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Solar Impulse grounded following 'irreversible' battery damage

The Si2, which is equipped with 17,248 of SunPower’s monocrystalline solar cells, has an average speed of just 70 km/h

The record-breaking Solar Impulse team has been grounded in Hawaii following "irreversible" damage to the plane’s batteries. The solar-powered aircraft has just completed the longest leg of its journey around the world.


SunPower secures $377m credit for 135 MW solar project in California

SunPower modules.

Santander Bank has agreed to provide the US solar company with the credit facility to invest in the development of its Quinto solar project in Merced County.


Fast-reacting 50 MW power plant planned for Hawaii's solar revolution

Wärtsilä ICEs.

Integration of internal combustion engines seen as key to transforming the state's power generation capabilities and smoothing the way for solar.


EU climate change act a missed opportunity for solar, says EPIA

European Union.

European Council's 27% renewable energy target for 2030 deemed too low to unlock solar's full potential, but EPIA at least happy with "very small step" in right direction.


PV puts other renewables in the shade in Israel

A satellite image of Israel.

Israel's government has approved the transfer of 520 MW of quotas for solar PV, signalling the beginning of an exciting time for solar power in the Middle East.


The pv magazine weekly news digest: Oct 18-25

A sale sign.

With poly and solar energy price falls set to continue, it's good news all round this week... apart from in Austin, Texas... and unless you are Tony Abbott... or an LDK shareholder...


Snap-together mounting system 'halves installation time'

Solar panel installation.

Californian company secures $1m accelerator grant from US Department of Energy. Cash will speed the introduction of the SMASH PowerStation to market.


Household solar 'safe' as Abbott takes aim at large scale renewables

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott.

Australian PM Tony Abbott wants to reduce amount of large-scale solar built up to 2020 by two-thirds with his 'real' 20 per cent target. The move was one of the recommendations of the discredited Warburton Review of the country's...


Utility acquires 150 MW First Solar project

A First Solar module.

Southern Power acquires Solar Gen 2 project. The First Solar scheme is set to be finished by the end of the year.


Marks and Spencer to install UK's largest PV rooftop

Marks & Spencer in Glasgow.

Mark Group will install a 6.1 MW project on top of retailer's East Midlands distribution centre. Uncertainty over the government's new incentive scheme will limit commercial rooftops to sub-5 MW from April onwards.


Spanish supreme court paves way for lawsuits against solar FIT cuts

Spain 5.75 MW PV park

pv magazine has learned that Spain's supreme court, the Tribunal Supremo, has invited the country's Photovoltaic Union (UNEF) to discuss its lawsuit against the recent measures that reduce solar subsidies. A trial date may be...


Mexico's Solartec opens up shop in Texas

Solartec 30 kW rooftop installation at Walmart store in Mexico City

After buying the assets of French group Tournaire Solaire Energie, the Mexican company is investing some $31 million in a new manufacturing plant north of the border. The company expects its Houston fab to generate sales of $285...


Solarcentury report lifts lid on UK commercial solar potential

Solar rooftop installation, U.K.

Report highlights how commercial rooftop installations can help businesses reduce running costs, meet government targets and increase a building's value.


Windiga Energy's 20 MW PV plant in Burkina Faso greenlit

Burkina Faso

The project makes Windiga Energy the first independent power producer in the country. In August, the African Development Bank's Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa approved a $950,000 grant for the development of the plant in...


CSUN Turkey ships 39 MW of solar module to France

Languedoc-Roussillon, Southern France

Third Step France will deploy the modules at eight utility-scale projects in Southern France. Chine Sunergy expects to win futrther projects in Europe thanks to its recently opened module fab in Turkey.


SolarWorld to wins $4 million US grant for next-generation crystallization tech

SolarWorld U.S. headquarters, Hillsboro, Oregon

The group is working on the $12 million R&D project at both its U.S. and German facilities "to propel the company's full-production module power density beyond a once-unimaginable milestone of 300 watts-peak."


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