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Is there anything that could boost customer interest for residential solar more than selling PV at IKEA?

IKEA starts selling home PV systems; First Solar reports solid year-to-year growth in Q1; Solar Impulse returns to the skies. Good news is not boring in the solar world.

Design your own Solar: Sunworks reports strong interest in new concept

Sunworks Solar Design Center in Rocklin, California

US solar provider Sunworks has opened an innovative design center, where customers can not only learn about the benefits of solar power, but can design their own personalized system, at a time when inventive mounted arrays are...

German juwi group to develop 18 unlicensed PV projects in Turkey

juwi Solar PV rooftop installation

The plants, located in the cities of Konya and Nevsehir, will have a combined capacity of 18.6 MW and will help chip away at Turkey’s target of 1 GW of installed PV by the end of 2016.

Gantner Instruments making impressive strides in the PV monitoring market

Gantner stringmonitoring chip

The independent German based PV monitoring company installed its monitoring equipment to 367 MW of PV installations in the first quarter of 2016, compounding its position as one of the world leaders in the market.

Domestic bliss for Indian companies in latest 500 MW solar auction

Solar park in Karnataka.

Karnataka tender sets tariff of US 7.2 cents/kWh with domestic companies winning out. Just one non-Indian solar bidder won in an auction dominated by India's power giants Adani, Tata, Acme Group and ReNew Power Ventures.

ConEdison inaugurates 118 MW dual-axis tracker solar plant in Texas

The 118 MW DC solar farm in Texas uses dual-axis trackers and is the largest such installation in the U.S.

The solar farm is the largest dual-axis tracker installation in the country, and is the result of a collaboration between ConEdison Development and CPS Energy.

Two innovative residential solar+storage projects in Western Australia

Aerial view of townhouse project

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has launched two innovative solar+storage projects, aimed at the residential sector, in Western Australia today. A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Alkimos Beach suburban...

India's RenewSys confirms 100 MW equipment order with Meyer Burger, eyes second line

Existing line at RenewSys fab.

Indian solar company plans to increase its module production capacity in India to 280 MW by the end of the year, confirms order of Meyer Burger cell assembly and module lamination technologies.

Duke Energy inaugurates 5 MW Mickey Mouse-shaped solar farm at Disney

48,000 solar panels were used across 22 acres to create this 5 MW solar array, built in the shape of Disney's iconic Mickey Mouse silhouette.

The finished installation lies on 22 acres of land near Epcot and will supply clean solar energy to Walt Disney World Resort and Randy Creek Improvement District in Florida.

STA launches its “Stunning Solar” campaign just as distributed solar in the UK needs a helping hand

AES Solar roof intergrated PV installation

The UK’s Solar Trade Association’s Stunning Solar campaign aims to show consumers how aesthetically pleasing PV installations can be. The push couldn’t come at a more pressing time for domestic PV in the country, as installations...

Despite a stuttering European PV market its EPC contractors still enjoy a large share of the industry

Juwi Solar PV rooftop installation. Photo by Juwi Holdings

Data compiled by Wiki-Solar found that 16 of the top 30 utility-scale EPC contractors for solar in 2015 were European companies, making up the largest portion of solar PV capacity installed.

Jordan: mosques and universities embrace solar

PV project at Hashemite University

A staggering 2,000 Jordanian mosques and a long list of Jordanian universities agree to electrify using solar PV, adding to the march of the technology within the Middle Eastern country.

Investment in solar in India continues as two firms eye large PV projects

Indian solar PV project in Madhya Predesh, with Shri Narendra Modi, Shi Shivraj, Singh Chouhan. Image from Welspun Renewables

Finnish energy solutions provider Fortum announced plans to invest EUR 200-400 million in solar projects in India, while reports emerged that IDFC Alternatives is in talks to invest $90 million in ACME Solar projects in India.

5 takeaways on Turkish PV from Solarex

Crowds in Turkey

The 7th annual Solarex trade show is Istanbul closed its doors on Saturday. pv magazine was on the spot and tried to make sense of the ever-shifting regulatory and solar business landscape of this promising but, at times,...

China connects world's largest fishpond solar plant to grid

The 20 MW fishponds PV array is located at a coal mining subsidence area near to Huainan City, Anhui Province, China.

Announced by the Energy Bureau of Anhui Province last Wednesday, China has installed the largest floating PV plant atop a fishpond. The 20 MW array is located at a coal mining subsidence area of Huainan City and was connected to...

Enel begins production at 79 MW Chile solar plant

Enel's 79 MW solar PV plant is located in the sunny Chilean region of Antofagasta.

Enel Green Power Chile completes and connects the 79 MW Pampa Norte solar plant in Chile's Antofagasta Region. Project cost $150 million and has secured a PPA with local utility.

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