Solas Éireann entered into a joint venture with Golden Square Energy, aiming to develop more than 250 MW of PV projects across Ireland.
The announcement comes amidst growing demand in the European Union for greater energy security and indepndence in view of the Ukrainian crisis.
The large-scale solar array will be built on an abandoned mine site, in accordance with a U.S. government program aimed using contaminated lands for renewable energy projects.
The installation is one of six British PV projects that will have a combined capacity 80 MWp commissioned by Vogt in the first three months of the year.
The solar sector accounts for 35% of all renewable energy jobs worldwide, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency. China in particular has seen a sharp increase in photovoltaic employment.
The White House has already invested $2 billion in energy efficiency in federal buildings and is now pledging an additional $2 billion by 2016, doubling the program, with much of the funding going into PV systems.
Equipped with Suntech modules, the Chinese giant and its German partner aim to build 900 MW of PV plants by 2015 in what has become Europe's most dynamic solar market.
The solar farms, which are scheduled to begin commercial operation later this year, bring the Virginia-based energy group's solar portfolio to 212 MW. The plants employ 162,000 BYD modules and 36 SMA inverters.
The California solar provider achieved record bookings of 136 MW and increased its 2014 guidance to 500-550 MW deployed. The company is on track to meet its one million customer target by 2018.
The U.S. government agency says a greater prevalence and diversity of loan products could enable higher rates of solar adoption in regions where third-party finance is currently lacking.
The German company raised its group-wide shipments by 41% to 154 MW compared to 109 MW a year ago.
The new company took over all the invested capital and intangible assets, including patents, trademarks and brands, of the insolvent Gehrlicher Solar AG.
The State Department of Revenue has reinterpreted its tax policy, reassessing leased solar panels as "merchant power plants" that must be taxed.
"It would be difficult and expensive, but the payoff would be immense, and not just in economic terms," says Susumu Sasaki, professor emeritus at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.
Jordan continues to attract major PV developers as the country seeks to increase its use of solar energy.
The historic agreement with the Federal Republic of Nigeria Government will bring masses of utility-scale solar capacity to the West African nation.
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