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South Korea's solar shipments spike in January-June period

South Korea national flag. Flickr image by t3mplar.

Exports of solar modules and related PV kit soared 46.7% year on year to $2.01bn in the first seven months of 2016, according to new government data.

South Africa enters global top 10 for utility scale solar

Cape Town solar PV installation, South Africa.

The Rainbow Nation has installed more than 503 MW of utility scale solar, placing it 10th overall globally, according to Wiki-Solar.

Industry welcomes Indian budget

Indian finance minister Arun Jaitley.

The Indian solar industry was broadly positive after India's new government outlined its spending plans. Tax measures to boost manufacturing could hint at a pending imposition of AD duties on imports.

Solar-powered benches rolled out in Boston, US

Soofa, Boston, U.S.

Created by startup Changing Environments, the Soofa is a solar-powered park bench that allows users to charge their mobile devices while resting.

Zimbabwe plans 300 MW solar PV project

Harare, Zimbabwe.

The African nation's power minister reveals details of $250 million plan, which will consist of three separate projects open to tender.

UK solar companies win High Court FIT compensation claim

Rooftop solar installation, U.K.

Court rules in favor of compensation claim for 14 companies aggrieved at government changes to the feed-in tariff introduced in 2011.

British Gas ignites PV ambitions with $100 million UK investment

Rooftop PV installation, U.K.

The UK's largest utility will partner with Gen Community to deliver solar panels to local government sites across the country.

Astrum Solar, Hudson Clean Energy strike $100 million residential PV partnership

Rooftop PV installation, U.S.

Private equity firm Hudson Clean Energy has agreed to fund residential solar provider Astrum Solar's expansion plans throughout the U.S.

Fraunhofer ISE launches online energy database

Fraunhofer ISE, Freiburg, Germany

The institute's online energy charts make German Energy Transformation transparent. The site displays the power produced in Germany from all conventional and renewable sources as well as import and export data.

Conergy secures 200 MW solar project rights in UK, $60 million bank guarantee

Conergy HQ, Germany.

Following the commencement of a 21 MW PV plant in England, Conergy has acquired a portfolio of rights to 166 MW of solar projects in the U.K., plus a bank guarantee facility worth $60 million.

Ten key questions on the future of the UK solar industry

Solar park in England.

Finlay Colville of NPD Solarbuzz talks candidly to pv magazine about the future of the UK's solar PV industry.

French institute recognizes Hanwha Q CELLS' low carbon solar modules

Hanwha Q CELLS HQ, Germany.

Solstyce analyzed various data of Q CELLS' cell and module production and found that the products consumed less than 400 kg of C02 per kWp, making them eligible for public tender in France.

Solargiga building 40 MW solar park in Ghana

In partnership with the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority, China's Solargiga has begun construction of a 40 MW, $117 million solar park.

SunEdison acquires 50% of Silver Ridge Power in $179 million deal

SunEdison worker.

The U.S. solar company has finalized the deal for the subsidiary of The AES Corporation, immediately adding 336 MW of PV capacity to its portfolio.

Bangladesh receives $78 million from World Bank for solar home system project

River in Bangladesh.

Government signs financing deal to develop its Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Development II project, which aims to install 480,000 solar home systems.

IRENA involved in 6 MW Sierra Leone PV plant

Freetown, Sierra Leone.

The International Renewable Energy Agency has partnered with the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development to oversee the West African nation’s first utility scale solar park.

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