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Mexico's Solartec opens up shop in Texas

Solartec 30 kW rooftop installation at Walmart store in Mexico City

After buying the assets of French group Tournaire Solaire Energie, the Mexican company is investing some $31 million in a new manufacturing plant north of the border. The company expects its Houston fab to generate sales of $285...


'Solar Man' launches crowdfunding campaign for giga-fab and 'Solar Wonderland'

Solar Wonderland image.

Joe Hui, the self-styled "Solar Man," has launched a crowdfunding campaign to construct a GW-scale manufacturing facility and "energy amusement park" in Arizona. Hui's company Monarch Power manufacturers Lotus solar products,...


GCL New Energy to develop 661 MW of PV projects in China

GCL solar plant

The Chinese company is partnering with Hebei Yuanchen on a 500 MW plant in Hebei province and building 161 MW of projects in Inner Mongolia following its acquisition of Xiangdao.


Tokyo Electric upgrading grid with 100-km-long transmission line

The city of Nagano, Japan

Tokyo Electric Power Co. is building a 100-kilometer-long electricity transmission line in central Japan as part of the country's efforts to upgrade its grid infrastructure in view of surging renewable power.


CIGS in space: Ascent Solar chosen for space-based PV project

Vanguard's solar-in-space plans.

The thin film PV manufacturer has again been selected by Vanguard Space Technologies to provide modules for its space research program and unmanned aerial vehicles.


Panasonic, Coronal complete nine solar projects for Southern California Edison

The Panasonic-Coronal PV plant in Farmersville,

Coronal's total joint project development with Panasonic is now more than 100 MW. The nine installations mark the first commercial projects to be finished under Panasonic and Coronal's exclusive partnership.


Canadian Solar clarifies status of Japanese pipeline

Canadian Solar chief exec Shawn Qu

Kyushu Electric Power in Japan has said it is suspending grid connection approval for new solar projects pending evaluation of its respective grid capacity availability, which it expects to comlpete by the second quarter of 2015.


Record quarter to push global PV to landmark 200 GW figure

Solar array in Japan.

Report by NPD Solarbuzz forecasts 19.5 GW of new PV capacity in the final quarter of the year, exceeding entire deployment for 2010.


Gestamp Solar signs $28 million contract with Kuwait Oil for 10 MW PV plant

Kuwait City

The solar farm is the Spanish company's first project in Kuwait and in the Middle East. It is scheduled to be completed by the middle of 2015.


OneRoof Energy secures credit lines of $16.7 million

OneRoof Energy rooftop array

The San Diego-based company will use much of the new financing for its new residential solar fund and as working capital.


Greater energy efficiency target could deliver $100 billion boost to UK economy

Ed Davey and ministers.

Study by Cambridge Econometrics finds that a 40% reduction in the UK's energy use by 2030 could create 40,000 new jobs and deliver lower PV costs.


Phoenix Solar, Millennium Energy Industries team up in Jordan

Amman, Jordan

The German PV company and the Jordan-based energy group will jointly apply for tenders and plan plan to work togther in realizing PV projects in the Middle Eastern country.


Solar, wind grabbing more of nuclear energy share, study finds

Nuclear installation.

Worldwatch Institute finds that energy generation capacity from solar and wind power is eating into nuclear power's global energy share.


Ameren to add 45 MW of solar PV in Missouri

St. Louis, Missouri

Announcement forms part of a 500 MW renewable energy drive outlined under local utility's 20-year integrated resource plan.


Westinghouse Solar secures $100 million financing for solar loan program

Rooftop array.

The subsidiary of CBD Energy Limited has struck a financing arrangement that it hopes will make solar installations more easily available to customers.


Energy Storage North America: Standing room only

Energy storage is a game changer for the electric power system, and enthusiasm from a variety of stakeholders was seen at the recent Energy Storage North America show in San Jose, California.


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