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Dubai announces 800 MW third phase of major solar project

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, DEWA officials, Dubai

After achieving the lowest global cost of production of PV energy for the second phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, doubling its capacity from 100 MW to 200 MW, and announcing the 800 MW third phase, Dubai is...


Solar for Gaza

Damaged UN school and remmants of the Ministry of Interior in Gaza City, December 2012

A United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) initiative is helping to bring solar power to electricity starved schools, hospitals and water facilities in Palestine's Gaza Strip.


Vivint Solar to partner on Obama solar jobs initiative

Vivint Solar HQ.

The residential solar installer will act as recruiting partner on the Solar Ready Vets program, which aims to train 75,000 former U.S. military personnel in the solar industry by 2020.


NEXTracker completes 69.5 MW Chile installation for SunEdison

Los Pelambres mine.

Tracker specialists finalize commissioning for the Javiera Solar project in Chile using state-of-the-art single axis PV trackers to take advantage of the region's excellent solar insolation.


Multicrystalline PERC to deliver 25% efficiencies

Martin Green

Leading solar researcher Professor Martin Green says that the solar industry has entered a new phase of manufacturing, in which the focus is firmly on efficiency gains. The University of New South Wales (UNSW) researcher believes...


President Obama unveils 75,000 solar job initiative

President Barack Obama.

Over the Easter break U.S. President Barack Obama unveiled a plan to train 75,000 solar workers by 2020. The Solar Ready Vets program was launched at 10 military bases on Friday.


Big60Million launches $30.3 million UK solar community bond offer

Haslingfield Solar Plant.

Belectric-backed energy company offering bonds for 60 pounds sterling to purchase stake in 34.3 MW of large-scale community solar farms across the U.K.


China's first PV-biomass power plant now in operation

The solar-biomass plant is the first of its kind in China.

Combined solar PV and biomass power generation plant is the first of its kind in China. 1.44 MW solar element due to come online later this month.


Solar Frontier's 150 MW Tohoku fab complete, ramp-up phase begins

The Miyazaki plant, Solar Frontier.

Japanese thin film manufacturer to use ramp-up phase to test and verify its new CIS line technology as the company seeks larger share of global thin film market.


BayWa r.e. brings 85 MW of UK solar online in time for ROC

U.K. solar installation.

The German renewable energy company has successfully connected four large-scale solar PV projects in England, securing the renewable obligation certificate at a rate of 1.4 for all plants.


Gigawatt Global shines solar on Burundi

GWG Burundi Managing Director Michael Fichtenberg, government officials and representatives of the Polytechnic University of Gitega at site of planned 7.5 MW PV plant in Burundi.

The solar and social development company has secured nearly $1 million in international grants to fund solar development in the southeastern African country, where only 4% of the population has access to electricity.


GE Energy Financial invests in 96.2 MW solar plant in Japan

Kyushu Island, Japan.

Energy financing arm of General Electric to partner with Japanese power plant developer Pacifico Energy on construction of the plant, in the prefecture of Miyazaki.


Meteocontrol solar eclipse analysis reveals German grid durability

An onlooker takes in last month's solar eclipse.

Data from the solar power forecast analysis company shows Germany's grid coped admirably with the solar eclipse on March 20.


Manz books order for lithium-ion laser welding pilot line

Manz HQ.

German PV and battery equipment supply Manz has booked an order to provide a pilot line to a U.S. lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery producer. The booking is for Manz's laser welding process, which the company says can increase quality...


Leading UK solar developers adjust to new market conditions

Solarcentury's completion of this 250 kW commercial rooftop array near Manchester is indicative of the changing solar landscape in the U.K.

Removal of the Renewable Obligation Certificate for large-scale solar farms from today has prompted a change of tack among solar developers operating in the U.K. market.


Trina sells 49.9 MW UK solar plant for $87.7 million

Norfolk beach, England.

Sale of Norfolk solar plant to Bluefield Solar Income Fund Limited part of Trina's strategy to develop and offload power generation assets across leading PV markets.


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