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Solar Impulse completes toughest leg yet to arrive in China

Bertrand Piccard addresses the media after touching down in China at Chongqing airport following a 20-hour flight from Burma.

Departing yesterday from Mandalay, Burma, the solar-powered aircraft touched down in Chongqing, China, following a 20-hour flight.

Package of pro-solar measures for Illinois

The Exelon City solar plant, Chicago.

Utility ComEd will introduce microgrids, EV chargers, community solar and voltage optimization but new billing policy could prove controversial.

JinkoSolar to supply 75 MW of panels to Arizona solar project

Fort Bowie, Cochise.

Swinerton Renewable Energy's Red Horse 2 solar and wind project, in the town of Cochise, Arizona, will utilize 248,750 JinkoSolar modules, the developer has confirmed.

Japan confirms FIT cut of 16% by July

Solar PV rooftop, Japan.

Latest degression of the country's generous subsidy rate is larger than in previous years as Japan's METI brings to an end three-year period of premium rates.

Cost of renewable energy to UK customers to treble

Solar rooftops in the UK.

OBR report highlights benefits of gas over renewables and predicts average household will be paying $333 per year to subsidize clean energy by 2020.

MNRE presses all Indian states to define their own solar policy

Indian solar plant.

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy urges each of India's states to present clear policies for solar energy to the government.

Obama orders government to slash emissions, consume more renewables

Obama at Nellis AFB.

The president will sign an executive order today cutting emissions 40% for the nation's largest energy consumer—the federal government itself.

Ideal Power and LG Chem collaborate on storage and conversion deal

battery energy storage

A multi-year alliance agreement will see LG Chem roll out its commercial and microgrid storage systems in collaboration with Ideal Power's power conversion technology.

SPI signs joint venture for 50 MW of floating PV projects

Infratech's floating PV plant.

The Chinese PV developer will partner with Aqua Clean Energy on the co-development of floating PV projects in four U.S. states as well as Mexico.

Germany: Switching off PV plants during eclipse expensive option

Berlin, Germany

Like the rest of Europe, Germany is bracing for its own version of Black Friday: Higher wholesale electricity prices, increased costs for reserve power and compensation in case of PV plant shutdowns are all in the cards.

Solar eclipse chance to test grid response, say European technicians

Solar eclipse.

Solar power loss expected to be minimal, but event offers unprecedented opportunity to assess the impact of small oscillations on national grids across affected areas in Europe.

Etrion: 138 MW in development in Chile, Japan

Etrion's 70 MW Salvador PV park in Chile

The Swiss company, which recently completed its majority owned 70 MW Salvador solar park in Chile, posted a 60% increase in net losses last year as revenue fell 8%.

DNV GL finds energy executives positive for high-penetration RE future

Solar-powered smart grid.

Survey results suggest 82% of energy professionals believe world can be more than 70% renewable by 2050 provided future debate migrates from integration to whole-system assessments.

IHS: 75 GW annual PV market tipped for 2019

A PV power plant.

Analyst group IHS predicts that 11 national solar markets will grow to more than 1 GW p.a. of solar demand by 2019, resulting in a more stable market of more than 75 GW p.a. IHS predicts total installed capacity to reach 500 GW...

Interview: ET Solar to expand Europe operations despite MIP ruling

Patrick Guo, ET Solar.

Chinese solar company undeterred by European Commission's findings that it had breached the terms of the minimum import price agreement, says ET Solar VP for operation and sales, Patrick Guo.

California Energy Commission awards Bosch-led team $2.8 million for micro-grid demonstration

Bosch site, Farmington Hills, Michigan

The funds will assist the demonstration and deployment of Bosch's direct-current building-scale micro-grid platform, which the company says will provide a more reliable and resilient power supply to critical loads.

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