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Japan clears up uncertainty over its renewable energy FIT

Japan flag. Image Scott Gunn.

Japan’s parliament passed a key piece of legislation for solar, which revises the country’s feed-in tariff policy for renewable energies, creating a new certification system and a new tendering program for PV projects, after...


JA Solar playing major role in China’s Front Runner project

JA Solar module inspection

Chinese module manufacturer JA Solar is providing almost 50% of the modules for the giant 950 MW first demonstration of China’s “Front Runner” project, which is aiming to promote the development of advanced solar PV technology.


Five takeaways from SNEC 2016

SNEC 2016 tradeshow banner. Photo Dave Tacon.

The 10th annual SNEC trade show in Shanghai opened its doors one week ago today, attracting huge crowds to the 150,000 square meter complex with around 1,500 exhibitors. The event saw the debut of pv magazine’s Solar Superheroes,...


Largest commercial rooftop PV plant powered in Philippines

Robinsons Starmills shopping mall in the province of Pampanga is now powered by its own 2.9 MW solar array

Philippines-based property developer Robinsons Land has switched on a 2.9 MW PV plant atop its shopping mall in Pampanga province. By the end of the year, the company is planning to have 12.5 MW of PV installed on its malls...


Phoenix Solar to build first licensed PV project in Turkey

Turkey’s unlicensed solar market is aiming to reach 1 GW of installed capacity by the end of the year

German Phoenix Solar will build a 10.2 MW solar plant in Eastern Turkey, country’s first governmentally licensed PV project.


Construction begins on 62 MW PV plant in Minnesota

The Marshall solar installation is expected to provide about 250 construction jobs

Marshall Solar and Xcel Energy commenced work on a 62 MW Marshall solar project in Lyon County, Minnesota.


GOLDBECK Solar installs a further 49.6 MWp of PV to the U.K. grid

Sandridge Solar Park in Melksham, England

GOLDBECK Solar completed the Sandridge Solar Park in Melksham, England, making it the largest PV project even constructed by the company.


India: new program to support small hybrid PV+wind installations

Indian MNRE is implementing a new program to promote installation of small solar and wind hybrid systems in remote areas.


Intevac receives multi-system order for implant systems used for c-Si cell manufacturing

Intevac matrix

The California-based equipment supplier received an order for two of its ENERGi implant systems for advanced solar cell manufacturing, from an unnamed solar cell manufacturer in China.


Despite sequential drops Trina posts solid first quarter results

Trina Solar CEO, Jifan Gao.

The world's largest PV manufacturer Trina Solar saw drops in revenue and profits in Q1 compared with the final quarter of 2015, but the Chinese company put this down to "seasonality" and maintains that it was a good start to the...


Stellar Homes Group to include solar panels in new Florida homes

Lake Mary, Florida. Image Naufragio.

The homebuilding company will introduce the PV solar systems as a standard feature in all of its new homes, making it the first company in South Florida to do so.


SMA installs PV+storage on Caribbean island, will meet 23% of annual demand

PV+storage hybrid power system will generate enough clean power to meet 23% of the island’s annual electricity demand

A singe system combining PV with storage will generate enough clean power to meet more than 23% of annual power demand of the Caribbean island of St. Eustatius.


BMW rolls out new solar carports in South Africa

BMW's solar carport in South Africa

The solar carport rollout is part of the German automaker's global efforts to expand home and publicly accessible charging infrastructure for electric vehicles.


Meteocontrol, Phoenix Solar partner in Jordan, Turkey

Amman, Jordan

Among the projects Phoenix Solar is developing in the MENAT region is an 11 MW solar PV plant in Jordan, expected to be the largest private plant of its kind in the country, for the Marriott and Sheraton hotel chains in the...


JinkoSolar becomes first Chinese manufacturer to receive Q+ certification

TÜV Rheinland certification testing

The TÜV Rheinland's new upgraded test certification is recommended by the California Energy Commission and may become a requirement in the state. Q+ certification uses more stringent criteria than IEC 61215, the current industry...


Samsung SDI to begin producing PV paste in China after unveiling new 8800 Series

Samsung SDI at SNEC 2016. Photo Samsung SDI

The South Korean company is due to start operations at its Wuxi Plant in June to have a production base in China, where the PV industry is thriving.


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