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Renewables peak at 95% of German electricity demand

About 95% of the country’s energy demand could be covered by renewable energy sources

On Sunday, May 8, renewables reached a record 95 % of German electricity consumption at 11 AM.


Jordan receives $250 million loan from World Bank to boost renewables

Solar installation, Jordan.

The World Bank has approved a $250 million loan facility to support Jordan's transition to renewable energy and the more efficient use of water resources. The loan is specifically expected boost residential solar PV installations...


UK: Solar spending cuts amount to 98% reduction in support, STA calculates

Solar park, England.

Analysis by the Solar Trade Association finds that the U.K. government's proposed cuts will see the rate of solar support fall from 70 million pounds a year to just two million.


Scotland looks to the sun as England, Wales turn their backs

Scottish coastline.

Scottish government confirms small-scale solar farms smaller than 5 MW will continue to be eligible for the ROC; Edinburgh launches ambitious community solar scheme.


India: PM Modi calls on states for proactive solar push

Modi at a Welspun solar development.

Indian Prime Minister sends pro-solar tweet hours after urging the country's state leaders to ensure solar power projects are implemented as soon as possible; foreign bidders at auction draw criticism.


SMA surpasses 1 GW inverter milestone in Japan

SMA solar inverter production.

The German inverter manufacturer becomes the first non-Japanese supplier to reach this milestone. Local presence in market since 2011 has delivered constant growth drivers.


SolarCity maintains grip on US residential solar, says GTM report

The GTM Research leaderboard has SolarCity way out in front as the leading residential solar installer in the U.S.

GTM Research's U.S. PV Leaderboard finds SolarCity installed 34% of all residential array in the first half of the year, followed by Vivint at 12%; SolarCity also cornered 34% of the market in 2014.


US: Utility-scale solar averaging five cents/kWh, study finds

Solar PV plant in Nevada.

Report by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory finds that utility-scale solar project developers negotiate average PPAs of just five cents per kWh, an all-time low figure; 30% ITC helps lower costs.


Indian power giant proposes 4 GW solar goal

Tamil Nadu landscape.

Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC), which relies on lignite and coal to deliver power to India, has ventured into the world of solar PV; 10 MW array first step towards 4 GW installation goal, chairman says.


Solar a solution in sub-Saharan Africa, says UK minister

Grant Shapps.

British International Development Minister Grant Shapps says cheaper solar panels can deliver a solar revolution to Africa, reaffirms U.K.'s commitment to aid the development of the fledgling solar market.


NEXTracker completes 110 MW shipment to SunEdison Chile solar farm

Nextracker installation.

Supply of Self-Powered Trackers to the 110 MW Quilapilun power plant in Chile now complete; SunEdison developing the project, which is set to become the company's largest in South America.


Conergy moves into asset ownership

Along with appointing a new team to lead the Americas, Conergy has announced that it will move downstream to become an independent power producer, starting in North Carolina.


Belectric OPV completes world's largest organic BIPV array in Africa

The BIOPV array at the African Union building was completed in just five days using 445 Belectric OPV solar modules.

The German OPV producer develops energy-generating solar shade sail for the new Peace and Security building of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Installation is largest BIOPV project in the world.


Germany: IBC completes three solar parks in three months

Walberle mountain range.

Developer builds three turnkey solar power plants for Main-Spessart-Solar GmbH with a combined output of 10 MWp. All three connected to the grid within just three months, to be operated as community projects.


AES announces $100m solar securitization

AES solar installation, California.

The deal marks the sixth solar securitization in the U.S., following four from SolarCity and one from Sunrun. Notes to be secured via revenue from 1,548 solar installations across the U.S.


Amazon secures approval for 80 MW Virginia solar farm

Virginia.

Amazon Solar Farm U.S. East receives permit from Virginia Department of Environmental Quality; 80 MW installation to be located across 900 acres in the state's Accomack County.


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