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Canadian Solar links up 39.4 MWp of PV plants in the United Kingdom

Canadian Solar PV modules in Germany

The six solar plants were connected to the grid under the Renewable Obligations Certificate, which no longer accepts applications.

Chile: Solar project activity increases; renewables account for 5.25% of energy mix

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The latest statistics show that 68.3 MW worth of solar projects are currently under construction in Chile, compared to just 3.3 MW in February. Meanwhile, renewables accounted for 5.25% of the country’s energy mix in Q1.

Mercury is falling on EU solar barometer

A Gehrlicher Solar photovoltaic installation in Germany.

The changing balance of power in the global solar marketplace – with the emphasis shifting from the EU to Asia and the Americas – has been emphasized by a new set of European statistics.

Largest Californian solar facility up and running

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NRG Energy will cut the ribbon today on its 66 MW Alpine Solar Generating Facility, California's largest fully operational solar generating plant.

Malta launches €21 million PV subsidy scheme

Malta has launched a photovoltaic subsidy and rebate scheme worth €21 million, according to local media. The fund is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and will pay a FIT rate of €0.22/kWh.

UK publishes new FIT rates; records 70% increase in PV capacity

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The U.K. has published its new FIT rates, due to take effect in July. The country’s 2012 energy statistics have also been released. According to the figures, 3.2% of energy was generated from PV, while renewables accounted for...

Fall in market share for top ten PV inverter suppliers

IHS has released its latest PV inverters quarterly report. Despite indications of industry consolidation, the top ten largest PV inverter suppliers saw their market share fall from 62% in 2011 to 56% in 2012.

US: BLM issues regulation to facilitate solar right-of-way applications

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The U.S. Bureau of Land management (BLM) has issued a regulation, which will provide solar and wind energy project developers with the possibility of right-of-way applications to temporarily give them the right to use public...

Germany: PV FITs decrease 1.8% in May

Germany’s Federal Network Agency officially confirmed that 290 MW worth of photovoltaics were installed in March in Germany. Consequently, FITs will sink by 1.8% between May and July.

Uruguay signs PV decree worth US$400 million

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Uruguay’s Minister of Industry, Energy and Mining, Roberto Kreimerman, has signed a photovoltaic energy decree. The aim is to diversify the energy mix. The government will provide incentives worth US$400 million to help install...

Australia: 20 MW Solar Auction receives 15 proposals

The Australian flag.

The second stage of the Australian Capital Territory’s (ACT) Solar Auction has received 15 proposals. 20 MW of capacity will be funded under the government program. Meanwhile a new report has argued that rooftop photovoltaics is...

Commercial 5 MW battery park to be developed in Germany

Berlin startup Younicos and renewable power utility company Wemag AG are setting up a 5 MW lithium-ion battery park in West Mecklenburg, Germany. Samsung SDI will be supplying the batteries with a 20-year guarantee.

UK: 11 MW PV plant gets green light

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British Solar Renewables has secured planning permission for an 11 MW photovoltaic farm in St. Allen, Truro, in the south west of England.

Indonesia: 36 new solar plants planned for 2013

The Indonesian government is planning to develop 36 new solar plants across the country this year, according to local media. A higher budget has also been allocated for solar development.

Partnership to see 100 MW of PV capacity added in Puerto Rico

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U.S. wealth management company Greenbriar Capital Corp. and Canadian renewable energy firm Alterra Power Corp. have partnered to develop 100 MW of solar generation capacity in Puerto Rico.

Power-to-gas platform established in Europe

Eleven European companies have established the North Sea Power to Gas Platform, a joint body to explore the viability of power-to-gas in the countries surrounding the North Sea area. With this platform, the companies aim to...

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