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San Francisco to require rooftop solar on new buildings

Rooftop solar installation in San Francisco

The new legislation requires solar PV systems, solar water heating systems or a combination of the two. San Francisco has set a goal to use 100% renewable energy by 2025 in addition to other ambitious environmental targets.


California: Gov. Brown calls for 50% renewables, more PV in Golden State

California Gov. Jerry Brown delivers inaugural address in Sacramento on Jan. 5, 2015

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday called for the state's electric utilities to boost their renewable energy procurements to 50% of retail electric sales and discussed future initiatives to support rooftop solar, battery...


India blacklists two domestic solar companies

Indian flag

Veddis Solars, one of the companies on the blacklist, is challenging the decision in court. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy says the move is related to delays in carrying out tendered projects.


Canadian Solar sells utility solar plants to RET Capital

Ontario Canada, Canadian Solar

The Ontario-based solar company oversaw turnkey engineering, procurement and construction and will also provide operations and maintenance services for the projects.


Dyesol to commercialize perovskite cells in Turkey

Dyesol cell

The successful completion of a pilot line phase would lead to the start of mass manufacturing in 2018, according to plans by Dyesol and Turkish partner Nesli DSC.


Saudi Electricity taps GE for 600 MW integrated power plant

Saudi Arabia Rub al Khalid desert

The Green Duba project marks Saudi Arabia's first integration of concentrated solar power in a combined cycle plant. The parabolic trough installation will generate 50 MW of the plant's total 600 MW of capacity.


Hanwha SolarOne to supply 80 MW in Chile

Hanwha SolarOne PV production

The solar installations will be powered by Hanwha SolarOne's new polycrystalline module generation, the HSL S Series. The news follows announced figures in Chile showing an impressive 50-fold increase in completed PV projects...


Sonnedix consortium closes deal for 86 MW PV plant in South Africa

Landscape in Northern Cape, near Steinkopf, South Africa

Selected as part of South Africa's Renewable Energy Procurement Program, the project is to be built in the coming months in the Northern Cape. Juwi Renewable Energies is handling EPC services and South African utitlity Eskom is...


Trina announces 324.5Wp multi-crystalline PERC module

A Trina multi module.

Trina Solar has announced that its labs have produced a 324.5Wp multi-crystalline PERC module. The Chinese producer reports that its 60-cell Honey Plus module is currently in pilot production and represents a world record for the...


India ups solar investment pledge to $100bn by 2022

Indian PV installation.

Pro-solar PM Narendra Modi instructs officials to target 100 GW of PV by 2022, with more than $100 billion steered towards solar.


New year, new CEO for Shunfeng

Eric Luo

The Chinese PV group has replaced Zhang Yi with Suntech CEO Eric Luo, with Yi remaining on board as Shunfeng chairman and executive director.


Scottish & English PV landscapes end 2014 on high

Scottish beach.

Scotland has now reached 142 MW of solar PV, while across the U.K. cumulative PV capacity now stands at 4.671 GW. What are the recent PV trends in the U.K.'s regions and will Scottish PV soar in 2015?


Trina Solar modules top environmental performance scorecard

Cells roll off a Trina production line.

For the third year running, modules produced by China's Trina Solar scored highest in the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition scorecard, which ranks modules on environmental and social performance.


Scatec Solar secures financing for 164 MW of PV projects

Honduras cityscape.

The Oslo-headquartered solar developer has closed project financing for a 104 MW PV plant in Utah, US, and a further 60 MW plant in Honduras.


Amtech acquires SoLayTec from RENA

A Amtech piece of equipment.

U.S.-based Amtech Systems has acquired p-type PERC and n-type technology supplier SoLayTec from RENA. SoLayTec will be brought into the Amtech group through its Dutch subsidiary Tempress Group Holding.


UAE's Masdar begins $50m PV projects in Pacific Islands

The La’a Lahi ‘Big Sun’ solar plant in Tonga was Masdar's first foray into solar development in the Pacific Islands region.

Construction has begun on the creation of four solar PV plants in Kiribati, Fiji, Tuvalu and Vanuatu that will deliver 1.8 MW of clean energy to the island countries.


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