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Goldman Sachs facilitating low-interest solar bonds in Japan

JAG Energy's 2 MW Sakaida Solar Way installation.

With interest at the 1% level, bonds are proving cheaper than bank loans and fulfilling strong demand for long-term A-rated notes in the country.


Xcel Energy opens tender for 200 MW of projects in Texas

Austin Texas.

Through its Southwestern Public Service Company (SPS), Xcel Energy has opened the tender for projects worth 200 MW of PV capacity in Texas. Projects are to be delivered by Dec 31, 2016.


India reveals draft of new program to support 20 GW of large PV projects by 2020

SunEdison Charanka Solar Park

As outlined in an initial draft, the ambitious program will work with state governments to set up a series of solar parks and mega-solar projects. Mercom Capital says that the announcement is good sign for solar policy under the...


Spanish summer not bad for solar PV

A Spanish CSP power plant.

Although the proportion of electricity generated from solar PV in Spain declined a little this summer, CSP's share of the mix grew. The country's PV sector is still dealing with the fallout from last year's abolition of FIT...


pv magazine's weekly news round-up

Ulrich Speisshofer, CEO of ABB.

Here we are again, everything you could possibly need to know about this week in solar shoe-horned into one handy email. Those of you old enough can think of it as a sun-drenched That Was The Week That Was.


Printable solar cells close to commercialization

Dyesol solar dye cells.

Australian research organization CSIRO says its solar cells, printable onto plastic, are nearing market. CSIRO says domestic solar dye cell manufacturer Dyesol is interested in commercializing the technology.


Build first, worry about quotas later, says China

A rooftop system.

In another push for DG, China's National Energy Administration says small-scale generation pilot areas must be started by the end of the month to qualify for support. Manufacturer Renesola says a Q4 solar gold rush would drive up...


Report: clean tech growth unlikely to lead to metals scarcity

A CdTe cell.

Fears have been mounting that the growth of clean technologies such as solar PV and batteries will lead to shortages in essential rare metals. These are "misguided" according to a new report by the UK Energy Research Center...


Energy is at the heart of Florida election

Florida governor Rick Scott.

Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist says incumbent Republican governor Rick Scott oversaw bill rises to fund utility infrastructure including natural gas pipes and nuclear. The utilities have donated $3.55m to Republicans...


Solar farms increasingly popular with UK farmers

4.2 MW PV array at the Newlands Farm in Devon, England.

More and more farmers are combining sheep and chickens with rows of PV panels and producing a double output of food and clean, home-grown power, according to a new report, says the BRE National Solar Centre.


JinkoSolar connects 100 MW of PV project in China's Jiangsu Province

Xiangshui Bay, Jiangsu, China

The company says the Xiangshui project is a landmark ground-mounted solar project that uses land efficiently and combines fish farming and solar power generation.


Sanderink buys Wagner Solar

Wagner headquarters in Coelbe

The Dutch group has taken over the insolvent German PV group, which will continue to operate under the Wagner Solar brand and retain 80 employees at its two sites in Hesse.


IHS: Solar capacity in Central America set to soar

Costa Rica's 1 MW Parque Solar Miravalles

Total installations in the region are expected to reach 1.5 GW through 2018. The region’s current PV pipeline of planned utility-scale projects amounts to 1.3 GW.


IRENA: PV prices have declined 80% since 2008

First Wind Warren PV plant

In a recently published report, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) traces the development of solar photovoltaic and its dramatic decline in costs.


Juncker presents European Commission team, merges energy, environment portfolios

Jean-Claude Juncker

A new Energy Union project team to be headed by European Commission Vice President-designate and former Slovenian Prime Minister Alenka Bratusek will "steer and coordinate" new bundled portfolios, including Climate Action and...


Italian net metering expanded up to 500 kW

Siena, Italy

Italy has raised the upper limit for net metering in the country from 200 kW to 500 kW per installation. The measure is set to boost the commercial rooftop PV sector.


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