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Latin American solar markets explode in 2014, 2015

The latest report by GTM Research predicts that 805 MW of solar PV will be installed across the region in 2014, a six-fold increase over 2013. The company forecasts another 2.3 GW of new PV in 2015.


Solar mogul Cheng Kin Ming unveils massive, multifaceted clean energy initiative

Cheng Kin Ming, APRD chairman, Shunfeng's main shareholder

Through Asia Pacific Resources Development Investment (APRD), Cheng has announced plans to deploy geothermal energy, electric vehicles, LEDs and energy storage on an unprecedented scale at an investment conference in New York....


LATAM and Caribbean to install 9 GW PV within 5 years

NPD Solarbuzz forecast LAC region.

Report from NPD Solarbuzz finds a pipeline of 22 GW, with 1 GW of solar projects under construction and 5 GW almost ready to break ground.


New York State to support 214 MW of new solar PV

New York will provide an estimated US$94 million in incentives for 142 PV projects at businesses, schools and universities, government buildings and non-profits, which were awarded through a competitive solicitation.


JA Solar breaks 20% barrier with new multicrystalline silicon PV cell

The Chinese PV cell maker credits “proprietary light trapping and surface passivation technologies” for its world record cell. NPD Solarbuzz says this is part of a breakthrough into higher efficiencies for multicrystalline...


EU commits $4.2 billion for sustainable energy in developing countries

Solar installation, Mombassa, Kenya

Aimed at increasing access to sustainable energy sources globally, the EU will allocate more than EUR 3.3 billion ($4.2 billion) in grants in the next six years. Some EUR 2 billion will benefit African countries.


UN Climate Summit strikes bum note

President Obama at the UN.

Despite the self-congratulatory mood, critics attack gathering of 120 world leaders for failing to rise to the challenge of climate change.


Mercom: 48 GW of solar PV to be installed globally in 2014

Despite a slow first half of the year, Mercom Capital has raised its forecast for global PV installations to 48 GW, as the second year of accelerating market growth.


Rockefellers dump oil, embrace clean energy

SunEdison array

If John D. Rockefeller were alive today, "as an astute businessman looking out to the future, he would be moving out of fossil fuels and investing in clean, renewable energy," says Stephen Heintz, president of the Rockefeller...


ZSW sets 21.7% thin film efficiency record

Flexible CIGS cell.

Scientists at Stuttgart's Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research have regained the gong for CIGS efficiency, improving upon the previous record of 21%.


The pv magazine weekly news round-up

The Bee Gees.

Good news from Italy and India, astonishing news about sunlight levels and the solar cell coming to a printer near you but it's all too late for one US state. We should have listened to Barry...


U.S. installed solar PV costs continue to fall

The latest report by Berkeley Lab shows that installed PV costs in the United States fell 12-15% during 2013, despite a stabilization in PV module costs. However, America still has the highest installed costs among major markets...


California calls for scaled-down version of Palen CSP project

Regulators at the California Energy Commission have recommended approval of a new plan for the Palen solar CSP project with a single solar tower and reduced acreage. A final decision on the controversial project will be made on...


ABB going big on storage and renewables

Otto Preiss, ABB Group Senior Vice President and Head of Business Unit Power Conversion

Interview: Otto Preiss, the Group Senior Vice President and Head of Business Unit Power Conversion, spoke to pv magazine about the growing opportunities in the transition of the utility sector, the growing significance of...


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Duke Energy commits to 278 MW of solar PV in North Carolina

Following on its February RFP, Duke has announced that it will acquire and construct three PV plants totaling 128 MW, including the largest PV project east of the Mississippi River, and sign PPAs with another five totaling 150...


Greek isles to be connected to grid

A Greek island.

French, Swedish, Italian and Greek companies this week signed contracts to install underground and subsea cabling to connect the Cyclades to the mainland grid. The connections will boost solar project development in the isalnds.


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