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Australia: 450 MW of utility scale solar deals forecast for 2016

Nygan solar plant

The Australian large scale solar market segment is set to have a “breakout year” in 2016, with over 450 MW of project deals set to be signed. Green Energy Markets made the forecast today noting, however, that this level of...


SolarWorld’s bifacial modules and home storage solution one step closer to market

The SolarWorld Sunmodule Bisun can, according to the company, increase energy yield by as much as 25%.

The German firm's Sunmodule Bisun glass-glass module, which uses bifacial cells based on PERC technology, to be presented at forthcoming exhibition in Frankfurt; modular SunPac LiOn battery also to be unveiled.


Enel Green Power revenue flat for 2015, EBITDA falls 5.3%

EGP solar farm.

The Italian clean energy developer posts total revenue for 2015 of EUR 3bn, which mirrors 2014 performance; net installed capacity of clean energy reaches 10.5 GW, a 9% increase.


Australia sails past 5 GW of PV

Commercial solar array Australia

Having installed over 913 MW of new solar in 2015, Australia now boasts some 5 GW of PV generating capacity. Local market analysts Sunwiz published the figure today, concluding that solar was the leading source of new generating...


Orix on track to meet 900 MW Japanese solar goals

Orix has installed 350 MW of solar in Japan to date

Japanese finance and leasing company, Orix has said it aims to invest around US$872 million in installing 550 MW of solar in Japan in the next two years. This would take its cumulative capacity to 900 MW, thus achieving targets...


Japan: Green transport ship sets sail with Solar Frontier CIS panels

K Line's Drive Green Highway transport ship

"This is one example of the greater role that solar energy has to play in our future, supporting an ever broader range of technologies in a wider range of industries," says Solar Frontier CEO Atsuhiko Hirano.


Ikea halts sales of solar PV in UK

Ikea store

The Swedish furniture and home accessories giant has been an avid proponent of clean energy, but following drastic cuts in the U.K.’s solar subsidies, it has decided to stop selling solar systems in the country.


Europe: Solar market grows 15% in 2015

Solarcentury PV plant with sheep

While demand for solar systems has declined or remained flat in most of European countries, the United Kingdom's muscular solar growth led to a dramatic increase in demand for Europe as a whole.


Panasonic to suspend PV cell assembly amid declining demand

Panasonic HIT cell

Panasonic Corp. is set to suspend operations at one of its PV cell plants for several months amid dwindling demand, Japanese news agency Kyodo reported Tuesday.


Ascent improves design of PV modules for space environment

Ascent Solar EnerPlex

The U.S. company says its super-light its superlight modules are ideal for satellites, space vehicles and space stations. Ascent is eager to tap the fast growing space and near space markets.


SMA establishes Brazil subsidiary

SMA Brazil is located in Sao Paulo and will serve the entire needs of this growing PV market.

The German inverter specialist creates Brazil-focused arm of business to focus on the growing market's opportunities, particularly at utility-scale; SMA Brazil will work closely with SMA South America, located in Chile.


Earthquake in Taiwan disrupts PV production

Earthquake February 2016 - Collapse of apartment building in Tainan, Taiwan

The magnitude 6.4 earthquake that hit Taiwan Saturday disrupted PV production in the southern city of Tainan, which took the brunt of the temblor.


Dow Corning increases net income as sales drop

Hemlock shuttered Tennessee facility

U.S. silicon technology giant Dow Corning Corp. on Friday reported a 10% increase in net income last year despite a 9% drop in sales.


Heliatek raises bar for OPV efficiency to 13.2%

The new Heliatek OPV multi-junction cell has achieved a new world record conversion efficiency of 13.2%.

The German organic PV developers reveal new record conversion efficiency for an OPV multi-junction cell; measurement independently verified by Fraunhofer CSP.


Singulus narrows 2015 loss, increases revenue

Singulus thin-film fab

The German equipment supplier is strengthening its focus on the solar segment with production machinery for both thin-film and crystalline cells amidst waning sales in the optical disc segment.


SMA: When storage systems pay off for commercial business

The research institute Hakai Beach in Canada meets its electricity demand with a 30 kilowatt PV storage system featuring SMA multicluster technology

While private PV system operators work toward optimizing self-consumption, storage systems in industry are mainly used to provide control reserve and thus ensure grid stability. In commercial storage system applications, the main...


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