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First Solar providing 48 MW of modules for French solar projects

Thin-film photovoltaic product manufacturer First Solar is providing their modules to four solar power plants in France with a combined capacity of 48 megawatts. Photosol, a French renewable energy company, is constructing the plants in the country’s Auvergne and Midi-Pyrenees regions. Three of the plants, with a total capacity of 37 MW, will be located in the communes of Dompierre sur...

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ReneSola provides modules for solar projects in California, North Carolina

ReneSola Ltd. has announced that it will be providing its solar photovoltaic products to two projects in California and North Carolina. Along with its previous collaborator, solar project development and management firm LTS Energy, ReneSola will be developing a 330 kilowatt solar project for Ranch 41, a farm in Fallbrook, California. Ranch 41 will be a fixed tilt ground-mount PV project. Rene...

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Canadian Solar announces projects in Japan and Mexico

Solar power company Canadian Solar Inc. has announced agreements that will expand their market share in both Japan and Mexico. The company has signed a $40 million-loan agreement to finance the development of several ground-mounted solar power projects in Japan. The loan facility, signed with Harvest North Star Capital, is split into 3 tranches. The drawdown of the first tranche is expected in...

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NYC's largest landfill now to house its largest solar project

A former landfill is now going to be the largest solar energy project in New York City. “Freshkills was once the largest landfill in the world. Soon it will be one of the City’s largest parks, and the site of the largest solar power installation ever developed within the five boroughs,” said New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The project will consist of two photovoltaic systems totaling up to 10 megawatts in size to be...

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Hanwha SolarOne, ZTT to develop 150MW solar power project in China

Hanwha SolarOne Co. Ltd. has signed a memorandum of agreement with Jiangsu Zhongtian Technology Co., Ltd. to develop downstream solar opportunities in China. The two will establish a long-term strategic partnership to cooperate in the development, construction, financing and grid-connection of photovoltaic projects. Z.T.T. will be using PV modules manufactured by Hanwha SolarOne in a 150 megawatt distribut...

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E.U. decides on anti-dumping measures and exceptions for Chinese solar panels

The European Council has backed the European Commission’s decision to impose anti-dumping and anti-subsidy measures on Chinese solar panel exports. “Unfair trade in solar panels does not help the environment and is not compatible with a healthy global solar industry,” read a statement issued by the European Commission announcing the decision. The rates of the duties to be placed on Chinese solar ex...

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First Solar investing $100 million in growing Japanese solar market

First Solar Inc., has announced plans to invest around $100 million in the growing Japanese solar power market. First Solar, a leading thin-film photovoltaic company, will be partnering with Japanese companies to develop, construct and operate these solar power plants. “At First Solar, we invest in markets where solar power addresses a fundamental need on a sustainable basis,” said James Hughes, First Solar...

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Pollinate Energy

One of the major consequences of industrial agriculture is the steady flight of rural populations to urban centers. Economists have widely encouraged this mass movement of people as a sign of a developing economies 'specializing'. We are seeing this trend in all majors cities in Latin America, Asia, and Africa. Young men and women leave their villages and move to the city in search of...

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Largest solar power plant in Japan, operational

A 70 megawatt-solar power plant is now delivering clean energy to the grid in Kagoshima Prefecture, southern Japan. Kyocera Corporation has announced that the Kagoshima Nanatsujima Mega Solar Power Plant went online on November 1. Said to be one of Japan’s largest solar power plants, the Kagoshima installation is a 27 billion yen ($345 million) project involving seven...

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California Valley Solar Ranch completed, delivering clean energy

The California Valley Solar Ranch, a 250 megawatt-facility in San Luis Obispo County, California, has completed its final phase. The project, from NRG Energy, Inc., NRG Yield, Inc. and SunPower Corp., is said to be one of the world’s largest operating solar power plants (see related story). Construction on C.V.S.R. began on September 2011 and the project started delivering their...

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