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Palestine clears way for inaugural 5.7 MW solar plant on the West Bank

Gaza City.

Palestinian Authority's Energy Ministry grants license for the first solar park to be developed on the West Bank. Dutch firm Gigawatt Global Cooperatief UA will partner with Palestine's Rack Tech to build the plant.


Phoenix Solar secures EPC contract for 19.6 MW Texan solar plant

Kinney County in Texas.

U.S. subsidiary of the German-headquartered solar developer awarded the rights to develop the single-axis tracking solar plant in Texas. Energy produced will be consumed by the U.S. military.


JA Solar hits 7 GW of mono PV module shipments

Module inspection at JA Solar fab.

The past ten years have seen the Chinese Tier-1 solar company ship more than 7 GW of monocrystalline PV modules globally, data shows.


Cell of an achievement: Solar Impulse aircraft completes historic journey

Andre Borschberg (left) celebrates with Bertrand Piccard (right) after the pilot touched down in Abu Dhabi early this morning to complete the record-breaking round-the-world-flight.

Jubilant scenes as Bertrand Piccard touches down in Abu Dhabi to complete the Solar Impulse 2's round-the-world flight powered by the sun.


Washington D.C. raises renewable energy mandate to 50% by 2032 with 5% solar carve-out

The nation’s capital now has the fifth-most-aggressive RPS policy in the nation. As part of the new program the city plans to install solar PV on 100,000 homes where low-income families live.


Portugal processes licenses for 2 GW of solar PV without subsidies

180 MW of solar projects have been authorized under the market system in the south of the nation. Additionally, 68 licenses for solar projects are being processed, which total more than 2 GW of potential.


UK: expect little other than zero subsidy solar

Solar inspection.

Following the UK's referendum result to exit the European Union, news from the country emerges at a speed that is hard to monitor and last week the energy community discussed EDF's call for a final decision regarding a new U.K....


New $100m Australian solar fund to target large-scale blue chip solar assets

Solar array in Sydney.

A new, AUD$100 million renewable energy investment fund that aims to buy up established solar farms around Australia has been launched by Melbourne-based Impact Investment Group, with the backing of some high profile names...


One in three UK solar jobs lost in past 12 months, data shows

Solar park in England.

Since government-backed changes in policy were introduced, the U.K. solar industry has seen a third of its jobs disappear, with 30% of companies likely cut employment further over next 12 months.


Solar Impulse begins final leg of epic round-the-world journey

The Solar Impulse aircraft taking off from Egypt to embark on the final leg of its round-the-world flight.

The zero-fuel solar-powered aircraft makes its way to Abu Dhabi from Cairo, returning to the Emirate where the record-breaking journey began back in March 2015.


U.S. government makes up to $4.5 billion in loan guarantees available for EV infrastructure

The new access to loan guarantees is part of a suite of actions that the Obama Administration has unveiled to support electric vehicles and charging stations.


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Solar installation in Czech Republic.

Talking 'bout a resolution: SolarWorld comes under pressure to reach an agreement on the Hemlock case, Turkey's political troubles shake the sector, and NASA goes all 3D in its quest for higher solar efficiencies.


China triples H1 solar installations to 20 GW

Chinese scene.

Data from state news agency Xinhua suggests that China has added 20 GW of new solar PV capacity in the first half of 2016, three times more than same period last year.


Photon Energy adds 28 MW to its solar O&M portfolio

Czech installation.

Photon Energy Operations, a subsidiary of the solar firm Photo Energy, acquires O&M contracts of 17 solar plants in the Czech Republic totaling 28.5 MWp.


India's fossil fuel giants begin to back Modi solar goal

Indian solar array.

Many of the biggest names in Indian coal, oil and gas have embarked on renewable energy projects or initiatives in recent months as the attraction of solar becomes ever more apparent.


Facebook completes successful maiden flight of solar-powered drone

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his team at Aquila's hangar in Arizona before the aircraft's successful test flight.

The Aquila aircraft is powered by solar PV and uses just 5,000 watts to beam internet access into some of the world's most remote regions using lasers.


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