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M-Kopa Solar secures $19 million equity investment

M-Kopa's PAYG model has already reached three-quarters-of-a-million people in Africa.

The U.S. startup and provider of pay-as-you-go solar energy in Africa secures funding from Generation Investment Management for the wider development of its off-grid leapfrog model in East Africa.


Investment interest in Romanian PV market increases

500 kW solar photovoltaic installation Romania

The maturing photovoltaic markets in Germany, Spain, France and Italy, and recent feed-in tariff cuts in a number of key markets have prompted solar investors to look for new opportunities in South-East European (SEE) nations....


More utility-scale PV projects receive environmental green light in Chile

Chile solar photovoltaic plant Atacama

Another two large-scale photovoltaic projects, this time worth around 288 MW, have received the green light from Chile’s environmental evaluation commission in the northern Antofagasta region, according to Chile's environmental...


Iraq unveils $1.6 billion renewable energy plans

Iraq flags

According to reports, Iraq plans to channel US$1.6 billion over the next three years into solar and wind power, with the aim of adding 400 MW to the national grid.


Saint Gobain plans CIGS facility for Saudi Arabia

Avancis CIGS thin film solar photovoltaic module

Saint Gobain has signed a memorandum of understanding to set up and operate a CIGS thin film photovoltaic module facility in Saudi Arabia.


First Solar awarded contract for 13 MW MENA installation

The UAE Prime Minister in traditional robes, with a series of other dignitaries, looking at a tiny model of the renewable energy fab.

Photovoltaic activity in the MENA region continues to pick up, with the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) awarding the 13 MW first stage of its 1 GW Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum project to First Solar.


183 MW of PV approved in Chile

Atacama desert

Two new photovoltaic projects totaling 183 MW in Chile’s northern Atacama region have received the green light for development from the Environmental Evaluation Commission in Atacama.


Interview: PV bankability hurdles are increasing

US large-scale solar photovoltaic plant Agua Caliente project

Ed Heacox, principal and co-founder of Envect Inc. talks to pv magazine about the U.S. solar market – the challenges, bankability, funding and how solar can play a role in developing smarter, more efficient grid.


Ontario FIT program deemed discriminatory

Ontario solar photovoltaic installation

According to the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), which was citing a confidential interim WTO dispute settlement report, a panel has agreed that Ontario’s FIT system violates WTO rules.


First Solar signs 100 MW MOU in Indonesia

First Solar thin film photovoltaic cadmium

First Solar Inc. has signed a memorandum of understanding with Indonesia’s PT. Pembangkitan Jawa Bali Services (PJB Services) to work on the development of utility-scale photovoltaic projects in Indonesia.


SunPower idles manufacturing lines; cuts 900 jobs

SunPower Maxeon solar photovoltaic

As part of its reorganization plan, SunPower Corporation has said it will idle six solar cell manufacturing lines in the Philippines and cut around 900 employees, most of which are based on the archipelago.


Solar Frontier stops production at MP2 PV plant

Solar Frontier CIS module facility

Japan-based Solar Frontier has announced that production will be suspended at its 60 MW MP2 photovoltaic module manufacturing plant. Around 200 employees will be affected.


The future of Australian large-scale PV

A utility scale PV application in Australia.

Last week, Australia’s first utility-scale photovoltaic installation went online. Located in the Midwest of Western Australia, it will sell the generated electricity from its 10 MW of First Solar modules to a nearby desalination...


Italy reaches 15.9 GW cumulative PV capacity

Italy solar photovoltaic plant conergy

Italy has a cumulative photovoltaic capacity of 15.9 GW, according to Italian network agency, GSE. However, just €241 million is left in the country’s solar subsidy coffers.


Germany: 31.5 MW PV park completed

Germany 31.5 MW solar photovoltaic Park

SunEnergy Europe and Renerco Solar have completed a 31.5 MW photovoltaic park in Germany’s Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.


40 MW Peruvian PV project completed

Peru flag

Said to be the largest project of its kind in Latin America, Solarpack, Gestamp Solar and other local companies have completed work on a 40 MW photovoltaic project in Peru.


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