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Solarcentury report lifts lid on UK commercial solar potential

Solar rooftop installation, U.K.

Report highlights how commercial rooftop installations can help businesses reduce running costs, meet government targets and increase a building's value.


Australia: remote communities to add 10 MW of offgrid projects

The Australian outback.

30 remote indigenous communities in Australia's Northern Territory are set to add 10 MW of PV capacity in a AUD$55 million (US$47.8 million) program. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and the NT government will both...


The pv magazine weekly news roundup: Oct 3-10

Solar PV installation at scale.

Storage updates, political wranglings, grid parity promises and yet more headlines for SolarCity... it's been another busy week on pv magazine.


Trina Solar expands UK downstream footprint with 10.6 MW deal

Trina Solar CEO Jifan Gao.

Sale of PV plant to Foresight Group LLP represents Trina Solar's inaugural downstream play in U.K. market as the company targets further expansion of its pipeline.


Solar power driving North Carolina's clean economy, study finds

Warehouse Farm, Chapel Hill solar installation.

Report by Pew Charitable Trust shows new solar capacity installed in 2013 amounted to 335 MW; the third-highest across the U.S.


BPVA launches UK schools solar rooftop initiative

Greg Barker and BPVA chairman Reza Shaybani.

The Powering Knowledge program has been jointly launched by Rated Solar Installer and the British Photovoltaic Association to help save schools more than $800m on energy bills.


NextEnergy Solar share issue eyes $340m of UK PV projects

Ground-mount U.K. solar farm.

The fund has set a 250 million share placement program that will enable it to develop up to 186 MW of solar capacity in the U.K.


REC Solar and SolarCity increase module supply deal to 220 MW

SolarCity rooftop installation.

The supply agreement builds upon an earlier deal struck in June between the two companies, and extends right the way through 2015.


Grid restrictions could slow Japan's solar revolution

Tokyo skyline.

Speed of PV's expansion placing strain on grid's capacity to absorb solar-powered electricity, prompting five utilities to restrict grid access of new solar farms.


Panasonic announces launch of lithium-ion battery unit at Tesla Gigafactory

Tesla Gigafactory, artist's rendition

Panasonic CEO Kazuhiro Tsuga has said the corporation's initial investment in the Gigafactory will amount to "tens of billions" of yen.


Low carbon energy transition could free up trilions of dollars, finds CPI

An oil well, Texas.

Two reports by the Climate Policy Initiative argue governments that implement policies to transition away from coal will enjoy the most cost-effective path to a low-carbon economy.


Russian solar expansion picks up speed

Altai Republic, Russia

In Crimea, authorities are scrambling to bolster local renewable energy capacities in an effort to buffer a possible lack of conventional electricity, a result of Russia's seizure of Crimea and the ongoing conflict between Russia...


IHS: 45.4 GW of solar to be added globally in 2014

Solar modules.

Solar industry analysts IHS has revised down its 2014 installed capacity forecast by 1.5 GW, despite a strong Q4. The 45.4 GW to be added for the year will represent a 20% growth on 2013.


SolarCity introduces solar loans to eight states

A SolarCity home.

Solar lease provider SolarCity has announced that it will introduce a solar loan product in the U.S. In a unique approach, customers will pay off the loan in a similar fashion to how they would a lease, in that customers will pay...


'Solar Man' launches crowdfunding campaign for giga-fab and 'Solar Wonderland'

Solar Wonderland image.

Joe Hui, the self-styled "Solar Man," has launched a crowdfunding campaign to construct a GW-scale manufacturing facility and "energy amusement park" in Arizona. Hui's company Monarch Power manufacturers Lotus solar products,...


GCL New Energy to develop 661 MW of PV projects in China

GCL solar plant

The Chinese company is partnering with Hebei Yuanchen on a 500 MW plant in Hebei province and building 161 MW of projects in Inner Mongolia following its acquisition of Xiangdao.


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