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Massachusetts SRECs capped for projects over 25kW

With net metering caps also being hit in utility service areas across the state, the mid-sized to large-scale solar sector is in serious trouble.


Bolivia announces a 100 MW solar project

The French Development Agency has awarded US$65.5 million in credit for the first 50 MW phase of the project in Bolivia’s Oruro Department.


EU tariffs imposed on Chinese solar companies shipping via in Malaysia, Taiwan

EU flags.

The European Commission has imposed import tariffs on Chinese producers which sell below minimum import prices and export via Malaysia and Taiwan. Five Malaysian and 21 Taiwanese producers have been expressly exempted from the...


Report: India's solar ambitions to create more than 1 million jobs

Modi and solar

India’s solar sector is set to deliver a jobs boom if the country pursues its goal of 100 GW of solar capacity by 2022. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Council on Energy, Environment, and Water (CEEW)...


SolarWatt releases 300W dual glass module

Solarwatt HQ

German solar module producer Solarwatt has released its 60M, 300 W dual-glass module, which it claims is world’s first 60-cell glass-glass achieving such a power rating. Solarwatt says the monocrystalline module is “virtually...


Sonnen ships its 10,000 solar battery

Sonnen

Germany’s Sonnen has shipped its 10,000 solar battery. To celebrate the milestone Sonnen (formerly Sonnenbatterie) increased the capacity of the battery system for the 10,000th customer by 2 kWh and provided the household with...


Singulus reports 300 MW CIGS equipment order

Singulus HQ

German PV production equipment supplier is close to booking a deal to supply 300 MW of its Cisaris selenization production tool for CIGS solar production. The deal, which is still as yet to be signed, has been made public in the...


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Major work begins on Latin America’s largest solar PV project

With installation of mounting structures by STI Norland, construction of the 247 MW-DC El Romero PV plant has advanced. In the middle of next year this is expected to become the largest solar project in Latin America.


PV Crystalox closes Japanese wafer business, continues strategic review

The UK-based wafer maker will keep its German wafering operations going while it continues to mull future plans.


Tesla Energy delivers positive growth margin in Q4, company-wide losses predicted to end in 2016

Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada.

Tesla has reported that its Energy business unit achieved a “positive gross margin” in Q4 2015, while the company has delivered its 11th quarterly net loss. Tesla pointed to its Energy segment as a key lead generator for the...


Germany: SMA teams with grid operator Tenne T to provide real-time solar data

The collaboration between grid operator Tenne T and SMA is the first of its kind in Germany.

Collaboration marks greater effort of solar industry to work with grids on gaining greater understanding and control of solar's intermittency; partnership can digitalize electricity supply, SMA says.


IFC program pledges 200 MW solar for Senegal

More than half of the people in Senegal have no access to electricity, so the IFC hopes its Scaling Solar initiative can bring power to many more.

Senegal become second African country to join the International Finance Corporation's Scaling Solar program; 200 MW of PV capacity additions scheduled over the next few years.


Valoe signs biggest deal, with 150 MW module line to Ethiopia

MWT module technology

Finnish solar production equipment supplier Valoe has announced a deal to supply a 120 MW – 150 MW module assembly line to a new Ethiopian PV manufacturer, in a deal worth €15. 8 million (US$17.9 million). The deal is Valoe’s...


KKR rebrands Gestamp Solar in $500m overhaul

Gestamp Solar has been rebranded as X-Elio and kitted out with a $500 million warchest and 2.5 GW solar installation target.

The global investment firm renames Gestamp Solar as X-Elio and pledges to steer half a billion dollars into the acquired company to aid expansion efforts across various solar markets.


Australia: 450 MW of utility scale solar deals forecast for 2016

Nygan solar plant

The Australian large scale solar market segment is set to have a “breakout year” in 2016, with over 450 MW of project deals set to be signed. Green Energy Markets made the forecast today noting, however, that this level of...


Singulus forecasts return to profit in 2017, solar segment to drive sales

Silex II equipment.

Troubled German solar and optical disk production equipment supplier Singulus has issued an outlook for 2016, in which it forecasts “slightly negative” earnings in 2016 and return to profit in 2017. Solar sales are forecast to...


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