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France to exceed 1 GW of 2015 PV installations in major rebound

A PV power plant in France.

The French PV market is showing signs of strong growth, with 2015 likely to see more than 1 GW of solar added to the country’s grids. Last month it increased the size of its most recent tender for ground mounted installations...


Panasonic to roll out home battery to Europe, starting with Germany

Gigafactory mockup.

Japanese electronics corporation to begin selling home batteries across Europe, putting company in direct competition with Tesla, for whom it makes lithium-ion electric vehicle batteries.


Japan: Solar reaches 10% of peak summer power

Kagoshima City, Japan

Sunny skies and favorable conditions throughout the summer has boosted the total share of solar in the country's overall energy mix.


SolarCity creates new US$400 million solar fund

With this latest endeavor, the financial wizards at SolarCity have now initiated funds to finance over $9 billion in solar PV projects.


Hanwha Q Cells adds 45.2 MW to its UK solar footprint

Fenland solar farm, England.

South Korean solar firm secures two large-scale solar farms in the U.K.; agrees 15-year power purchase agreement with EDF Energy.


Brazil: Auction delivers over 800 MW of PV at 8 cents/kWh

Football stadium in Brazil.

Brazil has concluded its second reverse auction for solar power plant projects, with 834 MW of parks being awarded bids, with an average price of 301.79 Real per megawatt-hour – or US$0.0842/kWh. The average price was 13.5% below...


Panasonic plans Younicos investment

The PV storage developer Younicos has garnered the interest of Panasonic. The German Cartel Office is currently proofing the legalities of Panasonic's possible collaboration with Younicos.


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David Cameron and Barack Obama share a beer.

The U.S. and U.K. continue to go their separate ways on renewables, encouraging data from Germany warms the solar cockles, and a new solar mapping tool raises the roof across the U.S.


3 GW of potential solar capacity on San Francisco roofs

Solar mapping provider Mapdwell has expanded to San Francisco, estimating that the city can host up to 3 GW of rooftop PV. This is a higher capacity per square mile than other cities.


Victories for net metering in Nevada and Colorado

Regulators in the U.S. state of Nevada have extended net metering for new solar customers until the end of 2015, despite a cap being reached. Also, Colorado has ruled that it will not modify its net metering program.


Elon Musk buys more SolarCity stock following hedge fund manager short

SolarCity stock has seen a series of ups and downs in recent days, falling to its lowest level since October 2013 over the weekend. However, the stock showed a modest recovery following Musk's move.


Obama announces new support for clean energy

U.S. President Obama has announced a number of actions to support solar and other forms of clean energy including new funding for loan guarantees, federal support for PACE and more solar on military homes.


France doubles large-scale PV solicitation to 800 MW

French authorities cite a large volume of bids and very low prices for the doubling of available capacity. This follows a doubling of capacity for a solicitation for mid-sized PV in July.


California hits a new utility-scale solar peak output of 6.39 GW-AC

The leading U.S. state for solar has been blowing through records for peak solar output this month, as the state prepares for a new goal to get 50% of its power from renewable energy.


Arizona to consider additional charges on solar outside of APS rate case

On Tuesday, Arizona regulators agreed to a request by utility Arizona Public Service to open proceedings, which will consider additional charges on their customers who install solar PV.


US Navy to sign its largest solar PPA at 150 MW-AC

Sempra's Mesquite Solar 3 will provide a third of the power for 14 military bases in California. This is the largest renewable energy purchase by a division of the U.S. federal government to date.


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