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HelioSage, Gulf Power partner on 120 MW of solar in Florida

Gulf Power and HelioSage teams visit a HelioSage project under construction in North Carolina.

The Virginia-based solar developer will build the utility-scale projects at three military sites as part of a collaboration with the U.S. Air Force and Navy.


UK SMEs should opt for FIT, says energy minister

Energy Minister Matthew Hancock's comments have angered the U.K.'s Solar Trade Association.

Matthew Hancock tells U.K. Climate Change Committee that small businesses should steer clear from the Contracts for Difference funding scheme.


Solar and utilities can co-exist, says Elon Musk

Tesla delivery, Beijing.

Tech entrepreneur tells audience at Detroit auto show that the future for utilities is pretty good when viewed in collaboration with solar and electric mobility.


Imec reports 22% efficiency for large area PERT cell

Imec PERT cell

The micro and nanoelectronics research center says the new developments, resulting in additional improvement in conversion efficiency, further confirm the potential of n-type PERT cells for next-generation highly efficient...


Etrion confident about planned 138 MW pipeline in Japan

Etrion map of Japanese sites

In addition to the 34 MW already under construction, Etrion and Hitachi High-Tech are reviewing a large project pipeline in different stages of development; the four most advanced projects total 138 MW.


US: Solar better investment than stocks, study finds

Rooftop install, Oklahoma.

A typical solar PV system represents a better investment than the stock market in 46 of America's largest 50 cities, according to a report from NC Clean Energy Technology Center.


Dead Sea PV plant brings affordable energy to Palestinian households

Dead Sea Photovoltaic Power Generating Plant, Jericho, Israel

The opening of the 710 kW first phase of the planned 1.5 MW Dead Sea Photovoltaic Generating Plant has resulted in dramatic drops in electricity prices for Palestinian households that were formerly dependent on high Israeli...


Analyst interview: The rise of distributed solar

Distributed generation is already a robust sector of the Japanese solar PV industry.

pv magazine editor in chief Jonathan Gifford chats with Jenny Chase of BNEF about the growing prominence of distributed generation in leading solar markets.


SunEdison strikes 5 GW solar and wind deal in Karnataka, India

Lalitha Mahala Palace, India.

The U.S. solar manufacturer will develop subsidy-free renewable electricity in the Indian state of Karnataka over the next five years.


FLS Energy commences 42 MW North Carolina solar project

North Carolina landscape.

The project comprises seven utility-scale solar farms scattered across the state. Local utility Duke Energy has agreed PPAs.


Vikram Solar completes India's first floating PV plant

Floating solar plant, New Town, Kolkata.

The 10 kWp R&D installation has been commissioned to assess the scalability of the technology as India explores ways to make solar energy available anywhere.


India updates draft guidelines for 3 GW solar auction

Solar park in Gujarat, India.

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy issues guidance on how the bidding process for Phase II, Batch II, Tranche I of the JNNSM will work.


Hanwha SolarOne strikes 50 MW solar DG deal in China

Hanwha SolarOne PV modules stacked for shipping.

The Chinese solar manufacturer has signed a cooperation agreement to develop distributed generation projects in the country's Guangxi region.


Leading Stanford professors call for end to fossil fuel investment

main quad, Stanford University.

Three hundred faculty members at the prestigious U.S. university urge its president, John Hennessy, and the board of trustees, to move away from all fossil fuel investment.


Chile: new 80 MW merchant solar project announced

Chile's Antofagasta region is located in the country's northern Atacama Desert - one of the driest, sunniest places on earth.

The PV plant is to be constructed by Pacific Solar SA and Greenwood Energy, and will become one of the largest merchant solar plants in the world.


Leggett go: environmental campaigner steps down as Solarcentury chairman

Dr. Philip Cromberg, left, has replaced Jeremy Leggett as Solarcentury's non-executive chairman.

Jeremy Leggett will continue as board member but hopes to focus more effort on campaigning. Philip Comberg appointed as new non-executive chairman.


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