03/09/15: Brazil: Key tax exemption for net metering implemented in several states

An exemption from the ICMS tax for net-metered solar PV systems began on September 1 in several Brazilian states. This tax has been a key barrier to the development of distributed renewable energy.

Accra, Ghana.

03/09/15: Yingli creates JV for 150 MW West African solar projects

Partnership with Namene Energy aims to develop 100 MW of utility-scale solar and 50 MW of commercial solar in Ghana and neighboring countries over next few years.

Minas Gerais.

03/09/15: Canadian Solar wins 185 MW of solar contracts in Brazil

The Tier-1 Chinese solar firm has been awarded contracts for five solar PV projects located in Brazil's Minas Gerais state; combined the projects will add 185 MW of solar capacity to the country.

Sky Solar PV installation

03/09/15: Sky Solar increases financing for PV projects in Japan

The Hong Kong-based solar park developer, owner and operator will use the fresh capital for its project pipeline in Japan; it will also benefit PV development in the Americas and Asia.

Tsuyama, Okayama, Japan

03/09/15: Giga Solar to build PV plant in Japan

The Taiwanese PV conductive paste maker is planning to add a PV plant to its growing portfolio of solar installations in Japan.

Recycling a solar module.

03/09/15: Solar's big guns take aim at WEEE non-compliance culture

Compliance and waste management scheme PV Cycle, together with representatives of Trina Solar, SunPower, Solar Frontier, JinkoSolar, aleo solar and Conergy denounce solar "free-riders" that neglect their waste management...

Brasilia, Brazil

03/09/15: SunEdison to produce PV modules in Brazil

The U.S. company is expected to begin producing panels in the South American country next year for use in planned solar installations.

A PV power plant in France.

03/09/15: France to exceed 1 GW of 2015 PV installations in major rebound

The French PV market is showing signs of strong growth, with 2015 likely to see more than 1 GW of solar added to the country’s grids. Last month it increased the size of its most recent tender for ground mounted installations...

Gigafactory mockup.

03/09/15: Panasonic to roll out home battery to Europe, starting with Germany

Japanese electronics corporation to begin selling home batteries across Europe, putting company in direct competition with Tesla, for whom it makes lithium-ion electric vehicle batteries.

Kagoshima City, Japan

03/09/15: Japan: Solar reaches 10% of peak summer power

Sunny skies and favorable conditions throughout the summer has boosted the total share of solar in the country's overall energy mix.

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European Commission Brussels

03/09/15: EC to cut two more Chinese producers from minimum price agreement

Citing a long list of breached obligations, the European Commission is set to remove Chint Solar and Sunny Energy from the minimum price undertaking.

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03/09/15: PROINSO PV RACK to launch in South Africa

c has announced details of a new roof top product designed to meet the distinct market challenges of South Africa.


03/09/15: Conference in Hamburg will pave the way for PV's future

Collective intelligence: EU PVSEC unites global researchers, industry representatives and policy makers


03/09/15: Roth Capital Partners to Host Solar Symposium at Solar Power International (SPI 15)

Leading solar power and clean technology companies to hold investor meetings.

By: Roth Capital Partners

03/09/15: TASC kicks off national campaign urging Congress to support solar

The Alliance for Solar Choice is asking Congress to "help keep solar on a level playing field" and kicks off a national campaign to compel action on the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC).

By: The Alliance for Solar Choice

03/09/15: MIT CTL and UPS support solar electric car project

Vehicle sustains 60 mph using the same energy as a hairdryer.


02/09/15: FuturaSun’s modules qualified for Dubai’s DEWA reference list

FuturaSun’s modules have qualified and been approved by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) for the Smart Dubai Initiative.

By: FuturaSun

02/09/15: JinkoSolar enters into an agreement with Ygrene Energy Fund Partners to offer PACE financing to residential and commercial customers

JinkoSolar today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, JinkoSolar (U.S.), has entered into an agreement with Ygrene Energy Fund, to integrate JinkoSolar’s high quality solar modules into Ygrene’s PACE (property assessed...

By: Jinko Solar

02/09/15: Cronimet/THEnergy study: In solar for mines size does not always matter

Reducing CAPEX with energy efficiency and load shifting.

By: THEnergy

02/09/15: SPI announces strategic investment in electric vehicle rental business

Deal will help to power pioneering fleet of 100% clean-energy powered electric vehicles.

By: Solar Power Inc.

02/09/15: Jinergy obtains multiple certifications from Solarif, JET, TUV, MSC and CQC

The company is now actively preparing for its appearance on the global market.

By: Jinergy

02/09/15: CarCharging partners with TWS to offer storage and rechargeable battery solutions

Largest electric vehicle charging owner, operator, and provider offers property partners with the opportunity to reduce energy costs.

By: Car Charging Group

02/09/15: New local energy partnership brings innovative solar tracker to Washington State

Tracker available for homes and businesses throughout region.

By: AllEarth Renewables

02/09/15: FuturaSun’s modules qualified for Dubai’s DEWA reference list

FuturaSun's modules have qualified and been approved by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) for the Smart Dubai Initiative.

By: FuturaSun

01/09/15: Enphase Energy named top PV inverter brand in France and Benelux by EuPD Research

Enphase Energy today announced that it has been awarded the premium EuPD Research Top Brand PV seal of approval for its commendable brand management and brand awareness among installers and solar professionals in France and...

By: Enphase Energy

01/09/15: Ingeteam at 6 trade fairs in September

Ingeteam is looking forward to exhibiting at six trade fairs in five different countries in September.

By: Ingeteam

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