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Hanwha bearing fruits of Q Cells, SolarOne integration

Hanwha Q Cells HQ.

Hanwha Q Cells has published its 2015 annual report today, in which the advantages of bringing together its German and Malaysian Q Cells and Chinese SolarOne manufacturing were demonstrated. Booking a profit of $44 million, on...

Sungrow expands in the UK market with over 100 MW’s of inverters connected in Q1

Sungrow inverter in the UK

It is good news for the Chinese inverter manufacturer, which has shown that its popularity is growing in many different markets worldwide, now supplying the largest volume of PV inverters globally.

Planning permission granted for largest PV site in Northern Ireland

County Antrim Coast Road image by Suzanne Mischyshyn

Permission has been granted to U.K. solar park developer Hadstone Energy for a 46 MW site, which will be the largest in Northern Ireland.

NEXTracker hits 3 GW of cumulative delivery worldwide

NEXTracker has successfully expanded its client base in emerging solar markets including India, China, Australia, and the Middle East

U.S. tracker manufacturer NEXTracker has recently achieved a new milestone with cumulative shipments of over 3 GW of solar trackers around the world.

IKEA UK launches its home solar service

IKEA Store - Image by Calvin Teo

The much anticipated domestic solar PV initiative begins today, with the launch of “Solar Shops” across three of its U.K. stores and online, making the purchase of PV systems for U.K. homeowners easier than ever.

US company to build 50 MW PV plant in the republic of Georgia

Solar installation at the parking lot of the Tbilisi International airport, Georgia

Georgia's Ministry of Energy has signed a MoU with the US-based Headwall Power International to develop a project of a 50 MW PV plant in Gardabani region.

Update: Solar Impulse completes Pacific crossing

Solar Impulse 2

Swiss pioneering pilot Bertrand Piccard has completed the second leg of the Solar Impulse's crossing of the Pacific. The solar aircraft landed at Moffett Airfield on 23 April at 11:44 pm local time. The Solar Impulse 2 will...

Canadian Solar links up 39.4 MWp of PV plants in the United Kingdom

Canadian Solar PV modules in Germany

The six solar plants were connected to the grid under the Renewable Obligations Certificate, which no longer accepts applications.

Alice Springs: Solar city at centre of a fossil fuel controversy

Alice Springs Solar

Renewables have been erroneously blamed for a number of blackouts in Australia, which were actually the result of failing network equipment and fossil fuel generators.

India appeals WTO domestic content ruling for solar

Solar installation, India.

Energy minister Piyush Goyal challenges World Trade Organization's ruling that its domestic content requirements for solar violate international trade rules.

Ecoppia to begin production of module cleaning robots in India

A robotic module cleaner

Israeli developer of module cleaning robots Ecoppia has announced that it will begin manufacturing its E4 units in India. Production is scheduled to commence in Q3. Eccopia company will partner with major OEM manufacturer Sanmina.

Offgrid solution: Using discarded smartphone batteries to light up rural homes

solar-powered LED lamp

Kyung Hee University researcher Boucar Diouf plans to start solar-powered LED lamp pilot projects in Senegal and sub-Saharan African countries within the next year.

Australia: Network business to trial suburban solar+storage mini grid

Tesla PowerWall

An Australian electricity network owner will trial the provision of solar+storage in a suburban setting to see whether 14 homes can form a mini grid, to deliver grid and savings on customer utility bills. AusNet is running the...

Work begins on a 13.6 MW PV plant in Chihuahua, Mexico

It is predicted that the Los Santos 1 project will enter service in July. The investment for this project in the North of Mexico stands at around US$40 million.

Leclanché picks up USD28.9 million order for 53 MWh Ontario storage project

Lelanché manufacturing.

Swiss-based lithium ion battery manufacturer Leclanché SA has booked a $28.9 million order for a 13 MW/53 MWh storage project in Ontario. The company says the battery project will be one of the largest stationary battery arrays...

UK: RBS lending for solar projects tripled in 2015, bank says

RBS was involved in some big solar deals in 2015, and has begun 2016 by investing in a 6.3 MW floating solar farm near London.

The Royal Bank of Scotland invested a total of GBP 1 billion into the U.K.'s renewable energy sector in 2015, including a record GBP 450 million for solar, which represented a three-fold increase on 2014.

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