deployment for 2010.


Gestamp Solar signs $28 million contract with Kuwait Oil for 10 MW PV plant

Kuwait City

The solar farm is the Spanish company's first project in Kuwait and in the Middle East. It is scheduled to be completed by the middle of 2015.


OneRoof Energy secures credit lines of $16.7 million

OneRoof Energy rooftop array

The San Diego-based company will use much of the new financing for its new residential solar fund and as working capital.


Greater energy efficiency target could deliver $100 billion boost to UK economy

Ed Davey and ministers.

Study by Cambridge Econometrics finds that a 40% reduction in the UK's energy use by 2030 could create 40,000 new jobs and deliver lower PV costs.


Phoenix Solar, Millennium Energy Industries team up in Jordan

Amman, Jordan

The German PV company and the Jordan-based energy group will jointly apply for tenders and plan plan to work togther in realizing PV projects in the Middle Eastern country.


Solar, wind grabbing more of nuclear energy share, study finds

Nuclear installation.

Worldwatch Institute finds that energy generation capacity from solar and wind power is eating into nuclear power's global energy share.


Ameren to add 45 MW of solar PV in Missouri

St. Louis, Missouri

Announcement forms part of a 500 MW renewable energy drive outlined under local utility's 20-year integrated resource plan.


Westinghouse Solar secures $100 million financing for solar loan program

Rooftop array.

The subsidiary of CBD Energy Limited has struck a financing arrangement that it hopes will make solar installations more easily available to customers.


Energy Storage North America: Standing room only

Energy storage is a game changer for the electric power system, and enthusiasm from a variety of stakeholders was seen at the recent Energy Storage North America show in San Jose, California.


Solarrus acquires MaxGen, expands O&M operations

35 MW facility in Nevada, O&M services provided by MaxGen.

The alternative energy services company says the inclusion of MaxGen dramatically enhances its asset management capabilities for utility-scale solar clients. Solarrus will now be able to offer services across all project sizes.


Martifer Solar acquires nearly 90 MW of O&M contracts in Italy

Martifer Solar providing O&M services for solar plant in Italy.

The recent addition of Martifer Solar's Italian contracts solidifies its position as the third largest vertically-integrated O&M player in Europe.


EU SmartFlex production line to make custom solar facades

Located in Lithuania, the new 50 MW capacity factory will manufacture individually designed solar facades on an industrial scale as part of an EU project.


World Bank approves $519 million for 350 MW of solar CSP in Morocco

The second and third phases of the Noor project will include both parabolic trough and solar power tower CSP components. When complete this will be the largest single-site grouping of CSP projects in the world.


Brightsource, Abengoa scrap plans for controversial solar CSP project

Despite a recommendation of approval by regulators, the project company has abandoned its application for the 250 MW solar power tower project in the California desert. Palen drew fire from conservationists due to potential...


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