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SMA to capitalize on GW scale PV hybrid opportunities

SMA Solar Technology AG has set up a test center at its German headquarters to optimize PV diesel hybrid energy systems. Such applications are growing in importance, says the company, which estimates an annual global growth in...


US poised to hit 1994-levels of CO2 emissions this year, says BNEF

Nevada solar PV plant.

Power sector emissions across the country are poised to fall to a two-decade low in 2015 as record volumes of coal-fired capacity are shuttered and vast amounts of renewable energy comes online.


UK: No CfD-backed large-scale solar for next fiscal year

Kencot Solar Farm, U.K.

The two solar PV projects that secured a strike price of 50 pounds per MWh under the first Contracts for Difference tender for 2015/16 will not go ahead, administrators have revealed.


China dispatch: Violent sand storms hit PV projects in northwest China

A China PV power plant.

Violent sand storms have hit northwest China this week, affecting several PV projects currently under construction. The worst of the sand storm activity took place on Tuesday.


Big60Million launches $30.3 million UK solar community bond offer

Haslingfield Solar Plant.

Belectric-backed energy company offering bonds for 60 pounds sterling to purchase stake in 34.3 MW of large-scale community solar farms across the U.K.


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SEIA applauds New York tax exemption for distributed solar

New York Governor.

New York Governor Cuomo signed into law a tax exemption on electricity generated and sold from ”customer-site” solar systems today. The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has applauded the move in making the state “solar...


Leading UK solar developers adjust to new market conditions

Solarcentury's completion of this 250 kW commercial rooftop array near Manchester is indicative of the changing solar landscape in the U.K.

Removal of the Renewable Obligation Certificate for large-scale solar farms from today has prompted a change of tack among solar developers operating in the U.K. market.


Global investment in green energy rises 17% to $270 billion

Solar and wind photomontage

Driven by solar and wind, global investment in green energy last year reversed a two-year dip, seemingly ignoring the challenge posed by sharply lower oil prices, according to the United Nations Environment Programme.


Solar developers flocking to Egypt

Nile River, Egypt

An increasing number of international developers are investing billions in solar projects in the country, including three Saudi-led projects aiming to construct 5.5 GW of PV capacity across the country.


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Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson.

The world's drivers are plugging in, Norway and Germany are plugging in, Hanergy is certainly not propping up and Australia is bolting together.


UK: Solar grows 93% in 2014 as renewables overtake nuclear

UK solar farm.

Renewable energy generated 19.2% of the U.K.'s electricity in 2014, government figures show, surpassing nuclear generation for the first time ever.


FT examines curious trading pattern of Hanergy shares

Hanergy Thin Film Power Group

The Chinese thin-film solar group remains in the spotlight: The Financial Times has analyzed the company's share trading over the past two years and made a startling discovery. Experts say an unusual stock-buying pattern may...


SPI to develop 100 MW in Panama

Panama City

The Chinese solar group is partnering with Greek company SDL Solar in the Central American country and expanding its footprint in Latin America with a deal to develop more than 100 MW of solar projects.


Global EV market reaches 740,000 cars, new study finds

BMW i3 production.

Analysis by the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research (ZSW) reveals 320,000 new electric vehicle registrations in 2014 as car battery suppliers hit $2.17 billion in revenue.


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Onlookers in the U.K. enjoy today's solar eclipse, which was billed as an unprecedented test for Europe's power grids.

The solar eclipse was on everybody's lips as expectant eyes turned to Italy and Germany to see how the grids would cope, while elsewhere it was a tale of R&D breakthroughs, bold solar targets and even a dramatic fire.


Solar eclipse chance to test grid response, say European technicians

Solar eclipse.

Solar power loss expected to be minimal, but event offers unprecedented opportunity to assess the impact of small oscillations on national grids across affected areas in Europe.


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