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USD 10 million to be invested to develop 'solar cities'

New Delhi, India. Image: Wikimedia commons

A total of Rs. 670 million (USD 9.88 million) has been approved in India for the development of solar cities across the country, which will aim to cut conventional energy demand within the cities by at least 10%, while focusing...


UK: Lightsource connects 215 MW of PV ahead of ROC deadline

This 4.84 MWp solar farm at Belfast Airport was just one of 26 ground-mounted solar projects completed by Lightsource in the U.K. ahead of the ROC deadline.

British developer boosts solar portfolio by 215 MW across 40 new sites ahead of today's closure of the renewable obligation certificate scheme.


BayWa to offer solar loans for US customers, adds 130 MW of PV in UK

Rose & Crown solar park is one of six U.K. projects recently completed by BayWa

BayWa is actively expanding its presence in the global market. This week, the company introduced a new finance product in the U.S., announced completion of six PV plants in U.K., and shared plans for its first solar projects in...


Turkey amends its unlicensed market regulation

1.8 MW solar installation in Turkey.

Turkey's energy regulator has published updated regulation governing the country's so-called unlicensed PV market, which regards PV installations less than 1 MW each.


SEIA: Inaction in Massachusetts has stopped $617 million in economic inactivity

Less solar means less power, less money and less jobs for Massachusetts' local economy

Inaction on raising net metering caps and reforming the SREC program in Massachusetts has stopped construction of 551 solar projects, with a total value of US$617 million. Delay could cost the state $3.2 million in annual tax...


Southwest England leads way for British solar generation, research shows

Southwest England counties of Cornwall, Devon and Dorset boast the most solar PV installed across the country.

Green Alliance mapped England's clean energy resources and found that the counties of Cornwall and Devon boasted the most solar PV capacity, with wind power dominant in the north east.


Portable solar-powered tanning panel finds niche audience

The Solar Tanel works under a range of conditions, but hot, sunny, cloudless days are the optimum. There has been no interest in the Solar Tanel from the UK as yet.

Newly developed towel-based panel can, under optimum conditions, deliver an even bronzing across exposed skin, researchers claim.


Mexico revises results of its first clean energy auction

After an evaluation of the first results, the volume of supply awarded to solar has been raised to 4,019 gigawatt-hours annually, which will be covered by 11 projects with an estimated potential of 1.7 GW-AC. The median price for...


Germany will not reduce solar FITs in Q2 2016

Over the last 12 month Germany installed only 1.4 GW of PV projects, 1 GW below the expected level

The solar feed-in-tariffs in Germany will remain unchanged in the second quarter of 2016. In February, the total of new PV projects registered in the country hit the new low of 50.49 MW.


Dominican Republic completes 33.4 MW PV plant in Monte Plata

Monte Plata Phase I PV plant is expected to generate 50 GWh of power annually

A 33.4 MW solar plant was officially inaugurated in Monte Plata province of the Dominican Republic.


Solar drove an increase in the UK’s renewable energy consumption in 2015

Solar and wind farm in the UK

Solar PV enjoyed the biggest capacity and generation percentage increase of all renewables in the UK during 2015, which contributed to record renewable energy consumption in the country, according to new official figures.


Rooftop solar could provide nearly half of US electricity demand

Rooftop solar systems could provide 40 % of all the electricity needs in the United States

A major new study has significantly lifted the potential of rooftop solar PV in the United States, saying rooftop solar alone could provide 40% of all the electricity needs of the world’s biggest economy, and around half if...


Australia: Origin signs 15-year PPA for 56 MW solar farm

Moree in New South Wales, Australia offers perfect climate for solar power generation

Origin Energy, one of the biggest energy providers in Australia, signed its first PPA for 100% of electricity produced by a large-scale solar farm.


ZSW sets European CIGS efficiency record of 22%

ZSW's 22% conversion efficiency for a CIGS cell is the highest yet acheived in Europe, and just 0.3% off the world record set by Japan's Solar Frontier.

The German research center raises the conversion efficiency of thin-film CIGS solar cells to 22% in optimized laboratory conditions; Japan's Solar Frontier remains frontrunner worldwide with 22.3% efficiency.


On the eve of the UK subsidy cut, the future is looking glum for European solar

Solar farm in UK

The UK accounted for almost half of all solar capacity installed in Europe last year, but as Britain prepares to slash its solar subsidies, there is a high chance of stagnation for the foreseeable future.


Batter up: Sonnen pitching for Australian market

Sonnen's modular lithium-ion-phosphate batteries can be scaled to meet the energy requirements of most Australian households.

German storage system to enter the potentially lucrative Australian market via sales partnership with rooftop solar provider True Value Solar following roll-out into U.S. market.


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