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India raises JNNSM target by 75%

Part of the entourage for Indian PM Narendra Modi's recent visit the White House.

Narendra Modi wants 15.75 GW, rather than 9 GW under the second phase of the national solar mission. Developers are meeting in New Delhi today to discuss the proposals.


EU energy subsidies: EUR 40 billion for renewables

European Commission

A new European Commission report finds that solar power costs between EUR 100 to EUR 115 per megawatt hour, on par with nuclear and natural gas. Electricity from coal remains the cheapest at around EUR 75/MWh.


UK solar and renewable energy associations go separate ways

London solar bridge

The associations, which became affiliated in 2011, will again become independent next year. The groups say the move will allow them to focus on their core strengths.


France votes to cut nuclear reliance

French President Francois Hollande in Paris

France has taken a historic decision to curtail the nation's reliance on nuclear energy while also approving an increase in renewable energy and energy saving targets.


German PV equipment manufacturers see improved business

Manz FPD handling unit

The VDMA Photovoltaic Equipment industry association says that while the current business climate provides a mixed picture, the revenue forecast for 2014 is positive.


IEA report: Installed solar PV capacity reached 137 GW in 2013

The share of distributed PV markets rose to 55% for the first time in 2013. The IEA says the speed of PV development comes from its ability to cover most market segments, from very small individual systems to utility-scale power...


SunPower supplies 41 MW of panels for four French PV plants

Aquitaine, France

The La Compagnie du Vent projects include the 12 MW Langele Solar Power Plant in in France's Aquitaine region. The latest projects reunite SunPower and the GDF Suez subsidiary.


The pv magazine weekly news roundup: Oct 3-10

Solar PV installation at scale.

Storage updates, political wranglings, grid parity promises and yet more headlines for SolarCity... it's been another busy week on pv magazine.


Trina Solar expands UK downstream footprint with 10.6 MW deal

Trina Solar CEO Jifan Gao.

Sale of PV plant to Foresight Group LLP represents Trina Solar's inaugural downstream play in U.K. market as the company targets further expansion of its pipeline.


China coal tariffs could impact Australia solar industry

Mount Tom Price iron ore mine.

The solar industry has been worried that Australia may impose tariffs on cheap solar module imports from China. The surprise imposition of tariffs on Australian coal imports has raised the stakes dramatically.


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.


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