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Marks and Spencer to install UK's largest PV rooftop

Marks & Spencer in Glasgow.

Mark Group will install a 6.1 MW project on top of retailer's East Midlands distribution centre. Uncertainty over the government's new incentive scheme will limit commercial rooftops to sub-5 MW from April onwards.


REC Solar and SolarCity increase module supply deal to 220 MW

SolarCity rooftop installation.

The supply agreement builds upon an earlier deal struck in June between the two companies, and extends right the way through 2015.


Grid restrictions could slow Japan's solar revolution

Tokyo skyline.

Speed of PV's expansion placing strain on grid's capacity to absorb solar-powered electricity, prompting five utilities to restrict grid access of new solar farms.


Panasonic announces launch of lithium-ion battery unit at Tesla Gigafactory

Tesla Gigafactory, artist's rendition

Panasonic CEO Kazuhiro Tsuga has said the corporation's initial investment in the Gigafactory will amount to "tens of billions" of yen.


CEO interview: Meyer Burger's Peter Pauli

Meyer Burger SmartWire.

Equipment suppliers to the PV industry continue face challenges. They have to invest and push forward new technologies while working with potential and existing customers to see new orders fill somewhat anemic order books. Meyer...


Russian solar expansion picks up speed

Altai Republic, Russia

In Crimea, authorities are scrambling to bolster local renewable energy capacities in an effort to buffer a possible lack of conventional electricity, a result of Russia's seizure of Crimea and the ongoing conflict between Russia...


Lightsource teaming up with local installers to expand rooftop business in UK

UK rooftop installation, Lighsource Renewable Energy

Lightsource Renewable Energy, the U.K.'s largest solar energy generator, is building a nationwide partnership with local solar PV installers as it expands its rooftop portfolio.


EPIA blasts EU approval of UK nuclear plant subsidies

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron and Energy Secretary Edward Davey view plans for the new nuclear site at Hinkley, Somerset.

"Instead of validating another subsidy to nuclear, European policymakers should be making all energy sources compete on a level playing field," says EPIA chief exec James Watson.


Sun setting on Destertec

Desertec solar plant, Morocco

Time appears to be running out for the once ambitious consortium that envisioned supplying renewable energy to Europe from the Middle East and North Africa.


GCL New Energy to develop 661 MW of PV projects in China

GCL solar plant

The Chinese company is partnering with Hebei Yuanchen on a 500 MW plant in Hebei province and building 161 MW of projects in Inner Mongolia following its acquisition of Xiangdao.


Interview: Bryan Ekus, managing director of Solar United

People standing in front of a sign.

Two weeks ago the PV industry organization IPVEA became Solar United. The International PV Equipment Association (IPVEA) had represented the upstream solar business since 2008 and Managing Director Bryan Ekus says that the change...


Scottish renewable energy in the post-referendum era

Scotland onshore wind turbine

Following Scotland's independence referendum last month and voters' decision to remain in the U.K., increasing the country's devolved powers has emerged as the center of a dynamic debate. Will energy policy also be devolved? And...


Tokyo Electric upgrading grid with 100-km-long transmission line

The city of Nagano, Japan

Tokyo Electric Power Co. is building a 100-kilometer-long electricity transmission line in central Japan as part of the country's efforts to upgrade its grid infrastructure in view of surging renewable power.


CIGS in space: Ascent Solar chosen for space-based PV project

Vanguard's solar-in-space plans.

The thin film PV manufacturer has again been selected by Vanguard Space Technologies to provide modules for its space research program and unmanned aerial vehicles.


Panasonic, Coronal complete nine solar projects for Southern California Edison

The Panasonic-Coronal PV plant in Farmersville,

Coronal's total joint project development with Panasonic is now more than 100 MW. The nine installations mark the first commercial projects to be finished under Panasonic and Coronal's exclusive partnership.


Wholesale grid parity for solar possible by 2020s, report finds

Turkish solar installation.

Report by energy consultants Pöyry suggest that the end could soon be in sight for solar and wind subsidies in Europe as grid parity nears.


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