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Ignite Power set to light up homes in Rwanda

Ignite Power MoU signing in Rwanda

"Distributed solar energy is enabling communities to leapfrog beyond the grid and bring power quicker and cheaper to African communities," says Clean Access Initiative Chairman Yariv Cohen.


Brighter skies leading to 5% PV yield increases

The sun.

New research from Germany’s Fraunhofer ISE has shown that brighter skies are leading to PV system output exceeding forecasts by 5%. Fraunhofer has adjusted its forecast models accordingly.


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Duke Energy commits to 278 MW of solar PV in North Carolina

Following on its February RFP, Duke has announced that it will acquire and construct three PV plants totaling 128 MW, including the largest PV project east of the Mississippi River, and sign PPAs with another five totaling 150...


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Massachusetts utility-scale PV sector in danger

The U.S. state of Massachusetts has proposed not setting aside any capacity in 2016 for traditional solar PV projects larger than 650 kW under the new SREC II program. The state's solar industry warns that this will have major...


Pico solar, solar home systems expected to reach $2.1 billion in annual revenue by 2024

Goal Zero camping lamp

PV consumer systems provide new alternatives to kerosene lighting in the developing world, reports Navigant Research.


Newly established Solara takes over CentroSolar's off-grid unit

Sail boat equipped with Solara modules

A management buyout has led to the formation of the new company and its acquisition of insolvent CentroSolar's Stand Alone System division.


Australia: Rooftop solar future boosted as Labor pledges support

Australian Labor leader Bill Shorten

Australian opposition leader Bill Shorten has blasted the recent recommendations made by the government-appointed review panel headed by businessman Dick Warburton and pledged continued support for rooftop solar, RenewEconomy...


Goldman Sachs facilitating low-interest solar bonds in Japan

JAG Energy's 2 MW Sakaida Solar Way installation.

With interest at the 1% level, bonds are proving cheaper than bank loans and fulfilling strong demand for long-term A-rated notes in the country.


Xcel Energy opens tender for 200 MW of projects in Texas

Austin Texas.

Through its Southwestern Public Service Company (SPS), Xcel Energy has opened the tender for projects worth 200 MW of PV capacity in Texas. Projects are to be delivered by Dec 31, 2016.


India reveals draft of new program to support 20 GW of large PV projects by 2020

SunEdison Charanka Solar Park

As outlined in an initial draft, the ambitious program will work with state governments to set up a series of solar parks and mega-solar projects. Mercom Capital says that the announcement is good sign for solar policy under the...


Spanish summer not bad for solar PV

A Spanish CSP power plant.

Although the proportion of electricity generated from solar PV in Spain declined a little this summer, CSP's share of the mix grew. The country's PV sector is still dealing with the fallout from last year's abolition of FIT...


pv magazine's weekly news round-up

Ulrich Speisshofer, CEO of ABB.

Here we are again, everything you could possibly need to know about this week in solar shoe-horned into one handy email. Those of you old enough can think of it as a sun-drenched That Was The Week That Was.


Printable solar cells close to commercialization

Dyesol solar dye cells.

Australian research organization CSIRO says its solar cells, printable onto plastic, are nearing market. CSIRO says domestic solar dye cell manufacturer Dyesol is interested in commercializing the technology.


Build first, worry about quotas later, says China

A rooftop system.

In another push for DG, China's National Energy Administration says small-scale generation pilot areas must be started by the end of the month to qualify for support. Manufacturer Renesola says a Q4 solar gold rush would drive up...


Energy is at the heart of Florida election

Florida governor Rick Scott.

Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist says incumbent Republican governor Rick Scott oversaw bill rises to fund utility infrastructure including natural gas pipes and nuclear. The utilities have donated $3.55m to Republicans...


Greek isles to be connected to grid

A Greek island.

French, Swedish, Italian and Greek companies this week signed contracts to install underground and subsea cabling to connect the Cyclades to the mainland grid. The connections will boost solar project development in the isalnds.


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