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California utilities agency increases efficiency with new storage system

Chino Hills, California

The advanced energy storage system will optimize renewable energy generation at its water management facilities, providing "an added layer of protection" against power outages and make it easier to share renewable resources.

Chinese social media questions Jinko's fire prevention measures

JinkoSolar fire.

Users on Chinese micro blogging site Weibo have raised questions about JinkoSolar's fire prevention measures at its Jianxi fab. Informal reports indicate a tower that is a part of the Jinko facilities appears totally destroyed.

Australia: Rooftop solar subsidies appear safe, storage program launched

The Alkimos Beach development.

Signals from the Australian Federal Government appear to indicate that rooftop solar will remain free from subsidy cuts. Program to trial solar plus storage at new housing development announced.

Italy to switch off PV plants over 100 kW during solar eclipse

Solar eclipse from Japan

In Germany, the debate is still on as to how to deal with large PV systems during the solar eclipse on Friday. Italian transmission grid operator Terna has made the decision to switch off large-scale PV plants for an entire...

Update: Jinko responds to fire at wafer facility

A fire at Jinko Solar's manufacturing.

There have been reports this morning of a fire at Jinko Solar's wafer production facility in Jianxi, China. JinkoSolar has estimated damages at between $80,000 and $160,000.

Solar-hybrid applications offer solution for hard-hit EPCs

Solar-diesel hybrid system at Cronimet Chrome Mining site in Thabazimbi, South Africa

Interview: PV power plant project developers in Europe are in big trouble. The first round of calls for ground-mounted systems has begun, but it's not clear how this model will develop. The global market for solar-diesel hybrid...

Brazilian solar auction set for August

Salvador da Bahia, Brazil

The second national solar auction in Brazil will award 20-year contracts to winning projects, which are to begin operations in 2017.

Wirsol Energy plugs 29 MW solar farm into UK grid

The 29 MW Elms Farm solar park in the English county of Oxfordshire, connected to the U.K. grid in March 2015.

Connection of the Elms Farm solar park made in time to qualify for 1.4 ROC. Plant sold to Bluefield Solar Income Fund as part of company's growing PV portfolio.

RWE buys stake in Conergy

Conergy 5.3 MW PV plant, Cornwall, England

The German utility giant has acquired a minority stake in Conergy. The leading downstream solar company expects to expand operations this year in Latin America, Japan, Philippines and Africa, CEO Andrew de Pass tells pv magazine.

Greece added just 13 MW in 2014

Greek solar farm.

Despite technically reaching grid parity, Greece installed a mere 13 MW of new solar PV in 2014, according to official statistics released last week.

BBOXX announces Series B funding, continues off-grid gold rush

The DOEN Foundation and Bamboo Finance will focus on off-grid projects in Sub-Saharan Africa.

EU to raise minimum import price for Chinese solar modules

European Commission

A year after lowering the minimum import price, the European Commission is set to increase it back to its original level. The weak euro is one major reason for the move.

Jordan launches plan to install solar on 6,000 mosques

King Abdullah I Mosque in Amman, Jordan

The Jordanian government introduced net-metering regulations in 2012 that allow PV owners to sell solar power at a rate of nearly $0.18 per kilowatt hour. The country's mosques are expected to see huge savings and even solar...

Scatec Solar to invest $300 million in Egypt for up to 200 MW of solar

Cairo, Egypt

The Norwegian solar power producer is currently developing a 50 MW PV project in the country, where the government is looking to install 2.3 GW of solar power in the next two years.

Off-grid weekly digest

Azuri installation

pv magazine's weekly round-up examines the latest news from the globla off-grid sector.

West Virginia governor approves previously vetoed net metering bill

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Thursday approved a bill to rewrite net energy metering rules for on-site distributed solar generation in the state after he vetoed virtually the same proposal two weeks earlier.

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