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SkyPower announces $440m, 200 MW Djibouti solar plans

Djibouti City.

Canadian developer continues its international expansion with agreement to develop large solar project in the east African nation; plants will be built in four phases over next four years.

Global PV module sales to reach record levels in 2016

First Solar PV module installation

Market research group IHS forecasts a period of strong growth in the global PV module industry due to a new wave of capacity expansions, a relatively stable pricing environment and increasing demand from several established...

Greenpeace: Making 100% renewable energy possible

Costa Rican tree frog

The solar PV industry could employ 9.7 million people by 2030, more than 10 times as many as it does today. Jobs in wind power could grow to 7.8 million over the same period, according to a new study.

Vice President Joe Biden wows crowd at SPI

Vice President Joe Biden at SPI in Anaheim, California, Sept. 16, 2015

Biden unveiled a new White House grant program aimed at scaling up clean energy in 24 states across the country, targeting greater access to solar energy in rural and low-income neighborhoods and supporting efforts to reduce...

Southern Company, EPRI tap LG Chem for battery testing project

LG Chem-powed energy storage system powered at Southern Company PV farm in Cedartown, Georgia.

The project will provide data to help Southern Company understand how well the battery energy storage system works to store and discharge solar energy.

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Events at the Solar Power International exhibition in California complement a busy week for the U.S. solar industry, while Dubai's grand plans and Trina’s new business strategy also turns PV heads.

Phoenix Solar cuts profit target

Phoenix Solar First Solar

The cancelation of a major PV project in Asia has forced the German company to lower its earnings forecast. Nevertheless, Phoenix Solar's free order backlog far exceeds 2014 levels.

FPL expanding solar in Sunshine State

FPL's 10 MW FPL Space Coast Next Generation Solar Energy Center

The Florida utility company is set to triple its existing solar capacity by the end of 2016 with three new large-scale installations in the state.

Colorful London Mayor rounds on UK government's solar cuts

Boris Johnson.

Boris Johnson speaks of his concern at proposals by the Conservative government to slash the FIT by up to 87%; comments win backing of green politicians and industry.

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Solar Power International day 1: Optimism or denial?

Strong attendance at the largest solar trade show in the U.S. reflects record deployment and optimism based on falling costs and industry progress. But with ITC expiration around the corner, questions remain as to whether the...

California: EPRI, SunEdison partner on net-zero energy home pilot project

Antioch, California, homes, Yingli rooftop installations

The program will be crucial in evaluating how net-zero energy homes that generate and store their own energy impact the local electricity grid. California is aiming to have all new homes net-zero starting in 2020, and all new...

PowerFin, CPS Energy launch rooftop solar program in San Antonio

San Antonio, Texas

The program makes participation in solar energy more accessible, affordable and available to a much broader base of the Texas city's residential and business setor, according to the companies.

Genscape buys Locus Energy

U.S. residential PV installation

With the addition of the PV monitoring and data analytics company, Genscape -- part of the Daily Mail and General Trust plc conglomerate -- will expand its operations into the burgeoning solar sector.

India: ABB secures $18 million in solar-related orders

Tamil Nadu, India

The Swiss engineering giant's biggest project is Adani Group's 648 MW PV plant in the southeastern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Earlier this year ABB became the first company in the country to deliver solar inverters with a...

UK solar cuts will cost country in the long run, says REA

UK rooftop installation.

Savings made under the government's proposed budget cap should the FIT be cut by the proposed rate will be less than monies lost in tax and national insurance revenue as 15,000 jobs are lost, finds REA.

US: ITC extension will support steady solar growth, finds BNEF, SEIA report

BNEF solar ITC graph.

Independent analysis of the impact of the Investment Tax Credit on the U.S. solar industry, commissioned by the SEIA, finds 22 GW of additional solar capacity will be added if 30% ITC extended to 2022.

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