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TÜV Rheinland issues first PID certificate in China to Trina Solar

TUV Rheinland PV module testing

PID tests simulate the practical conditions in the PV system, and verify the module performance and power output under high voltage.


Newly established Solara takes over CentroSolar's off-grid unit

Sail boat equipped with Solara modules

A management buyout has led to the formation of the new company and its acquisition of insolvent CentroSolar's Stand Alone System division.


Goldman Sachs facilitating low-interest solar bonds in Japan

JAG Energy's 2 MW Sakaida Solar Way installation.

With interest at the 1% level, bonds are proving cheaper than bank loans and fulfilling strong demand for long-term A-rated notes in the country.


Xcel Energy opens tender for 200 MW of projects in Texas

Austin Texas.

Through its Southwestern Public Service Company (SPS), Xcel Energy has opened the tender for projects worth 200 MW of PV capacity in Texas. Projects are to be delivered by Dec 31, 2016.


India reveals draft of new program to support 20 GW of large PV projects by 2020

SunEdison Charanka Solar Park

As outlined in an initial draft, the ambitious program will work with state governments to set up a series of solar parks and mega-solar projects. Mercom Capital says that the announcement is good sign for solar policy under the...


Spanish summer not bad for solar PV

A Spanish CSP power plant.

Although the proportion of electricity generated from solar PV in Spain declined a little this summer, CSP's share of the mix grew. The country's PV sector is still dealing with the fallout from last year's abolition of FIT...


pv magazine's weekly news round-up

Ulrich Speisshofer, CEO of ABB.

Here we are again, everything you could possibly need to know about this week in solar shoe-horned into one handy email. Those of you old enough can think of it as a sun-drenched That Was The Week That Was.


Printable solar cells close to commercialization

Dyesol solar dye cells.

Australian research organization CSIRO says its solar cells, printable onto plastic, are nearing market. CSIRO says domestic solar dye cell manufacturer Dyesol is interested in commercializing the technology.


Build first, worry about quotas later, says China

A rooftop system.

In another push for DG, China's National Energy Administration says small-scale generation pilot areas must be started by the end of the month to qualify for support. Manufacturer Renesola says a Q4 solar gold rush would drive up...


sPower and Camborne team up on UK projects

A PV installation in the UK.

U.S.-based sPower and the Britain's Camborne have formed a strategic partnership to develop projects in the U.S. The firms have not said what their target in terms of MW is, but that they intend to deploy "significant capital."


Google provides $145 million for SunEdison solar project on former oilfield

Google's latest investment in renewable energy is also the largest PV project that SunEdison has begun construction on to date in North America at 82 MW-AC, and its location provides powerful symbolism.


Solar farms increasingly popular with UK farmers

4.2 MW PV array at the Newlands Farm in Devon, England.

More and more farmers are combining sheep and chickens with rows of PV panels and producing a double output of food and clean, home-grown power, according to a new report, says the BRE National Solar Centre.


Hawaii: Distributed storage project launched to stabilize grid

A solar installation in Hawaii.

A 1 MW distributed storage project has been launched, that will see 1 MW of distributed storage added behind the meter in Oahu, Hawaii. The storage and control systems will be supplied by Stem.


JinkoSolar connects 100 MW of PV project in China's Jiangsu Province

Xiangshui Bay, Jiangsu, China

The company says the Xiangshui project is a landmark ground-mounted solar project that uses land efficiently and combines fish farming and solar power generation.


Sanderink buys Wagner Solar

Wagner headquarters in Coelbe

The Dutch group has taken over the insolvent German PV group, which will continue to operate under the Wagner Solar brand and retain 80 employees at its two sites in Hesse.


IRENA: PV prices have declined 80% since 2008

First Wind Warren PV plant

In a recently published report, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) traces the development of solar photovoltaic and its dramatic decline in costs.


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