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History repeating: Solar energy 'unstoppable'

John Perlin

John Perlin explores the history of solar energy in his latest book, "Let it Shine: The 6,000-Year Story of Solar Energy." pv magazine caught up with the author for an interview in the August issue. Here's an excerpt.


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.


DuPont lawsuit accuses SunEdison of patent infringement

DuPont solar PV metallization cell

The U.S. chemical company claims SunEdison's cells and modules use a specific type of metallization paste that infringes its patented tellurium paste technology.


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.


Michigan State University develops transparent solar cell

Transparent solar PV cell.

Cell developed with light harvesting transparent solar concentrators delivers just 1% efficiency, researchers aiming for 5% in near future.


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.


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.


Trina takes a different approach to EU markets

Trina President Europe Ben Hill

The Chinse solar giant has become more competitive in getting its products to customers, says Ben Hill, the company's president Europe. Trina's global strategy, including operations in the U.K., the U.S. and Japan, remain key to...


Australia: Pro-solar rally slams attack on renewable target

Save Solar Rally, Aug. 21, 2014, Brisbane, Australia

The organized opposition to the federal government's moves to abolish or reduce Australia's Renewable Energy Target (RET) has begun. More than 500 people attended a rally in Brisbane to protest against changes to the RET.


Telecommunications boosting hybrid power in off-grid areas

SMA PV-diesel hybrid system, Palladam, India

Demand for power is rising due to the increasing growth of telecommunications in remote off-grid regions, particularly in developing countries, and driving installations of hybrid power systems.


Andhra Pradesh aiming for 5 GW of solar by 2019

Hyderabad, India

The state government is expected to unveil a wide-ranging new renewable energy policy next month that would set major targets in the southeastern Indian state.


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