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Abengoa breaks ground on 100 MW PV plant in Chile

Abengoa's 210 MW Atacama 1 PV-CSP complex

In addition to the PV installation, the Atacama 1 facility will include the first solar thermal plant in Latin America. The Spanish renewable energy group says the two technologies complement each other to supply energy 24 hours...

Japan's METI to roll out energy efficiency and storage subsidy

Japan. Toyko.

Distributed battery installations are set to receive a boost in Japan, with the country's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry set to roll out a $779 million incentive scheme. The scheme will also target energy efficient...

JLM Energy’s second Californian solar-wind-battery off grid residence approved

JLM Energy.

The second solar-wind battery powered residence in California has been given state approval.

Scatec Solar to build Google-backed 104 MW plant in Utah

104 MW Utah Red Hills Renewable Energy Park

Google and Prudential Capital Group are financing the Red Hills solar power plant to the tune of $157 million. The Norwegian integrated independent solar power producer will manage and operate the PV facility.

California adopts pioneering advanced inverter standards

Walmart rooftop PV installation.

State utility commission's decision will modify interconnection rules in order to secure the benefits offered by advanced inverters.

Ghana spurs PV development across country

Cape Coast, Ghana

The International Development Association is bankrolling an ambitious project to install PV in schools and community centers across the West African nation.

Majority of Americans anticipate positive solar impact in near future

Solar PV installation.

Belief in the transformative power of solar energy growing among most sections of U.S. society, finds Harris Poll.

IHS: Top 10 predictions for global PV market in 2015

California: 26 MW Borrego I

Among the market research firm's forecasts for the coming year: California will become global leader in solar power penetration. By the end of 2015, California -- the largest renewable power market in the United States -- will...

Aquion Energy enters 1 MWh battery supply deal in Hawaii

The Hawaiin capital.

U.S. aqueous hybrid ion battery developer and supplier Aquion Energy has entered into a supply deal with the residential community Bakken Hale, to supply a 1 MWh battery system. The battery installation will be coupled with a PV...

Germany: Innotech Solar buys Energiebau

Energiebau CEO Michael Schäfer

Saved from insolvency, the German solar wholesaler will now offer Innotech product while continuing to sell other PV modules. The company says it is nevertheless reducing its product portfolio in order to adapt to current market...

Pakistan overhauls its solar industry for the better

Village PV installation, Pakistan.

Government approves net metering program and introduces funding scheme allowing homeowners to borrow against their mortgage for solar installations.

Emerging markets 2015: Will Israel's PV take off?

Israel's Ketura PV plant

Despite the encouraging news coming lately from other Middle Eastern markets, Israel remains the region's most hopeful case for solar PV development. But will Israel seriously decide to boost its photovoltaic sector in 2015? Or...

Idaho approves 100 MW solar project

First Wind PV installation

Valued at some $322.5 million over 20 years, the deal provides an average levelized rate of 6.3 cents per kilowatt hour for Idaho Power Company.

Duke Energy signs 20-year PPA for 20 MW project in Indiana

Duke Energy

The largest electric power utility in the United States has committed to purchase power from three solar developers for four Indiana communities.

Brazil: Pure Energy secures $10 million for new module fab

Maceio, Alagoas, Brazil

Brazilian development bank BNDES is financing 75% of the reported $17 million, 40 MW-capacity project in the northern state of Alagoas. The decision marks the first time the bank has financed a PV module factory.

Californian grid operator to address net imbalance

The Californian flag.

The Californian Independent System Operator (CASIO) is addressing the famous load duck and attempting to "let the duck fly."

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