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IRENA calls for energy roadmaps to integrate renewables

"Power sector transformation should focus on a transition of the system as a whole, and not treat the integration of renewable power generation as a separate issue."

IRENA has released a new report outlining measures for the development of national roadmaps to assist in the transition to renewables in a country’s power grid. Policy makers will need play a central role in successfully...

Enel builds Italy's first large-scale storage facility

Catania bay.

The 2 MWh battery system has been connected to a 10 MW solar PV plant in Catania, making it Italy's inaugural large-scale solar+storage project.

Dubai's DEWA invites bids for 800 MW, phase three solar park

Dubai skyline.

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) issues Expression of Interest call for phase three of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park; third project has capacity of 800 MW.

Yingli to ship 130 MW of modules for Chinese BIPV and agriculture solar projects

Yingli production facility.

The vertically integrated solar firm will deliver 30 MW of panels to Qingdao New Energy Solutions Inc. this year, with the remaining 100 MW due before the end of 2016.

UGE, Blue Sky collaborate on China rooftop PPA package

Guangzhou, China.

Renewable energy firm UGE teams with energy financer Blue Sky Energy Efficiency and real estate service firm JLL to devise financial package for Chinese businesses keen on installing rooftop solar.

China's Longi to invest $235m in 1 GW Indian solar fab

Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.

XiAn Longi Silicon signs a memorandum of understanding for the creation of a solar cell and manufacturing facility in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh; 500 MW solar farm also in pipeline.

UK stance on renewable energy leaves Al Gore 'puzzled'

Al Gore.

Climate advocate and former U.S. VP tells audience at Green Alliance/CBI event that he does not understand the U.K. government's decision to cut renewable energy subsidies.

India cabinet set to approve aggressive 40% renewable goal

Solar installation in Pokhran, India.

National Democratic Alliance considers 40% renewable energy goal for 2030, target would require 250 GW of solar PV capacity by that date, and 100 GW of wind power.

Data center giant Equinix taps SunEdison to solar power its Californian operations

Equinix data center.

World's largest provider of data center services signs five-year PPA with SunEdison for majority of energy from the company's 150 MW Imperial Valley solar farm, due for completion in 2016.

Saudi Arabia fires up new Kaco PV inverter line

Representatives of Kaco and AEC attend the inauguration ceremony of the new Shams PV inverter line in Saudi Arabia.

Shams PV inverter line commences production, boasting 1 GW capacity and the first to comply with Saudi Arabian local content regulations. Line owned by Advanced Electronics Company.

UK: Scotland carries flag for solar as FIT changes slow march to grid parity


Scottish government distances itself from DECC uncertainties as it announces it will retain grandfathering guarantee under RO; changes to FIT will set back solar's path to grid parity, says REA.

SolarWorld signs 65 MW supply agreement for Panasonic's Oregon solar plant

SolarWorld U.S. HQ.

Deal struck at Solar Power International marks the largest single project agreement for SolarWorld in the U.S.; Panasonic to construct, own and operate solar facility.

Spire considers sale of the company, assets

Despite a rebound in capital spending across the solar industry, the Massachusetts-based PV equipment maker has retained investment bank Mirus Capital Advisors to “assess strategic alternatives”.

Tianwei files for bankruptcy protection as solar debts mount

China flag.

Baoding Tianwei Baobian Group Co., parent company of the solar firm, defaulted in April on a bond payment, becoming first state-owned Chinese firm to do so; bankruptcy filing issued this week as debts mount.

AES to issue solar asset-backed security

AES Distributed Energy 453 kW PV plant in Rosamond, California

There have been only five public solar ABS deals to date totaling $560.5 million -- four of which were issued by SolarCity.

Sky Solar partners with Hudson Clean Energy on $100m solar projects

Sky Solar PV installation.

Strategic partnership sees Hong Kong-based solar developer Sky Solar team with U.S. private equity firm Hudson to invest in solar projects in Latin America and Japan.

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