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Fraunhofer solar cell research.

The race for solar panel efficiency heats up, SunEdison goes for a more streamlined model, Europe wants to nip the MIP in the bud, and Germany lends a helping hand to India.

Australia: AGL's 53 MW PV plant begins operations

The 102 MW Nyngan Solar Plant also belongs to AGL

The first 26 MW of AGL Energy Limited's Broken Hill solar PV plant in Australia has begun operations. The full 53 MW is expected to be online by the end of the year.

CED acquires 50% stake in 335 MW Californian PV plant

Construction on the Californian project is scheduled to begin by the end of 2015

ConEdison Development (CED) has acquired a 50% stake in a 335 MW DC solar PV plant, located in San Benito County, California. Construction on the large-scale project is scheduled to commence by the end of the year.

FPL expanding solar in Sunshine State

FPL's 10 MW FPL Space Coast Next Generation Solar Energy Center

The Florida utility company is set to triple its existing solar capacity by the end of 2016 with three new large-scale installations in the state.

Yingli to ship 170 MW PV modules for projects in China

The solar PV module supply contract is said to be Yingli's biggest in China

Representing the module manufacturer’s largest domestic deal to date, Yingli Green Energy Holding Company has signed a 170 MW solar PV module contract with CFC Group Construction Limited. The modules will be shipped in the third...

Utility-scale battery storage to reach 12 GW, $8.44 billion by 2024

Demand for battery energy storage systems is being driven by the need for grid modernization

Utility-scale grid connected battery storage is set to reach up to 12 GW by 2024, while annual revenues will grow to around US$8.44 billion. The U.S. will be a leader, followed by China, Japan and Germany. Despite an overall...

SolarReserve receives CSP SunShot award, to advance storage technology

SolarReserve installed the 110 MW Crescent Dune CSP plant in Nevada with the help of a $737 million DOE loan

SolarReserve LLC has received an award from the U.S. Department of Energy under the SunShot Initiative to advance its CSP technology. With the help of a US$2.4 million grant, the company aims to improve its molten salt energy...

US: S&C contracted for 7 MW energy storage facility

The system consists of a master control system and a 2-MW/2.5-MVA power conversion system

S&C Electric Company has been contracted by Half Moon Ventures (HMV) to supply and build a 7 MW lithium ion energy storage facility in Ohio. The system will be connected to a 4.2 MW solar PV plant thus making it the largest...

California: EPRI, SunEdison partner on net-zero energy home pilot project

Antioch, California, homes, Yingli rooftop installations

The program will be crucial in evaluating how net-zero energy homes that generate and store their own energy impact the local electricity grid. California is aiming to have all new homes net-zero starting in 2020, and all new...

Suniva to ramp up cell capacity in 2016, supports monocrystalline trend

Up to 500 full time jobs are expected to be created in Georgia

Suniva recently said it will ramp up U.S. solar manufacturing capacity to 400 MW. The company told pv magazine it intends to complete the expansion by next year. Up to 500 full time jobs will be created in Georgia. It also...

Genscape buys Locus Energy

U.S. residential PV installation

With the addition of the PV monitoring and data analytics company, Genscape -- part of the Daily Mail and General Trust plc conglomerate -- will expand its operations into the burgeoning solar sector.

India: ABB secures $18 million in solar-related orders

Tamil Nadu, India

The Swiss engineering giant's biggest project is Adani Group's 648 MW PV plant in the southeastern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Earlier this year ABB became the first company in the country to deliver solar inverters with a...

UK solar cuts will cost country in the long run, says REA

UK rooftop installation.

Savings made under the government's proposed budget cap should the FIT be cut by the proposed rate will be less than monies lost in tax and national insurance revenue as 15,000 jobs are lost, finds REA.

US: ITC extension will support steady solar growth, finds BNEF, SEIA report

BNEF solar ITC graph.

Independent analysis of the impact of the Investment Tax Credit on the U.S. solar industry, commissioned by the SEIA, finds 22 GW of additional solar capacity will be added if 30% ITC extended to 2022.

German PV equipment manufacturers see orders triple

The VDMA expects a continuation of the economic recovery over the next few months

German solar PV equipment manufacturers are experiencing an uptick in demand, compared to the beginning of the year, with turnovers increasing 52%, says German Engineering Federation, VDMA. Asian competition is said to be...

EU PVSEC: Stagnating global PV installations till 2020 or 100 GW cumulative capacity?

2,200 participants have already registered at this year’s EU PVSEC, and more are expected

On Monday, the 31st EU PVSEC in Hamburg, Germany opened its doors. Despite the current turbulence in the European solar industry, a high visitor turnout was seen at the opening conference. Future industry expectations are split:...

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