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SunPower reports operational successes but posts a loss in Q1

The California-based PV maker is running factories at full capacity and rolling out new products, but still reported a significant loss on a per-share basis.


NRG Home Solar to partner with Sunrun and Spruce as part of larger restructuring

NRG will shift Home Solar to an origination and sales model, while shifting multiple renewable energy businesses around inside the company.


UK: solar installed by independent entrepreneurs topped 2 GW in 2015, study finds

Independent energy generators developed more than 2 GW of solar PV projects in the U.K. last year, an increase of more than 80% on 2014.

Independent renewable entrepreneurs supplied 7.6% of the U.K.'s power demand last year, investing more than GBP 1 billion into renewable energy; solar capacity grew by 83% in this sector.


Phoenix Solar doubles Q1 revenue Y-o-Y

Solar installation in Munich.

The German PV project developer posts first quarter revenue of EUR 9.9 million, double that achieved in Q1 2015, following the conclusion of several large-scale projects. Accelerated Q2 growth forecast.


Enphase Energy hits Q1 revenue target as price reduction roadmap continues

Enphase president and CEO Paul Nahi.

The U.S. microinverter specialist reports first quarter revenue of $64.1 million, shipments of 143 MW and a GAAP gross margin of 18.3% as product costs continue to fall.


Hanergy’s USD660 million Macrolink deal scrapped

Hanergy America Solar Solutions

The unusual deal, which appears to be effectively cancelled, would have seen Hanergy supply 600 MW of BIPV production equipment to Macrolink for USD660 million and an agreement that Macrolink would purchase 3.48% of the company’s...


India: SECI calls on World Bank for $200m financing for own solar projects

Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.

The Solar Energy Corporation of India plans to increase its downstream portfolio with series of large-scale solar projects across the country; has approached World Bank to provide 50% funding.


Canadian energy company eyes 150 MW PV plant in Vietnam

Hoi An, Vietnam

CMX Renewable Energy Inc. has applied for a license to build a 150 MW PV plant, costing an estimated USD150 million, in Vietnam’s Ninh Thuan province, just as the solar market is being stirred within the country.


SolarWorld Q1 shipments rise 62% Y-O-Y, but profitability takes a hit

SolarWorld installation.

Demand from the U.S. market fuelled first quarter shipment increase to 341 MW according to preliminary financials published today; currency effects drag down profits.


Third phase of Dubai's DEWA solar project attracts record low bid of US 2.99 cents/kWh

Dubai skyline

Five bids worth a total of 800 MW of solar PV capacity have been submitted in the third phase tender for projects at the Dubai Electricity & Water Authority solar park; lowest bid of 2.99 cents per kilowatt-hour received.


Bankruptcy talk stalks Yingli as annual financial report delayed

Yingli production process.

Chinese solar producer expects to post losses of more than $900m for 2015 as company reiterates doubts about its ability to continue as a going concern.


Turkey: ICCI event returns focus to growing solar industry

The 22nd ICCI event in Istanbul brought together stakeholders, delegates and businesses from across the energy supply chain, with more than 21 countries represented in the halls.

The 22nd International Energy & Environment Fair and Conference, held just weeks after Solarex, delivered another opportunity for Turkey to smooth the edges of its expanding solar sector.


NextEra Energy Partners reaches 1.6 GW of contracted solar PV assets

NextEra’s yieldco plans to aggressively acquire solar assets while expanding its current wind fleet over the next three years.


Hanwha bearing fruits of Q Cells, SolarOne integration

Hanwha Q Cells HQ.

Hanwha Q Cells has published its 2015 annual report today, in which the advantages of bringing together its German and Malaysian Q Cells and Chinese SolarOne manufacturing were demonstrated. Booking a profit of $44 million, on...


Study finds positive link between UK solar farms and biodiversity

Sheep next to a solar array in England

An extensive study of solar farms in the UK has found that the existence of the solar panels can improve biodiversity and wildlife abundance, especially when combined with measured land management.


Boost for residential solar loans in the US as Mosaic raises USD200 million

Suncrest Solar residential installation

Residential solar lending platform Mosaic will receive the funding for a new USD200 million facility from DZ BANK and NY Green Bank. The facility will help the company achieve its ambitious future targets for providing solar...


Trina Solar sets new IBC cell efficiency record

Trina Solar Photovoltaic module production - Image Shen

The Chinese company achieved an impressive 23.5% efficiency for its large-area Interdigitated Back Contact mono-crystalline silicon solar cell, to go with the company’s other efficiency records.


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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