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SolarWorld points to installation errors in North American product recall

SolarWorld panel and founder.

Yesterday the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a recall notice for 1.5 million SolarWorld modules used in installations in the U.S. and Canada. SolarWorld has responded to the notice, saying that installer error...


pv magazine weekly news round-up: Aug 15-22

Californian solar installation.

A quick look back at the biggest solar news stories that have grabbed our attention over these past seven days.


Fire risk prompts North American recall of 1.5 million SolarWorld modules

SolarWorld installation.

The solar giant will recall 1.3 million U.S. and 210,000 Canadian systems due to the risk of electrocution, shock or fire caused by incorrectly fitted copper lugs.


Toyota switches on 3.8 MW solar array at UK engine plant

Solar panels at Toyota plant.

The car giant's Deeside plant in North Wales has been fitted with 13,000 solar panels that will power 10% of the plant’s electricity needs each year.


Jinko Power signs 100 MW solar agreement with southeastern Chinese province

ShangRao, Hengfeng County, Jiangxi Province.

The JinkoSolar subsidiary will engineer, procure and construct solar PV projects in China's Hengfeng County, Jiangxi Province.


Thailand set for $1.4bn renewables boost

A 9.5 MW solar PV plant in Thailand.

Bangkok-based clean power developer Energy Absolute Pcl plans to invest 46 billion baht in Thailand’s green energy sector over the next three years.


Eco Energy World connects 70 MW of PV in UK

Exmoor coastline, Devon, U.K.

The renewable energy developer brought five solar PV projects online across the south of England in quick succession, swelling its solar portfolio.


Sub-Saharan Africa commissions 1.8 GW RE capacity this year

60 kW PV installation in Kenya.

South Africa, Ethiopia and Kenya lead renewable energy surge, with more clean power to be added this year than entire 2000-13 period.


Bill to streamline solar permitting passes the California legislature

Legislation to standardize and improve the “byzantine” permitting and inspection procedures in various cities and counties in California has passed both houses of the state's legislature. CALSEIA says that this will both reduce...


REC, Sunrun sign US solar panel deal

REC Solar factory, Singapore

The U.S. market is becoming increasingly important for the Norwegian solar group as it continues to broaden distribution of its products worldwide.


S4 Solar to build 100 MW module assembly plant in Brazil

Goiania, Goias, Brazil

S4 Solar do Brasil, which is making its debut at Intersolar South America this month, is constructing a 100 MW module plant in Brazil to focus on the domestic market.


China to boost distributed PV, 5 GW expected

Rooftop PV system, China

Policy changes could result in a new definition of eligible DPV projects in China and open up incentives for projects of up to 20 MW. It's one of a number of key revisions that may accelerate DPV installations, says IHS.


JinkoSolar to deliver 40 MW to Chile

Chile's energy minister with a PV power plant.

Chinese module manufacturer JinkoSolar has announced that it will supply 40 MW of modules to solar developer 8i for a project in Chile. The project will be located in the Valparaiso region, in Central Chile.


Israel to launch net metering pilot program for government buildings

PV installations at a Kibbutz dairy in Israel

Israel's Ministry of Public Security is tendering development of 13 rooftop PV installations totaling 750 kW. The so-called 'Blue Sky' project is a pilot program that aims to deploy solar PV net metering systems across the...


Lithium batteries leading electrochemical energy storage technologies

Lithium-Ion Battery for BMW i3 electric car

A new study by the Technical University of Munich indicates Asian developers are leading the way when it comes to energy storage systems and far outpacing U.S. and European rivals.


David Cameron stands firm on UK solar plans despite trade petition

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron.

British PM's response to STA-led petition recognizes solar's key role in the U.K. energy mix but dismisses calls to review ROC decision.


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