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Sonnedix launches global solar project joint venture

Sonnedix Istres PV park, France

The global sola power producer is partnering with institutional investors on a joint platform company that currently operates 117 MW of installed capacity and has 600 MW of projects in pre-construction.


Allianz Global Investors acquires 58 MW solar park portfolio in Southern France

Allianz Global Investors headquarters in Frankfurt.

The German investment group has achieved in 12 months its technical and geographical diversification goals through the acquisition of solar and wind assets in four different European countries.


Asia-Pacific PV market to reach record level in fourth quarter

Japan's 82 MW Marubeni PV installation in Oita City.

A year-end rush in China is driving the Asia-Pacific solar PV market to record levels in the final quarter of 2014, according to Solarbuzz, which predicts that PV demand in the region will continue strong growth in coming years...


EDF RS expands Canadian portfolio by 52% in 2014

EDF Renewable Services Operations Control Center

The leading North American O&M services provider added a total of 27 renewable energy projects in Quebec and Ontario in 2014.


Capital Stage acquires largest solar park portfolio in its history

Aquitaine, France

The $87 million deal includes five solar PV farms in southern France with a total capacity of 50.8 MW and expands the German group's footprint in the French solar market from 90 MW to more than 140 MW.


New Mexican utility proposes rooftop solar tax

White Sands, New Mexico.

PNM wants owners of new systems to pay $18-30 per month from 2016 onwards. Electric utility says solar projects have cost it $79m but rooftop systems have reduced its costs.


Africa's largest microgrid

Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.

Annobon Province project, at 5 MW, will be Africa's largest. Project is being developed by three US companies on an island off Equatorial Guinea.


Solarion is insolvent… again

A Solarion module.

It was only 18 months ago that the district court in Leipzig, Germany lifted the creditor protection proceeding for the Leipzig-based PV manufacturer Solarion. This time the district court has directed the company into insolvency.


LDK directors resume control

LDK Solar headquarters.

Provisional liquidators' powers expire as company expects to institute restructure next week. News follows signing of a 30.6 MW module supply deal in China.


Private investment potentially plugging offgrid gap

India offgrid solar project.

A host of factors including wide usage of mobile phones, a rise in the price of kerosene, falls in the cost of LED lights, and the growing popularity of mobile payment methods are pushing investment into off-grid solar, according...


SolarCity and BofA announce $400m solar finance program

SolarCity in action.

The leasing giants will partner with Bank of America Merrill Lynch to finance the expansion of the American residential solar sector.


Acciona switches on 94 MW South Africa PV plant

Sishen Solar Farm, South Africa.

The solar plant becomes the single-largest in the Spanish company’s portfolio and has been made possible by South Africa’s REIPPPP.


Huawei enjoys greatest 12-month gain in global inverter market

Huawei string inverters, Germany.

The Chinese telecommunications company corners an extra 2% of the global market as leading pure-play suppliers see their grip loosened, finds IHS.


NREL partners with GE on microgrid development project

Grid.

Collaboration includes involvement from the Electric Power Research Institute and focuses on $8 million program to leverage capabilities of energy systems integration facilities.


Turkey: construction to begin on first licensed PV projects

A certificate presentation.

Turkish administrators have finally approved the construction of two photovoltaic power plants. The licenses have now been issued and work on the solar plants is set to begin. Contracts for a further 580 MW of photovoltaic...


First Solar takes strategic step into residential solar market

First Solar ground-mount installation.

The U.S. thin-film giant has acquired an equity stake in Clean Energy Collective as it looks to branch out into community solar.


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