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Latin American solar markets explode in 2014, 2015

The latest report by GTM Research predicts that 805 MW of solar PV will be installed across the region in 2014, a six-fold increase over 2013. The company forecasts another 2.3 GW of new PV in 2015.


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U.S. government releases draft of Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan

The state of California and U.S. federal officials have released the latest draft of their plan for renewable energy in the California desert, which environmentalists say does not go far enough to protect biologically sensitive...


TMEIC to make inverters in Texas

Despite a booming market in Japan, the world's fourth-largest inverter maker has expanded to the United States, and IHS says that it expects more inverter companies to follow suit.


Berkeley Lab report examines financial impacts of distributed PV on utilities

U.S. rooftop installation

Impacts to utility shareholder earnings and return on equity can vary greatly but can also be mitigated through a range of measures, according to analysts.


UN Climate Summit strikes bum note

President Obama at the UN.

Despite the self-congratulatory mood, critics attack gathering of 120 world leaders for failing to rise to the challenge of climate change.


UC Davis to build largest PV installation in University of California system

UC Davis, California

Built and owned by Sunpower, the project is designed to generate 33 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year, compared to total campus electricity use of 228 million kilowatt hours in 2013-14.


IRS to review Value of Solar Tariffs in Austin, Texas

Downtown Austin, Texas

Solar households in Austin can sell, but not consume, the PV power they generate while having to buy electricity from the utility. The scheme also increases costs for homeowners, say critics.


Solarcentury to build Africa's largest solar carport

Solarcentury carport, Germany.

The 858 kW installation uses Solarcentury's dual-mode technology and will sit atop a carport at the new Garden City Mall in Nairobi, Kenya.


California approves solar permit streamlining

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill which advocates say will greatly simplify and standardize local permitting in the state, removing a key market barrier for residential solar in some areas.


SolarCity breaks ground on “GigaFactory” for solar PV in New York state

The 110,000 square meter plant in Buffalo will produce PV cells and modules based on Silevo's high-efficiency technology, as the largest solar manufacturing facility in the Western Hemisphere.


Meyer Burger to supply Q-Cells with PERC PV cell upgrade equipment

Meyer Burger will ship the systems in late 2014 and the first half of 2015 to Hanwha Q-Cells facilities in Germany and Malaysia, to enable increased cell efficiencies.


EU PVSEC: imec calls for greater focus on PV systems

EU PVSEC 2014 panel

Belgian PV and battery research group imec called for PV researchers to renew their focus on optimizing PV systems as the first full day of the EU PVSEC conference and trade show drew to a close on Tuesday in Amsterdam.


Abengoa launches EUR 500 million green bond offering

Abengoa's Solana 280 MW plant

The Spanish group will use the proceeds to finance existing and future eligible green energy projects.


Manz secures EUR 20 million loan for CIGS research

Manz ZSW CIGS solar panel

The credit line is part of an initiative to support midcap companies launched by the European Commission and the European Investment Bank, which describes Manz as "a technology leader well on a par with international competitors."


Japan poised to top 8 GW solar installations this year

Mount Fuji, Japan.

Government-driven incentives will see Japan add 5.1 GW of PV in the second half of the year, say analysts GlobalData.


Shunfeng to develop 250 MW agricultural PV park in China's Qinghai Province

Shunfeng agreement signing, September 2014

The Chinese solar group has agreed to develop the agricultural PV park on 10,000 acres of land provided by the government of Hainan Xinghai County.


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