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MegaCell boards smart urbanization joint venture

MegaCell Engineering CEO Franco Traverso

Urbeco, a new European alliance, aims to carry out smart and eco-friendly urbanization in developing countries. Belgium's Groupmec and Switzerland's Ovóla have joined MegaCell Engineering in the venture.


Solar energy prices to drop by up to 12% in 2014

Rooftop solar installation, Denver, Colorado

Solar energy prices saw double-digit declines last year of between 12 and 19%. The trend is expected to continue in 2014 with further PV price drops of between 3 and 12%, according to NREL.


SEIA calls for renewed effort to pass solar tax credit at Solar Power International

The U.S. solar trade organization has called for a renewed effort to pass the ITC, the coming end of which looms over the industry at the end of 2016. However, it will be an uphill battle at best.


UK farmers with PV to lose subsidies under new guidelines

Sheep among solar panels, England.

Environment secretary Liz Truss to deny farmers with solar panels installed on their land the right to farm subsidies under the EU's Common Agricultural Policy.


The pv magazine weekly news roundup: Oct 10-17

Solarbox installation.

As solar-powered phone booths promise to transform London streets, analysts reveal that PV has arrived at a point where a common technology roadmap is possible, with higher panel power ratings just around the corner.


SolarCity to offer up to US$200 million in bonds

The third-party solar company is the first in the residential space to issue a corporate bond offering. The bonds will offer interest rates up to 4%, and SolarCity has launched a new online investment site.


How solarbox is turning London's red phone boxes green

Two people, green phone box. London. Innit.

London's iconic red phone boxes may be turning green, as they are given a second life as solar mobile phone charging stations. UK startup solarbox explains what's under the hood and how it plans to develop its unique 21st century...


Efficiency enhancements to define PV technology roadmap

First Solar worker

In a new report, NPD Solarbuzz says opportunities exist for a variety of solar PV technologies, adding that panel power ratings are expected to constantly hit record levels of performance, provided efficiency enhancements are...


France votes to cut nuclear reliance

French President Francois Hollande in Paris

France has taken a historic decision to curtail the nation's reliance on nuclear energy while also approving an increase in renewable energy and energy saving targets.


German PV equipment manufacturers see improved business

Manz FPD handling unit

The VDMA Photovoltaic Equipment industry association says that while the current business climate provides a mixed picture, the revenue forecast for 2014 is positive.


The pv magazine weekly news roundup: Oct 3-10

Solar PV installation at scale.

Storage updates, political wranglings, grid parity promises and yet more headlines for SolarCity... it's been another busy week on pv magazine.


BPVA launches UK schools solar rooftop initiative

Greg Barker and BPVA chairman Reza Shaybani.

The Powering Knowledge program has been jointly launched by Rated Solar Installer and the British Photovoltaic Association to help save schools more than $800m on energy bills.


Grid restrictions could slow Japan's solar revolution

Tokyo skyline.

Speed of PV's expansion placing strain on grid's capacity to absorb solar-powered electricity, prompting five utilities to restrict grid access of new solar farms.


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.


Bright Capital, Energy of the Sun invest $300 million in Russian PV plants

Map of Russia and the Atrakhan region

Russia's solar future appears increasingly brighter: A recent solar tender for the construction of projects in the next three years resulted in application submissions for a total of 785 MW of capacity.


Asian solar boom raises clean energy investment volumes in Q3 2014

Chinese solar represented 22% of all new clean energy investments during Q3 2014, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). This high level of investment is making up for depressed European solar markets.


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