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Brazilian bank aims to boost domestic solar manufacturing

Sao Paulo, Brazil.

A BNDES solar project funding scheme will have various levels of local content requirement. From 2020 onwards, bank-funded schemes must include Brazilian cells.

Windiga Energy plans inaugural PV plant for Burkina Faso

Savannah in Burkina Faso.

The Canadian renewable energy company plans to construct a 20 MW solar plant in the African nation, having signed an investment support agreement with its government.

Conergy to build its second Philippines PV power plant

Solar array in the Philippines.

While it may be finding the going tough in established PV markets, Conergy continues to build on its strong reputation and track record in Southeast Asia. The latest announcement is that it is to build a 8 MW power plant in the...

Japan Solar Power Network to add 29 MW of rooftop solar

Rooftop solar, Japan

The Tokyo-based distributed power generation company has partnered with Beisia Corporation to fit 33 buildings with rooftop PV systems totaling 29 MW.

Indian state of West Bengal plans 250 MW mega PV plant

Indian flag.

India's Ministry of New and Renewable Energy hopes to secure permission next week for the $365 million project, which will be located near the Purulia Pumping Storage Project.

Three Washington D.C. universities plan 52 MW PV project

George Washington University.

Duke Energy Renewables will supply solar modules to George Washington University, American University and the George Washington University Hospital as part of the Capital Partners Solar Project.

Texas Solar Power Association launched

San Antonio skyline, Texas.

Devised to help advance solar's growing prominence in the oil-rich state, the Texas Solar Power Association will seek to promote state solar business interests.

US: 2014 to be peak year for solar leasing model, says GTM Research

Solar installation, U.S.

Having outpaced the overall U.S. PV market for the first time, growth in the residential solar sector is being spurred by the solar leasing model, with 2014 likely to be the pinnacle. Solar loans will drive direct ownership from...

Anesco targets 30 MW PV development of UK brownfield site

Colliery in England, U.K.

The British energy company has identified a number of former coal mines in the north of England as prime locations for 30 MW of solar PV installations.

Niche PV markets to grow to 1.2 GW in a decade, says Lux Research

BIPV installation, Willis Building.

Led by steady growth in the building integrated photovoltaics sector, niche solar markets will prove a steady growth path for thin-film suppliers over the next ten years.

US: Homebuyers spooked by rooftop solar leases

SolarCity installing a rooftop application.

Some homeowners in the U.S. have reportedly had to lower the asking price of their property as buyers are reluctant to take on 'unfamiliar' solar leasing contracts.

Berkshire Hathaway Energy agrees PPA for 320 MW Utah solar projects

Utah state capitol building, Salt Lake City.

Warren Buffett's energy group has finalized a 20-year power purchase agreement with First Wind for its planned, 320 MW Four Brothers solar development in Utah, U.S.

California moves to fast-track rooftop solar applications

Rooftop solar array, USA.

Legislation to standardize and quicken the solar permit process in California is set to go before the Senate Governance and Finance Committee on Wednesday.

Solar still leads US charge

US president Barack Obama.

The latest figures show solar - with 907 MW - was the biggest renewable energy contributor to new electricity generation capacity in the US in the first five months of this year. Five solar projects added 156 MW in May.

Solar developer wins UK High Court battle

A Lark Energy solar scheme in Lincolnshire.

A judge in London's High Court branded a decision by a government minister to block a solar farm a 'perverse decision'. The politician's actions were a result of 'political expediency' said developer Lark Energy after the court...

RENERGY 2014 closes with calls to remove PV subsidies

Renergy 2014, in Tamil Nadu.

Speakers at Tamil Nadu conference say rooftop subsidy is out of funds and needs to be formally removed. Developers say agricultural solar applications could remove need for indebted distribution companies to penalize commercial...

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