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Solar PV articles

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

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

Masdar cuts ribbon on Samoa's first wind farm

Abu Dhabi backed green investment giant says Pacific Islands renewables projects are cutting both costs and carbon emissions for developing nations

Have your say 29 Aug 2014

US green energy share hits record levels as solar power doubles

Government figures show renewables accounted for more than 14 per cent of total US electricity production in the first half of this year

Have your say 28 Aug 2014

Aviva Investors beefs up £76m domestic solar portfolio

Institutional investor makes latest move into the residential solar market with acquisition of 11.3MW portfolio from Zouk Capital

Have your say 28 Aug 2014

Estee Chaikin: Hanergy, IKEA, and the transformative power of solar panels

BusinessGreen's Young Sustainability Executive of the Year reveals how an interest in consumer behaviour helped shape one of the world's most exciting solar initiatives

Have your say 28 Aug 2014

Leggett launches campaign to mobilise green philanthropic investment

Clean tech entrepreneur and author reveals plan for new declaration calling on leading charitable foundations to wade into the climate change battle

Have your say 21 Aug 2014

Jeremy Leggett: A life on 'the frontier of the war on climate change'

BusinessGreen Leaders Awards Champion of the Year, Jeremy Leggett, reveals why there are reasons to be optimistic in the run up to the Paris climate summit

Have your say 21 Aug 2014

Renewables records reveal how clean energy is starting to light up the world

The renewables revolution is fast gathering pace and we are now just a few pieces of the jigsaw away from an ultra-low emission grid

Have your say 19 Aug 2014

Scotland offers boost to community wind turbines

Alex Salmond unveils £20m fund to deliver 500MW of community and locally owned renewable energy projects

Have your say 19 Aug 2014

Low-carbon technologies deliver over half Spain's power as renewables output soars

Renewables meet over 37 per cent of electricity demand during July, as wind and solar generation climbs

Have your say 18 Aug 2014

How Sheffield Solar is shining a light on PV performance

University-based Microgen Database compares real-world performance with predictions to help make the case for solar in the UK

Have your say 18 Aug 2014

Government must tear down community energy barriers

The latest challenges faced by community energy projects can be easily addressed - it is time for Ed Davey to act

Have your say 15 Aug 2014

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