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Ikea halts sales of solar PV in UK

Ikea store

The Swedish furniture and home accessories giant has been an avid proponent of clean energy, but following drastic cuts in the U.K.’s solar subsidies, it has decided to stop selling solar systems in the country.


Expert analysis: Back in black: SolarWorld provides optimistic outlook for 2016

SolarWorld HQ, U.S.

On February 1, Solarworld published its preliminary business figures for 2015 and provided an optimistic outlook for 2016. Industry expert and Smart Solar Consulting CEO Götz Fischbeck delivers his analysis on SolarWorld’s...


UK solar firms challenge government subsidy cuts in appeal court

Royal Courts of Justice, London.

Solarcentury and Lark Energy take case against government's early closure of the Renewable Obligation scheme to court of appeal; government defends stance on claims its decision was grossly unfair.


Tesla’s Musk confirms Powerwall 2.0 is on the way

Demand for Tesla's Powerwall is still high

Elon Musk has confirmed Tesla will bring out a new version of its Powerwall home energy storage battery system this summer. While "step changes" can be expected, he declined to elaborate on the new product.


Germany: Solar installs just 1.37 GW in 2015

It's hard to calculate the exact amount of solar PV added in 2015 in Germany, but it is clearly under 1.5 GW

2015 saw declining solar PV activity in Germany once again, with under 1.5 GW installed throughout the year. In December, the Federal Network Agency registered just under 145 MW of new capacity. Meanwhile, four ground-mounted...


IFC finances Canadian Solar Vietnam, Brazil fab projects to tune of $70m

Canadian Solar CEO Shawn Qu welcomed the partnership with the IFC: "With IFC's commitment, we are able to expand our production capacity to meet the increasing demand for solar energy worldwide."

The Chinese solar company has received a financing package of $70 million to support its expansion plans in Vietnam, the company has confirmed.


SMA forecasts 'considerable earnings increase' in 2016

SMA Solar Technology AG

The German inverter maker is banking on booming business from the digitization of the energy sector and predicts up to a fourfold increase in operating profit in 2016. The company is presenting the upbeat outlook to analysts and...


Solar-plus-storage to become $8bn market by 2026, says Lux Research

The graph shows how the addition of storage systems is likely to accelerate distributed solar installations by around 10 GW a year from 2025.

Addition of storage to the solar landscape seen as key to overcoming intermittency limitations and supporting continued price reductions of PV, report finds. DG market could reach 25 GW by 2026.


Aide to produce PV modules for Zhonghuan Semiconductor

Aide Solar PV system

The company's PV modules are slated for use in the solar joint venture established China by Zhonghuan, Apple and SunPower.


GSA taps Solaria for Green Proving Ground program

Berkely Lab's FLEXLAB

The PV module technologies provider will participate in the U.S. government program, which evaluates innovative sustainable building technologies.


SoloPower Systems completes first commercial-scale deployment in South Africa

SoloPower Systems' CIGS flexible thin-film PV panels

The factory rooftop project used the Oregon company's CIGS thin-film solar technology in the installation, which required no power tools, racking or special handling. The ultra-light weight photovoltaic modules are up to 85%...


UK awards £40 million in funding to boost EVs

London: Low emission zone

The U.K. government has awarded £40 million to four British cities to support the spread of electrical and low-emission vehicles. Supported projects include car-charging street lighting and zones offering free parking and traffic...


Huawei teams with CGN, CMNE on 2 GW PV project in Europe

20 MW ground-mounted PV plant in Trowbridge, England

Huawei is partnering with two state-owned Chinese companies on an ambitious but scarcely detailed PV project in Europe that looks likely to employ the company's FusionSolar smart PV solution.


Powerhive raises $20 million for off-grid development in emerging markets

Powerhive in Africa

The investment allows Powerhive to expand its renewable microgrid development using its propriety technology and supply affordable and reliable electricity to off-grid communities in emerging markets.


German-made PV modules lead among local installers

Heckert Solar HQ in Chemnitz, Germany

German-made PV modules make up the four top leading brands among German PV installers, according to the latest European PV InstallerMonitor. Direct procurement from manufacturers, however, is on the decline.


Oaktree acquires Solarrus

Solarrus' True South Renewables van

The investment is set to bolster the leading U.S. O&M services group and provides Oaktree with a foothold in "a nascent industry with enormous growth potential." Solarrus has also appointed a new chief executive.


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