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Solar activity heats up in Africa

Off-grid solar solutions offer Africa a way to improve access to electricity

A number of solar plans have been announced across the African continent, including Sterling and Wilson’s aim to install 500 MW of PV across the next three years; and a US$100 million investment for renewables deployment in...

UK solar sector buoyed by $17bn of investment since 2010

Rooftop PV installations, England.

DECC report shows reveals more than 11.4 billion pounds has been invested in the solar PV industry of the U.K. over the past five years. Sector currently employs more than 34,000 people.

Turkey to tender 302 MW of PV in April

Istanbul, Turkey

While the country also licensed 228 MW of solar PV in January, industry watchers warn that high tender fees could thwart Turkey's already lethargic solar PV deployment.

UK: Primrose Solar and EDF Energy sign 104 MW PPA

The 48 MW Southwick Estate solar farm.

The U.K. solar developer inks 15-year power purchase agreement with French utility for energy produced across 104 MW of solar farms.

Green Charge, Itochu sign global sales deal for smart storage solutions

Green Charge Networks smart storage unit

Japan's third largest trading house will distribute, supply and procure Green Charge Networks' storage solutions internationally.

Natcore Technology, Eurotron sign joint development deal

Natcore technicians operating the screen printer to apply grid and back contacts to test solar cells.

The U.S. company says the partnership is designed to hasten commercial integration of its technologies into solar modules.

aleo solar, GreenIndusTree partner in Pakistan

Installers in Lahore, Pakistan, part of the GreenIndusTree-aleo solar project

"The current solar projects are just the beginning," says aleo solar Managing Director Günter Schulze. "Together, we are aiming to provide many more people with environmentally friendly energy in the area."

SPI to develop 100 MW in Panama

Panama City

The Chinese solar group is partnering with Greek company SDL Solar in the Central American country and expanding its footprint in Latin America with a deal to develop more than 100 MW of solar projects.

France approves environmental law for commercial rooftops

A green roof at the Historial de la Vendee museum in Les-Lucs-sur-Boulogne, France.

New buildings in commercial zones across France will have to install either solar PV systems or plant vegetation. Green roofs are becoming increasingly popular around the wolrd.

Australia's first redeployable large-scale hybrid PV plant up and running in one week

ARENA illustration: redeployable solar-diesel hybrid plant

Construction group Laing O'Rourke has erected the first large-scale solar-diesel hybrid power plant in regional Queensland. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency describes the plant as a "versatile alternative to diesel powered...

Energy Union: Germany, Norway to link grids

ABB map of Norwegian, German power grid interconnection

The NordLink project will be Europe's longest HVDC power grid interconnection, enabling the transmission of 1.4 GW of renewable energy. ABB has won the $900 million order to connect the nations' grids.

Hanergy targets homeowners with residential thin-film products

Hanergy flagship stores in Chengdu, China

The move comes as Chinese PV group seeks to diversify sales -- in 2013 and 2012, its parent company was its sole source of revenue.

Suntech strengthens South Africa presence with new storage warehouse

Cape Town.

Facility will hold 500 kW of modules initially, rising to 1 MW later this year as the Chinese solar company ups its presence in sub-Saharan Africa.

Solar Trade Association launches STA Scotland

PV installation in Scotland by Renusol.

New trade body will work closely with the Scottish government to advise on the benefits of solar power north of the border.

African Development Bank supports off-grid solar-hybrid systems in Tanzania

Tanzania school

The development bank has provided a grant of $420,000 to support technical development, due diligence and advisory systems in the country.

Global EV market reaches 740,000 cars, new study finds

BMW i3 production.

Analysis by the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research (ZSW) reveals 320,000 new electric vehicle registrations in 2014 as car battery suppliers hit $2.17 billion in revenue.

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