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SMA smart home system to manage appliances from Bosch manufacturer

SMA smart home system

Homeowners will now be able to incorporate products from BSH Hausgeräte, Europe's largest manufacturer of home appliances, into SMA's intelligent energy management systems.

Solarcentury building largest solar farm in the Netherlands

Ameland flock of geese.

The U.K. developer is collaborating with Amelander Energy Cooperative and renewable energy supplier Eneco to construct the 6 MW plant on the low-lying island of Ameland.

Sunrun offers extended loan option for US customers

Sunrun rooftop installation.

Solar-as-a-service provider Sunrun launches BrightAdvantage, a loan option that offers homeowners a 12- or 20-year payment option for the installation of rooftop solar systems.

UK's FIT cuts threaten 20,000 solar jobs

Rooftop solar installation, England.

Department of Energy and Climate Change's own study finds that reduction in the feed-in tariff from next year will lead to 22,000 job losses throughout the U.K. solar industry.

Southern Power secures large stake in 300 MW First Solar project

San Bernardino county, California.

The utility has purchased a controlling interest in First Solar's 300 MW Desert Stateline power plant in California; power produced at site will be purchased by Southern California Edison.

REC, O Capital partner on solar development in Middle East, Africa

REC, Orascom form alliance

The PV manufacturer and the well situated Egyptian group have announced ambitious plans to embrace "amazing growth opportunities for solar energy," which they say will enable them to dominate the region's PV market.

Soventix begins work on a 30 MW PV project in the Dominican Republic

This will be by far the largest solar project in the island nation, which remains dependent upon imported oil and gas.

Canadian Solar wins 185 MW of solar contracts in Brazil

Minas Gerais.

The Tier-1 Chinese solar firm has been awarded contracts for five solar PV projects located in Brazil's Minas Gerais state; combined the projects will add 185 MW of solar capacity to the country.

Sky Solar increases financing for PV projects in Japan

Sky Solar PV installation

The Hong Kong-based solar park developer, owner and operator will use the fresh capital for its project pipeline in Japan; it will also benefit PV development in the Americas and Asia.

Giga Solar to build PV plant in Japan

Tsuyama, Okayama, Japan

The Taiwanese PV conductive paste maker is planning to add a PV plant to its growing portfolio of solar installations in Japan.

Solar's big guns take aim at WEEE non-compliance culture

Recycling a solar module.

Compliance and waste management scheme PV Cycle, together with representatives of Trina Solar, SunPower, Solar Frontier, JinkoSolar, aleo solar and Conergy denounce solar "free-riders" that neglect their waste management...

SunEdison to produce PV modules in Brazil

Brasilia, Brazil

The U.S. company is expected to begin producing panels in the South American country next year for use in planned solar installations.

France to exceed 1 GW of 2015 PV installations in major rebound

A PV power plant in France.

The French PV market is showing signs of strong growth, with 2015 likely to see more than 1 GW of solar added to the country’s grids. Last month it increased the size of its most recent tender for ground mounted installations...

E.ON grows PV power plant development business

An E.ON solar power plant in Germany.

Germany’s E.ON has announced that it is continuing to expand its U.S. and German PV power plant business. E.ON will develop a 20 MW project in Kern Country, California, after having completed a 2.1 MW plant near Neubrandenburg,...

Aqualis to acquire 49.9% stake in Adler Solar

Adler Solar customs warehouse.

Engineering consultancy group signs MoU to purchase large stake in German solar service provider for sum of around $3.4 million; has option for further 10% stake at future date.

ITC extension will assist solar growth, says US Energy Secretary

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernie Moniz.

Ernest Moniz says the Obama administration backs Democrats' calls for an extension of the Federal ITC; stresses the solar industry can grow without further subsidy but states time is running out to offer appropriate support.

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