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Is there anything that could boost customer interest for residential solar more than selling PV at IKEA?

IKEA starts selling home PV systems; First Solar reports solid year-to-year growth in Q1; Solar Impulse returns to the skies. Good news is not boring in the solar world.


UK: government survey finds 84% support for solar as fracking backing fades

Solar BIPV installation.

Latest edition of the Department of Energy and Climate Change's public attitudes tracker finds record-high levels of support for solar and renewables in general, while fracking falls out of favor.


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.


Finland to add more PV using community solar model

All of the 1,194 Suvilahti plant's panels were leased out in a matter of days

Finland’s energy company Helen finances the investment and operation of the country’s largest PV plant by leasing the array’s panels.


Georgia Power commenced work on 44 MW PV plant

Groundbreaking ceremony for a new solar plant at Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, Georgia

Construction begins on a large-scale PV plant at Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, Georgia.


Thailand's 281 MW solar agreement could unlock $500m investment

Thai solar installation.

Finalization this week of 67 solar farm connection agreements totaling 281.32 MW a could be a watershed moment for the nation's clean energy ambitions, energy regulators believe.


Fenix reaches new landmark for solar leases in Uganda

A solar panel in the street in Uganda - Image by Rod Waddington

Residential solar lease-to-own company Fenix International has now signed over 60,000 leases for its off-grid ReadyPay Power solar systems in Uganda.


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.


Silicon Ranch commenced work on 50 MW PV plant in Mississippi

Silicon Ranch develops and operates solar farms across the US with a focus on the Southeast

Mississippi Power and Silicon Ranch Corporation broke ground on the largest solar farm in the state of Mississippi.


Construction begins on the first community solar project in New York State

Participants of shared solar projects can purchase individual solar panels and receive credit for the power production, as if the panels were located on their own roof

Community solar project in Halfmoon, New York will allow more than 100 local residents to participate in solar energy generation, even if they can’t have their own private PV systems.


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...


Developments on over 1 GW of new PV in India

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Progress on three solar schemes and projects in India, which have a potential combined capacity of 1050 MW, including 500 MW of rooftop PV being tendered by SECI, a piece of land being assigned for a 200 MW project in Rajasthan,...


TerniEnergia connects 82.5 MW PV plant in South Africa

TerniEnergia's solar farm in Paleisheuwel comprises of 611,000 panels spread over an area of 240 hectares.

TerniEnergia announced that it has completed the first of its two “giant” PV projects in South Africa.


MESIA: 350 MW ADWEA tender unlikely to lead to "race-to-the-bottom" pricing

Abu Dhabi

A shortlist of eight companies pre-qualified to submit a bid to the 350 MW Abu Dhabi project tender has been published. The Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) selected a group of 34 companies that can bid for the...


Japan leads Kyocera solar sales decline

Kyocera cites weak domestic sales in its fiscal year 2016 results, which may be part of a larger market decline.


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