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A solar battery.

A solar spending spree, president Obama takes a personal interest in Caribbean solar and good news from the Azores. Plus the ever-fearless pv mag pokes a stick at the Russian bear and Big Brother Google.


Hawaiian utility bids to slash net metering payments

A solar rooftop in Hawaii.

Move could almost double system payback times. Utility and opponents have until the end of June to reach agreement before the PUC steps in.


German renewables pushing wholesale electricity further into negative territory

German chancellor Angela Merkel.

Wednesday saw German solar panels generate a record 27.7 GW of electricity. With more sunny weather predicted, that benchmark is expected to be short-lived.


SunEdison to supply Macalester College 100% PV

Minneapolis.

Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota, is going to purchase sufficient solar power from SunEdison to offset 100% of its electricity consumption. A 25-year PPA has been signed saving the college "million of dollars." The...


Apple, SunPower partner to provide solar power to China's Aba region

China's Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefectures in north-western Sichuan province.

The companies will provide dual-use renewable energy projects that protect the land while providing up to 80 million kilowatt-hours of energy annually.


Algonquin completes solar, wind projects in California, Canada

Algonquin Power & Utilities Corpo. wind turbine

The North American utility is expanding its renewable energy portfolio in Canada and the United States.


Smart grid implementation could generate $3.75 billion for Netherlands

PowerMatching City, Netherlands

As part of the PowerMatching City pilot project, a community of 40 households used solar panels, micro CHP plants and heat pumps to provide their own electricity and heat their own water. They also used smart software to share...


SPI buys 30 MW of PV project development rights in Japan

Mount Fuji, Japan

In its second major global project agreement this week, SPI has picked up a raft of solar PV projects across four Japanese prefectures.


Suntech to upgrade entire production to four busbar modules

Suntech 4-busbar module

Ranked as a top tier module by Germany's VDE Institute, Suntech's four busbar module generates more power and offers increased efficiency.


Iraq seeking solar, wind investors

Euphrates River, Iraq

The government is looking to build three large-scale solar plants and a wind power station in several provinces and is offering incentives to potential foreign investors to take on the projects.


GreenLancer closes $5 million B Round

The Ford Building.

A cleanweb startup that allows solar installers to outsource engineering and system design has closed a second round of financing to fund its growth. GreenLancer is expanding it software team, enabled through closing a $5 million...


ET Solar to build 70 MW solar plant in Philippines

Batad rice terraces, Philippines

The Chinese company continues its global expansion with a market debut in the Southeast Asian country following a major new project in the Middle East.


China dispatch: $255 billion needed for achieving renewable targets

Chinese flag.

Report released by Ernst & Young says that China needs at least RMB1.58 trillion (US$255 billion) in to achieve the investment target for both solar and wind installations, within which at least RMB522 billion ($84 billion)...


Solar plus ecosystem and offsite wholesale PV to takeoff

Shayle Kann at the Solar Summit

Integrated solutions such as distributed rooftop PV, plus storage, plus load management are set to reshape what we think of as the U.S. solar market today. This was one of the key takeaways in a compelling presentation delivered...


Risen unveils plan to develop 1 GW in Inner Mongolia

Inner Mongolia

Chinese PV manufacturer and project developer Risen Energy has revealed the highly ambitious plan to develop 1 GW of PV projects in Wuhai City, in the Haibowan district of Inner Mongolia. The first project under the proposal will...


US launches $20 million incentive for Caribbean, Central America

Costa Rica 1 MW Miravalles solar park

The financing facility is one of a slew of initiatives initiated by the Obama administration to increase cooperation and advance clean energy development in the region.


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