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Solar Panels or Plants to be mandatory on new commercial rooftops in France

Solar Panels or Plants to be mandatory on new commercial rooftops in France | Solar Power Industry News | Scoop.it
A new law passed on March 19 by the French Parliament will require that rooftops on new buildings built in commercial areas across France are to be partially covered in vegetation or solar panels.

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IHS: Global Solar PV Capacity to Reach Nearly 500 GW in 2019

IHS: Global Solar PV Capacity to Reach Nearly 500 GW in 2019 | Solar Power Industry News | Scoop.it
Total global solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity is forecast to reach 498 gigawatts (GW) in 2019, which is 177 percent higher than 2014, according to IHS, the leading global source of critical information and insight. While total global solar PV demand is projected to grow steadily, the large number of discrete country markets at the gigawatt-level will help reduce demand volatility.

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Masdar Solar Home Systems to provide 99% of rural Morocco with electricity | Solar Business Hub

Masdar Solar Home Systems to provide 99% of rural Morocco with electricity | Solar Business Hub | Solar Power Industry News | Scoop.it
Abu Dhabi's renewable energy company, Masdar and Morocco’s Office National de l'Electricité et de l'Eau Potable ( National Electricity and Water Supply), ONEE, have signed a partnership to design, supply and install 17,670 Solar Home Systems across 940 villages in the Kingdom of Morocco. When complete, the solar homes, along with broader electrification initiatives, will result in 99 percent of rural Morocco having access to energy by the end of 2017 – a critical resource that underpins economic development.

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GTM/SEIA Report: U.S. Solar Industry shows record growth in 2014

GTM/SEIA Report: U.S. Solar Industry shows record growth in 2014 | Solar Power Industry News | Scoop.it
GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) released yesterday the U.S. Solar Market Insight 2014 Year in Review report, the definitive source of installation data, forecasting and policy analysis for the U.S. solar market.

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Solar power set to become cheapest source of energy over next decade, German think tank says

Solar power set to become cheapest source of energy over next decade, German think tank says | Solar Power Industry News | Scoop.it
Solar energy is set to become the cheapest source of electricity in many parts of the world within the next 10 years, according to a new report released by German think tank, Agora Energiewende.

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Abengoa’s KaXu Solar One: First commercial concentrated solar plant launched in South Africa

Abengoa’s KaXu Solar One: First commercial concentrated solar plant launched in South Africa | Solar Power Industry News | Scoop.it
KaXu Solar One is the first Solar Thermal Electric power plant in commercial operation in South Africa.

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Solar power set to become cheapest source of energy over next decade, German think tank says

Solar power set to become cheapest source of energy over next decade, German think tank says | Solar Power Industry News | Scoop.it
Solar energy is set to become the cheapest source of electricity in many parts of the world within the next 10 years, according to a new report released by German think tank, Agora Energiewende.

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Solar energy is playing surprisingly well in conservative parts of the U.S.

Solar energy is playing surprisingly well in conservative parts of the U.S. | Solar Power Industry News | Scoop.it
Solar energy boosters have a lot to be happy about these days. The growth in their industry has been tremendous, so much so that proponents are now able to wave around some pretty impressive stats. Like this: There are now over 173,000 solar jobs in the United States.

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World Bank to provide Nepal US$130 million credit for Grid Solar and Energy Efficiency Project

World Bank to provide Nepal US$130 million credit for Grid Solar and Energy Efficiency Project | Solar Power Industry News | Scoop.it
The International Development Association (IDA) of the World Bank Group has agreed to provide an assistance of US$ 130 million (equivalent to Nepalese Rupees about 12 Arba 92 Crores 59 Lakhs) to the Government of Nepal for the implementation of Grid Solar and Energy Efficiency Project. An agreement to this effect was signed today at the Ministry of Finance.

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SLN Energy Report: US Utility-scale solar has all-time best year in 2014

SLN Energy Report: US Utility-scale solar has all-time best year in 2014 | Solar Power Industry News | Scoop.it
2014 bested the nearly 3.4 GW installed in 2013 by 10% and brought the U.S. to a total of 10.6 GW of operating utility-scale solar capacity, according to a recent report released by SNL Energy.

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UK switches on to green power

UK switches on to green power | Solar Power Industry News | Scoop.it
Britain is in the midst of a green energy revolution after production soared to record levels, according to new figures which deal a blow to opponents of renewable energy and a potential boost for consumers.
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Summer Solstice Portends New Solar Energy Record in California

Summer Solstice Portends New Solar Energy Record in California | Solar Power Industry News | Scoop.it
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UK Solar Trade Association launches new branch in Scotland

UK Solar Trade Association launches new branch in Scotland | Solar Power Industry News | Scoop.it
UK's Solar Trade Association (STA), which speaks on behalf of the UK solar energy industry, have launched a new Scotland branch, which is set to become the leading voice for solar in Scotland, advising and developing policy with the Scottish Government and raising awareness of the benefits of solar.

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UK Businesses can now move solar panels and keep their tariff

UK Businesses can now move solar panels and keep their tariff | Solar Power Industry News | Scoop.it
U.K. Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced yesterday that businesses can now take their solar panels with them when they relocate, allowing them to continue to reap the benefits of lower energy bills.

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Abengoa closes $660M project financing for Xina Solar One CSP plant | Solar Business Hub

Abengoa closes $660M project financing for Xina Solar One CSP plant | Solar Business Hub | Solar Power Industry News | Scoop.it
Abengoa announced today that it has closed $660 million non-recourse project financing for Xina Solar One, a 100 MW parabolic trough plant with a five-hour thermal energy storage system using molten salts, being built in South Africa.

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Eurostat: EU electricity generation from solar power increased 20% in 2013

Eurostat: EU electricity generation from solar power increased 20% in 2013 | Solar Power Industry News | Scoop.it
In 2013, the share of energy from renewable sources in gross final consumption of energy reached 15.0% in the European Union (EU), compared with 8.3% in 2004, the first year for which the data is available.

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NBAD Report: Solar PV expected to reach grid parity in 80% of countries by 2017

NBAD Report: Solar PV expected to reach grid parity in 80% of countries by 2017 | Solar Power Industry News | Scoop.it
More than half of the investment in new electricity generation worldwide is in renewables – solar PV will be at price grid parity in 80 percent of countries in the next two years. Gains made from energy efficiency are as great as the benefits of increased generation – with some industrial applications of energy efficiency delivering 100 percent payback in five years. This puts the Gulf at the centre of a significant new opportunity in energy.

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China is building a huge solar power generation base in Ulan Buh Desert

China is building a huge solar power generation base in Ulan Buh Desert | Solar Power Industry News | Scoop.it
China is building a huge photovoltaic (PV) power generation base in the Ulan Buh Desert, the country's eighth largest desert, to boost new energy development, the local authority said Monday. The base is located in Dengkou County in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

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North Carolina’s Future Looks Bright With Solar Energy

North Carolina’s Future Looks Bright With Solar Energy | Solar Power Industry News | Scoop.it
North Carolina, which had almost no large-scale solar energy seven years ago, now ranks first in the Southeast and fourth in the nation in solar energy capacity, says a new report from Duke University.

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Japan Panel Proposes Solar Tariff Cut of as Much as 16% on Costs | Solar Business Hub

Japan Panel Proposes Solar Tariff Cut of as Much as 16% on Costs | Solar Business Hub | Solar Power Industry News | Scoop.it
Japan is considering reducing the incentives for developers of solar power projects by as much as 16 percent to reflect lower operating and maintenance costs.

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UK Government invests £25 million in game-changing green technologies

UK Government invests £25 million in game-changing green technologies | Solar Power Industry News | Scoop.it
Windows that act as solar panels, an engine which runs on landfill emissions and Europe’s biggest battery are all a step closer to reality after receiving a share of £24.5 million of government funding.

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Retail giant SM Prime is building the largest commercial solar rooftop in the Philippines

Retail giant SM Prime is building the largest commercial solar rooftop in the Philippines | Solar Power Industry News | Scoop.it
Retail giant SM Prime Holdings Inc. is building the largest  commercial solar rooftop in the Philippines as part of its  commitment to use clean, renewable and sustainable energy in  its operations.
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