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Is there anything that could boost customer interest for residential solar more than selling PV at IKEA?

IKEA starts selling home PV systems; First Solar reports solid year-to-year growth in Q1; Solar Impulse returns to the skies. Good news is not boring in the solar world.


Finland to add more PV using community solar model

All of the 1,194 Suvilahti plant's panels were leased out in a matter of days

Finland’s energy company Helen finances the investment and operation of the country’s largest PV plant by leasing the array’s panels.


Interview with Seraphim executive general manager, Justin Xi

Justin Xi is executive general manager of Chinese solar module producer Seraphim.

Justin Xi, Executive general manager at China's Seraphim, discusses the assembly process of the company's latest Eclipse module, which has 19.1% efficiency, and also talks about the company’s production expansion plans.


Duke Energy ups clean power target by 33% to 8 GW by 2020

Duke Energy at work.

U.S. utility accelerates its renewable energy goals in line with current pace of progress, particularly in the sectors of solar PV, wind and biomass.


Georgia Power commenced work on 44 MW PV plant

Groundbreaking ceremony for a new solar plant at Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, Georgia

Construction begins on a large-scale PV plant at Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, Georgia.


Thailand's 281 MW solar agreement could unlock $500m investment

Thai solar installation.

Finalization this week of 67 solar farm connection agreements totaling 281.32 MW a could be a watershed moment for the nation's clean energy ambitions, energy regulators believe.


Maine legislators push to override veto of controversial solar policy

Despite a veto by the state’s governor and opposition by solar leasing companies, advocates say that they may have enough votes to pass the policy.


Fenix reaches new landmark for solar leases in Uganda

A solar panel in the street in Uganda - Image by Rod Waddington

Residential solar lease-to-own company Fenix International has now signed over 60,000 leases for its off-grid ReadyPay Power solar systems in Uganda.


Study reveals potential storage capacity of 2,291 GWh in Europe

Pumped hydro energy storage facilities in the existing water bodies in Alps can potentially reach the combined capacity of 303 GWh

A new study by eStorage identifies 2,291 GWh of development-ready sites for new pumped hydro energy storage plants in Europe.


Turkey: ICCI event returns focus to growing solar industry

The 22nd ICCI event in Istanbul brought together stakeholders, delegates and businesses from across the energy supply chain, with more than 21 countries represented in the halls.

The 22nd International Energy & Environment Fair and Conference, held just weeks after Solarex, delivered another opportunity for Turkey to smooth the edges of its expanding solar sector.


NextEra Energy Partners reaches 1.6 GW of contracted solar PV assets

NextEra’s yieldco plans to aggressively acquire solar assets while expanding its current wind fleet over the next three years.


Study finds positive link between UK solar farms and biodiversity

Sheep next to a solar array in England

An extensive study of solar farms in the UK has found that the existence of the solar panels can improve biodiversity and wildlife abundance, especially when combined with measured land management.


Silicon Ranch commenced work on 50 MW PV plant in Mississippi

Silicon Ranch develops and operates solar farms across the US with a focus on the Southeast

Mississippi Power and Silicon Ranch Corporation broke ground on the largest solar farm in the state of Mississippi.


Construction begins on the first community solar project in New York State

Participants of shared solar projects can purchase individual solar panels and receive credit for the power production, as if the panels were located on their own roof

Community solar project in Halfmoon, New York will allow more than 100 local residents to participate in solar energy generation, even if they can’t have their own private PV systems.


Developments on over 1 GW of new PV in India

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Progress on three solar schemes and projects in India, which have a potential combined capacity of 1050 MW, including 500 MW of rooftop PV being tendered by SECI, a piece of land being assigned for a 200 MW project in Rajasthan,...


TerniEnergia connects 82.5 MW PV plant in South Africa

TerniEnergia's solar farm in Paleisheuwel comprises of 611,000 panels spread over an area of 240 hectares.

TerniEnergia announced that it has completed the first of its two “giant” PV projects in South Africa.


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