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Solar Photovoltaic (PV) - The most popular form of solar technology, solar PV cells convert the sun's rays into usable electricity. The technology is used in a variety of applications, ranging from utility scale solar farms to on-building solar panels and device integrated solar cells. The technology has been previously hampered by relatively high costs and low levels of conversion efficiency, but economies of scale and nano-technology breakthroughs have led to a drastic reduction in the cost of solar energy. Some experts predict solar PV systems will be cost competitive with fossil fuels by the end of the decade.

Latest - Solar PV

Study: Wind and solar could cut electricity system costs

EU-backed project concludes that a more renewables-heavy grid can actually help cut costs by up to six per cent

Have your say 30 Sep 2014

National Trust and Panasonic team up for green technology 'showcase'

Technology giant announces it is to work with conservation charity to deploy cutting-edge green technology at historic properties

Have your say 30 Sep 2014

UK hails first floating solar farm

Developer targeting utilities and reservoirs to roll out land-saving solar technology

Have your say 29 Sep 2014

Solar could be world's largest power source by 2050, IEA says

International Energy Agency says solar has potential to provide more than a quarter of global electricity with right policy framework

Have your say 29 Sep 2014

Is this heart-shaped solar farm the world's most beautiful power plant?

'Heart of New Caledonia' to power 750 homes in French overseas territory

Have your say 25 Sep 2014

Solar's multi-billion pound potential stalled by 'unreliable' policy, industry warns

Trade body says sector can reach 60GW and power 18 million homes, but needs subsidies to help it achieve further cost reductions

Have your say 25 Sep 2014

IKEA to sell solar panels in eight more European countries

Swedish retail giant set to extend offer already available in UK to Netherlands and Switzerland by the end of the year

Have your say 23 Sep 2014

Reports: India to raise solar power goal to 15GW by 2019

Analysts say government may ditch plans to auction 1,500MW of solar projects in a bid to install 5,000-7,000MW each year

Have your say 22 Sep 2014

White House unveils solar power and energy efficiency boost

Paper outlines more than 50 actions and commitments designed to avoid 300 million tonnes of CO2 emissions, as administration sets out climate negotiating stall

Have your say 19 Sep 2014

Solarcentury brings Africa's largest solar carport to Kenya

UK solar firms inks second major deal in east Africa as expansion plans gather pace

Have your say 18 Sep 2014

Lazard: US renewables reach cost-parity tipping point

New research suggests large wind and solar farms capable of under-cutting gas generation without recourse to subsidy

Have your say 18 Sep 2014

UK solar farm issues Europe's first certified climate bonds

Big60Million Solar Bonds released to finance Willersey Solar Farm accredited under the Climate Bond Standards and Certification Scheme

Have your say 17 Sep 2014

Farmers given recipe for solar-powered roast lamb

New guidance from National Solar Centre outlines how solar systems can be combined with agriculture

Have your say 16 Sep 2014

Google debuts latest solar investment, as company's carbon intensity keeps falling

IT giant reveals $145m equity commitment to new 82MW solar farm in California, completing its 17th renewable energy investment since 2010

Have your say 11 Sep 2014

Primary schools to compete for 'crowd-funded' solar panels

Friends of the Earth launches new competition offering schools the opportunity to wind a solar array

Have your say 09 Sep 2014

Green energy industry joins forces to launch election wishlist

Six trade bodies call for greater support ahead of 2015 vote, setting parties six 'key tests' of their clean energy commitment

Have your say 07 Sep 2014

Solar farm set to transform Welsh coal mine

Developer Conergy to build 13.5MW plant at a disused coal mine in the Rhymney Valley

Have your say 04 Sep 2014

Kyocera announces plan for world’s largest floating solar farm

Joint venture planning to build 2.9MW floating solar farm in Hyogo Prefecture

Have your say 02 Sep 2014

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