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Renewable energy now Scotland's top power source

Onshore wind, Scotland.

Clean energy from wind, hydro and, yes, solar produced more power than nuclear, coal or gas in first six months of 2014, figures show.


Chinese delays could see Japan steal solar top spot

Japan solar rooftop.

Postponed and delayed PV projects in China are stunting growth figures, says expert. Japan's surging end to year could see it displace China as world's largest market.


Solar disrupts utilities out of their comfort zone

Prof. Klaus Töpfer.

Solarpraxis Forum highlights how traditional energy utilities are struggling to cope with the expansion of the renewable energy sector, forcing a rethink of their relationship with renewables.


SolarMax to file for insolvency

Sputnik HQ

SolarMax will become the latest inverter victim of Europe’s declining PV market when its parent company, Sputnik Engineering, files for insolvency this week.


15th Forum Solarpraxis begins with a buzz

Kostal's Stephan Kring with the new PIKO 20 string inverter that the company is showcasing at the 15th Forum Solarpraxis.

Solar business conference held in Berlin commences with well-attended keynote speech and defiantly upbeat vibe.


SMA secures net metering authorization in Chile

Chile's Parinacota Volcano.

German company becomes first inverter supplier to be authorized to participate in the country's recently introduced net metering program.


North Carolina regulators approve 80 MW solar plant

Solar installation North Carolina.

The $200m proposed McBride Place Energy project, to be located near the city of Concord, has been given the green light by the N.C. Utilities Commission.


MegaCell signs MoU for 120 MW bi-facial cell and module fab in Egypt

The MoU was signed between the two parties and in the presence of Egyptian Minister of Investment,  H.E. Ashraf Salman.

The Italian solar manufacturer has teamed up with Cairo-based Misr Asset Management to develop the production plant in a deal worth $42.5 million.


Belectric reveals battery storage facility at large-scale PV plant

Belectric's energy storage system.

Belectric and Vattenfall cut the ribbon for a new battery storage facility at the Alt Daber solar power plant in Germany.


South Africa delays REIPPPP solar bid decision

Cape Town solar installation.

Minister delays announcing winners of the fourth bid window for the REIPPPP, fueling the fire of speculation in process.


UK: Movable FIT option for commercial rooftops receives STA backing

Commercial rooftop installation, U.K.

Plans by the British government to allow businesses and factories that move buildings to continue to claim the FIT from their previous location praised by Solar Trade Association.


The U.S. Interior Department rejects its first solar project

The agency has rejected Iberdrola's application for a 200 MW solar PV project in Southern California. This makes the first denial of a renewable energy project since 2010.


World’s largest solar plant in operation

Solar project

The 550 MW Topaz Solar Project has been completed and connected to the grid. The plant, located in San Luis Obispo County, California is currently the largest operational PV power plant in the world.


Yingli posts drop in third-quarter revenue, narrows net loss

Yingli PV module production

The Chinese PV group continued to see strong demand for modules from China and Japan as well as from emerging markets, which increased by some 17% quarter over quarter.


Dominion buys Canadian Solar plant in California

Lancaster, California

With the addition of the West Antelope Solar Park in northern Los Angeles County, Dominion now has 344 MW of solar generating capacity in development, under construction or in operation across six U.S. states.


Fraunhofer CSE installs first 'Plug and Play' PV system

Fraunhofer CSE residential rooftop Plug and Play PV System

The R&D laboratory says once the residential rooftop PV system is commercially available, homeowners will be able to purchase and install the system as easily as installing a washer and dryer.


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