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US and EBRD to finance 20 MW solar PV plant in Jordan

Wadi Musa, Jordan

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation will co-finance a 20 MW solar PV plant in southern Jordan.


Magnolia to merge with silicon processing company

A thin film solar module.

Merger will give US thin-film maker access to high-purity quartz sand from SSRG's Lighthouse mine. The Australian operation is said to be the largest deposit of such quartz in the world.


The pv magazine weekly news roundup: Sept 19-26

UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon delivers a solar plant in Abu Dhabi ahead of the UN Climate Summit.

Solar's soaring potential lit up the distant horizon this week amid stories of lower cost storage for 2030, solar dominance by 2050 and higher CIGS efficiencies within a couple of years.


Forecast 2030: stored electricity at $0.05/kWh

Solar battery storage

Winfried Hoffmann, a well-known figure throughout the PV world, has created a learning curve for battery storage that predicts costs will fall much faster than many experts believe.


Can energy utilities keep their customers, or will they flee the grid?

Australian solar installation.

Will Australia's electricity consumers welcome utilities' attempts to re-engage with distributed generation, or has energy democratization already taken hold?


New York's $5bn renewables vision

The Statue of Liberty, New York.

NYSERDA says its 10-year plans will cost $3.85bn on top of current spending commitments. But the sustainable energy body says that does not mean a rise in energy bills for consumers.


Utility SCE unveils largest battery storage system in US

SCE battery storage system.

The 32 MWh storage system has been part-funded by the Department of Energy and is set to push the capabilities of energy storage on the grid.


Enphase to supply 1 MW of inverters to UK housing project

Nurthumberland countryside, England.

The US microinverter supplier has partnered with a local energy firm to install 4,000 microinverters at a charity-backed housing scheme.


EU commits $4.2 billion for sustainable energy in developing countries

Solar installation, Mombassa, Kenya

Aimed at increasing access to sustainable energy sources globally, the EU will allocate more than EUR 3.3 billion ($4.2 billion) in grants in the next six years. Some EUR 2 billion will benefit African countries.


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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.


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