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SPI Solar unit signs 100 MW of EPC deals in China

Saihanba National Park, Hebei, China

Xinyu Xinwei New Energy will handle EPC services for 100 MW of solar PV projects in China's Hebei province.


Solar power driving North Carolina's clean economy, study finds

Warehouse Farm, Chapel Hill solar installation.

Report by Pew Charitable Trust shows new solar capacity installed in 2013 amounted to 335 MW; the third-highest across the U.S.


BPVA launches UK schools solar rooftop initiative

Greg Barker and BPVA chairman Reza Shaybani.

The Powering Knowledge program has been jointly launched by Rated Solar Installer and the British Photovoltaic Association to help save schools more than $800m on energy bills.


NextEnergy Solar share issue eyes $340m of UK PV projects

Ground-mount U.K. solar farm.

The fund has set a 250 million share placement program that will enable it to develop up to 186 MW of solar capacity in the U.K.


REC Solar and SolarCity increase module supply deal to 220 MW

SolarCity rooftop installation.

The supply agreement builds upon an earlier deal struck in June between the two companies, and extends right the way through 2015.


SPI Solar raises $43.8m via private placements

Solar panels.

The vertically integrated PV developer intends to use funds raised from the stock sale to expand its global solar activities.


Grid restrictions could slow Japan's solar revolution

Tokyo skyline.

Speed of PV's expansion placing strain on grid's capacity to absorb solar-powered electricity, prompting five utilities to restrict grid access of new solar farms.


Glasgow: first European university to divest from fossil fuels

University of Glasgow

Glasgow University has taken the lead in the U.K. and Europe in aligning itself with the disinvestment movement, yet the number of higher education institutions turning away from fossil fuel investments is steadily growing.


Panasonic announces launch of lithium-ion battery unit at Tesla Gigafactory

Tesla Gigafactory, artist's rendition

Panasonic CEO Kazuhiro Tsuga has said the corporation's initial investment in the Gigafactory will amount to "tens of billions" of yen.


Low carbon energy transition could free up trilions of dollars, finds CPI

An oil well, Texas.

Two reports by the Climate Policy Initiative argue governments that implement policies to transition away from coal will enjoy the most cost-effective path to a low-carbon economy.


Swiss-American duo wins Israeli prize for work in solar-based fuels

Michael Grätzel of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland.

Thomas Meyer and Michael Grätzel have developed a method to use solar-generated electricity to split water into hydrogen and oxygen -- a critical step in the generation of solar-based fuels, whose only emission is water.


Russian solar expansion picks up speed

Altai Republic, Russia

In Crimea, authorities are scrambling to bolster local renewable energy capacities in an effort to buffer a possible lack of conventional electricity, a result of Russia's seizure of Crimea and the ongoing conflict between Russia...


Lightsource teaming up with local installers to expand rooftop business in UK

UK rooftop installation, Lighsource Renewable Energy

Lightsource Renewable Energy, the U.K.'s largest solar energy generator, is building a nationwide partnership with local solar PV installers as it expands its rooftop portfolio.


Ontario reduces feed-in tariffs 1-5% for solar PV

NPD Solarbuzz predicts limited impacts on the PV market in the Canadian province of Ontario, which is hovering around 200 MW annually.


EPIA blasts EU approval of UK nuclear plant subsidies

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron and Energy Secretary Edward Davey view plans for the new nuclear site at Hinkley, Somerset.

"Instead of validating another subsidy to nuclear, European policymakers should be making all energy sources compete on a level playing field," says EPIA chief exec James Watson.


Sun setting on Destertec

Desertec solar plant, Morocco

Time appears to be running out for the once ambitious consortium that envisioned supplying renewable energy to Europe from the Middle East and North Africa.


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