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115 MW of utility-scale solar plants planned for western New South Wales

Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia

French renewable energy developer Neoen is planning a series of large-scale solar PV plants around key towns in western New South Wales, Australia, that would amount to a total 115 MW and would be one of the biggest commercial...


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.


Desertec consortium dissolves, morphs into service company

Desertec CSP project, Egypt

The new Desertec Industrial Initiative will operate on a smaller scale and shift its focus to provide renewable energy project services in the MENA region to its remaining shareholders, Saudi Arabia's ACWA Power, Germany's RWE...


UK solar and renewable energy associations go separate ways

London solar bridge

The associations, which became affiliated in 2011, will again become independent next year. The groups say the move will allow them to focus on their core strengths.


How solarbox is turning London's red phone boxes green

Two people, green phone box. London. Innit.

London's iconic red phone boxes may be turning green, as they are given a second life as solar mobile phone charging stations. UK startup solarbox explains what's under the hood and how it plans to develop its unique 21st century...


Efficiency enhancements to define PV technology roadmap

First Solar worker

In a new report, NPD Solarbuzz says opportunities exist for a variety of solar PV technologies, adding that panel power ratings are expected to constantly hit record levels of performance, provided efficiency enhancements are...


German PV equipment manufacturers see improved business

Manz FPD handling unit

The VDMA Photovoltaic Equipment industry association says that while the current business climate provides a mixed picture, the revenue forecast for 2014 is positive.


IEA report: Installed solar PV capacity reached 137 GW in 2013

The share of distributed PV markets rose to 55% for the first time in 2013. The IEA says the speed of PV development comes from its ability to cover most market segments, from very small individual systems to utility-scale power...


SunPower supplies 41 MW of panels for four French PV plants

Aquitaine, France

The La Compagnie du Vent projects include the 12 MW Langele Solar Power Plant in in France's Aquitaine region. The latest projects reunite SunPower and the GDF Suez subsidiary.


Australia: remote communities to add 10 MW of offgrid projects

The Australian outback.

30 remote indigenous communities in Australia's Northern Territory are set to add 10 MW of PV capacity in a AUD$55 million (US$47.8 million) program. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and the NT government will both...


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