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VDE, Fraunhofer ISE award First Solar first quality tested certification

VDE testing

The testing and certification institute says the new certification marks a new age of risk reduction, quality and safety for solar plant assets while reducing the risk for PV power plant investors.


Austin utility tries to water down solar commitment

Austin, Texas.

Texan power company wants a 65% renewables target, imposed on it by city council, reduced to 50%. Austin Energy calling for new gas-fired power plant rather than 600 MW of new solar.


Neo Solar Power subsidiary reveals 14 MW UK rooftop solar program

Rooftop solar installation, U.K.

The scheme will be carried out by General Energy Solutions and will be the largest project for a housing community in the U.K.


Orix to pursue 800 MW Japan PV projects despite grid constraints

Megasolar PV plant by Orix.

The Tokyo-based finance and leasing company hopes to install 800 MW of megasolar projects by 2018, and is not cowed by recent reports of grid restrictions for new solar projects.


Jinko Power signs agreement for 200 MW solar plant in China

Jiangxi Province.

The subsidiary of JinkoSolar has been given the green light by the government of Shicheng County in Jiangxi Province to develop the $261 million project.


Panel installation begins on Washington DC universities' 52 MW solar project

Washington University.

SunEnergy1 has begun installing JinkoSolar panels at the Duke Energy Renewables solar project in North Carolina, which will feed solar power to three Washington, D.C., universities.


8minutenergy secures approval for 135 MW projects in California

Kern County, California.

The solar developer's Redwood Solar Farm projects have been granted Conditional Use Permits by the Kern County Board of Supervisors.


Energy storage dominates Solar Energy UK

Solar Energy UK 2014 discussion

Energy storage took center stage at Solar Energy UK in Birmingham, Enlgand, on Wednesday. While the sector is in agreement about its vital role in the furthe development of renewables, the U.K. government is not doing enough to...


Solarcentury's new 48 MW solar farm pledges higher environmental standards

Sheep at a solar farm in England.

Southwick solar farm in southern England will pioneer a carbon-friendly construction process, right down to recycling food waste in the installers' onsite canteen.


BYD unveils two electric buses with vast battery capacity

The Lancaster eBus from BYD Motors.

Storage experts BYD unveil two electric buses at the American Public Transportation Association Expo in Houston, Texas, this week.


Xinyu Xinwei New Energy announces 50 MW solar projects in Inner Mongolia

Inner Mongolia

The subsidiary of SPI Solar will augment its presence in China, breaking ground for the first time in the Inner Mongolia region with a 20 MW plant. A 30 MW plant is penciled in to follow.


Blue chip companies in US increase PV deployment by 28%

Walmart rooftop array.

The leading 25 companies with solar installed have deployed 569 MW of PV capacity across the U.S., according to a recent SEIA report.


Nine out of 10 Australian households consider switch to solar

Residential rooftop solar array, Perth, Australia

Financial considerations are driving solar installations in Australia, according to a new survey by Ernst & Young, which found that 70% of people who had already installed PV systems did so for financial reasons.


Etrion builds 34 MW project in Japan

Morioko, Japan

The Swiss solar power producer and Hitachi Hi-Tech have begun construction on two PV projects in the country. The two companies plan to begin construction on 100 MW of projects next year and 300 MW by 2017.


JinkoSolar to supply 21.5 MW PV project in Nevada

Searchlight, Nevada

An affiliate of D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments and Bright Plain Renewable Energy acquired the project from initial developer American Capital Energy. Signal Energy will handle EPC and O&M services for the installation.


Solar Energy UK opens

National Exhibition Centre in Birminham, England

Amber Rudd, parliamentary under secretary of state at the Department of Energy and Climate Changeminister, will discuss the state of the U.K. solar market at the event.


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