NEA announced solar energy target of 110 GW by 2020

The consequences of the new solar energy target are uncertain. (Photo: iStock)

China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) has announced the solar energy target of 110 GW to be reached by 2020. This is a 20 % reduction to the previously communicated target of 150 GW.


US Department of Energy commissions MIT research on declining cost of solar

The US Department of Energy has commissioned the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) research to understand why the cost of solar has decreased so dramatically in the past decades and how this trend can continue in the future.


Turkey plans world’s largest PV plant

Turkey is preparing to boost its renewable energy generation capacity. Plans to hold a tender for the construction of what is said to be the world’s largest photovoltaic solar plant were recently announced by the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Berat Albayrak. The 1 GW solar farm will be built in Konya, in central Anatolia.


4 MW solar carports for Weeze Airport opened

Photovoltaic carport system with modules by Trina Solar at the Weeze Airport. (Gottfried Evers / Trina Solar)

15,296 solar modules manufactured by Trina Solar have been installed on 66 carports at the Weeze Airport in Germany. The planning and construction phase for the project, managed by EEPro, were completed within four weeks each.


Three quarters of British public support onshore wind (and even more solar)

A new poll published today revealed that the vast majority of the British public (83%) supports solar farms and almost three-quarters (73 %) is in favour of onshore wind.


Over 400 European companies demand end of trade barriers on solar products from China

More than 400 European companies have written to the European Commission calling for an end to EU trade barriers on solar products from China.


In rainy UK, solar generates more electricity than coal

Share of UK generation from solar and coal (Graph:

The UK has reached a new milestone in solar power generation. In the past six months, solar panels produced more electricity that coal, according to data published by the Carbon Brief, a website covering climate change and energy policies.