Wacker polysilicon facility, Tennessee.

29/07/16: Wacker locks in earnings expectations on back of strong Q2

Wacker Chemie expects EBITA to come in at the upper of its forecast in 2016, as higher Q2 sales trigger increased revenues on a YoY basis.

Turkish capital Istanbul

29/07/16: Istanbul’s energy paradox: shortages but no embrace of PV

Turkey’s largest city, with a population about 14 million people, could face an acute electricity shortage, confirms the Turkish energy minister. However, paradoxically, Turkey’s energy ministry has not made plans for a solar...

Kyocera floating PV array

29/07/16: Kyocera Applied Ceramics division hit by declining Japanese demand

Profits from the Kyocera business unit that includes its solar operations have slumped more than 50% in Q2, as a result of softening demand from the Japanese market. The company booked revenues of JPY45.6 billion ($440 million)...

28/07/16: Georgia Power agrees to 1600 MW of renewable energy, including 150 MW of distributed generation

Projects approved are expected to mostly be solar PV, and the deal will include a 3 MW pilot community solar program.

28/07/16: Brazil delays its sole 2016 solar auction until December

The solar auction first planned for July has been officially cancelled and the auction planned for October has been delayed until December 16.

Blockade at Hinkley Point. Flickr image by Global 2000.

28/07/16: Approval on Hinkley Point nuclear plant expected on same day UK releases energy stats revealing renewables have overtaken coal

The approval of the heavily subsidized GBP 18bn nuclear project will be a bitter pill to swallow for the UK's renewable energy industry, on a day that official energy statistics reveal renewable energies in the country generated...

Battery storage system. Image by Solarpraxis' Andreas Schlegel.

28/07/16: USD 1 billion energy storage market in Germany by 2021

A new report from GTM Research forecasts that the energy storage market in Germany will have an annual value exceeding USD1 billion by 2021, as a collection of factors feed the market’s growth within the country.

Nyngan solar plant in Australia.

28/07/16: ARENA reveals 20 final applicants for utility scale program, capacity set to grow

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency has published the list of the 20 final applications it has received under its AU$100 million ($75 million) utility scale solar grant program. The falling cost of solar has resulted in a...

Large battery array

28/07/16: IHS: Grid-tied storage to double in 2016, to emulate growth of solar

Industry analysts IHS Markit expect the grid-tied energy storage market to double in 2016, from 1.4 GWh to 2.9 GWh. IHS expects on-grid storage capacity to reach 21 GWh by 2025.

The “Simulate your Solar System” online platform will show the benefits of residential solar. Image by Panasonic.

28/07/16: Panasonic simulator enables Dutch homeowners to see solar benefits

Panasonic has launched its "Simulate your Solar System" online platform in Holland, which will enable homeowners to see just how much they can save from installing rooftop solar on their homes, at a time when residential solar is...

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29/07/16: SolarWorld Q2 shipments, revenues rise, as legal troubles mount

SolarWorld has increased its Q2 2016 shipments 39% YoY, to 342 MW, in 2016. Revenues increased almost 30% for the quarter, to €222 million ($246 million), while achieving an EBIT profit of €20.5 ($22.7 million) million.

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29/07/16: Alta Energy hires solar veteran Mark Bettis as sales VP

Alta Energy, a solar analytics and procurement company serving commercial and industrial enterprises, has hired Mark Bettis to serve as Vice President of Sales. Alta Energy enables commercial enterprises, property owners and...

By: Alta Energy

29/07/16: Duke Energy Renewables control center crosses 3,500-megawatt milestone; adds more capabilities

Duke Energy Renewables today announced its control center now serves more than 3,500 megawatts of wind and solar energy plants across the U.S. since it opened in its new location in 2015.

By: Duke Energy Renewables

29/07/16: Stellar Solar completing 125kW installation at San Rafael Parish

The system spans four buildings on campus and will offset 75% of the parish electric bill, marking another San Diego County faith-based organization saving precious funds with solar.

By: Stellar Solar

29/07/16: El Paso Electric and solar industry achieve agreement in rate case

El Paso Electric and intervening parties, including representatives of the solar industry, have agreed to terms as part of the overall settlement in the El Paso Electric rate case.

By: Energy Freedom Coalition of America

29/07/16: American Solar Direct partners with Del Mar Thoroughbred Club to Offer solar to more racing fans

Leading residential solar company announces multi-year partnership.

By: American Solar Direct

28/07/16: Groups applaud Governor Sandoval’s action to support clean energy

Governor’s New Energy Industry Task Force sends a suite of strong renewable energy bills to Nevada Legislature.

By: Vote Solar

28/07/16: Formation of Star Foremost Solar

A merger to provide solutions for commercial, industrial and utility scale solar customers.

By: Star Foremost Solar

28/07/16: In the first half of 2016, the installed capacity of renewable energy sources in Ukraine exceeded 1 GW

In the first half of 2016, 14 new facilities for renewable energy capacity of almost 39 MW were built in Ukraine. Total investment in these projects exceeded €42 million.

By: IBCentre

28/07/16: Sunrun Partners Offer BrightBox Solar Power Plus Energy Storage Systems in Hawaii

Local partners and retailers can now offer customers solar power day and night priced below current electricity rates

By: Sunrun

28/07/16: Eternal Sun achieves AAA certification for large area steady state solar simulator

Eternal Sun is pleased to announce they received an independent third party class AAA certification for all their large area steady state solar simulators

By: Eternal Sun

28/07/16: PROINSO announce sponsorship deal with Indian Rugby Football Union

Solar energy company PROINSO has signed a sponsorship deal with the Indian Rugby Football Union (IRFU). The sponsorship deal was announced today (July 28th) at a press conference held in Mumbai.


28/07/16: Dominican Republic can triple renewable energy share by 2030, new IRENA report finds

Higher renewables share would reduce CO2 emissions by 23% and save billions of dollars.


28/07/16: Japanese enterprises team up to launch virtual power plant experimental project

Fourteen Japanese companies have come together to launch the "Virtual Power Plant Experimental Project," an initiative subsidized by the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, an arm of Japan's Ministry of Economy Trade and...

By: Mitsubishi Corporation

28/07/16: Vienna International Airport improves environmental footprint with a PV system for self-consumption

IBC Solar Austria installs photovoltaic systems on an area measuring approximately 3,200 sqm at Vienna International Airport.

By: IBC Solar Aus

27/07/16: Enphase Energy expands customer base in Benelux

New strategic partners to distribute Enphase Energy's award-winning microinverter system.

By: Enphase Energy

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