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Solar, wind power output to surpass shale in five years, says Goldman report

Solar and wind will grow by more than 110 GW this year, with PV surpassing wind annually for the first time in 2018, the report finds.

New solar and wind capacity additions between 2015 and 2020 will add more power globally than U.S. shale-oil production did during 2010-2015, according to a new report by Goldman Sachs.

UK: Conergy to build 40 MW of PV plants, further 50 MW in pipeline

Conergy HQ.

Conergy teams up with U.K. partner Camborne Energy to sell 40 MW of solar farms to investors, while also securing full EPC rights for 90 MW project pipeline.

8minutenergy, Saferay re-team on 19.7 MW California solar farm

Lake Isabella, Kern County, California

The leading California-based independent PV developer and its German partner are jointly developing and building the Woodmere Solar Farm. The utility-scale facility is expected to begin operation in 2015.

Solarcentury to build 10.2 MW solar park in Somerset, UK

Solar farm in the U.K.

The British solar company has been selected to engineer, procure and construct (EPC) the plant, which is owned by Belltown Power company.

Australia's solar industry calls for renewed support in view of RE target success

Australian residential PV, Perth

In a new report, Australia's Renewable Energy Certificates Agents Association finds that the country's Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme is acheiving its intended purspose and calls for it to remain unchanged.

US to become third-largest PV market in 2014

Completion status for U.S. PV projects.

A PV pipeline in excess of 43 GW represents 7% growth in a year, propelling the U.S. to third-place in 2014 installation projections, behind China and Japan, reports NPD Solarbuzz.

US company Astonfield to install pilot PV project in Oman

The desert of Oman.

The solar installation will be implemented with the assistance of local firm Multitech, and should begin commercial operation in mid-2014.

Residential PV systems cut summer peak demand by more than 50%

Driskill Hotel, Austin, Texas

A new study by the Pecan Street Research Institute has found that west-facing solar systems in the U.S. state of Texas reduce peak demand from the grid by up to 65% while south-facing arrays result in a 54% drop.

Forum attendees oppose self-consumption levy

The 14th Forum Solarpraxis.

Charge would strangle the growing self consumption market, say attendees at the 14th Forum Solarpraxis. Policy support is needed to drive solar and storage costs must come down say solar representatives.

First Solar restates commitment to Japan

First Solar modules.

Arizona-based manufacturer First Solar says it is committed to the Japanese market. The Tokyo government sparked fears over its FIT regime after announcing a big reduction in its GHG reduction targets last week.

Solarworld to buy Bosch factory 'within days'

Solarworld CEO Frank Asbeck.

Rumors gain strength as Wall Street Journal reports it's almost a done deal. The Journal says Solarworld will purchase Bosch's Arnstadt production facility.

Germany's requirements for a stable, renewables grid

Delegates at the 14th Forum Solarpraxis in Berlin.

Attendees at the 14th Forum Solarpraxis in Berlin have called for the role of renewables installations in stabilizing the electricity grid to be recognized. Grid representatives acknowledge possibilities but lament the lack of a...

Special Report Africa: Tanzania, Mozambique

Malangali secondary school, Tanzania

Tobias Cossen, project manager, Renewable Energy Project Development Program for Sub-Saharan Africa, at the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), discusses the state of solar in Tanzania and Mozambique.

IHS predict double-digit growth for solar in 2014

Solar panels in China.

The analysts' latest Solar PV Demand Tracker forecasts solar PV installations to reach 40-42 GW in 2014, but warns of "major risks identified."

Solar Frontier tests solar greenhouse in Fukushima

Solar Frontier greenhouses.

The Greenhouse PV Demonstration Project is part of a residential solar promotion campaign driven by Japan's METI.

Forum Solarpraxis off to positive start

Solarpraxis CEO Karl-Heinz Remmers, 14th Forum Solarpraxis

Increasing global opportunities and the advantages of falling PV prices took center stage at the 14th Forum Solarpraxis, which welcomed some 600 industry representatives to the two-day event.

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