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World's largest mining company exploring solar plus storage potential

Lakeland Solar and Storage Project.

Anglo-Australian mining company BHP Billiton has decided to review its portfolio in the face of the Paris climate accord and falling renewable technology costs, including the testing of solar and storage units at its mining site...


Acquisition of SAG Solarstrom: Not a bad deal for Shunfeng

Interview: Goetz Fischbeck, CEO of Smart Solar Consulting, sees the recently announced acquisition of insolvent SAG Solarstrom AG by Shunfeng Photovoltaics as a win-win for both parties. Shunfeng in particular benefits from the...


Hitachi Chemical's wavelength conversion particles increase cell efficiency

Hitachi Chemical wavelength conversion particles graph

The Japanese company says its wavelength conversion particles for solar encapsulant sheets improves power generation efficiency up to 2.2% over conventional products.


Frost & Sullivan honors South African thin-film maker PTiP Innovations

PTiP Innovations, Stellenbosch, South Africa

"By offering an indigenous PV technology, PTiP Innovation contributes to the development of a new South African green economy, which will also create numerous job opportunities locally," says Frost & Sullivan.


First Solar completes initial phase of America's first solar plant to sell electricity on spot market

The initial phase of the Barilla Solar Project is the first utility-scale project to be completed in the United States with no long-term contract and plans to sell the electricity generated on the spot market, as a new business...


First Solar breaks ground on 250 MW solar PV plant in Nevada

Silver State South is the fifth solar project that First Solar is building in Southern Nevada, for a total of 750 MW. First Solar sold the project to NextEra in May, and is serving as EPC contractor. The company continues to...


ABB partners with BYD to develop storage technologies

The ABB building.

Electricity storage technology looks set to get a boost with two major companies active in the space forming a strategic partnership. Power and automation giant ABB will form a partnership with major Chinese company BYD to...


US, China hold close to 50% of global PV pipeline

LADWP PV installation, California

At a combined capacity of 61 GW, projects in the U.S. and China make up almost half of the current PV pipeline, according to IHS, which says a large share of planned projects are "immature" and unlikely to materialize.


Canadian Solar partners on $800 million solar fund in China

Danba, Sichuan, China

Teaming up with the state-owned Sichuan Development investment company, Canadian Solar will focus on utility-scale and distributed generation projects in Sichuan Province and other solar resourceful regions in the country.


New York unveils solar power program for schools

New York City

A total of 40 school districts representing some 200 schools across the state registered for the solar program.


Natcore research may cut cell production costs by using copper

Prof. Andrew Barron, Natcore co-founder

By switching from silver to copper, the cost of producing a solar cell would fall by a fraction of a cent. Yet in building a 100 MW facility, developers could save more than $100,000.


Ingeteam surpasses 120 MW of PV power in Chile

100 MW PV park, Atacama, Chile

Ingeteam has become a leading O&M provider for renewable energy plants in in Latin America, with contracts totaling 1.2 GW.


Italian FiT cuts destabilizing PV market, hurting Europe, says EPIA

Rooftop PV array in Itay

The PV industry association argues that the law will block "prosumers" from providing flexibility to the energy system and helping to avoid costly grid extensions.


Israel launches tender for first phase of 170 MW PV park

Eilat, Israel

A tender for a new 50 MW solar PV park in Israel will be launched on Monday. pv magazine has the story exclusively ahead of the tender's official announcement.


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Slower growth in the U.S. solar market during Q2 due to timing of utility-scale projects

GTM Research and SEIA's Q2 Solar Market Insight reports the third consecutive quarter over 1 GW, with ongoing growth in the residential segment and a strong quarter for commercial PV.


China reveals details of distributed generation policy

The flag of China.

The government's National Energy Administration has pledged to help local authorities drive rooftop installation across the nation. The details were revealed in an investment note issued by Deutsche Bank.


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