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Solar projects on the scrap heap in Rajasthan

First Solar project in Rajasthan. Image: First Solar.

Mining and power generating company NLC India has abandoned plans to construct two 65 MW solar plants in Rajasthan, India, after power distribution companies in the state say that the rate it was due to pay is too high.

Dominion acquires 32 MW PV projects in Tennessee

Selmer City Hall

The solar farms, which are scheduled to begin commercial operation later this year, bring the Virginia-based energy group's solar portfolio to 212 MW. The plants employ 162,000 BYD modules and 36 SMA inverters.

Arizona to impose new tax on solar lease customers

Solar rooftop installation, USA.

The State Department of Revenue has reinterpreted its tax policy, reassessing leased solar panels as "merchant power plants" that must be taxed.

Japan reaches for stars to develop orbital solar

NASA concept of solar power satellite

"It would be difficult and expensive, but the payoff would be immense, and not just in economic terms," says Susumu Sasaki, professor emeritus at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.

SkyPower FAS Energy signs deal for 3 GW PV project in Nigeria

The historic agreement with the Federal Republic of Nigeria Government will bring masses of utility-scale solar capacity to the West African nation.

TÜV Rheinland partners with TRaC Global on new desert climate tests

TUV Rheinland PV module testing

With an eye on the burgeoning PV market in the MENA region, the testing and certification organizations are bolstering test offerings for PV systems in desert conditions with simulated sandstorms.

Heraeus achieves 21.2% record efficiency with metallization pastes

Heraeus metallization paste

It is the highest efficiency ever achieved on an industrial screen-printed PERC silicon solar cell, according to the German company.

Researchers develop 'unleaded' solar cell

Northwestern University

Employing tin instead of lead, the new cell may well lead to an environmentally friendly breakthrough in photovoltaics.

Solar Universe lauds HERO program

Solar Universe says the HERO property assessed clean energy financing program being introduced in Southern California could see 90MW of new installations this year.

The property assessed clean energy financing option being adopted across Southern California could see 90 MW of new solar added this year. Renovate America says the program could drive 400 MW of installations by the end of 2016.

Hanwha Q Cells modules in 15 MW UK project

Hanwha Q Cells, which supplied the modules for the 15MW Ellough project in the UK, has its headquarters in Thalheim, Germany.

The German solar manufacturer supplied more than 58,000 modules to the Ellough project. The Suffolk project was developed by Lark Energy in March.

JinkoSolar announces 100 MW Chile supply deal

The Atacama Desert, Chile.

The Chinese solar company has agreed to supply modules for two PV projects in Chile's Atacama Desert region.

JinkoSolar to supply 37.2 MW of modules for Californian solar park

California state flag.

Two solar projects in San Bernadino, Lone Valley Solar Parks I and II, will receive the Chinese manufacturer's high efficiency panels.

Yingli Solar signs contract for 30 MW PV projects in Turkey

PV installation in Turkey from Tekno Ray Solar.

The Chinese solar company has partnered with local firm Tekno Ray Solar to develop 30 MW of PV projects throughout the country.

Solar-powered laptop hits market for $350

The Ubuntu Sol laptop from WeWi Telecommunications.

The Ubuntu Sol laptop is the world's first solar-powered personal computer, boasting a 10-hour battery life from just two hours of sunlight.

SolarMax installs 65 MW of UK solar in first quarter

Solar PV plant, UK.

The Swiss inverter specialist pressed ahead with its U.K. expansion to beat the ROC subsidy drop, which was reduced at the end of March.

BIPV sector to reach 1.15 GW by 2019, says report

Sports stadium with BIPV.

The building integrated photovoltaics market will grow by 18.7% between now and 2019, according to Transparency Market Research's latest findings.

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