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NREL calls for international quality standards in PV module manufacturing

NREL outdoor PV testing facility

The leading renewable energy laboratory is spearheading the International PV Module Quality Assurance Task Force to establish guidelines dealing with a number of issues, including adequate durability for specific climate zones...

Audi opens 6 MW power-to-gas facility

Audi e-gas plant in Wertle, Lower Saxony.

Audi has opened a new 6 MW power-to-gas facility in Germany, making it the first automaker to develop a chain of sustainable energy carriers.

BYD and Fenecon sign storage systems deal

BYD, Fenecon at Intersolar Europe 2013

BYD Europe and Fenecon have signed a contract for 1,000 DESS-series energy storage systems, which the German wholesaler will offer to PV installation companies.

PV users help shine light on UK's future energy needs

Newcastle, England

The Customer-Led Network Revolution (CLNR), the U.K.'s largest smart grid project, is conducting innovative smart grid trials with more than 400 PV customers, who are taking part in an effort organizers hope will help pave the...

Renewables to surpass gas by 2016 in the global power mix

Shanghai, China

A new report by the IEA finds that worldwide renewable power generation will exceed that from gas and be twice that of nuclear by 2016 and make up almost a quarter of the global power mix by 2018. In 2012, global renewable...

Solar scores goal at Confederations Cup semifinal

The Mineirão Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Regardless of who wins tonight's Confederations Cup semifinal between Brazil and Uruguay, it will be solar energy scoring the main goal.

Goldpoly, Clenergy, CGN expand domestic activity in China

Goldpoly PV project in Fujian

Goldpoly New Energy Holding Ltd. has joined the 100 MW club by bringing online two PV projects totaling 110 MW this month in Gansu and Fujian, while Clenergy and CGN are partnering on 118 MW projects in Yunnan.

Solar industry, steel workers applaud Obama's climate change initiatives

The White House, Washington, D.C.

The U.S.' Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the United Steelworkers (USW) union have welcomed White House's plans to combat climate change and new energy directives that will create 13 GW of renewable energy projects...

Solar has a place as Obama outlines climate change policy

Barack Obama.

The U.S.' historic climate change policy, announced today, has a role for solar, but only alongside natural gas, nuclear and CCS as "clean energy technologies." Pledges will add up to more than 13 GW of renewables by 2025.

Nepal embraces solar power

Nepal has become one of the latest emerging Asian nations to embrace solar power with a 20 MW project backed by the World Bank and a 30 MW facility to be built by China's Hunan Yueer.

Tentusol to build 250 MW PV plant in Cadiz, Spain

Cadiz, Spain

Spanish group Tentusol on Monday unveiled plans for a 250 MW photovoltaic project in the southern province of Cadiz. Last week local authorities announced another large-scale project in Valencia.

Samsung and Ontario row back on renewables commitment


Samsung has reduced by C$2 billion its commitment to wind and solar in Ontario. Provincial government denies the move has anything to do with recent WTO ruling against its FIT program's domestic content requirement.

Italian FIT payments to stop in July

The Italian flag.

Subsidy limit of €6.7 billion has been passed triggering a halt to future FIT payments from a point one month after the limit was reached. Italy is the third EU member state to halt its solar incentives.

No news is good news, the message from Beijing

Karel de Gucht.

Trade commissioner Karel de Gucht repeats desire for amicable solution to solar stand-off but talks with Chinese opposite number were not part of the latest EU-China Joint Committee. Technical negotiations on the issue have moved...

China Electric Equipment Group to develop 20 MW PV project in China

Xianjiang, China

China Electric Equipment Group has received approval from China's Development and Reform Commission to develop a 20 MW grid-connected PV power generation project in Xinjiang, China.

U.S. opens $135 million clean energy research center

NREL Campus Golden, Colorado

The U.S. Energy Department and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have announced the opening of the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF), which is focused on utility-scale clean energy grid integration.

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