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Snap-together mounting system 'halves installation time'

Solar panel installation.

Californian company secures $1m accelerator grant from US Department of Energy. Cash will speed the introduction of the SMASH PowerStation to market.


Yingli surpasses 2 GW of PV panel deliveries in Americas

Yingli Solar PV module production

More than 80,000 homes and 5,000 business and institutions in both continents have installed PV systems using Yingli solar panels, according to the company. Since 2013, Yingli has deployed more than 150 MW of panels in Latin...


Alta Devices, Airware partner on PV application for drones

Alta Device UAV model

The cooperation will lead to greater flight endurance for UAVs -- critical for precision agriculture, search and rescue, land surveying and other commercial applications, according to the company.


OPDE surpasses 56.6 MW of solar in UK

OPDE solar PV plant, UK

The Spanish company has a current development pipeline in the U.K. of more than 200 MW and is on track to meet its target of connecting 100 MW of PV capacity in the country by 2015.


Solar energy prices to drop by up to 12% in 2014

Rooftop solar installation, Denver, Colorado

Solar energy prices saw double-digit declines last year of between 12 and 19%. The trend is expected to continue in 2014 with further PV price drops of between 3 and 12%, according to NREL.


Kyocera teams up with Healthy Planet Partners fund

Kyocera Solar's 110.88 kW roof-mount system for Tomar Electronics in Gilbert, Arizona.

The companies are providing developer and EPC partners with an end-to-end solution, from assistance with origination, technical and financial feasibility analysis to construction and long-term financing.


UK farmers with PV to lose subsidies under new guidelines

Sheep among solar panels, England.

Environment secretary Liz Truss to deny farmers with solar panels installed on their land the right to farm subsidies under the EU's Common Agricultural Policy.


SPI Solar unit signs 100 MW of EPC deals in China

Saihanba National Park, Hebei, China

Xinyu Xinwei New Energy will handle EPC services for 100 MW of solar PV projects in China's Hebei province.


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...


SunEdison in talks over $2bn Chinese poly factory

The flag of China.

US poly and wafer maker could treble its poly production capacity with Chinese fab. Company president says it is considering a similar investment in Saudi Arabia.


The pv magazine weekly news roundup: Oct 10-17

Solarbox installation.

As solar-powered phone booths promise to transform London streets, analysts reveal that PV has arrived at a point where a common technology roadmap is possible, with higher panel power ratings just around the corner.


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.


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