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Neo Solar Power: High-density solar modules on their way

pv magazine's Jonathan Gifford meets NSP Neo Solar Power’s senior vice president Alex Wen.

Video: pv magazine’s Jonathan Gifford met with NSP Neo Solar Power’s senior vice president Alex Wen to discuss NSP’s transformation from solely a cell manufacturer into module manufacturing and downstream development.


British retailer M&S to crowdfund GBP 1.2m community solar venture

Installation of M&S's 6.1 MW solar array in the East Midlands.

The famous U.K. store has created a new M&S Energy Society, which has partnered with not-for-profit Energy4All to develop the crowdfunding solar scheme. The target is to raise GBP 1.23 million.


Solarunited to realign industry focus at Intersolar Europe-EUPVSEC conference

Members of SOLARUNITED.

Formerly the International PV Equipment Association (IPVEA), Solarunited has said it will transform into a Global PV Technology & Industry Association at the show.


TerniEnergia awarded EPC contract for 34 MW solar plant in Zambia

Lusaka, Zambia, at dusk. Image by Rik Dekker.

The Italian smart energy company will be taking care of the EPC activities for the project that was awarded under the World Bank’s “Scaling Solar” program, which saw record low prices for the sale of electricity generated by...


New 50 MW module production facility operational in Kosovo

City center, Pristina, Kosovo.

The facility was developed by German company J. v. G. Thoma and its subsidiary J. v. G. Jaha Energy in Pristina, Kosovo, and will look to supply the growing solar market in the region.


A booming solar equipment market is benefiting German manufacturers

Singulus Technologies Tenuis tool.

A report from the German Engineering Federation shows that incoming orders for PV manufacturing equipment have more than doubled in Germany since the same period last year, which has mainly been driven by an increase in demand...


Electrovaya to supply EUR199 million worth of battery modules for residential energy storage

Battery storage technology. Images Mirco Sieg.

The Canada-based company announced the signing of a Letter of Intent with a “major Original Equipment Manufacturer” for delivery of its lithium-ion battery modules, as the market heats up.


Burnt out, incompatible connectors

Black sheep campaign: PV panel manufacturers selling plug connectors as MC4 compatible is nothing unusual. Two operators who have installed such modules are now struggling with lost insurance coverage and fires.


SunPower, Sunverge collaborate on 4 MWh solar+storage project in New York

SunPower will lease its solar rooftop systems to 300 homeowners, while Sunverge's lithim-ion batteries will provide backup power. Con Edison will initially own the storage systems.

Virtual power plant plan will see 300 New York homes fitted with solar panels and battery to create system designed to feed stored energy to grid managed by utility, Con Edison.


IRENA forecasts 59% solar PV price reduction by 2025

Electricity generated by solar PV is likely to be 59% cheaper by 2025, according to an IRENA study.

New report from the International Renewable Energy Agency suggests that the average cost for electricity generated by solar PV could decrease by as much as 59% by 2025 compared to 2015 prices.


Zambia to be home to Africa's cheapest solar

Victoria Falls, Zambia

First Solar, Enel, and Neoen won tenders to develop large-scale solar PV plants in Zambia under the World Bank’s "Scaling Solar" program, with electricity to be sold for as little as 6.02 cents per KWh.


PID-related performance drop in a solar farm

Solar cells that show up as dark spots on an electroluminescence image can be an indication of potential-induced degradation.

Black Sheep campaign: Some PV panels or batches of modules are susceptible to potential induced degradation (PID), while others are scarcely affected. Currently, many PV farm operators are experiencing this reality. The third...


IBC Solar working on five projects in Turkey

IBC Solar construction site in Gaziantep, Turkey.

The German company, who has expanded its business outlook to emerging PV markets, is expanding its position within Turkey, by performing the EPC role on the large-scale projects.


Yingli Q1 profit of $72.8m is first for company since 2011

Yingli solar manufacturing.

Chinese module manufacturer increases revenue, module shipments and gross margin in first quarter of 2016 following concerted effort to supply higher cost markets.


World’s largest off-grid battery system headed to Rwanda

All Tesvolt storage systems are manufactured in Germany

The 2.68 MWh storage system will be supplied by German commercial system manufacturer Tesvolt, and will be connected to a 3.3 MW PV plant as part of an agricultural project.


China's NEA releases PV installation target for 2016

China flag. Image by Renato Ganoza

The installation target, released late in the year, limits PV installations to 18.1 GW, however, there are various PV projects that are not included in the target, which could see total installations reach 20 GW and beyond.


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