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SolarCity's Hawaiian study reveals grid regulation potential of inverters

Rooftop PV Hawaii.

Results of joint study with NREL and Hawaiian Electric will see Hawaiian utility more than double grid's daytime minimum load to 250% thanks to role of inverters.

Canadian Solar agrees 140 MW EPC contract with Samsung

Ontario Flag, Canada.

The deal represents the largest EPC agreement in Canada's history, and will culminate in the creation of a 140 MW solar plant for the city of Kingston.

ZNShine Solar signs $680 million PV deal as UK-China bond strengthens

Li Keqiang and David Cameron.

During the visit of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to the UK to meet British Prime Minister David Cameron, China's ZNShine Solar secured a $680 million deal with UK's MAP Environmental.

Japan Solar Power Network to add 29 MW of rooftop solar

Rooftop solar, Japan

The Tokyo-based distributed power generation company has partnered with Beisia Corporation to fit 33 buildings with rooftop PV systems totaling 29 MW.

Add a pinch of salt for cheaper solar, say scientists

Salt deposits, Bolivia.

British scientists have discovered that magnesium chloride (salt found in seawater) is an effective replacement for cadmium chloride used during the production of solar panels, and is both a cheaper and less toxic alternative.

Indian state of West Bengal plans 250 MW mega PV plant

Indian flag.

India's Ministry of New and Renewable Energy hopes to secure permission next week for the $365 million project, which will be located near the Purulia Pumping Storage Project.

Three Washington D.C. universities plan 52 MW PV project

George Washington University.

Duke Energy Renewables will supply solar modules to George Washington University, American University and the George Washington University Hospital as part of the Capital Partners Solar Project.

Yingli most preferred solar brand, finds IHS survey

Yingli Solar booth, Intersolar Europe.

A customer insight survey by market research company IHS has found that Yingli Solar was the top preferred brand in the PV industry in 2013.

Texas Solar Power Association launched

San Antonio skyline, Texas.

Devised to help advance solar's growing prominence in the oil-rich state, the Texas Solar Power Association will seek to promote state solar business interests.

US: 2014 to be peak year for solar leasing model, says GTM Research

Solar installation, U.S.

Having outpaced the overall U.S. PV market for the first time, growth in the residential solar sector is being spurred by the solar leasing model, with 2014 likely to be the pinnacle. Solar loans will drive direct ownership from...

Anesco targets 30 MW PV development of UK brownfield site

Colliery in England, U.K.

The British energy company has identified a number of former coal mines in the north of England as prime locations for 30 MW of solar PV installations.

Chronic under-utilization in Indian PV manufacturing, study finds

AEG Bangalore facility.

India's Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has released figures that show only 297 MW of the country's 1.38 GW solar cell production capacity is currently under operation. The situation is only slightly better for the solar...

Niche PV markets to grow to 1.2 GW in a decade, says Lux Research

BIPV installation, Willis Building.

Led by steady growth in the building integrated photovoltaics sector, niche solar markets will prove a steady growth path for thin-film suppliers over the next ten years.

Cyprus Solar Car Challenge revs into gear

Cyprus Solar Car Challenge.

The fifth annual Cyprus Institute's 2014 Solar Car Challenge took place in Nicosia, Cyprus' capital city, on Sunday, amid great fanfare.

US: Homebuyers spooked by rooftop solar leases

SolarCity installing a rooftop application.

Some homeowners in the U.S. have reportedly had to lower the asking price of their property as buyers are reluctant to take on 'unfamiliar' solar leasing contracts.

Berkshire Hathaway Energy agrees PPA for 320 MW Utah solar projects

Utah state capitol building, Salt Lake City.

Warren Buffett's energy group has finalized a 20-year power purchase agreement with First Wind for its planned, 320 MW Four Brothers solar development in Utah, U.S.

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