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US Clean Power Plan good for utility-scale solar, ignores distributed

Utility-scale solar is likely to benefit from the new rules

The EPA’s highly anticipated Clean Power Plan was unveiled yesterday. Utility-scale solar and wind have been handed a leading role in carbon reduction; distributed solar has not been included, and storage is seen as...


SunPower buys 1.5 GW US solar pipeline from Infigen

Antelope Valley PV installation from SunPower.

Portfolio of solar projects bought from Australia-based developer Infigen Energy at various stages of development spread across 11 States, three have PPAs with Southern California Edison.


Solar Frontier eyes the Americas

Thin-film module maker Solar Frontier is seeking to expand into the Americas. The 280MW pipeline of Gestamp-developed projects in the U.S. is seen as the company's ticket into the market.


DAS Energy lays its foundation in Austria

DAS Energy, a new Austrian PV company, has laid the foundation for its new PV plant in Wiener Neustadt. The company seeks to produce panels that combine architectural aesthetics with renewable energy.


EDF and Eren fire up 150 MW of solar in India

Solar PV plant, Rajasthan.

The utility-scale solar plants, located in the states of Rajasthan and Odisha and developed by Acme Solar, have begun supplying local grids with solar electricity.


ReneSola signs 30 MW supply deal for UK solar farm

ReneSola cell production.

The Chinese PV module manufacturer to deliver 30 MW of its Polish-made 260w Virtus II solar modules to U.K. project, which will be located in the English county of Nottinghamshire.


Hareon Solar seeks 160 MW PV opportunity in India

Solar installation, India.

Chinese solar firm announces PV agreement to develop 160 MW solar cell project in the country, footing $40 million of the investment, second JV confirmed.


Smart meters can jeopardize grid reliability

Electricity consumers who respond to fluctuating price signals by means of smart meters can in turn cause mass blackouts. The researchers at the University of Bremen warn of the possibility of a "collective avalanche mechanism".


SoCal Edison to pursue 105 MW of renewables, majority from solar

Fresno County, California.

Utility unveils proposal to augment renewable energy sources as part of Californian state requirement to diversify energy mix to include more green power.


Overall growth for Saft, though ESS sales fall

Battery manufacturer Saft has reported sales growth for the first half of the year. This is despite a dip in sales year-on-year for lithium-ion batteries for the telecom and energy storage (ESS) segments.


Hillary Clinton's half a billion solar panel pledge

Hillary Clinton.

Democratic presidential candidate for 2016 promises installation of 500 million solar panels nationwide within four years of taking office if she wins.


UK should taper off subsidies over five years

A solar project in the UK.

KPMG report says cutting incentives immediately, as DECC proposes, will harm the industry. The UK energy market is geared towards fossil fuels.


The pv magazine weekly news digest

UK Chancellor George Osborne.

The UK government kills solar, Hanergy falls out with itself and Yingli attracts a somewhat egregious class action lawsuit, but at least there was some good news out of India.


NY to spend $13 million on affordable solar initiatives

New York solar power.

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to spend $13 million on improve access to solar power for low- and moderate-income communities.


Chinese players continue rearguard action

A stocks and shares board.

United PV strengthens fundraising powers of its board and GCL Poly rolls over convertible shares. Actions to shore up solar stocks continue.


SkyPower to develop 1 GW of projects in Kenya

Nairobi.

Canadian developer will sign deal at trade summit in Nairobi on Sunday. The pipeline will cover the next five years and follows recent 6 GW commitments in Egypt and Nigeria.


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