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Spain's solar tax 'almost complete'

Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy.

Minister says twin tax on self-consumption is almost ready. With elections looming, the Spanish government is in a race against time to enact the legislation.

Vivint Solar unveils $150 million plans for commercial, industrial solar sector

As part of its expansion plans, Vivint Solar has announced it will enter the commercial and industrial solar sectors via a US$150 million investment fund. It has also partnered with a number of EPC companies.

US: 440 MW of PV approved under Western Solar Plan

Three solar PV projects worth 400 MW have been approved by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) under its Western Solar Plan. Up to 1,900 construction jobs are expected to be created.

PI Berlin to introduce new PV error analysis method at Intersolar Europe

Modules on the array are supplied with current during twilight hours to enable accurate, high-resolution EL imaging that can detect faults.

The Photovoltaik-Institut Berlin has developed a new automated process whereby up to 1,000 solar modules daily can be examined using electroluminescence measurements.

Yingli Solar JV connects 50 MW solar plant in China

Yingli Solar production.

Joint venture with Shuozhou Coal Power Co. sees 50 MW of solar PV capacity installed in Shanxi province using Yingli Solar panels.

Eminent UK scientists announce global clean energy "space-race" program

UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon inspecting a solar farm.

The Global Apollo program looks to emulate the successful moon missions of the '60s by diverting similar levels of efforts and funding towards making clean energy cheaper than coal.

JinkoSolar strikes 80 MW DG module supply deal in China

Hainan Haikou skyline.

Chinese PV manufacturer to supply China Southern Power Grid Synthesis Energy with modules to be deployed in distributed rooftop PV projects in China’s Guangdong and Hainan provinces.

ReneSola Q1 financials reveal $18.5 million net loss

Solar cell development, ReneSola.

Chinese solar company continues transition toward downstream activity as Q1 net revenue shrinks by 15.9% year-over-year.

Singer Akon launches solar academy in Mali

Akon speaking in New York.

The Senegalese-American popstar will open a solar training institution in the summer aimed at equipping African engineers and entrepreneurs with skills in the solar industry.

juwi Shizen Energy commences 25 MW PV plant in Japan

The 25 MW solar plant will be located in Japan's north.

The Hirono Plant to be built in collaboration between juwi group and Japan's Shizen Energy, with project investment provided by Spain’s Gestamp Group and Deutsche Bank.

Southern Company acquires 30 MW Pawpaw solar facility in Georgia, U.S.

Georgia Power HQ.

Utility's subsidiary Southern Power has purchased the solar plant from Longview Solar LLC, adding to its growing PV pipeline in the state.

Belectric and Heraeus cozy up on OPV development

The tree-like OPV canopy at the German Pavilion, International EXPO, Milan.

Two companies deepen collaboration on next-generation organic photovoltaics at the German Pavilion at the International EXPO in Milan, Italy.

Panasonic signs battery storage deal with 3 Australian utilities

Panasonic battery system.

Japanese electronics giant Panasonic has struck agreements with three Australian energy utilities to trial its home-based battery storage options, saying it would help double the amount of self-consumption of Australian solar...

IBC Solar completes 11 MW solar project in India

Pokhran solar park, Indian.

The large-scale array is the German solar company's fifth such development in the country. Installation located in Indian state of Rajasthan.

REC Solar sees European market shrink 35.6% in Q1

REC Solar facility, Singapore.

The U.S. now represents REC Solar's primary market, accounting for 39% of all modules sold in first three months of the year. Module sales globally shrink by 16% quarter-over-quarter.

Installation rate hits inflection point in New Zealand

New Zealand mountain.

Solar installation rates in New Zealand have grown by more than 220% in 2015, over the previous 18 months. New figures from the Electricity Networks Association show that while there were 1,630 PV arrays in New Zealand as of...

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