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US: large-scale solar generation doubled in 2014, says EIA

Utility-scale solar PV's input to U.S. electrical generation increased by more than 100% in 2014.

Growth in non-hydro renewables increased by 11% in 2014, with utility-scale solar alone enjoying 102% increase in electrical generation, data shows.


pv magazine weekly news digest

Vladimir Klitschko in action.

Solar is poised to land the decisive blow in the global energy battle as cost and storage align perfectly, U.S. pricing finds its rhythm and the U.K. market continues its upward trajectory.


NewGen to install 200 MW of solar in Sierra Leone

Freetown, capital of Sierra Leone.

Power company will break ground on first, 20 MW, plant this year with 180 MW more utility-scale schemes to follow by 2018. Hydro, DG microgrids, thermal and solar lighting will also play a role in electrifying country.


7 days off the grid: weekly offgrid news

India offgrid.

The weekly round-up from pv magazine of the lesser-known news from the off-grid sector, compiled each Friday by specialist editor Peter Carvill.


JinkoSolar signs $479m finance agreement with China Minsheng Bank

JinkoSolar rooftop installation.

Five-year deal sees China Minsheng Bank offer financial support to assist JinkoSolar's downstream development and manufacturing efforts.


Chinese officials set ambitious and unlikely 100 GW goal

The flag of China.

Target was announced by energy official Nur Bekri to parliament. Government aims to rein in coal in favor of natural gas, wind and solar.


Grid opens offering to more low-income households

A SolarCity rooftop being installed.

Non-profit installer has become a channel partner for Clean Power Finance. This week also saw SolarCity expand into its 16th state.


Ecobuild: five things we learned from the London show

Ecobuild, London.

The burgeoning potential of the U.K.'s commercial rooftop sector, funding innovation and a hankering for more political stability were key trends of a fast-paced show.


SPI Solar's $1.6bn credit line

Money.

China-focused developer secures three new lines of credit. Cries of unfair state subsidy support are likely to ring loud again.


Canadian Solar reports record-breaking year

Canadian Solar Chairman and CEO Shawn Qu

The company announced major increases in sales and net profit last year. The recent acquisition of Recurrent Energy, meanwhile, will expand its total project pipeline to 8.5 GW. Some 2.4 GW of late-stage projects represent a...


IHS: Inverter price declines to lead BoS cost reductions

An SMA inverter.

Industry analysts IHS believe that inverter price decreases will lead global balance-of-system (BoS) cost reductions in the PV industry. Inverter prices are predicted to fall 8% annually through to 2019.


1366 Tech partners with Hanwha Q Cells in wafer launch

The 1366 Tech and Hanwha Q Cells team.

This latest generation of the company's kerfless wafer production machinery, which avoids feedstock waste by forming wafers directly from molten silicon, is designed to make more than 5 MW per year.


SunEdison acquires Solar Grid Storage

Solar Grid Storage energy storage unit

The Pennsylvania-based energy storage and PV company brings its projects, pipeline and personnel to SunEdison, allowing it to now offer battery storage solutions to complement solar and wind projects worldwide.


Vivint Solar quadruples revenue, triples loss in 2014

Vivint Solar headquarters

The Utah-based company, whose net loss attributable to stockholders per share was $0.35, is expanding downstream operations and expects to install 290 to 310 MW this year.


Sharp seeks buyer for solar business

Sharp's stand at PV Expo 2015

Indications are mounting that Sharp is looking to raise much-needed cash through the partial or complete sale of its solar business. While its brand remains strong and share of the Japanese PV market dominant, experts say Sharp...


NVI Energy's Solar4Africa: 'One-stop-shop' funding

NVI Energy's "pay-as-you-use" solar plant at Cheli and Peacock's Tortilis Camp in Kenya's Amboseli National Park.

It could be posited with reason that the off-grid solar market is still one that is finding its feet, and still in the period that all new industries go through as it tries to make sense of how it can best serve its market....


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