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13. September 2014 | | Comment now

India reveals draft of new program to support 20 GW of large PV projects by 2020

As outlined in an initial draft, the ambitious program will work with state governments to set up a series of solar parks and mega-solar projects. Mercom Capital says that the announcement is good sign for solar policy under the...


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.


11. September 2014 | | Comment now

Oxford PV rolls out hybrid perovskite technology

Oxford PV cells.

Organic PV pioneer Oxford PV has developed a new application for its thin film perovskite technology that the company claims can boost the conversion efficiency of existing silicon solar cells by 20%. In absolute conversion...


Juncker presents European Commission team, merges energy, environment portfolios

Jean-Claude Juncker

A new Energy Union project team to be headed by European Commission Vice President-designate and former Slovenian Prime Minister Alenka Bratusek will "steer and coordinate" new bundled portfolios, including Climate Action and...


ABB unveils strategy to become battery leader

ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer at Capital Markets Day event, London, 9.9.2014

Swiss power and automation giant ABB intends to establish itself as the "leading entity" in the battery storage sector. It set out this vision in its Capital Markets Day event in London on Tuesday.


05. September 2014 | | Comment now

Slower growth in the U.S. solar market during Q2 due to timing of utility-scale projects

GTM Research and SEIA's Q2 Solar Market Insight reports the third consecutive quarter over 1 GW, with ongoing growth in the residential segment and a strong quarter for commercial PV.


China reveals details of distributed generation policy

The flag of China.

The government's National Energy Administration has pledged to help local authorities drive rooftop installation across the nation. The details were revealed in an investment note issued by Deutsche Bank.


Texan PV developer to add 145 MW PV in 2014

A PV power plant.

OCI Solar Power announced today that it will add 145 MW of PV capacity in Texas this year. The developer has tapped local manufacturers for components.


30. August 2014 | | Comment now

Australian rooftop PV facing immediate 30% cut

Commercial rooftop installation.

The recommendations of the review into Australia’s Renewable Energy Target (RET) released yesterday looks set to deal a 30% blow to the country’s rooftop solar industry – by its own estimations. The Australian Solar Council says...


pv magazine weekly news round-up: Aug 22-29

Solar installation, Chile.

A quick look back at the biggest solar news stories that have grabbed our attention over these past seven days.


IEA: Uncertainty threatens to slow renewable energy momentum

Planet Earth

Annual growth in new renewable power will slow and stabilize after 2014, putting renewables at risk of falling short of the absolute generation levels needed to meet global climate change objectives, the IEA warns.


Intersolar South America examines challenges, promise of Brazil's solar market

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Despite strong market drivers, including a growing need for electric capacity and water issues, there are still formidable market barriers in Brazil. Many of these stem from a lack of deep commitment by the nation's government.


Latin America: Eager for an industry

Componentes Electrónicos in Pinar del Río, Cuba.

pv magazine examines Latin America's growing solar industries in a broad-ranging look at the region in the upcoming September issue. With Intersolar South America kicking off on Tuesday, we offer here a timely excerpt.


New York merges solar programs under NY-Sun initiative

Brooklyn Bridge, New York

The move is expected to result in 3 GW of solar by 2023, enough to power 400,000 homes, by using a megawatt block system to more efficiently deploy solar subsidies.


Bill to streamline solar permitting passes the California legislature

Legislation to standardize and improve the “byzantine” permitting and inspection procedures in various cities and counties in California has passed both houses of the state's legislature. CALSEIA says that this will both reduce...


US lowers anti-dumping tariffs on Taiwanese solar cells, modules

Citing a “ministerial error”, the U.S. Department of Commerce has cut in half duty levels for solar products made in Taiwan by Motech, and has reduced tariff levels for most other Taiwanese solar PV makers as well.


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