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San Diego schools solar splurge

News on commercial scale deployments across two of San Diego’s school districts shows a strong commitment to the industry. Two contracts alone expect to save $1.6 million over 10 years and $21 million over 25 years.


Thai investment in Japanese PV surging

Japanese PV power plant.

Bangkok-based zinc producer Padaeng Industry (PDI) has revealed plans to invest t1.5 billion baht ($43.2 million) on the development of 13 MW of PV capacity, according to local reports.


Goldwind confirms first Australian project, coupling solar and wind

Australian flag

China’s Goldwind has revealed that it will commission its first solar plant in Australia, the 20 MW White Rock project, by late 2017.


Jinko exits EU price undertaking

Jinko Solar, China SGCC. Image Jinko Solar.

Chinese PV manufacturer JinkoSolar has announced its withdrawal from the EU price undertaking, adding pressure on the EU to revise or abolish the scheme, in the face of disapproval from the European solar market and a number of...


BayWa, Geenex partner to build 350 MW of solar PV in North Carolina and Virginia

The projects are in various stages of development and most are expected to be completed in 2017 and 2018.


France to tender 1.35 GW of rooftop Solar

France residential solar photovoltaic rooftop. Image Conergy AG.

The French energy minister confirmed this week that France will begin a series of tenders for 1.35 GW of new rooftop PV to be conducted over the next three years, which can be added to the 3 GW of utility-scale solar PV that will...


Australia: ARENA awards 482 MW of large scale projects grants

Solar farm Australia

Australia's large scale solar installed capacity is set to triple in 2017. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has awarded 12 PV power plant projects, worth 482 MW, grant funding under its program to stimulate the...


SMA intelligent management system now integrates Bosch and Siemens appliances

SMA smart home system. Image by SMA.

SMA's Sunny Home Manager has added the prestigious brands of Bosch and Siemens to the list of appliances that it can easily integrate, adding to its ability to optimize power usage from a residential solar system and to continue...


Indian industry heads talk solar finance at REI

India cleared its first solar hurdle - creating interest, movement and tangible installation progress - but is now coming upon the second, third and fourth hurdles.

Leading figures in the Indian solar landscape debated at REI the funding and growth challenges facing the country's market, need for continued foreign capital evident.


D.E. Shaw, Madison Dearborn agree not to block the sale of SunEdison assets

The agreement removes a key hurdle to the carving up of SunEdison’s empire.


Burnt out, incompatible connectors

Black sheep campaign: PV panel manufacturers selling plug connectors as MC4 compatible is nothing unusual. Two operators who have installed such modules are now struggling with lost insurance coverage and fires.


Egypt agrees to international arbitration for PV projects but slashes FITs

Great Sphinx and the Giza Pyramid in Egypt.

Egypt’s Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy announced an updated phase for its feed-in tariff (FIT) scheme, putting an end to the dispute over the location of the arbitration seat, but also dramatically reducing the FIT...


Asian growth to drive global DG solar boom — report

AES Distributed Energy 453 kW Rosamond CA. Image by AES Distributed Energy.

Falling technology costs and international efforts to reduce carbon emissions will help make PV the biggest segment of the global distributed-generation market in the coming years, led by rapid growth in Asia, according to a new...


Meyer Burger supplies PV modules for 'solar façade' of Swiss Krono building

Swiss Krono building in Menznau, Switzerland. Image by Meyer Burger

The Swiss Krono building has been adorned by high-performance solar modules made by Swiss technology group Meyer Burger, giving it a highly aesthetic appearance.


Emmvee wins leading solar manufacturer award at REI

The talk of REI on day one has placed focus on local manufacturing challenges and opportunities, and the prevalence of low bids and how they impact the market.

The Indian-based solar manufacturer picked up the gong for leading renewable energy manufacturer in the solar category on the eve of the REI show.


Quality: Minor differences in yield percentage make the difference between good and bad investment

George Touloupos at Intersolar Europe 2016.

Changing technology, pressure to cut costs, dizzying price slumps and a number of other issues make solar module quality control as relevant as ever. The danger that modules could fail outright remains slim, so module reliability...


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