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Katie Price at a book signing.

Crippling debts and absentee chairmen hogged the headlines coming out of China this week but amid the madness, there was good news out of the US and the Middle East.


Hanwha unveils solar-powered island plan

Hanwha SolarOne production facility.

The Korean group announces project that will see the small islet of Jukdo turned into a 100% solar-powered community, replacing the four diesel generators that currently provide power.


United PV considering Yingli debt assistance

Yingli solar production.

Chinese state-owned solar operator tells Bloomberg that it may co-operate with other government-controlled companies to assuage Yingli's current debt burden.


India presses state to raise solar ambition

Maharashtra state.

Maharashtra state should aim for 25 GW of renewables by 2020, says 'Union minister'. Of the current 14.4 GW target in the state, 7 GW is expected to come from solar.


Southern Group buys 103 MW solar project in Georgia, US

Savannah, Georgia.

Utility's subsidiary, Southern Power, has acquired the 103 MW Butler solar facility from Community Energy Inc., adding to its 1.1 GW portfolio of clean energy projects.


Solar is the new world, coal execs told at Paris summit

Coal plant, Germany.

Coal and renewable energy executives at climate conference in Paris clash over future energy mix as value of storage brought to the fore.


California: SunEdison secures 33 MW rooftop solar contract

SunEdison has been awarded 33 MW worth of solar PV rooftop contracts by Southern California Edison (SCE). The 17 systems are expected to be operational in 2016. Upon completion, TerraForm will acquire them.


Germany: First PV tender round closed

All successful bidders have paid the second security deposit under Germany's first PV tender round. They now have 24 months to realize their projects.


HydroChile plans 90 MW Chilean PV project

HydroChile S.A. has submitted plans to build a US$158 million 90 MW PV plant in Chile’s Atacama region. Construction is scheduled to begin next September, if approved.


Belectric awarded 77.4 MW under Turkey’s first solar licensing round

Belectric is set to install 77.4 MW worth of PV projects under Turkey’s first solar licensing round, including a 45 MW PV system. Construction is expected to get underway in the first half of 2017.


Conergy and Sungrow announce inverter partnership

Under a new partnership, Germany-based Conergy will purchase inverters from Sungrow for its global commercial and utility-scale solar pipeline. The first joint project will see a 5 MW PV system installed in the U.K.


First Solar announces JV for large-scale solar development in Philippines

Solar installation, Philippines.

The U.S. thin film company signs joint venture with OrionGroup for the realization of commercial and industrial self generation solar projects in the Philippines.


Amtech receives 800 MW order for solar diffusion system

Amtech.

Company's Tempress Systems subsidiary has received order for its next-gen solar diffusion systems from a leading Chinese solar cell and module manufacturer.


Yingli issues statement refuting liquidation reports

Yingli production.

Chinese solar giant states that it is "optimistic" and "confident" about its ability to continue servicing the global market, following recent reports to the contrary. Company announces keenly awaited conference call.


Fronius presses play on US manufacturing

Fronius production in Austria.

The U.S. subsidiary of the Austrian inverter supplier has begun production at a $1.5 million manufacturing and testing facility in the state of Indiana.


Georgia Power begins work on 90 MW PV projects

Georgia Power has announced the start of construction work on three 30 MW PV projects at army bases throughout Georgia. They are scheduled for grid connection by the end of 2016.


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