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String inverters see increasing use in megawatt-scale PV projects

IHS PV Inverter survey chart

A new IHS report shows string inverters are gaining in popularity. Chinese products and microinverters are also winning over ever more customers.


Mexican president inaugurates one of Latin America's largest solar farms

Mexico

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto dedicated the 39 MW Aura Solar I farm on 26 March. The plant is slated to produce 82 GWh per year, which should fulfill the energy needs of 65% of the households in the city of La Paz.


JinkoSolar secures $39 million loan from China Development Bank

Xinjiang Province, China

The credit line will bankroll two PV projects with a combined capacity of 35 MW that have already gone online.


Solar Frontier sets thin-film PV world record with 20.9% CIS cell

Solar Frontier plant

Germany's Fraunhofer Institute has verified the new CIS conversion efficiency breakthrough, achieved at the Atsugi Research Center (ARC) in Kanagawa, Japan.


New York's Long Island to add 100 MW of solar generation

Brooklyn Bridge, New York City

As part of a new auction, PSEG Long Island has set the final bid price of $0.1688 per kilowatt hour for PV systems of various sizes that are expected to be constructed across Long Island.


Global solar PV demand soars due to increased capacity in the UK, Japan

Rooftop PV systems, U.K.

Global solar PV demand in Q1 2014 showed a 35% increase over the same period last year, according to figures released by NPD Solarbuzz in its latest quarterly report. The same report predicts that all quarters of 2014 will hit...


Romania adds 850 MW in past eight months despite incentive cuts

Romania 50 kW PV installation

The country is also increasingly working with Turkey on a number of ambitious energy projects, including a plans to build 1 GW of capacity and a 450-kilometer-long submarine electricity line connecting the two countries.


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