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US solar giant First Solar has purchased the 60MW North Star solar project to be located near Mendota, Fresno County, California, from NorthLight Power. Terms of the transaction remain undisclosed.
Duke Energy has acquired its largest solar project to date from SolarWorld, the companies announced today.
Thin-film company Advanced Energy Industries has announced the acquisition of inverter manufacturer REFUsol Holding GmbH, effective immediately.
Saferay, an independent solar power producer, is seeking approval for its proposed 135MW PV plant in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile.
Venture capital investments in solar have slumped to a record low just as funding booms for third party lease companies, according to a new report out today.
California-based solar crowd funder Mosaic has received approval from regulators to offer US$100 million worth of solar investments to California residents.
Shares in China’s troubled PV manufacturer Suntech rallied yesterday following unconfirmed rumours that US investor Warren Buffet is considering buying the company.
The California Public Utilities Commission has approved Pacific Gas and Electric’s (PG&E) 20-year deal to buy power from SunPower’s 100MW Henrietta solar farm.
North Carolina this week edged closer towards the repeal of the state’s renewable portfolio standard.
Arizona State University’s (ASU) polytechnic campus in Mesa, Arizona, has become home to a 1MW PV system engineered and constructed by PV developer SunPower.
Borrego Solar Systems, a developer and installer of grid-connected PV systems, is eyeing up the Puerto Rican solar market and is planning to install 23.5MW of PV capacity in the next couple of years.
Utility firm Arizona Public Service Co (APS) has announced plans to develop a 32MW PV facility under its AZ Sun Program which seeks to increase the solar capacity in the state of Arizona.
US solar thermal developer BrightSource Energy has shelved a 500MW concentrating solar (CSP) plant in California, according to reports.
Solar and electric vehicle companies should join forces to boost their chances of market penetration, a report out this week recommends.
NRG Solar has secured a US$19.2 million loan from North American Development Bank (NADB) to fund the development of a 5MW PV system at a university in San Diego.
PV installer Blue Oak Energy has completed the installation of a 4.2MW PV system in Gridley in the US state of California.
Bill Gates has given financial backing to the development of a new energy storage system aimed at cutting the intermittency of renewable energy technologies such as solar.
Real Goods Solar chief executive this week admitted that 2012 should have been “a much better year” for the company given the remarkable growth of solar in the US.
67RK 8ME, a subsidiary of 8minutenergy Renewables, and Saferay have signed a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Southern California Edison (SCE).
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a loan package worth US$41.4 million to fund the development of three PV plants in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile.
PV industry manufacturing overcapacity and a flood of used PV equipment on the market, due to bankruptcies and firms exiting the sector, were behind Spire Corporation reporting a 70% decline in PV related sales in 2012.
The US’ largest pharmacy chain Walgreens has signed a partnership with clean energy provider SolarCity to bring renewable energy provision to its stores in Colorado.
US solar behemoth First Solar has acquired a 150MW solar project called Solar Gen 2 from Energy Power Partners, an affiliate of The Goldman Sachs Group and a third equity partner for the project.
The world’s first solar-powered plane will begin its attempt at a coast to coast crossing of the United States in May powered by cells from SunPower, it was announced yesterday.
New York state’s solar programme yesterday announced strong demand despite the destruction of Hurricane Sandy last year.