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PSE&G to build 10 MW PV plant on landfill in New Jersey

New Jersey road sign.

New Jersey's largest utility will commence the project as part of its Solar 4 All program.

California approves solar permit streamlining

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill which advocates say will greatly simplify and standardize local permitting in the state, removing a key market barrier for residential solar in some areas.

SolarCity breaks ground on “GigaFactory” for solar PV in New York state

The 110,000 square meter plant in Buffalo will produce PV cells and modules based on Silevo's high-efficiency technology, as the largest solar manufacturing facility in the Western Hemisphere.

Meyer Burger to supply Q-Cells with PERC PV cell upgrade equipment

Meyer Burger will ship the systems in late 2014 and the first half of 2015 to Hanwha Q-Cells facilities in Germany and Malaysia, to enable increased cell efficiencies.

EU PVSEC: imec calls for greater focus on PV systems

EU PVSEC 2014 panel

Belgian PV and battery research group imec called for PV researchers to renew their focus on optimizing PV systems as the first full day of the EU PVSEC conference and trade show drew to a close on Tuesday in Amsterdam.

Abengoa launches EUR 500 million green bond offering

Abengoa's Solana 280 MW plant

The Spanish group will use the proceeds to finance existing and future eligible green energy projects.

Manz secures EUR 20 million loan for CIGS research

Manz ZSW CIGS solar panel

The credit line is part of an initiative to support midcap companies launched by the European Commission and the European Investment Bank, which describes Manz as "a technology leader well on a par with international competitors."

Japan poised to top 8 GW solar installations this year

Mount Fuji, Japan.

Government-driven incentives will see Japan add 5.1 GW of PV in the second half of the year, say analysts GlobalData.

Shunfeng to develop 250 MW agricultural PV park in China's Qinghai Province

Shunfeng agreement signing, September 2014

The Chinese solar group has agreed to develop the agricultural PV park on 10,000 acres of land provided by the government of Hainan Xinghai County.

Mercom: 48 GW of solar PV to be installed globally in 2014

Despite a slow first half of the year, Mercom Capital has raised its forecast for global PV installations to 48 GW, as the second year of accelerating market growth.

EIB to provide loan for 30 MW PV project in West Africa

The European Investment Bank (EIB) will join France and the EU in supporting a PV project in Burkina Faso, as one of the largest in the continent outside of South Africa to receive funding to date.

First Solar to supply 105 MW of PV modules for North Carolina projects

First Solar has won module supply contracts for two of the three projects that Duke Energy plans to build in North Carolina. Yingli will supply a third 23 MW project, and each of the three will feature a different EPC contractor.

Rockefellers dump oil, embrace clean energy

SunEdison array

If John D. Rockefeller were alive today, "as an astute businessman looking out to the future, he would be moving out of fossil fuels and investing in clean, renewable energy," says Stephen Heintz, president of the Rockefeller...

SMA takes over operational management of Canada's largest PV plant

Kingston Solar LP's 140 MW plant in Kingston Ontario, run by SMA

The leading German inverter manufacturere continues to expand its O&M operations in North America as it seeks to take a leading position as a one-stop shop for multi-megawatt PV power plants.

IKEA to broaden solar panel sales beyond UK

IKEA store.

The Swedish furniture retailer is to sell solar panels in eight more countries following a successful pilot scheme in the UK.

SunEdison to install solar PV micro-grids in 54 remonte Indian villages

Offgrid village in India

As part of the SunEdison Eradication of Darkness (SEED) initiative, the company will provide solar power to nearly 8,000 people and provide grants for farmers to buy solar water pumps.

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