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Duke to build a 61 MW PV plant in North Carolina to serve Google data center

Google is the first company to participate in a Duke program from 2013 allowing companies to source their power from renewables.

Smart and AC module market to grow nine-fold by 2020

GTM Research predicts that integrated smart and AC modules will not only benefit from growth in the larger module-level power electronics market, but will gain a larger share of that market over the next five years.

From the Mag: A selection of stories from the November issue

Ideematec tracker installation.

Trackers, inverters and storage solutions: solar's worth is measured in more than modules and cells, and this month's issue tackles the key themes and trends shaping those industries that support solar PV.

REC puts online Hawaii's largest solar plant

The 12 MW-AC solar project will meet 20% of the island's demand during daytime hours, and incorporates a 6 MW battery storage system.

Hanwha Q Cells to build a 170 MW PV plant in West Texas

Hanwha Q Cells and Austin Energy have signed a 25-year power contract for the project, as part of 450 MW of solar contracts recently approved by Austin's City Council.

SunEdison to build 2.9 MW solar array for Bloomberg's NY data center

Solar in New York.

Solar firm signs PPA with Bloomberg for the delivery of a 2.9 MW solar system to offset 5% of the emissions from the company's Rockland County, New York-based data center; agreement will save more than $2 million.

Indian solar tender to close with bids below 8 US cents per kWh

Solar installation, India.

Second round bid results for the National Solar Mission tender in the state of Andhra Pradesh sees 500 MW of solar to close below INR 5.37/kWh, reports Bridge to India.

UK: Installation rush expected as subsidy cuts loom

Rooftop solar PV array.

Figures from Department of Energy and Climate Change reveal 59% increase in FIT-based installations from August to September, with trend expected to accelerate through to end of year.

NEXTracker hits 100 MW weekly shipments for advanced solar trackers

NEXTracker in the field.

The California-based solar tracker specialist confirms that its advanced solar trackers are now being shipped in volumes in excess of 100 MW a week globally.

Demand charge on PV system owners struck down in Wisconsin

A local judge has overturned a demand charge on PV system owners in the territory of utility We Energies, as the latest victory for solar advocates.

The pv magazine weekly news digest

Another busy week in the world of solar ushered in new technologies, new efficiencies and some rather eye-opening reports.

Storage gets the thumbs-up in Germany, some of the largest solar firms in the U.S. launch their latest technology, and an IEA report on self-consumption and net metering sets tongues wagging.

Separate utility rates for solar owners defeated in New Mexico

El Paso Electric Company would have been the first utility in the nation impose a separate rate structure for solar owners, were the proposal not thrown out by regulators.

China considering solar subsidy cut

Sichuan, China.

China's central government is considering scaling back support to the booming PV industry, mainly by reducing subsidies for companies that cover the entire industry chain.

8minutenergy breaks ground on 137 MW Californian solar project

Kern County Lake

The renewable energy development company holds official groundbreaking for the 137 MW Springbok 1 solar farm, which is located in California's Kern County, some 70 km north of Los Angeles.

Thailand's Sena eyes 100 MW domestic solar capacity

Thailand flag.

The property development firm aims to reach 50 MW of installed rooftop solar capacity by January across Thailand, and has created a solar subsidiary to oversee project expansion.

India to push for solar-rich country alliance at Paris climate talks

Modi with Welspun Renewables.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's attendance at the UN climate talks timed to coincide with proposal by the PM of an alliance between India and hundreds of other sun-rich nations around the globe.

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