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Work begins on 212 MW solar project in West Texas

Construction has begun and financing has been secured on one of first solar projects over 100 MW in Texas, as Southern Company acquires a majority stake.

California utilities agency increases efficiency with new storage system

Chino Hills, California

The advanced energy storage system will optimize renewable energy generation at its water management facilities, providing "an added layer of protection" against power outages and make it easier to share renewable resources.

Iran to host 1.25 GW solar PV project, reports Bloomberg

The Iranian Embassy in Berlin last year announced its clean energy goals, but movement since then has been slow.

A leading Iranian energy official tells Bloomberg that an unnamed German company will build several solar power plants in the province of the nation's capital, Tehran.

IEA talks Energy Transition, but still low-balls future growth of wind and solar

IEA's World Energy Outlook 2015 acknowledges the increasing importance of non-hydro renewable energy, but retains unrealistically pessimistic estimates of cost reduction and future market growth.

UK: Solar again tops popularity charts in latest poll

Rooftop solar installation, England.

Official government opinion poll on public attitudes to energy finds that solar is yet again the most popular, gaining 80% approval in poll that now tests mood of the nation every six, as opposed to three, months.

SunEdison project business booms amid a changing course

SunEdison reported a very strong quarter in its project business with far more solar and wind projects under construction than ever before at 2.9 GW, as the company shifts strategy.

TEP files to decrease payment for solar PV customers

Utility Tucson Electric Power (TEP) has filed for a new rate case, under which it plans to dramatically reduce compensation for PV system owners.

New York leads coalition of U.S. states in legal defense of Clean Power Plan

While the Clean Power Plan has been under attack in “red” states, a new coalition of some of the larger states and cities in the nation has thrown down the gauntlet.

Solarcity lawsuit against Arizona utility to go forward

SolarCity is seeking an injunction against Salt River Project for fees and changes to compensation for PV system owners, which it says has destroyed the solar market in SRP's service territory.

More than 130,000 petitions to preserve net metering delivered in California

A coalition of environmental, faith, business, consumer and labor organizations have joined solar advocates to deliver a record number of petitions to California regulators in support of the policy.

The pv magazine weekly news digest

Tell you watt: solar is becoming cheaper and cheaper right around the globe, as this week's leading stories have proved.

Solar's continued price decline caught the headlines for various reasons: In India's Andhra Pradesht the winning tender was so cheap verging on 'unattractive', in the U.S. Enphase was forced to slash costs to stay competitive,...

REC posts record Q3 revenue of $234 million, delivers global market outlook

REC solar installation.

Third quarter revenue is 39% increase on Q2, with U.S. market comprising 60% of sales over that period; module supply agreement for Thailand rises to 34 MW.

World’s eight major economies to double renewable energy capacity by 2030, WRI finds

Sao Paulo.

Study by the World Resources Institute finds that eight of the ten economies that lead the way in global emissions will double their use of renewable energy by 2030.

Largest Austrian state now 100% renewable

Solar PV in Austria.

Lower Austria, home to 1.65 million people, is now sourcing all of its energy from renewable sources, led by hydroelectric but with wind, solar and biomass playing their part, officials say.

Global pledges only halfway to meeting emissions target, says UN

Solar and coal.

Report from United Nations finds that current efforts to tackle climate change will only achieve half of the reduction in greenhouse gases required if world is to keep temperature increase below 2c.

SEIA: TPP will offer advantages for solar

The U.S. solar industry organization says that if passed, the trade deal will generally be positive for solar. SEIA's position is at odds with that of many environmental groups.

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