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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.

French nuclear giant Areva exits CSP

A CSP plant.

Majority state owned nuclear power plant developer Areva has announced plans to close its concentrated solar power (CSP) business.

GCL New Energy, Singyes Solar announce far-reaching partnership

GCL-Polysilicon facilities

The companies will cooperate mainly on distributed generation projects next year with a combined target of at least 500 MW.

US anti-dumping case threatens future of 3 GW of solar projects

Chinese module graph.

More than 3 GW of solar PV projects in the U.S. that had lined up Chinese modules may have to find an alternative supplier or pay the higher tariff, says NPD Solarbuzz.

India to explore PV potential of its desert regions

Thar Desert, India

The government has commissioned a study under the National Solar Mission to identify lively renewable energy potential in the country's vast desert areas.

TerniEnergia signs 148.5 MW PV deal in South Africa

Cape Town solar PV installation.

The renewable energy company has agreed to develop two PV plants in South Africa as well as supply panels, inverters and O&M services.

First Solar to provide EPC for 52.5 MW Jordan solar plant

Jordan landscape.

The U.S. thin film company has also finalized a long-term O&M contract for the Shams Ma'an Power Plant project.

IDB approves $66 million for Uruguay's first large utility-scale solar PV plant

Urugay PV plant

The La Jacinta project is a breakthrough for Latin America, as one of only five solar projects larger than 50 MW to secure both a power contract and financing.

Planning barrier to UK solar could be removed

A Sainsbury's in Glasgow.

The government has proposed raising the bar for commercial rooftop systems needing planning permission, from 50 kW to 1 MW. The STA says more needs to be done for the 50 kW-to-5 MW rooftop market in the UK.

Swiss developer signs 6.27 GW deal with Hareon

Izmir, Turkey.

ILB Helios plans 3.3 GW of projects in Turkey over the next three years. The deal, with the Chinese manufacturer, has a pipeline of projects including Jordan, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Iran and Iraq.

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.

India's Uttar Pradesh announces 300 MW solar bidding process

Uttar Pradesh.

The Indian state issues a request for proposal, calling for interested bidders to submit their offers for a share of the 300 MW of PV capacity.

Renewable energy share reaches record high in Germany

Berlin, Germany

New installations coupled with favorable climatic conditions helped boost the share of renewables to a record 28.5% in the first half of 2014.

SunPower to supply solar panels for 29 MW-DC Japanese PV plant

The American PV maker will supply its high-efficiency E20/327 modules to a Japanese conglomerate for a project in Southern Japan. SunPower has supplied around 400 MW of PV modules to the nation to date.

JinkoSolar secures $225 million investment for downstream business

JinkoSolar PV plant, China

China Development Bank, Macquarie and New Horizon will acquire a 45% stake in the Jinko Power division. JinkoSolar is revising its full-year 2014 project development guidance upwards as a result.

Developer planning 49 MW scheme on Anglesey

An English solar farm.

SBC wants to develop a $93m scheme on the Welsh island and is launching a four-week public consultation. UK developers have been emboldened by the recent High Court defeat for the government's attempt to block solar farms.

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