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Phoenix Solar secures EPC contract for 19.6 MW Texan solar plant

Kinney County in Texas.

U.S. subsidiary of the German-headquartered solar developer awarded the rights to develop the single-axis tracking solar plant in Texas. Energy produced will be consumed by the U.S. military.


JA Solar hits 7 GW of mono PV module shipments

Module inspection at JA Solar fab.

The past ten years have seen the Chinese Tier-1 solar company ship more than 7 GW of monocrystalline PV modules globally, data shows.


Cell of an achievement: Solar Impulse aircraft completes historic journey

Andre Borschberg (left) celebrates with Bertrand Piccard (right) after the pilot touched down in Abu Dhabi early this morning to complete the record-breaking round-the-world-flight.

Jubilant scenes as Bertrand Piccard touches down in Abu Dhabi to complete the Solar Impulse 2's round-the-world flight powered by the sun.


UK: expect little other than zero subsidy solar

Solar inspection.

Following the UK's referendum result to exit the European Union, news from the country emerges at a speed that is hard to monitor and last week the energy community discussed EDF's call for a final decision regarding a new U.K....


India invites bids for 300 MW of solar+storage projects

Bangalore in Karnataka.

Two Indian states, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, are poised to offer solar+storage development contracts to the Solar Energy Corp. of India worth a combined 300 MW, reports say.


New $100m Australian solar fund to target large-scale blue chip solar assets

Solar array in Sydney.

A new, AUD$100 million renewable energy investment fund that aims to buy up established solar farms around Australia has been launched by Melbourne-based Impact Investment Group, with the backing of some high profile names...


One in three UK solar jobs lost in past 12 months, data shows

Solar park in England.

Since government-backed changes in policy were introduced, the U.K. solar industry has seen a third of its jobs disappear, with 30% of companies likely cut employment further over next 12 months.


New SolarPower Europe guidelines on tendering place emphasis on high-realization rates

Solar installation in Romania.

The group's tendering task force develops new best practice guidelines for new tendering laws due to be introduced across the EU on January 1 2017 for plants larger than 1 MW.


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Solar installation in Czech Republic.

Talking 'bout a resolution: SolarWorld comes under pressure to reach an agreement on the Hemlock case, Turkey's political troubles shake the sector, and NASA goes all 3D in its quest for higher solar efficiencies.


China triples H1 solar installations to 20 GW

Chinese scene.

Data from state news agency Xinhua suggests that China has added 20 GW of new solar PV capacity in the first half of 2016, three times more than same period last year.


India's fossil fuel giants begin to back Modi solar goal

Indian solar array.

Many of the biggest names in Indian coal, oil and gas have embarked on renewable energy projects or initiatives in recent months as the attraction of solar becomes ever more apparent.


Facebook completes successful maiden flight of solar-powered drone

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his team at Aquila's hangar in Arizona before the aircraft's successful test flight.

The Aquila aircraft is powered by solar PV and uses just 5,000 watts to beam internet access into some of the world's most remote regions using lasers.


Musk's master plan promises solar for all

Elon Musk.

Tesla CEO writes second installment of decade-old master plan, promising solar panels on every house and a battery in every garage.


Vivint moves into PACE with Renovate America partnership

Vivint Solar HQ.

One of the largest U.S. residential solar installers has partnered with a provider of PACE financing in California, with an aim to take the program to other states.


India reveals plan for implementation of 10 Solar Zones

Indian flag.

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy outlines details for introduction of these new zones, each around 10,000 hectares, before the end of this year.


First Reserve to sell 101 MW of Italian solar plants

Solar array, Italy.

The private equity firm is to sell large amounts of its Italian PV portfolio, including the country's biggest plant – a 70.5 MW solar park in the north-eastern Veneto region.


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