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OPDE surpasses 56.6 MW of solar in UK

OPDE solar PV plant, UK

The Spanish company has a current development pipeline in the U.K. of more than 200 MW and is on track to meet its target of connecting 100 MW of PV capacity in the country by 2015.


Panasonic announces launch of lithium-ion battery unit at Tesla Gigafactory

Tesla Gigafactory, artist's rendition

Panasonic CEO Kazuhiro Tsuga has said the corporation's initial investment in the Gigafactory will amount to "tens of billions" of yen.


Low carbon energy transition could free up trilions of dollars, finds CPI

An oil well, Texas.

Two reports by the Climate Policy Initiative argue governments that implement policies to transition away from coal will enjoy the most cost-effective path to a low-carbon economy.


Swiss-American duo wins Israeli prize for work in solar-based fuels

Michael Grätzel of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland.

Thomas Meyer and Michael Grätzel have developed a method to use solar-generated electricity to split water into hydrogen and oxygen -- a critical step in the generation of solar-based fuels, whose only emission is water.


Russian solar expansion picks up speed

Altai Republic, Russia

In Crimea, authorities are scrambling to bolster local renewable energy capacities in an effort to buffer a possible lack of conventional electricity, a result of Russia's seizure of Crimea and the ongoing conflict between Russia...


Lightsource teaming up with local installers to expand rooftop business in UK

UK rooftop installation, Lighsource Renewable Energy

Lightsource Renewable Energy, the U.K.'s largest solar energy generator, is building a nationwide partnership with local solar PV installers as it expands its rooftop portfolio.


Proposed change in scope of US-China trade case unlikely to have major impact

The U.S. Department of Commerce has proposed a change in the scope of its anti-dumping case against Chinese solar products, to include wafers and cells manufactured in any nation. GTM Research says that this is likely to have...


Ontario reduces feed-in tariffs 1-5% for solar PV

NPD Solarbuzz predicts limited impacts on the PV market in the Canadian province of Ontario, which is hovering around 200 MW annually.


EPIA blasts EU approval of UK nuclear plant subsidies

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron and Energy Secretary Edward Davey view plans for the new nuclear site at Hinkley, Somerset.

"Instead of validating another subsidy to nuclear, European policymakers should be making all energy sources compete on a level playing field," says EPIA chief exec James Watson.


Sun setting on Destertec

Desertec solar plant, Morocco

Time appears to be running out for the once ambitious consortium that envisioned supplying renewable energy to Europe from the Middle East and North Africa.


GCL New Energy to develop 661 MW of PV projects in China

GCL solar plant

The Chinese company is partnering with Hebei Yuanchen on a 500 MW plant in Hebei province and building 161 MW of projects in Inner Mongolia following its acquisition of Xiangdao.


Scottish renewable energy in the post-referendum era

Scotland onshore wind turbine

Following Scotland's independence referendum last month and voters' decision to remain in the U.K., increasing the country's devolved powers has emerged as the center of a dynamic debate. Will energy policy also be devolved? And...


Mercom Capital: Downstream dominates as solar investment levels rebound in Q3 2014

While VC funding is up and a third yeildco IPO was held, Mercom's Q3 report shows that the biggest sources of available capital in the solar industry are still Chinese banks.


KKR partners with Acciona to grow renewable energy asset portfolio

Private equity firm KKR has moved deeper into renewable energy by acquiring a 1/3 stake in the renewable energy generation business of Acciona. The two companies plan to launch a yieldco to hold some of these assets.


Tokyo Electric upgrading grid with 100-km-long transmission line

The city of Nagano, Japan

Tokyo Electric Power Co. is building a 100-kilometer-long electricity transmission line in central Japan as part of the country's efforts to upgrade its grid infrastructure in view of surging renewable power.


Panasonic, Coronal complete nine solar projects for Southern California Edison

The Panasonic-Coronal PV plant in Farmersville,

Coronal's total joint project development with Panasonic is now more than 100 MW. The nine installations mark the first commercial projects to be finished under Panasonic and Coronal's exclusive partnership.


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