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UK: Conergy to build 40 MW of PV plants, further 50 MW in pipeline

Conergy HQ.

Conergy teams up with U.K. partner Camborne Energy to sell 40 MW of solar farms to investors, while also securing full EPC rights for 90 MW project pipeline.

8minutenergy, Saferay re-team on 19.7 MW California solar farm

Lake Isabella, Kern County, California

The leading California-based independent PV developer and its German partner are jointly developing and building the Woodmere Solar Farm. The utility-scale facility is expected to begin operation in 2015.

Solarcentury to build 10.2 MW solar park in Somerset, UK

Solar farm in the U.K.

The British solar company has been selected to engineer, procure and construct (EPC) the plant, which is owned by Belltown Power company.

Australia's solar industry calls for renewed support in view of RE target success

Australian residential PV, Perth

In a new report, Australia's Renewable Energy Certificates Agents Association finds that the country's Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme is acheiving its intended purspose and calls for it to remain unchanged.

US to become third-largest PV market in 2014

Completion status for U.S. PV projects.

A PV pipeline in excess of 43 GW represents 7% growth in a year, propelling the U.S. to third-place in 2014 installation projections, behind China and Japan, reports NPD Solarbuzz.

US company Astonfield to install pilot PV project in Oman

The desert of Oman.

The solar installation will be implemented with the assistance of local firm Multitech, and should begin commercial operation in mid-2014.

Residential PV systems cut summer peak demand by more than 50%

Driskill Hotel, Austin, Texas

A new study by the Pecan Street Research Institute has found that west-facing solar systems in the U.S. state of Texas reduce peak demand from the grid by up to 65% while south-facing arrays result in a 54% drop.

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