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The U.S. Department of Commerce decision came as no surprise, there was good news in battery storage and equipment manufacture and SunEdison Chile wins the pv mag prize for best-named CEO.


SunEdison awarded 350 MW of solar PV in Chilean auction

Chile's latest auction results show PV competing directly with other sources of power and winning, as part of the dramatic growth of the solar market in the nation.


EDF RS expands Canadian portfolio by 52% in 2014

EDF Renewable Services Operations Control Center

The leading North American O&M services provider added a total of 27 renewable energy projects in Quebec and Ontario in 2014.


Capital Stage acquires largest solar park portfolio in its history

Aquitaine, France

The $87 million deal includes five solar PV farms in southern France with a total capacity of 50.8 MW and expands the German group's footprint in the French solar market from 90 MW to more than 140 MW.


Deadline for complainants in Vivint Solar class action

The Wall Street bull.

NY law firm says unhappy shareholders can join its class action until January 20. After floating at $18.71 per share on October 1, solar leasing company's stock is now trading below $8.


Africa's largest microgrid

Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.

Annobon Province project, at 5 MW, will be Africa's largest. Project is being developed by three US companies on an island off Equatorial Guinea.


Locus Energy nears 1 GW landmark

A Locus Energy heatmap.

New Jersey solar monitoring company processing data from almost 1 GW of installations. Demand for SolarNOC software has led the way.


LDK directors resume control

LDK Solar headquarters.

Provisional liquidators' powers expire as company expects to institute restructure next week. News follows signing of a 30.6 MW module supply deal in China.


SolarCity and BofA announce $400m solar finance program

SolarCity in action.

The leasing giants will partner with Bank of America Merrill Lynch to finance the expansion of the American residential solar sector.


Acciona switches on 94 MW South Africa PV plant

Sishen Solar Farm, South Africa.

The solar plant becomes the single-largest in the Spanish company’s portfolio and has been made possible by South Africa’s REIPPPP.


Exxon chief strategist sticks boot in on solar

Gas tower, France.

The oil and gas employee says that solar and wind are not ready for prime time, but adds that he expects solar to grow faster than any other energy technology.


Huawei enjoys greatest 12-month gain in global inverter market

Huawei string inverters, Germany.

The Chinese telecommunications company corners an extra 2% of the global market as leading pure-play suppliers see their grip loosened, finds IHS.


NREL partners with GE on microgrid development project

Grid.

Collaboration includes involvement from the Electric Power Research Institute and focuses on $8 million program to leverage capabilities of energy systems integration facilities.


First Solar takes strategic step into residential solar market

First Solar ground-mount installation.

The U.S. thin-film giant has acquired an equity stake in Clean Energy Collective as it looks to branch out into community solar.


Uganda greenlights inaugural 10 MW solar plant

Mounta Khadam, Uganda.

The PV installation will be developed by Dubai's Access Power MEA and once complete will become the largest independent power project in sub-Saharan Africa.


Multi-GW PV plans shape India's bold solar strategy

Indian PV installation.

Large, multi-GW projects from some of India's leading energy companies have been announced this week as the country reignites its passion for PV.


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