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Telecommunication boosting hybrid power in off-grid areas

SMA PV-diesel hybrid system, Palladam, India

Demand for power is rising due to the increasing growth of telecommunications in remote off-grid regions, particularly in developing countries, and driving installations of hybrid power systems.


Andhra Pradesh aiming for 5 GW of solar by 2019

Hyderabad, India

The state government is expected to unveil a wide-ranging new renewable energy policy next month that would set major targets in the southeastern Indian state.


China to boost distributed PV, 5 GW expected

Rooftop PV system, China

Policy changes could result in a new definition of eligible DPV projects in China and open up incentives for projects of up to 20 MW. It's one of a number of key revisions that may accelerate DPV installations, says IHS.


JA Solar back in black as module shipments skyrocket

JA Solar module inspection

The company is banking on a strong second half due to continued demand in Japan and increased business in North America, according to Chairman and CEO Baofang Jin.


JinkoSolar to deliver 40 MW to Chile

Chile's energy minister with a PV power plant.

Chinese module manufacturer JinkoSolar has announced that it will supply 40 MW of modules to solar developer 8i for a project in Chile. The project will be located in the Valparaiso region, in Central Chile.


Germany slates $210 million for sustainable power grid research

Transmission tower maintenance, Germany

Some 200 research institutes and companies are taking part in the initiative, part of the country's ambitious goal of an 80% renewable energy share by 2050.


Israel to launch net metering pilot program for government buildings

PV installations at a Kibbutz dairy in Israel

Israel's Ministry of Public Security is tendering development of 13 rooftop PV installations totaling 750 kW. The so-called 'Blue Sky' project is a pilot program that aims to deploy solar PV net metering systems across the...


Lithium batteries leading electrochemical energy storage technologies

Lithium-Ion Battery for BMW i3 electric car

A new study by the Technical University of Munich indicates Asian developers are leading the way when it comes to energy storage systems and far outpacing U.S. and European rivals.


TÜV SÜD to offer storage system certification

TUV SUD inverter/storage testing

The German testing group has unveiled its new Renewable Energy Storage Systems certification program, which it says will aid manufacturers as well as sellers and end-customers.


California's utility-scale solar generation hits new peak of 4.8 GW

Peak solar generation had come near 4.8 GW on at least three other occasions during the summer prior to the August 15th, record. This peak generation comes as solar PV is meeting less demand overall in late summer.


Hanergy changes name, adds Thin Film Power

Hanergy building

The new branding reflects the company's global focus on thin-film technology. The company recently acquired U.S. firm Alta Devices.


Chaori Solar administrators to draft restructuring plan

Shanghai skyline.

Administrators of first Chinese company to default on a domestic corporate bond have drawn up plans to shape the reorganization of the company and its assets.


David Cameron stands firm on UK solar plans despite trade petition

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron.

British PM's response to STA-led petition recognizes solar's key role in the U.K. energy mix but dismisses calls to review ROC decision.


SunPower introduces pilot solar lease program Down Under

Residential PV array, Perth, Australia

The company's pilot program in Melbourne is modeled after its successful residential leasing program in the United States. SunPower systems are available in other regions of Australia through cash and loan programs.


Dubai launches tender for 100 MW Phase II of solar park

Dubai skyline

After reviewing 49 potential projects in May, the electricity and water authority has shortlisted 24 developers for the second phase of the tender, which remains open to bids until October 23.


China, Saudi Arabia to cooperate on renewable energy development

Saudi Aramco PV installation.

The Middle Eastern kingdom targets 41 GW of solar power by 2032 as it seeks to free up more of its abundant oil and gas reserves for lucrative export.


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