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UK Environment Secretary bemoans 'eyesore' solar farms

Sheep underneath solar panels in England.

Liz Truss calls for more solar on rooftops and fewer ground-mount PV plants on agricultural land on eve of CAP subsidy withdrawal.


Chile reaches 873 MW-AC of solar under construction

The latest report by Chile's renewable energy authorities shows a spike in new project starts in the nation, and 326 MW-AC already built.


AE looks at departure from inverter business

Despite the 2013 acquisition of Refusol, Advanced Energy has been struggling for several quarters with falling revenues and losses. The company is now considering getting out of the inverter business entirely.


UK auctions capacity, sparks controversy

London, England

A capacity market auction last week led to the procurement of 49.26 GW of new capacity, mainly from fossil and nuclear fuels, at a clearing price which will cost U.K. households nearly £1 billion. The government said the capacity...


AORA to build pilot solar-hybrid plant in Ethiopia

AORA Tulip installation

Israel-based hybrid power developer AORA Solar has signed a deal with Ethiopia's Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy to begin construction of a pilot solar-hybrid power plant.


Germany provides additional $800 million loan for Moroccan solar park

Ourazazate CSP project, Morocco

The German federal government is providing additional backing for the construction of one of the world's largest solar power complexes, which will have a total capacity of 560 MW when completed. The support is part of Germany's...


Interview: Nautilus Solar president applauds US-China climate protection deal

Barak Obama, Xi Jinping

Laura E. Stern, president of New Jersey-based Nautilus Solar Energy, speaks with pv magazine about one of the most momentous international climate protection achievements in history: The recent agreement between the United States...


Limited versions of Arizona utilities' rooftop solar programs approved

Arizona regulators set limits on the amount of solar that can be deployed and barred use of ratepayer funds for the state's two largest private utilities.


Abengoa beats fossil fuels on price with solar PV & CSP plus storage in Chile

In addition to the large amount of solar PV awarded in Chile's latest energy supply auction, the Spanish developer has been awarded contracts to supply electricity on a 24-hour basis from concentrating solar power (CSP) and solar...


Japan: 17.5 GW of projects set to be left stranded

A Japanese PV plant.

Following a meeting last week of the Japanese Grid Issues Working Group (WG), it appears likely that 17.336 GW of approved FIT PV projects will be cancelled due to insufficient grid capacity. This is the conclusion of Japanese...


India to bankroll 1 GW of solar projects with $158 million

GE Welsupn Neemuch 151 MW project, India

State-run companies building PV projects that will be connected to the grid will have to use domestically manufactured cells and modules in order to secure financing.


MegaCell, RCT sign bi-facial poly-crystalline technology transfer deal

MegaCell Chairman and CEO Franco Traverso

The Italian company plans to use the technology for its expansion capacity project in Europe as well as for PV manufacturers interested in poly-cristalline bi-facial cells and modules.


Sonnedix launches global solar project joint venture

Sonnedix Istres PV park, France

The global sola power producer is partnering with institutional investors on a joint platform company that currently operates 117 MW of installed capacity and has 600 MW of projects in pre-construction.


Georgia regulators approve 515 MW of solar PPAs

With these and other projects in its Advanced Solar Initiative, utility Georgia Power plans have nearly 900 MW of solar PV online by the end of 2016.


Hemlock to close Tennessee polysilicon site

Hemlock Semiconductor majority owner Dow Corning has decided to abandon the never-opened polysilicon facility in Clarksville, citing price pressures and Chinese tariffs. 50 employees will be affected.


The pv magazine weekly news digest

Shipping containers.

The U.S. Department of Commerce decision came as no surprise, there was good news in battery storage and equipment manufacture and SunEdison Chile wins the pv mag prize for best-named CEO.


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