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Marubeni mega-solar plant goes online in Japan

The Marubeni 82 MW mega-solar plant in Oita City, Japan

The company also has two other large-scale power plants in the works with a combined capacity of more than 77 MW in the country.


Conergy completes 68 MW of solar farms in UK

Conergy 5 MW solar farm, Cornwall, UK

With an ambitious development pipeline of 150 MW, the Hamburg-based solar company is aiming to build more than 200 MW in the U.K. by year's end.


OneRoof Energy expands solar leasing program to Massachusetts

Boston, Massachusetts

The New England state's solar capacity has soared due in large part to leasing programs that eliminate high upfront costs for homeowners.


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UK government unveils Solar Strategy

House of Parliament, London, U.K.

The U.K. government today unveiled the European Union's first dedicated national solar strategy in the English West Midlands. The government's strategy is a shift in emphasis away from solar farms into utilizing south-facing...


Crisis in Ukraine threatens domestic PV industry

Russian President Vladimir Putin signs the treaty annexing the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastol on March 18, 2014.

The political crisis in Ukraine is threatening to hollow out the country's nascent PV industry as the world awaits the outcome of Russia's annexation of Crimea.


SunPower gets a $42 million cash injection

A SunPower residential installation.

The U.S. solar manufacturer will use the money to expand its solar leasing program. SunPower says it already has 20,000 American households signed up.


Manz acquires KEMET mechanical engineering division

Manz HQ in Reutlingen, Germany

Germany-based Manz has acquired Kemet Electronic Italy. Approval for the transaction was granted by the Italian trades union and the supervisory bodies of both companies. Financial details for the move have been not published.


Schneider Electric to establish inverter fab in Russia

Angarsk Railway Station, Russia

In addition to a planned fab in Siberia, Schneider and Avelar Energy will also partner on an engineering center in Russia, which will focus on inverter maintainance.


String inverters see increasing use in megawatt-scale PV projects

IHS PV Inverter survey chart

A new IHS report shows string inverters are gaining in popularity. Chinese products and microinverters are also winning over ever more customers.


Mexican president inaugurates one of Latin America's largest solar farms

Mexico

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto dedicated the 39 MW Aura Solar I farm on 26 March. The plant is slated to produce 82 GWh per year, which should fulfill the energy needs of 65% of the households in the city of La Paz.


JinkoSolar secures $39 million loan from China Development Bank

Xinjiang Province, China

The credit line will bankroll two PV projects with a combined capacity of 35 MW that have already gone online.


Solar Frontier sets thin-film PV world record with 20.9% CIS cell

Solar Frontier plant

Germany's Fraunhofer Institute has verified the new CIS conversion efficiency breakthrough, achieved at the Atsugi Research Center (ARC) in Kanagawa, Japan.


New York's Long Island to add 100 MW of solar generation

Brooklyn Bridge, New York City

As part of a new auction, PSEG Long Island has set the final bid price of $0.1688 per kilowatt hour for PV systems of various sizes that are expected to be constructed across Long Island.


Global solar PV demand soars due to increased capacity in the UK, Japan

Rooftop PV systems, U.K.

Global solar PV demand in Q1 2014 showed a 35% increase over the same period last year, according to figures released by NPD Solarbuzz in its latest quarterly report. The same report predicts that all quarters of 2014 will hit...


Romania adds 850 MW in past eight months despite incentive cuts

Romania 50 kW PV installation

The country is also increasingly working with Turkey on a number of ambitious energy projects, including a plans to build 1 GW of capacity and a 450-kilometer-long submarine electricity line connecting the two countries.


EREC closes due to high Brussels rents

Brussels

The European Renewable Energy Council (EREC) is to shut its doors today as the former representative body continues its fall into liquidation. The reason given for this was an ability to meet the costs of renting in central...


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