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SunPower settles Philippines wafer dispute for $50.5 million

SunPower modules in situ.

In an SEC filing, the U.S. renewables company has settled a monocrystalline wafer supply dispute with a Philippines subcontractor for a sum of $50.5 million.


Palestine clears way for inaugural 5.7 MW solar plant on the West Bank

Gaza City.

Palestinian Authority's Energy Ministry grants license for the first solar park to be developed on the West Bank. Dutch firm Gigawatt Global Cooperatief UA will partner with Palestine's Rack Tech to build the plant.


Cell of an achievement: Solar Impulse aircraft completes historic journey

Andre Borschberg (left) celebrates with Bertrand Piccard (right) after the pilot touched down in Abu Dhabi early this morning to complete the record-breaking round-the-world-flight.

Jubilant scenes as Bertrand Piccard touches down in Abu Dhabi to complete the Solar Impulse 2's round-the-world flight powered by the sun.


TerraForm adopts shareholder rights plan as Brookfield & Appaloosa attempt takeover

The yieldco's "poison pill" was created to prevent sale of more than 15% of the company's class A stock and to keep bidders from blocking the sale of the company.


New $100m Australian solar fund to target large-scale blue chip solar assets

Solar array in Sydney.

A new, AUD$100 million renewable energy investment fund that aims to buy up established solar farms around Australia has been launched by Melbourne-based Impact Investment Group, with the backing of some high profile names...


One in three UK solar jobs lost in past 12 months, data shows

Solar park in England.

Since government-backed changes in policy were introduced, the U.K. solar industry has seen a third of its jobs disappear, with 30% of companies likely cut employment further over next 12 months.


The pv magazine weekly news digest

Solar installation in Czech Republic.

Talking 'bout a resolution: SolarWorld comes under pressure to reach an agreement on the Hemlock case, Turkey's political troubles shake the sector, and NASA goes all 3D in its quest for higher solar efficiencies.


India's fossil fuel giants begin to back Modi solar goal

Indian solar array.

Many of the biggest names in Indian coal, oil and gas have embarked on renewable energy projects or initiatives in recent months as the attraction of solar becomes ever more apparent.


Musk's master plan promises solar for all

Elon Musk.

Tesla CEO writes second installment of decade-old master plan, promising solar panels on every house and a battery in every garage.


India reveals plan for implementation of 10 Solar Zones

Indian flag.

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy outlines details for introduction of these new zones, each around 10,000 hectares, before the end of this year.


Shunfeng warns of YOY 80% profit decrease

Shunfeng solar installation.

The Chinese solar power firm publishes preliminary assessment of first half finances warning of an 80% drop in group profit compared to the same period last year.


Off-grid solar lighting could add 2m jobs to developing nations, finds Berkeley Lab

Solar Aid light, Africa.

Adoption of solar-LED lighting systems in some of the world’s most impoverished nations could trigger net job boom, study shows.


Hanergy Thin Film forecasts surprise 2016 H1 profit

Hanergy HQ.

The Chinese solar firm says that sales of its rooftop PV panels have grown by 200% in the past year, while revenues are 50% higher compared to the same six-month period in 2015.


Lack of small-scale 'bankability' harming clean energy progress, finds IIED white paper

Tanzania off-grid solar.

Profitability of large-scale renewable energy projects deterring investment in small, off-grid schemes, finds report, but more innovative funding options at small scale have multiple positive impacts.


Mosaic teams with Wave Solar to provide lower customer acquisition costs

Mosaic offices.

The solar lending platform has partnered with Wave Solar's lead generation services in order to improve customer acquisition costs for solar installers.


Small and large scale solar to reach global grid parity by 2020, says Frost & Sullivan

Solar installation by Belectric.

Global Solar Power Market 2016 report suggests costs of solar to fall dramatically over next five years as Asian market share increases and North America reaches 20 million residential PV prosumers.


Sunrun secures $33m loan facility to finance SREC portfolio

Sunrun residential installation.

The U.S. residential solar company closes non-recourse term loan facility to help finance solar renewable energy credits portfolio for roll-out in northeast states of Maryland, Massachusetts and New Jersey.


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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