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SunPower, Sunverge to offer solar with storage in US, Australia

SunPower installation, San Luis Obispo, California

"Over the next five years, we expect to see a disruptive shift in the energy market, with solar power, energy storage, smart devices, energy management technologies and electric vehicles being combined," says SunPower CEO Tom...


Africa's largest microgrid

Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.

Annobon Province project, at 5 MW, will be Africa's largest. Project is being developed by three US companies on an island off Equatorial Guinea.


LDK directors resume control

LDK Solar headquarters.

Provisional liquidators' powers expire as company expects to institute restructure next week. News follows signing of a 30.6 MW module supply deal in China.


SolarCity and BofA announce $400m solar finance program

SolarCity in action.

The leasing giants will partner with Bank of America Merrill Lynch to finance the expansion of the American residential solar sector.


$10 billion Green Climate Fund draws mixed response

Green Climate Fund logo.

The United Nation's Green Climate Fund has drawn some criticism from senior German Green, but a largely positive reponse from solar associations and Fraunhofer ISE head Eicke Weber.


Acciona switches on 94 MW South Africa PV plant

Sishen Solar Farm, South Africa.

The solar plant becomes the single-largest in the Spanish company’s portfolio and has been made possible by South Africa’s REIPPPP.


Exxon chief strategist sticks boot in on solar

Gas tower, France.

The oil and gas employee says that solar and wind are not ready for prime time, but adds that he expects solar to grow faster than any other energy technology.


Huawei enjoys greatest 12-month gain in global inverter market

Huawei string inverters, Germany.

The Chinese telecommunications company corners an extra 2% of the global market as leading pure-play suppliers see their grip loosened, finds IHS.


NREL partners with GE on microgrid development project

Grid.

Collaboration includes involvement from the Electric Power Research Institute and focuses on $8 million program to leverage capabilities of energy systems integration facilities.


Turkey: construction to begin on first licensed PV projects

A certificate presentation.

Turkish administrators have finally approved the construction of two photovoltaic power plants. The licenses have now been issued and work on the solar plants is set to begin. Contracts for a further 580 MW of photovoltaic...


First Solar takes strategic step into residential solar market

First Solar ground-mount installation.

The U.S. thin-film giant has acquired an equity stake in Clean Energy Collective as it looks to branch out into community solar.


Uganda greenlights inaugural 10 MW solar plant

Mounta Khadam, Uganda.

The PV installation will be developed by Dubai's Access Power MEA and once complete will become the largest independent power project in sub-Saharan Africa.


Multi-GW PV plans shape India's bold solar strategy

Indian PV installation.

Large, multi-GW projects from some of India's leading energy companies have been announced this week as the country reignites its passion for PV.


Pakistan waives solar panel import taxes

Pakistan's Cholistan region.

As part of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's renewable energy push, Pakistan is to scrap the 5% customs duty on imported solar panels.


Niche solar products enjoying their moment in sun

Solar Cloth application.

From spray-on and peel and stick to solar cloth and solar-powered cycle paths, PV's potential is being examined across a number of innovative applications.


Two solar projects to add 52 MW to Japan grid

Solar Frontier Japanese installation.

Japan PV to be boosted by a 37 MW installation from Itochu Corp. and a 15 MW solar plant Takara Leben that will use Solar Frontier's CIS thin-film modules.


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