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New platform for home appliances to interact

A solar rooftop.

The Thread Group has launched an open platform that permits appliances to 'talk' and be controlled by a mobile device. Home heating and lighting systems will be a big part of the internet of things.

Turkmenistan plans solar energy institute

Institute of Oil and Gas, Ashgabat.

A decree by the country's president has called for the creation of a solar research center intended to explore Turkmenistan's untapped solar potential.

Solarcentury builds Hampshire's first solar community project

Community-owned solar park, Hampshire, England.

The southern English county is to get its first solar cooperative: a 2.4 MW solar farm funded by 500 people and built by Solarcentury.

Hanwha SolarOne supplies Ikaros Solar UK projects

Ikaros - Hall Farm solar installation in Norfolk, England.

The Belgian solar company has in a relatively short time installed close to 21 MWp of solar projects in the United Kingdom and sees potential for more PV parks throughout the European Union and beyond.

NRG Energy completes 6 MW community clean energy project in California

NRG Energy Community 1 Solar Facility, California.

Developed in collaboration with Boeing and San Diego State University, the Community Solar 1 Generating Facility will power 2,200 local households.

Solargreen lands Knesset rooftop contract

The Israeli Knesset.

The Airport City based developer will install a 300 kW rooftop on the Knesset. The system is part of the $2m Green Knesset project.

China gives tax boost to distributed PV power generation

Chinese CIGS installation.

Government taxation authorities announce that buyers of distributed PV power should invoice power generators in an effort to ease tax burdens.

World Cup prepares for first solar-powered match

The Estadio Mineirao, in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais state, Brazil.

Martifer Solar's 1.4 MW rooftop installation in Belo Horizonte will power the first solar powered World Cup finals match. Greece take on Colombia tomorrow at the Estadio Mineirao.

SunEdison signs 1.85 GW purchase agreement for NEXTracker trackers

Construction of a SunEdison solar park.

The U.S. solar company has tied up a master purchase agreement for the next three years as it switches focus towards Lean construction techniques.

INRG Solar targets 100 MW UK installations by 2015

Durdle Door, Dorset, England.

The British solar developer plans to bolster its utility-scale portfolio in advance of the introduction of reduced support schemes next April.

Landmark solar thermal rooftop unveiled in Australia

Bob Baldwin, Glebe, Sydney.

A house in Sydney has been fitted with a fully building integrated photovoltaic and thermal rooftop that is one of the first in the world to generate electricity as well as heat.

GT Advanced Technologies agrees furnace supply deal in Qatar

QSE solar production.

The company will supply its HiCz 200 monocrystalline furnace to Qatar Solar Energy’s new 300 MW PV production facility in Doha, Qatar.

Solar powers Brazil's World Cup

Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The countdown for the largest, costliest and arguably most controversial World Cup tournament to date has started and football fans are looking forward to Thursday's opening ceremony and inaugural match between host nation Brazil...

SolarMax signs distribution partnership with Krannich Solar

SolarMax-Sputnik HQ.

The Swiss inverter manufacturer teams with Germany's Krannich Solar to distribute its entire string inverter range across Europe.

Kyocera plans 430 MW Japan PV plant as country's solar shipments soar

Kyocera HQ, Japan.

While Kyocera explores the possibility of constructing a mega solar plant on the island of Ukujima, the Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association reveals 100% rise in solar shipments.

Southern Research Institute completes solar research center

A solar cell from LG.

The new facility, located in Birmingham, Alabama, is intended to provide key insights into the optimal design of solar PV systems.

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