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Construction begins on the largest solar PV project in Central America

At 61 MW, Gauss Energía's Aura Solar II in Honduras will be much larger than any solar project built to date in the region.


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.


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.


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