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China unveils 15 GW solar target

A solar rooftop in China.

Government wants to treble the amount of DG, including at least 3.15 GW of rooftop solar. The 15 GW total figure would represent a 50 per cent rise on the 10 GW installed in 2014.


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.


One-third of SMA staff to lose their jobs

An SMA engineers inspects an inverter.

German inverter giant to cut 1,600 jobs, the majority of which will be in Germany, as poor European market continues to harm profits.


Prep grant approved for 72 MW PV plant in Cameroon

Mamfe, Cameroon

The local division of Canada's JCM Capital aims to finance environmental and social impact investments. The African Development Bank is backing the grant.


Italy to omit solar from new renewable incentives plan

Solar PV installation, Italy.

Decision to halt solar subsidies follows country's best ever year for PV power generation. In 2014 solar energy covered 7.53% of Italy's electricity needs.


India's clean energy investment to top $10bn in 2015

Barack Obama and Narendra Modi.

Strong policy support and increased investor confidence set to deliver clean energy bounce back, according to forecast from BNEF.


Bloomberg Philanthropies launches new Clean Energy Initiative

Yosemite National Park

Backed by $48 million, the project aims to improve air quality, limit carbon pollution from power plants, spur clean energy investments, fight the health and economic impacts of climate change and support local, state and...


Korea's S-Energy offers module finance in US

California flag.

The Tier 1 Korean manufacturer will allow its customers to choose between two different financing models in an attempt to lower barriers of entry into the U.S. solar market.


Exosun expands tracking operations in South Africa

Exosun's Exotrack 2X solar tracker

The French company, a leading provider of solar tracking technologies for utility-scale ground-mounted solar plants, says it is committed to local manufacturing of its trackers, "in full aligment with the South African local...


5 takeaways from the 8th World Future Energy Summit

A robot.

The MENA region has long been the center of great expectations for the PV industry. From Monday to Thursday this past week much of the global solar industry descended on Abu Dhabi for the 8th World Future Energy Summit. The big...


UK added 700 MW of FIT-driven PV in 2014, figures show

Rooftop PV installation from Solarcentury

Data from the Department of Energy and Climate Change reveals some 125,000 homes added solar to their rooftops last year, triggering latest FIT reduction.


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The World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2015

Volatility due to sinking oil prices and PV development in the Middle East, Barack Obama's praise of solar, the ITC's confirmation of import tariffs and Q Cells moving production out of Germany were just some of the week's...


Industry urges European PV research sector to 'wake up'

Sophia Symposium, France.

Gathering of leading solar researchers and industry representatives at the Sophia research infrastructure symposium stokes passionate debate about future of European PV.


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