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Pico solar, solar home systems expected to reach $2.1 billion in annual revenue by 2024

Goal Zero camping lamp

PV consumer systems provide new alternatives to kerosene lighting in the developing world, reports Navigant Research.


First Solar completes initial phase of America's first solar plant to sell electricity on spot market

The initial phase of the Barilla Solar Project is the first utility-scale project to be completed in the United States with no long-term contract and plans to sell the electricity generated on the spot market, as a new business...


ABB partners with BYD to develop storage technologies

The ABB building.

Electricity storage technology looks set to get a boost with two major companies active in the space forming a strategic partnership. Power and automation giant ABB will form a partnership with major Chinese company BYD to...


US, China hold close to 50% of global PV pipeline

LADWP PV installation, California

At a combined capacity of 61 GW, projects in the U.S. and China make up almost half of the current PV pipeline, according to IHS, which says a large share of planned projects are "immature" and unlikely to materialize.


Canadian Solar partners on $800 million solar fund in China

Danba, Sichuan, China

Teaming up with the state-owned Sichuan Development investment company, Canadian Solar will focus on utility-scale and distributed generation projects in Sichuan Province and other solar resourceful regions in the country.


New York unveils solar power program for schools

New York City

A total of 40 school districts representing some 200 schools across the state registered for the solar program.


Natcore research may cut cell production costs by using copper

Prof. Andrew Barron, Natcore co-founder

By switching from silver to copper, the cost of producing a solar cell would fall by a fraction of a cent. Yet in building a 100 MW facility, developers could save more than $100,000.


Ingeteam surpasses 120 MW of PV power in Chile

100 MW PV park, Atacama, Chile

Ingeteam has become a leading O&M provider for renewable energy plants in in Latin America, with contracts totaling 1.2 GW.


Italian FiT cuts destabilizing PV market, hurting Europe, says EPIA

Rooftop PV array in Itay

The PV industry association argues that the law will block "prosumers" from providing flexibility to the energy system and helping to avoid costly grid extensions.


Israel launches tender for first phase of 170 MW PV park

Eilat, Israel

A tender for a new 50 MW solar PV park in Israel will be launched on Monday. pv magazine has the story exclusively ahead of the tender's official announcement.


China reveals details of distributed generation policy

The flag of China.

The government's National Energy Administration has pledged to help local authorities drive rooftop installation across the nation. The details were revealed in an investment note issued by Deutsche Bank.


Weekly news round-up

Elephants.

A pick of the biggest headlines in solar around the world this week, with details of elephants, bees, beer, gigafactories, ultra-mega, erm, things and electioneering in the UK... as Sid Vicious once said... almost.


Portugal adds 33 MW of PV for 330 MW cumulative solar capacity

Microgeneration in Portugal

Portugal added 33 MW of solar PV capacity in the first six months of 2014. A significant reduction in new mini installations is worrying, though, given the Portuguese PV sector is predominantly rooftop driven.


Global investment creating perfect storm for growing markets

Lightning storm

The flood of money pouring into renewable energy around the world is trickling down and creating new revenue streams for established businesses eager for growth.


China brings forward start date of carbon trading scheme

Air pollution in Beijing.

Official announces a national carbon trading scheme will be introduced in 2016. The country is already running seven city and province-based pilot schemes.


US home solar loans at 6.5%

The California skyline.

San Francisco-based Dividend Solar has launched an affordable loan for residential solar. The EmpowerPortal loan permits residents to claim a 30% federal tax credit.


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