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Indian Railways plans 1 GW of solar projects

Indian Railway locomotive

Indian Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu says his plan to purchase power by soliciting bids from generators and power exchanges will result in savings of $485 million.

PV+Test 2.0: Hanwha module improves to Good (+)

A solar module undergoes the TÜV Rheinland stress test.

Hanwha Solar has again submitted a polycrystalline module from the HSL 60 Poly series for testing by PV + Test. Achieving improvements, particularly in performance, the module was rated Good (+).

Californian utility awarded $5m grant for solar microgrid expansion

San Diego, California.

San Diego Gas & Electric will use the monies awarded by the California Energy Commission to expand the Borrego Springs microgrid to enable it to operate entirely on renewable energy.

Duke Energy scouts out 50 MW of solar in North Carolina

Charlotte, North Carolina.

The utility has issued a request for proposals for new solar energy capacity in the state as it looks to add to its growing PV portfolio.

Hanergy accessing 8.5-11.5% finance

Hanergy Thin Film building

The Financial Times has revealed that Hanergy Group has been accessing high-cost loans to fund its expansion. The FT reports that Hanergy has raised $560 million in capital through "trust products" that charge high interest rates...

Enphase posts 57% Q4 revenue increase

AC battery Enphase.

The U.S. microinverter company generated $105.2 million in revenue in the final quarter of last year, with shipments increasing by 67%.

UK: solar threat to food security overstated by minister, documents show

Sheep grazing at a solar farm in England.

Freedom of information request reveals government's own environmental department has no evidence that solar farms have a serious impact on agricultural output.

Lockheed Martin taps Advanced Roofing for PV plant in Florida

An artist rendering of Lockheed Martin's planned 2.25 MW carport in Clearwater, Florida.

The solar carport will be the largest privately held, non-utility owned solar energy array in the state.

M+W Group to shutter German semiconductor, PV unit

M+W Group headquarters, Stuttgart, Germany

The German engineering and construction giant is dissolving its semiconductor and photovoltaic plant construction division in Germany but will continue operations in other regions. Some 215 employees are affected by the move.

Silevo teams move into former Solyndra facilities

The Solyndra building.

In a sign of the ongoing renaissance of solar manufacturing in the U.S., it has been revealed that SolarCity is moving its expanding Silevo team into the former Solyndra manufacturing facilities in Fremont, California. It is...

Lark Energy launches new commercial company

Lark Energy's 9 MW Hanson's Cement Works, Rutland, UK

One of the leading U.K. solar developers is branching out into the lucrative commercial rooftop sector, which the company describes as "rosy."

International consortium carries out PV performance R&D project

imec clean room

Financed by the European Commission, the Performance Plus project was launched with the goal of making PV systems more reliable and cost-effective and improving their overall performance.

PV delivery unit could transform London solar, argues official

House of Commons.

London Assembly Member Jenny Jones publishes data revealing 93% of schools in London do not have solar panels installed, calls for PV delivery unit for the city.

UK: Success for Welsh solar farm

3C Energy's 14 MW farm in Norfolk, England

A Welsh planning inspectorate has approved a 10 MW PV installation after county council committee members rejected the project. The agricultural site will remain in use, with sheep to graze between the solar panels.

Photon Energy doubles O&M assets in 2014 despite revenue drop

Photon Energy's 758 kW plant in Zahorany, Czech Republic.

The Amsterdam-based solar energy company, which connected its first off-grid project in Australia last year, reduced its annual loss but said its bottom line was hit by a hefty loss on the revaluation of derivatives.

IRENA Director-General: Renewable energy can fuel India's economic growth

IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin at India's RE-Invest confab, Feb. 16, 2015

RE-Invest: IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin stressed the importance of renewable energy in sustainably meeting India's growing energy needs at the Renewable Energy Global Investors' Meet & Expo in New Delhi on Monday.

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