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Intersolar Awards 2016: Five winners of Outstanding Solar Projects

The winners from the Intersolar Awards 2016

The award this year was a consolidation of various awards from previous years, with five winners taking home prizes. A theme for the winners was the projects’ social impacts on the communities that benefit from them.

Australian Green Party launches bold solar policy ahead of elections

Solar commercial installation.

The Greens want to encourage a fair price for solar that will enable all homeowners to reap the benefits of PV. Australians go to the polls on July 2.

Russian company to buy PV production equipment from Meyer Burger

Meyer Burger Smartwire cell

Russia's largest integrated solar company, Hevel LLC, has placed an order for CHF 22 million (USD22.5 million) of production equipment that covers the entire PV value chain from Meyer Burger.

The pv magazine weekly news digest

Not a crystal ball.

As IHS warns of an impending oversupply and subsequent market shakeout, and GTM calculates large-scale U.S. solar costs to fall below 1 dollar per watt by 2020, are we approaching peak PV?

Solar industry set for renewed oversupply and shakeout

PV manufacturing in China. Photo Suntech

Research from IHS Technology forecasts that there will be a new period of oversupply in the solar industry, due to a sharp drop in global demand, which will cause a shakeout in the industry.

Singulus retracts forecasts for 2016 and 2017

Singulus Technologies' Tenuis tool

The German PV production equipment supplier Singulus Technologies AG has withdrawn its forecasts for 2016 and 2017 after the EUR110 million deal with China National Building Materials subsidiary was signed later than expected.

PV to be 1 of 3 dominant sources of energy, according to Reuters

1500 V Belectric solar PV plant.

Thompson Reuters predicts that solar PV, hydro power, and nuclear fusion will be the three dominant sources of energy over the next three decades, in its report Powering the Planet 2045.

Taiwan’s new government expands solar development

Democratic Progressive Party President Tsai Ing-wen. Photo MiNe (sfmine79).

Solar developers may be keen on Taiwan’s domestic solar installation market, if Taiwan’s government opens up significant swathes of land for PV development.

Solarcentury to develop East Africa’s largest solar rooftop system

Solarcentury 1MW Changoi Tea Farm project.

The British PV developer will design and install the hybrid solar system for the London Distillers building in Athi River, Kenya, breaking further ground in a country where Solarcentury’s presence is growing.

Sungrow and ABB partner on 1500v central inverter promotion

The Sungrow SG3000HV-MV central inverter is 1,500 volts and has been designed for arrays larger than 3 MW.

Sungrow enters into a strategic alliance with Swiss power equipment manufacturer ABB to use their highly efficient transformers in Sungrow’s 1500V transformer integrated MV turnkey stations.

GTM Research: Utility-scale solar PV prices will fall below $1 per watt by 2020

The company’s latest report says that large-scale, ground-mounted PV systems are on track to beat the U.S. Department of Energy’s goal for cost reduction

China's NDRC order grid operators to purchase curtailed solar power in congested regions

Ground mounted Chinese solar farm in Qinghai.

National Development and Reform Commission issues purchase rule forcing grid operators in 11 Chinese regions to secure utilization of at least 1,300 hours of solar energy; regions identified because of network congestion and...

SPI Energy connects 12.8 MW of distributed solar in China

SPI Energy connected three rooftop PV projects totaling 8.8 MW in Jiangsu and Jiangxi provinces of China

SPI Energy has powered four distributed generation projects totaling 12.8 MW in Jiangsu, Jiangxi and Shandong provinces of China.

Japan clears up uncertainty over its renewable energy FIT

Japan flag. Image Scott Gunn.

Japan’s parliament passed a key piece of legislation for solar, which revises the country’s feed-in tariff policy for renewable energies, creating a new certification system and a new tendering program for PV projects, after...

JA Solar playing major role in China’s Front Runner project

JA Solar module inspection

Chinese module manufacturer JA Solar is providing almost 50% of the modules for the giant 950 MW first demonstration of China’s “Front Runner” project, which is aiming to promote the development of advanced solar PV technology.

Five takeaways from SNEC 2016

SNEC 2016 tradeshow banner. Photo Dave Tacon.

The 10th annual SNEC trade show in Shanghai opened its doors one week ago today, attracting huge crowds to the 150,000 square meter complex with around 1,500 exhibitors. The event saw the debut of pv magazine’s Solar Superheroes,...

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