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Shipping containers.

In a 100% renewable US we'll all be running our houses with solar power and relaxing in front of the box to watch Formula E. But we won't be using AE inverters...


Ingeteam supplies inverters for one of UK's largest solar plants

Scunthorpe, England.

The Spanish inverter specialist supplied its Ingecon powerstation central inverter to a 40 MW solar PV plant located in the county of Lincolnshire, England.


India poised to introduce dollar bidding for solar contracts in July

Solar installation, India.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi hopes to attract further foreign investment by inviting bids for India's first dollar-linked solar power contracts next month.


UK should offer more clean energy incentives, says Committee on Climate Change

Solar PV park, England.

First mandatory report from the Committee says that "urgent action" is required in the new Parliament if the U.K. is to keep its emissions reductions on track.


Egypt unveils 50 MW PV project and 50 MW module fab

The Nile at Aswan.

Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb inaugurates 50 MW solar panel production facility at weekend, Italy's Building Energy signs MoU for 50 MW solar projects in north of country.


Andalay Solar introduces SolarEdge-compatible modules

SolarEdge power optimizer.

Solar panel producer develops module frame that can receive SolarEdge's power optimizer, companies also to collaborate on DC Instant Connect solution.


Solar-powered Formula E can overtake Formula 1, says Richard Branson

Richard Branson celebrates with Formula E inaugural champion Nelson Piquet Jr in London.

The Virgin tycoon believes all-electric and solar-powered racing cars will prove more attractive to sponsors and racing enthusiasts within the next four or five years.


NEXTracker signs 1 GW supply agreement with Blattner Energy

More than 1 GW of single axis trackers are set to be deployed at large-scale solar PV projects across North America over the next two years.

The Californian tracker specialists will supply its single axis trackers to Blattner Energy, a diversified power generation contractor.


Solar plane makes second attempt at longest leg of journey

The Si2 Solar Impulse aircraft.

The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft has passed the point of no return after taking off from Japan on Sunday, journey expected to take five days and five nights should all go to plan.


The big 55 GW: Solar to run hot this year, says GTM Research

U.S. solar installation.

Analysts forecast global growth of 36% on last year, with Asia accounting for more than half of an expected 55 GW deployed, Europe to begin an upswing.


SunShare unveils community solar program for Minnesota

Lake Calhoun, Minnesota.

The residential community scheme aims to bring solar power to 5,000 homes by December, and is one of the largest such programs in the U.S.


juwi Group's Asian footprint climbs past 400 MW

Tamil Nadu.

Indian subsidiary of the German renewables company begins construction on a 39 MW PV plant in Southern India, which will increase its Asian solar portfolio to more than 400 MW.


Amazon building 80 MW solar farm in Virginia, U.S.

West Virginia.

The e-commerce giant to invest approximately $150 million in development as it looks to increase its renewable footprint following criticism from Greenpeace.


Intersolar Europe: SolarWorld exits SolarPower Europe trade body

The SolarWorld booth at Intersolar Europe was abuzz today with talk of the company's exit from SolarPower Europe.

The industry body formerly known as EPIA had irked the German solar company with its opposition to EU trade duties, something SolarWorld had long lobbied for.


Storage grows five-fold as Intersolar Europe opens

Tesla Powerwall

Evolution of show reflects changing landscape of Germany's and Europe's solar industry, with storage technology brought to the fore.


Hanwha Q Cells reaches 53 MW in UK with latest completion

Southern England.

The 8.1 MW Tower Hill Solar Park in south England has taken the South Korean company's U.K. PV portfolio to 53 MW. Project completed under ROC grace period.


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