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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.


Chile reaches 873 MW-AC of solar under construction

The latest report by Chile's renewable energy authorities shows a spike in new project starts in the nation, and 326 MW-AC already built.


Energy independence: La Paz, Mexico to meet 100% of electricity demand through solar

Grupotec is currently building a 30 MW solar PV project with energy storage near La Paz, which when added to the existing Aura Solar 1 will meet the entire electricity demand of the city.


Sonnedix launches global solar project joint venture

Sonnedix Istres PV park, France

The global sola power producer is partnering with institutional investors on a joint platform company that currently operates 117 MW of installed capacity and has 600 MW of projects in pre-construction.


The pv magazine weekly news digest

Shipping containers.

The U.S. Department of Commerce decision came as no surprise, there was good news in battery storage and equipment manufacture and SunEdison Chile wins the pv mag prize for best-named CEO.


US-China trade dispute: 'Asian manufacturers won't give up this market'

Kaiser Permanente

In its continuing look at this week's ruling by the U.S. Commerce Department on Chinese and Taiwanese PV imports, pv magazine spoke to Stefan De Haan, principal photovoltaic analyst at IHS, on the possible repercussions of the...


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.


UK unveils Europe's largest battery storage project

Energy storage substation in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire.

The 6 MW Smarter Network Storage project near London is the result of a collaboration between S&C Electric, Samsung SDI, Younicos and U.K. Power Networks.


SolarCity and BofA announce $400m solar finance program

SolarCity in action.

The leasing giants will partner with Bank of America Merrill Lynch to finance the expansion of the American residential solar sector.


First Solar takes strategic step into residential solar market

First Solar ground-mount installation.

The U.S. thin-film giant has acquired an equity stake in Clean Energy Collective as it looks to branch out into community solar.


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America installs 1.35 GW of solar PV in Q3 2014

An impressive 41% growth during the quarter puts the U.S. on track to install 6.5 GW in 2014. Steady growth in the residential sector leads to over 300 MW installed.


JA Solar ships 100 MW of modules to Pakistan solar park

Punjab, Pakistan.

Modules to be installed on a 500-acre PV installation located in the country's Bahawalpur region. Array will form part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.


Arizona utility rate changes could price solar out of Phoenix

Municipal utility Salt River Project has proposed changes to its rates for customers who install rooftop solar, which advocates say will destroy the solar industry in its service territory.


NextEra Energy and Hawaiian Electric to "merge"

Hawaiian capital Honolulu.

A $4.3 billion deal has been announced today that will see NextEra and Hawaiian Electric Industries merge. NextEra will pay $2.6 billion for the Hawaiian utility, and assume $1.7 billion of the utility's debt.


Is the oil price slump a boon for solar?

Texas oil well.

As global oil prices hit a five-year low, the fossil fuel industry is facing a gathering storm that could spell great news for the solar power industry.


Top 10 module suppliers in end-of-year reshuffle, says IHS

Trina Solar is forecast to become the world's largest module supplier at the end of 2014, according to IHS.

Revised full year forecasts from the world's leading solar module manufacturers prompt top 10 reshuffle, according to newly combined Solarbuzz and IHS.


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