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Solas Éireann partners with GSE to develop 250 MW of PV in Ireland

Construction work for the Bombardier solar plant, located near Belfast City Airport

Solas Éireann entered into a joint venture with Golden Square Energy, aiming to develop more than 250 MW of PV projects across Ireland.


New SolarCity package aims to lower solar costs for low-income renters

SolarCity installation taking place.

The installation scheme is aimed at developers and residents of affordable housing projects and neighborhoods in California as SolarCity moves to widen access to affordable energy to more people.


UK Q2 data shows renewables met a record 25% of power needs, outstripping coal

The Westmill Solar Farm, England.

Combination of solar PV, wind and bioenergy saw the U.K. renewables mix supply more power to the national grid in the second quarter of the year than coal for the first time ever; solar doubles to 8 GW in space of year.


Rebound in global PV equipment industry shows in Q2 numbers

The latest figures by SEMI verify the rebound in orders reported by German equipment makers, as the book-to-bill ratio rockets to 1.58.


Enel builds Italy's first large-scale storage facility

Catania bay.

The 2 MWh battery system has been connected to a 10 MW solar PV plant in Catania, making it Italy's inaugural large-scale solar+storage project.


Dubai's DEWA invites bids for 800 MW, phase three solar park

Dubai skyline.

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) issues Expression of Interest call for phase three of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park; third project has capacity of 800 MW.


Yingli to ship 130 MW of modules for Chinese BIPV and agriculture solar projects

Yingli production facility.

The vertically integrated solar firm will deliver 30 MW of panels to Qingdao New Energy Solutions Inc. this year, with the remaining 100 MW due before the end of 2016.


UGE, Blue Sky collaborate on China rooftop PPA package

Guangzhou, China.

Renewable energy firm UGE teams with energy financer Blue Sky Energy Efficiency and real estate service firm JLL to devise financial package for Chinese businesses keen on installing rooftop solar.


China's Longi to invest $235m in 1 GW Indian solar fab

Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.

XiAn Longi Silicon signs a memorandum of understanding for the creation of a solar cell and manufacturing facility in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh; 500 MW solar farm also in pipeline.


UK stance on renewable energy leaves Al Gore 'puzzled'

Al Gore.

Climate advocate and former U.S. VP tells audience at Green Alliance/CBI event that he does not understand the U.K. government's decision to cut renewable energy subsidies.


India cabinet set to approve aggressive 40% renewable goal

Solar installation in Pokhran, India.

National Democratic Alliance considers 40% renewable energy goal for 2030, target would require 250 GW of solar PV capacity by that date, and 100 GW of wind power.


Data center giant Equinix taps SunEdison to solar power its Californian operations

Equinix data center.

World's largest provider of data center services signs five-year PPA with SunEdison for majority of energy from the company's 150 MW Imperial Valley solar farm, due for completion in 2016.


Saudi Arabia fires up new Kaco PV inverter line

Representatives of Kaco and AEC attend the inauguration ceremony of the new Shams PV inverter line in Saudi Arabia.

Shams PV inverter line commences production, boasting 1 GW capacity and the first to comply with Saudi Arabian local content regulations. Line owned by Advanced Electronics Company.


Sunrun expands US solar jobs, installation partnership nationally

Sunrun rooftop installation.

U.S. residential solar company teams with solar non-profit organization GRID Alternatives to provide home solar and job training to low-income families across the U.S.


UK: Scotland carries flag for solar as FIT changes slow march to grid parity

Edinburgh.

Scottish government distances itself from DECC uncertainties as it announces it will retain grandfathering guarantee under RO; changes to FIT will set back solar's path to grid parity, says REA.


SolarWorld signs 65 MW supply agreement for Panasonic's Oregon solar plant

SolarWorld U.S. HQ.

Deal struck at Solar Power International marks the largest single project agreement for SolarWorld in the U.S.; Panasonic to construct, own and operate solar facility.


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