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Ecuador: Cumulative PV power reaches 26 MW

Ecuador flag

The South American nation installed 22.5 MW from January to November last year.


UK almost doubles PV capacity in 12 months

Solar installation, England.

Data from DECC reveals U.K. ended 2014 with 5 GW of cumulative solar capacity, having ended 2013 with just shy of 2.8 GW installed.


Trina testing lab receives TÜV service certificate

TUV Rheinland PV module inspection

Trina Solar's State Key Laboratory Testing Center has received the TÜV Rheinland Power Measurement Uncertainty Assessment Service Certificate. Trina is the first solar company to receive the recognition.


Germany approves pilot tenders for ground-mounted PV plants

German energy minister Sigmar Gabriel

The federal government is using the pilot tender scheme to gain experience as it gradually transforms the country's entire support system for renewable energy.


EIA joins chorus to dismiss oil price threat to solar

Solar PV installation, U.S.

Chief energy analyst at the U.S. Energy Information Administration sees no direct threat to renewable energy in the face of plunging oil values.


BayWa r.e. to sell SolarEdge inverters in Germany

BayWa r.e. Glemham solar plant, UK

The German renewable energy company has signed a distribution pact with the Israeli PV equipment supplier to carry its inverter systems.


Homeboy Industries to help build 73 MW Redwood Solar Farms project in California

Homeboy Industries Photovoltaic Training program

The training program helping former gang members turn over a new leaf will provide labor for 8minutenergy and sPower's three solar installations in Kern County.


PV, wind, hydro to dominate renewables through 2025

GE Welspun Neemuch, India

Global solar power capacity is due to increase from 93.7 GW in 2012 to 668.4 GW in 2025, according to a new report from Frost & Sullivan. Big price falls are weakening growth prospects for concentrated solar power, however.


Soltec to supply 80 MW of solar trackers in Chile

Enel Green Power's 60 MW Lalackama installation in Chile.

The Enel Green Power project is the fourth that Soltec is developing in the Andean country, bringing its accumulated installed capacity to 170 MW in the South American market.


Divine intervention in climate talks

Pope Francis in  the Philippine city of Tacloban, January 2015

Pope Francis is set publish an encyclical on ecology and climate change this year with the aim of inspiring real action at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris. The pontiff's actions are defining the Vatican's new role as a...


NRG partners with SunShare on community solar in Colorado

NRG Energy's Rutland, Vermont Community Solar Project

The two companies are exploring opportunities in additional states, such as Texas and Massachusetts. The growing trend in view of the fact that many potential buyers of rooftop solar systems lack well-suited properties for...


China: Capital markets re-embraces PV industry

20 MW PV plant, Qinghai, China

After a nearly two-year credit crunch, China's capital markets appear to again be embracing the PV industry.


Russia may impose huge fines against leading solar developers

Moscow, Russia

While localization requirements continue to dog the construction of new PV plants in Russia, two companies have set up PV module fabs in the country.


Southern hospitality: Georgia and Florida reconsider solar lease bans

Savannah, Georgia

A proposed law introduced earlier this month in Georgia's legislature would end the state's current ban on third-party financing for on-site residential and commercial solar arrays.


Abengoa breaks ground on 100 MW PV plant in Chile

Abengoa's 210 MW Atacama 1 PV-CSP complex

In addition to the PV installation, the Atacama 1 facility will include the first solar thermal plant in Latin America. The Spanish renewable energy group says the two technologies complement each other to supply energy 24 hours...


Florida Power & Light to add 225 MW of solar in 2016

10 MW FPL Space Coast Next Generation Solar Energy Center near NASA's Kennedy Space Center

The utility says the advantages of its select sites coupled with decreasing solar costs will allow for the cost-effective expansion of large-scale solar.


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