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Duke Energy to build 75.4 MW of PV in North Carolina

Duke Energy owns and operates more than 35 PV facilities in North Carolina

Duke Energy received approval for two utility-scale solar plants in North Carolina. Both projects totaling 75.4 MW are scheduled to be online by the end of the year.


Hanwha SolarOne supplies modules for 7.3 MW PV parks in Germany and UK

Hanwha modules ready for shipping

The two PV plants from German EPC contractor IdeemaSun add further capacity to Europe's most dynamic PV markets.


Californian solar storage exemption offers PV push

Solar energy storage systems of less than 10 kW are now exempt from interconnection fees in a new ruling that will offer a boost for PV in the state.


Solarcentury installs PV plant in Kenya

Solarcentury's Changoi Tea Farm 1 MW plant

The solar project, located at the Changoi Tea Farm, is one of the largest in East Africa. The installation marks British solar company's growing international activities in emerging markets.


Enel begins construction of 100 MW PV plants in Chile

Enel Green Power 60 MW Lalackama plant, Chile

Budgeted at $180 million, the two projects will generate some 254 gigawatt hours a year -- the equivalent of 143,000 Chilean households.


PV installations in China to reach 13.5 GW, including 4 GW of rooftop, says IHS

Optomy rooftop PV system, China

Despite some lower estimates by industry sources, IHS is standing by its earlier forecast for distributed PV installations in China this year.


SNEC: China's PV growth faces challenges

Shanghai New International Expo Center

The market is on the path for growth but still faces major hurdles: European equipment and inverter manufacturers in particular face intensifying Chinese competition, while the country's ambitious targets won't be reached unless...


First Solar, Ingenero develop diesel-PV hybrid project for Rio Tinto in Australia

Rio Tinto Alcan's Weipa bauxite mining facility, Queensland, Australia

Seen by the partners as another step towards energy alternatives for remote mining operations, the project will initially offset up to 20% of the existing grid demand and drastically reduce diesel usage.


Proposed UK policy changes lead to reevaluation of 215 PV farms

Martifer, Lightsource cluster project, U.K.

Mid-scale solar farms, above 5 MW and below approximately 30 MW, are the group most at risk from DECC's recent proposals. After March 2015, this size category would be unable to access ROCs.


Trina Solar posts first-quarter net profit of $26.5 million

Jifan Gao, Trina chairman, CEO

The Chinese group is aiming to develop 400 MW to 500 MW of downstream PV projects in 2014 and expects to realize its module shipment target of 3.6 GW to 3.8 GW in 2014.


Chinese rooftop PV expected to reach only 1 GW in 2014 rather than 8 GW target

PV installation in Hong Kong

PV players attending the SNEC PV Power Expo in Shanghai say a lack of regulations covering subsidies for distributed solar will keep installations from meeting the ambitious goal this year.


Ingenious Clean Energy finances £27 million solar parks project

Glastonburgy, Sommerset, England

Barclays provided a £15 million loan towards the financing of three new solar parks in southwest England developed by British Solar Renewables.


US photovoltaic market to approach 20 GW in 2014

Strata Solar, Warehouse Farm, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

An influx of new capital for centralized and distributed generation is boosting strong growth. PV systems are increasingly attracting investments from installers and utility companies as well as institutional investors, private...


meeco Group teams up with Elcomponics Technologies in India

meeco's Mauritius PV installation

The Swiss company's Indian subsidiary is forming a joint venture to produce a solar power management systems for its growing business in Asia and Africa.


SNEC opens to bustling crowds

Heraeus stand, SNEC

More Chinese equipment and inverter manufacturers presented their products than previous years amidst growing optimism that China's young distributed PV power market will soon take off.


PV module shipments to grow 30% in 2014

NPD Solarbuzz graph: shipment growth 2014

End-market demand could approach 50 GW this year if the leading suppliers achieve forecasted growth rates. Yingli is expected to top annual PV supplier shipment rankings for the third year in a row.


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