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Meteocontrol solar eclipse analysis reveals German grid durability

An onlooker takes in last month's solar eclipse.

Data from the solar power forecast analysis company shows Germany's grid coped admirably with the solar eclipse on March 20.


Potpourri of policy and pricing in Caribbean PV markets

A PV power plant in Puerto Rico.

A new White Paper released today, prepared by GTM Research and Meister Consultants Group, outlines the wide range of system costs and policies amongst the island nations of the region. Jamaica has the widest residential system...


Manz books order for lithium-ion laser welding pilot line

Manz HQ.

German PV and battery equipment supply Manz has booked an order to provide a pilot line to a U.S. lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery producer. The booking is for Manz's laser welding process, which the company says can increase quality...


Leading UK solar developers adjust to new market conditions

Solarcentury's completion of this 250 kW commercial rooftop array near Manchester is indicative of the changing solar landscape in the U.K.

Removal of the Renewable Obligation Certificate for large-scale solar farms from today has prompted a change of tack among solar developers operating in the U.K. market.


Trina sells 49.9 MW UK solar plant for $87.7 million

Norfolk beach, England.

Sale of Norfolk solar plant to Bluefield Solar Income Fund Limited part of Trina's strategy to develop and offload power generation assets across leading PV markets.


US: Best practices guides aim to lower financing costs for solar energy systems

SunEdison PV installation

Backed by the U.S. Energy Department's SunShot Initiative, a solar industry group has published new best practices guidelines to reassure investors and ultimately reduce financing costs for solar development.


Sharp supplies peak shaving batteries for Baker Electric facility

Sharp at PV Expo.

Japanese company's SmartStorage behind-the-meter energy solution selected for utilization with commercial building owners in Southern California.


China dispatch: Huawei continues smart PV solution rollout in China

Huawei has already brought its smart PV solution to Germany, and is now expanding the offering into its home Chinese market.

ICT company unveils smart PV power station developed in conjunction with Huanghe Hydropower Development at press briefing in Qinghai Province, China.


REC Group inks exclusive residential supply deal with Tucson Electric

REC TwinPeak Series panel

The Norwegian company has signed its first major contract for its new panel line with the Arizona utility, which will use the modules exclusively for its new residential solar leasing program.


WDAS snaps up three Power Cloud solar generation companies

Japan solar.

World Assurance Group enters solar power generation business with purchase of three operating companies from Power Clouds Pte Ltd.


SunEdison moves 168 MW of PV plants to TerraForm subsidiary

SunEdison plant, worker

The leading U.S. solar group continues to fill its yieldco subsidiary with PV power and revenue generating assets. The portfolio consists of distributed generation installation in the U.S. and 11 solar plants in the U.K.


Solar Selfie module to be unveiled to Californian market

Solar selfie modules can transform a typical rooftop array into a king-sized photo album.

Smartphone-enabled solar panels allow residential owners to upload selfies to their solar systems. Image displayed module-by-module or across entire installation.


Major power blackout hits Turkey 

Izmir, Turkey

News that Turkey's economy grew more than expected in Q4 2014 coincided with a major power outage a couple of hours later, indicating the shaky underpinnings of the country's future development. 


Canadian Solar completes acquisition of Recurrent Energy

Canadian Solar installation.

Deal announced in February for $265 million completed this week, as Sharp Corporation offloads Recurrent subsidiary to Chinese solar developer Canadian Solar.


InnoLas reports 2014 growth on the back of PERC rollout

Markus Nicht.

German laser systems provider InnoLas Solutions has reported that its 2014 bookings have shown an increase on 2013, on the back of orders for its Ultrafast PERC equipment. It reports bookings of over 1 GW of upgrades in Q1 2015.


Global investment in green energy rises 17% to $270 billion

Solar and wind photomontage

Driven by solar and wind, global investment in green energy last year reversed a two-year dip, seemingly ignoring the challenge posed by sharply lower oil prices, according to the United Nations Environment Programme.


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