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Beijing will close final coal plant next year

A coal-fired power station.

City authorities closed two plants last week and will bring down the curtain on coal in 2016. The capital is replacing coal with natural gas-fired plants.

Egypt: Philadelphia signs 50 MW agreement

Philadelphia CEO Basim Saleh and NREA Chairman Mohamed Sobki sign an MoU on March 15, 2015, in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.

The country appears to be on a major solar roll with yet another government-backed PV deal. Jordan's Philadelphia Solar is the latest firm to sign on for a large-scale project, but doubts are growing about the sustainability of...

Energy storage, PV-hybrid systems offer huge potential for off-grid mining sector

Rio Tinto Alcan bauxite mine, Australia

Declining module costs are making PV-hybrid systems increasingly appealing to off-grid mining operators eager to reduce fossil fuel costs, according to a new study by Apricum.

Israeli election matters for PV industry

Negev Desert, Israel

Tuesday's elections will lead to the formation of a new government that will decide whether Israel will meet the high expectations of becoming the region's real PV powerhouse or simply continue its favorable but not exactly...

Brazil sets second solar auction in 2015

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The South American nation is ramping up solar development with another solar auction scheduled for November.

China boosts 2015 solar target by 20%

The Chinese flag.

China's National Energy Administration has announced that it will boost its 2015 solar target to 17.8 GW. The NEA has cited the need to, "stabilize and expand the solar application market," as the reason for the move.

Egypt signs 3 GW solar deal with SkyPower, IGD

Cairo, Egypt

The project comes on the heels of the Egyptian government's announcement to build a new capital city for $45 billion. The Canadian solar giant describes the $5 billion investment for 3,000 MW of utility-scale solar PV projects as...

Congress debates distributed solar ahead of new legislation

A U.S. residential solar array.

United States senators on Tuesday received testimony from representatives of the electric power industry, energy regulators and national laboratories on the state of innovation related to the grid.

Chinese social media questions Jinko's fire prevention measures

JinkoSolar fire.

Users on Chinese micro blogging site Weibo have raised questions about JinkoSolar's fire prevention measures at its Jianxi fab. Informal reports indicate a tower that is a part of the Jinko facilities appears totally destroyed.

Australia: Rooftop solar subsidies appear safe, storage program launched

The Alkimos Beach development.

Signals from the Australian Federal Government appear to indicate that rooftop solar will remain free from subsidy cuts. Program to trial solar plus storage at new housing development announced.

Italy to switch off PV plants over 100 kW during solar eclipse

Solar eclipse from Japan

In Germany, the debate is still on as to how to deal with large PV systems during the solar eclipse on Friday. Italian transmission grid operator Terna has made the decision to switch off large-scale PV plants for an entire...

Solar-hybrid applications offer solution for hard-hit EPCs

Solar-diesel hybrid system at Cronimet Chrome Mining site in Thabazimbi, South Africa

Interview: PV power plant project developers in Europe are in big trouble. The first round of calls for ground-mounted systems has begun, but it's not clear how this model will develop. The global market for solar-diesel hybrid...

Brazilian solar auction set for August

Salvador da Bahia, Brazil

The second national solar auction in Brazil will award 20-year contracts to winning projects, which are to begin operations in 2017.

Wirsol Energy plugs 29 MW solar farm into UK grid

The 29 MW Elms Farm solar park in the English county of Oxfordshire, connected to the U.K. grid in March 2015.

Connection of the Elms Farm solar park made in time to qualify for 1.4 ROC. Plant sold to Bluefield Solar Income Fund as part of company's growing PV portfolio.

RWE buys stake in Conergy

Conergy 5.3 MW PV plant, Cornwall, England

The German utility giant has acquired a minority stake in Conergy. The leading downstream solar company expects to expand operations this year in Latin America, Japan, Philippines and Africa, CEO Andrew de Pass tells pv magazine.

Greece added just 13 MW in 2014

Greek solar farm.

Despite technically reaching grid parity, Greece installed a mere 13 MW of new solar PV in 2014, according to official statistics released last week.

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