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SunPower to build largest solar power system on US Government property in Arizona

SunPower Corp. has announced that it has signed an agreement with Arizona Public Service (APS) in the U.S. to design and construct a 15-megawatt (MW) (AC) solar photovoltaics (PV) power system at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Arizona. Scheduled for completion next summer, it is expected to be the largest solar power installation at a U.S. government facility. According to the company, approximately 550 local jobs will be created during construction.

Washington, US set to see one of biggest PV facilities in the world

The state of Washington in the U.S. is set to house one of the largest photovoltaics (PV) facilities in the world, according to the Teanaway Solar Reserve (TSR).

Canadian Solar to start production at 200 MW solar panel factory early next year

Canadian Solar Inc. has announced that production will begin at its first solar module manufacturing facility in Canada early next year. Expected to be one of the largest solar panel module manufacturing plants in North America, the new facility will be the company’s first feed-in tariff domestic content compliant solar plant in Ontario. It will have a manufacturing capacity of 200 megawatts a year and will employ around 500 people.

New 144-page FIT guide published by U.S. government

A team of researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), funded by the U.S Department of Energy’s solar technologies program, has released a 144-page renewable energy feed-in tariff (FIT) guide, aimed at helping to “improve future policy design”.

UNSW Photovoltaic Centre of Excellence to close after losing government funding to car scheme

The University of New South Wales’ (UNSW) Photovoltaic Centre of Excellence is reportedly being forced to close its doors after Australia’s Labor government stopped its funding, as part of the party’s proposed cuts to finance a “cash-for-clunkers” low-emissions car program, the Greens say.

Updated: Chevron and City of Brea begin construction on 1.8 MW solar project

Chevron Energy Solutions, along with the city of Brea, has started construction on a 1.8 megawatt (MW) solar and energy efficiency project, in California, the U.S.

Southern California Edison awards 36 contracts for utility-scale solar rooftop projects

U.S.-based Southern California Edison (SCE) has awarded 36 contracts to independent power producers for a total of nearly 60 megawatts (MW) from photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, which are due to be installed on 31 unused rooftops and five ground-mount sites in SCE’s service territory.

NYSEIA praises New York for speeding up PV application process

The New York Solar Energy Industries Association (NYSEIA) has praised the U.S. state of New York for turning around the processing of applications in its photovoltaics (PV) grant program, thus allowing the industry to continue on its growth track.

SunPower completes 1MW solar power system for Yolo County, the U.S.

SunPower has completed the design and construction of a one megawatt (MW) solar power system in California, the U.S.

Time for US to adopt FITs "long overdue"

It is time for the U.S. to implement feed-in tariffs (FITs), according to representatives of the state and regional solar industry associations, who met during last week’s Intersolar North America, held in San Francisco.

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