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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...

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...

India to soon hold new solar tenders for 2 to 4 GW

Small PV plant in India

Speaking at the India-Australia Energy Dialogue in Brisbane, Indian Power Minister Piyush Goyal said feed-in tariffs could be cut by a further 10%. At the same time, Goyal is exploring ways of encouraging India's farmers to start...

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