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Japan clears up uncertainty over its renewable energy FIT

Japan flag. Image Scott Gunn.

Japan’s parliament passed a key piece of legislation for solar, which revises the country’s feed-in tariff policy for renewable energies, creating a new certification system and a new tendering program for PV projects, after...


JA Solar playing major role in China’s Front Runner project

JA Solar module inspection

Chinese module manufacturer JA Solar is providing almost 50% of the modules for the giant 950 MW first demonstration of China’s “Front Runner” project, which is aiming to promote the development of advanced solar PV technology.


Five takeaways from SNEC 2016

SNEC 2016 tradeshow banner. Photo Dave Tacon.

The 10th annual SNEC trade show in Shanghai opened its doors one week ago today, attracting huge crowds to the 150,000 square meter complex with around 1,500 exhibitors. The event saw the debut of pv magazine’s Solar Superheroes,...


Singulus Technologies finalizes EUR110 million deal for CIGS module production machines

Singulus Technologies Gebaeude, Germany.

After announcing the signing of precontracts with a subsidiary of China National Building Materials for the delivery of CIGS module production machines, the German company confirms that the legally-binding contracts have now been...


Australia brown coal warriors switch to solar, disruptive technologies

The two men who ran Australia’s two dirtiest brown coal generators have switched sides.

Former Australian boss of GDF Suez, Tony Concannon, has now re-emerged as the chief executive of Reach Solar, while former head of Energy Australia, Richard McIndoe,has since emerged as the executive chairman of Edge Electrons.


Capital Stage to make takeover offer for CHORUS Clean Energy

CHORUS Clean Energy AG PV plant in Riechelbach, Germany.

The two German companies both announced the proposed takeover offer, with some key CHORUS shareholders already committed to the merger.


BayWa r.e. to mark expansion into South East Asia markets

South East Asia map. Wikimedia.

BayWa r.e. announced strategic plans to expand further into South-East Asian markets, after opening offices in the region, and will mark its new endeavor with an appearance at the ASEAN Sustainable Energy Week 2016.


The pv magazine weekly news digest

Mural on the German Finance Ministry building

Germany again topped the news this week after government officials proposed a new tax on renewable energy consumers. In the U.S., meanwhile, solar panels are starting to become standard features in new homes, at least in South...


JinkoSolar Q1 net profit soars as global solar demand grows

JinkoSolar rooftop installations

CEO Kangping Chen says China remains the group's biggest market but stresses that its market share in the U.S. is expanding. In addition, the company sees "great opportunities in exciting emerging markets such as Chile, Thailand...


European Parliament calls for ambitious measures to encourage renewable energy use

MEP Theresa Griffin hosting SolarPower Europe's study launch in Brussels.

In an effort to boost renewabl energy self-generation and consumption, the EU initiative calls for the deployment of an advanced metering infrastructure that would make smart homes and networks a reality. In addition, SolarPower...


SNEC continues to provide a platform for solar innovation and deal making on day two

The Solar Superheroes remained out in force to continue their campaign of returning coal underground.

Day two of the SNEC tradeshow in Shanghai, China, and the exhibition lived up to its billing as the world's largest solar show, with many new innovative products on show, as well as the continued presence of the Solar Superheros...


Despite sequential drops Trina posts solid first quarter results

Trina Solar CEO, Jifan Gao.

The world's largest PV manufacturer Trina Solar saw drops in revenue and profits in Q1 compared with the final quarter of 2015, but the Chinese company put this down to "seasonality" and maintains that it was a good start to the...


SolarCity: Rooftop solar generates net benefit for all Nevada utility customers

SolarCity solar rooftop installation

Rooftop solar generation can provide up to $14 million in annual benefits for the residents of the U.S. state of Nevada, according to a new study by SolarCity and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).


Dispute over arbitration location causes stumbling block for PV projects in Egypt

Great Sphinx of Giza Pyramid of Menkaure. Cairo, Egypt. Photo by Mstyslav Chernov.

A dispute has emerged between the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company and international lenders and developers over the arbitration venue for PV projects that are being developed in the country, which could lead to delays...


The pv magazine weekly news digest

Berlin, Germany

Renewable energy developments in Germany and Argentina topped the news this week but also making waves was a report that global off-grid solar sales grew 40% in 2015 while India unveiled what is said to be the largest rooftop...


Nigeria's solar hopes stall

Abuja, Nigeria

Nigeria is considered an emerging economy that has the potential to drive a dynamic domestic solar PV market. But the global oil price plunge and a national currency crisis have stalled hopes.


Hanwha Q Cells Q1 results show encouraging Y/Y resurgence in profit, revenue and shipments

Hanwha Q Cells HQ.

Module shipments from the Korean solar PV manufacturer reached 912 MW in the first quarter, exceeding the guidance range, while gross profit topped $109m and gross margin reached 21.2%.


Stock price index

The solar energy stock prices for October 2015 have been published. Strong China volume growth and upward guidance from some U.S. heavyweights drive index bounce back.

Module price index

The latest photovoltaic module prices for November 2015 have been published.  With broadly stable prices, the markets in Germany and Europe saw, at best, a slight improvement from September to October, but on the whole it is still at a disappointing level.

Grid parity monitor

A grid parity update for September 2015 is now available. The results of the ninth issue of the study shows that PV generation parity is an economic reality in Chile and Morocco and is close in Honduras.

Chile investment guide

Investment guide, "Photovoltaics in Chile," published by Solarpraxis AG, in cooperation with Eclareon and law firm Dominguez, Ossa, Lon (DOLM), is available to download for free. The publication provides country-specific information on such issues as legal and political frameworks, permitting procedures, site acquisition and project financing.

Poland investment guide


Investment guide, Photovoltaics in Poland, is now available to download
for free. The main frameworks for the Polish photovoltaic market have been outlined.

Ukranian investment opportunities

On the back of FIT cuts and maturing markets, investors are looking for new opportunities in south east Europe. Ukraine is presenting one logical and very interesting investment alternative, according to Ilko Iliev, CEO of Inea Consulting.

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