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China sets 3 GW target for high-efficiency model PV installations

BYD solar PV fab

China is seeking to increase solar PV capacity for solar installations that employ modules with high-energy-conversion solar cells.

Solar-Fabrik warns of junction box failure

Solar-Fabrik headquarters in Freiburg, Germany

The German solar tech group has said it will publish a product warning in the coming days regarding junction boxes on some of its modules, which may be defect and possibly lead to fire.

Solarcentury goes with Trina modules for Panama PV plant


The U.K. developer and EPC provider has ordered some 33,000 Trina modules for a 9.9 MW PV farm in the Central American country, marking the first collaboration between the companies as Solarcentury expands into a new market.

ET Solar builds 50 MW plant in Israel

Ashkelon, Israel

The project is the largest PV plant ET Solar has so far built in the Middle East. The Chinese company, which will also handle O&M services for the installation, has become the biggest EPC contractor in Israel for utility-scale...

Compromise on large-scale renewables in Australia increasingly likely

Australian Opposition leader Bill Shorten.

An end to the political deadlock that has brought the large-scale renewable sector to a virtual standstill in Australia looks likely to be coming to an end. The Labor opposition has announced a willingness to support a reduction...

IRENA: Solar, wind most competitive energy sources in UAE

An expert panel discusses the benefits of solar at the launch event for the UAE reprot in Abu Dhabi - 8.4.2015.

A new study estimates $1.9 billion in annual savings by 2030 for the United Arab Emirates if the country can achieve a 10% renewable energy mix.

SunEdison taps Flextronics to manufacture modules in Mexico


The deal increases Flextronics' manufacturing capacity to more than 1.7 GW. SunEdison will use the modules for residential, utility and commercial projects in the United States.

Texas microgrid to integrate nine DG sources with storage

The Oncor microgrid.

Three U.S. companies have combined efforts to deliver a microgrid capable of integrating nine different distributed generation (DG) sources to optimize renewable generation and storage utilization and deliver reliable power. S&C...

UK: No CfD-backed large-scale solar for next fiscal year

Kencot Solar Farm, U.K.

The two solar PV projects that secured a strike price of 50 pounds per MWh under the first Contracts for Difference tender for 2015/16 will not go ahead, administrators have revealed.

Germany, Japan partner on PV grid integration, power-to-gas tech

Gifu University, Japan

The collaboration between Japan's Gifu University and Germany's ZSW is expected to create better conditions for the "efficient transfer of research results into the marketplace."

Final module installed at Nevada's 250 MW Copper Mountain solar plant

Copper Mountain 3 solar project.

Cupertino Electric fits last of more than one million solar modules at the Nevada PV plant, which has been developed by Sempra U.S. Gas & Power and Consolidated Edison Development.

Solar for Gaza

Damaged UN school and remmants of the Ministry of Interior in Gaza City, December 2012

A United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) initiative is helping to bring solar power to electricity starved schools, hospitals and water facilities in Palestine's Gaza Strip.

Vivint Solar to partner on Obama solar jobs initiative

Vivint Solar HQ.

The residential solar installer will act as recruiting partner on the Solar Ready Vets program, which aims to train 75,000 former U.S. military personnel in the solar industry by 2020.

NEXTracker completes 69.5 MW Chile installation for SunEdison

Los Pelambres mine.

Tracker specialists finalize commissioning for the Javiera Solar project in Chile using state-of-the-art single axis PV trackers to take advantage of the region's excellent solar insolation.

Multicrystalline PERC to deliver 25% efficiencies

Martin Green

Leading solar researcher Professor Martin Green says that the solar industry has entered a new phase of manufacturing, in which the focus is firmly on efficiency gains. The University of New South Wales (UNSW) researcher believes...

President Obama unveils 75,000 solar job initiative

President Barack Obama.

Over the Easter break U.S. President Barack Obama unveiled a plan to train 75,000 solar workers by 2020. The Solar Ready Vets program was launched at 10 military bases on Friday.

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