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Correction: IEA unveils new PV roadmap

EU PVSEC 2014 panel.

The International Energy Agency has unveiled a new roadmap for solar technologies. Compared to previous roadmaps, this latest scenario suggests almost twice as much electricity globally via PV.


New York unveils solar power program for schools

New York City

A total of 40 school districts representing some 200 schools across the state registered for the solar program.


Natcore research may cut cell production costs by using copper

Prof. Andrew Barron, Natcore co-founder

By switching from silver to copper, the cost of producing a solar cell would fall by a fraction of a cent. Yet in building a 100 MW facility, developers could save more than $100,000.


Ingeteam surpasses 120 MW of PV power in Chile

100 MW PV park, Atacama, Chile

Ingeteam has become a leading O&M provider for renewable energy plants in in Latin America, with contracts totaling 1.2 GW.


Italian FiT cuts destabilizing PV market, hurting Europe, says EPIA

Rooftop PV array in Itay

The PV industry association argues that the law will block "prosumers" from providing flexibility to the energy system and helping to avoid costly grid extensions.


Israel launches tender for first phase of 170 MW PV park

Eilat, Israel

A tender for a new 50 MW solar PV park in Israel will be launched on Monday. pv magazine has the story exclusively ahead of the tender's official announcement.


Weekly news round-up

Elephants.

A pick of the biggest headlines in solar around the world this week, with details of elephants, bees, beer, gigafactories, ultra-mega, erm, things and electioneering in the UK... as Sid Vicious once said... almost.


Portugal adds 33 MW of PV for 330 MW cumulative solar capacity

Microgeneration in Portugal

Portugal added 33 MW of solar PV capacity in the first six months of 2014. A significant reduction in new mini installations is worrying, though, given the Portuguese PV sector is predominantly rooftop driven.


Global investment creating perfect storm for growing markets

Lightning storm

The flood of money pouring into renewable energy around the world is trickling down and creating new revenue streams for established businesses eager for growth.


US home solar loans at 6.5%

The California skyline.

San Francisco-based Dividend Solar has launched an affordable loan for residential solar. The EmpowerPortal loan permits residents to claim a 30% federal tax credit.


SunEdison to supply solar power to Chilean copper mine

Los Pelambres copper mine, Chile

TerraForm Power plans to buy the 69.5 MW Javiera solar facility when completed next year. The plant will supply Los Pelambres copper mine in the Coquimbo Region through the Central Interconnected System.


Conergy acquires 18 MW in UK solar projects

Conergy 5 MW plant in Cornwall, UK

The solar company has purchased two new PV projects, a 13.5 MW installation in South Wales and a 4.45 MW array in Cornwall, England.


Wuxi Suntech to invest $2.5 billion in Japanese expansion

The revitalized Chinese group is looking to build large-scale solar plants in Japan and sell power to electric companies through the feed-in program.


Russia set to join IRENA

IRENA Fourth Assembly, January 2014

While the Russian government has yet to notify the Agency, IRENA tells pv magazine it encourages all U.N. member states to join the organization.


Activ Solar rejects Crimean government claims

Active Solar's 31.55 MW PV installation in Ukraine

The Austrian solar company tells pv magazine that it has no assets in Crimea nor any related debts to Russian banks, describing reports that it owes $300 million to Russian banks as "incorrect."


FRV says Australian solar pipeline worthless if RET changed

Rafael Benjumea, CEO of Spanish developer FRV.

Interview: Rafael Benjumea, CEO of Spanish developer FRV, warns that implementation of Australia's RET Review recommendations will discourage investment in the country's solar industry.


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