Key role for rooftop PV as world's cities embrace renewables: IRENA

Rooftop PV will be among the key technologies enabling the world's cities to embrace renewables thanks to the relative ease with which it can be installed and retrofitted, according to latest analysis by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

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8minuteenergy retains Merrill to advise on project funding drive

8minuteenergy Renewables has retained BofA Merrill Lynch as its financial adviser as it looks to raise capital to underpin growth of its 5.5GW pipeline of US large-scale PV projects, including 2GW targeted for Texas.

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Target dethrones Walmart as top corporate PV user in US

Target has ended Walmart’s four-year reign as the leading corporate installer of PV in the US, adding 68.7MW this year through 30 September, more capacity than 40 states have in operation, according to a new report by GTM Research and Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).

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Panasonic confirms it would use its own technology at Tesla NY factory

Panasonic has confirmed it would use its own PV technology at a new cell and module factory in New York if its recently unveiled partnership with Tesla is finalised, deepening questions about what role – if any – SolarCity’s Silevo would play at the factory.

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Suzlon JV marks debut Indian investment for Canadian Solar

Suzlon has linked with global Tier 1 PV manufacturer Canadian Solar to advance 30MW of Indian projects, in a partnership that marks the latter's debut investment in the country's solar market.

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EU PV pricing row goes on as Suntech adds name to quitters list

Suntech today became the latest Chinese solar manufacturer to walk away from a voluntary pricing deal with the EU, as a European lobbying group accused China’s PV majors of growing “desperation” in the face of huge overcapacity at home.

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Obama sets ambitious new US renewable energy target

President Barack Obama has set a new goal for civilian agencies in the federal government to “procure and facilitate development” of 1GW of new renewable power by 2021, while his administration took credit for launching the large-scale PV market in the US.

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ANALYSIS: Tesla's Panasonic news could signal a big shift for SolarCity

Tesla’s revelation that it wants to extend its manufacturing partnership with Panasonic to SolarCity’s PV factory in upstate New York adds another fascinating wrinkle to the Tesla/SolarCity saga – though at this stage it brings more questions than answers.

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Samsung and Connor, Clark & Lunn seal $482m solar bond financing

Connor, Clark & Lunn Infrastructure (CCLI) and Samsung Renewable Energy secured C$633m ($482m) in bond financing for Canada’s largest standalone solar plant, the 100MW(ac) Kingston in Ontario, allowing them to refinance their existing bank debt and swap facilities.

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