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China's NDRC order grid operators to purchase curtailed solar power in congested regions

Ground mounted Chinese solar farm in Qinghai.

National Development and Reform Commission issues purchase rule forcing grid operators in 11 Chinese regions to secure utilization of at least 1,300 hours of solar energy; regions identified because of network congestion and...


India considering tax incentives for solar households

Hyderabad rooftops, India.

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy proposes a tax incentive for homeowners keen on installing solar panels on their rooftops.


CSP offers up to $0.06 per kilowatt hour extra value

Abengoa's 280 MW CSP Solana Plant in Gila Bend, Arizona

In a new report, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory says the greater the penetration of renewables in California, the greater the value of concentrated solar power with thermal storage capacity.


Chinese backsheet producers increasing global share

Coveme PV backsheet production

Consultancy group ASIACHEM expects Chinese producers to gain a majority share of the global market by the end of 2015.


Turkmenistan plans solar energy institute

Institute of Oil and Gas, Ashgabat.

A decree by the country's president has called for the creation of a solar research center intended to explore Turkmenistan's untapped solar potential.


Solarcentury builds Hampshire's first solar community project

Community-owned solar park, Hampshire, England.

The southern English county is to get its first solar cooperative: a 2.4 MW solar farm funded by 500 people and built by Solarcentury.


Hanwha SolarOne supplies Ikaros Solar UK projects

Ikaros - Hall Farm solar installation in Norfolk, England.

The Belgian solar company has in a relatively short time installed close to 21 MWp of solar projects in the United Kingdom and sees potential for more PV parks throughout the European Union and beyond.


Russia switches off Ukraine gas supply

Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Russia's decision to halt all supplies to Kiev for debt non-payment has spooked Europe's energy market.


Allianz Renewable Energy Fund acquires 19.5 MW solar farm in UK

Great Glemham solar farm, UK

Allianz Global Investors says the Great Glemham plant offers stable cash-flows through the U.K.'s Renewables Obligation subsidy scheme and a long-term power purchase agreement.


SunPower secures $200 million loan program boost from Admirals Bank

Residential solar installation.

The funding is to be used to develop SunPower's residential solar project portfolio over the course of the next two years.


NRG Energy completes 6 MW community clean energy project in California

NRG Energy Community 1 Solar Facility, California.

Developed in collaboration with Boeing and San Diego State University, the Community Solar 1 Generating Facility will power 2,200 local households.


Trina Solar to supply 23 MW of modules to Linuo Solar Power's rooftop project in China

Trina Solar module production

The two companies look set to continue their relationship on future downstream projects. Trina sees "significant potential" in China's growing distributed generation sector.


Tenaska taps First Solar to build 150 MW solar facility in Southern California

El Centro, Imperial Valley, California

The thin-film PV manufacturer is constructing its second plant in California for the Omaha, Nebraska-based energy company. San Diego Gas & Electric Company has signed a 25-year PPA for the project.


8minutenergy Renewables, Macquarie Capital raise $30 million for California solar project

Bakersfield, California

The leading PV developer and global financing group are partnering on the construction of the 90 MW Redwood Solar Farm in Kern County.


Russia steps up solar expansion in the south

Ufa River, Bashkiria, Russia

The sunlit southern regions of Bashkiria and Krasnodar are seeking to boost solar power output with a number of projects in development. Krasnodar is investing $870 million in green energy through 2020.


Australia: the case of the missing solar millions

When arriving at Parliament House today, Australia's environment minister Greg Hunt dodged questions about his missing "solar roofs" policy.

Greg Hunt, Australia's environment minister, has avoided questions about whether he had continued to give assurances to the solar industry that the "one-million-solar roofs" initiative would go ahead despite knowing that the...


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