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ABB unveils renewable-ready plug-and-play microgrid

ABB will offer four variants of its new containerized microgrid, ranging from 5 kW to 4,600 kW in size.

Containerized product comprising power converter, battery storage and control system compatible with all sorts of solar applications and suitable for mature and emerging regions, says company.

US solar system prices fell 17% in 2015, finds GTM

Rooftop PV installation.

Joint year-in-review report conducted by SEIA and GTM Research finds residential system prices fell to $3.50 per watt last year, but largest price declines recorded in utility fixed-tilt sector, where costs hit a low of $1.33/W.

Solar Show Africa 2016 opens with promise across wide range of PV markets

The Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, serves as the venue for Africa’s largest PV trade show. This year’s Solar Show Africa opened today and runs until tomorrow.

The Solar Show Africa 2016 opened with much interest in Johannesburg yesterday, with exhibitors and visitors engaging in a wide range of discussions on available solutions and measures to drive South Africa and other African...

Solid growth throughout 2015 sees JA Solar plan manufacturing expansion

JA Solar Headquarters

JA Solar took advantage of the rise in the global solar market in 2015, with growth in revenue, sales and operating margin, which has encouraged the company to expand its manufacturing capacity through 2016.

GCL plans to set up $95m solar fund, enter Australian PV market

GCL has module production capacity of 3.7 GW and plans to reach 6 GW in 2016

The GCL Group plans to buy a 51% stake in Australian solar power system supplier One Stop Warehouse; company sets up $95 million fund with Bank of Suzhou Co. to invest in the solar industry.

Argentina: MOU signed for 700 MW of solar PV

Three projects are planned for different parts of the province of Rioja, in the northeast of Argentina.

Solartron exploring polysilicon production possibilities in western Thailand

Polysilicon facility in China

The solar cell producer is planning to build a high-grade silicon production facility in western Thailand. However, to break into the market it may require more investment and a turnaround in polysilicon market prices.

ET Solar to supply 84 MW of modules for 14 US projects in North Carolina

ET Solar has provided solar modules and EPC services to customers in over 90 countries

ET Solar continues to grow into the U.S. PV market. The company has been chosen to supply solar modules for 14 ground-mounted solar projects in North Carolina, which range in size from 2.6 MW to 7 MW.

India: storage to be included in 100 MW tranche of Andhra Pradesh 750 MW solar tender

Ground mounted solar plant, India.

For the first time, the Solar Energy Corp. of India will ask bidders in the forthcoming 750 MW Andhra Pradesh solar tender to include a storage component; plan is to enable easier transfer of solar power between states, but...

Solar securitization deals this year already exceed 2015 levels, white paper finds

SolarCity installation.

Study by Marathon Capital reveals more than $235 million of asset-backed deals recorded in the solar industry so far in 2016, besting last year's levels and poised to exceed the record set in 2014.

Calls for UK renewable energy policy reform before the release of the budget

Solar PV site and wind farm in the UK

After conducting a pre-budget analysis, Green Alliance finds that investing in renewables instead of giving general energy subsidies would save GBP 420 million, while the Solar Trade Association calls for a ‘level playing field’...

Syntegra Solar adds further 43 MW of PV farms in Philippines, beating FIT deadline

Prior to the FIT deadline in Philippines Syntegra Solar powered six new PV farms totaling 141 MW

Two more PV plants totaling 43 MW successfully commissioned and powered in Philippines immediately before the FIT deadline of March 15.

Vivint Solar's increased Q4 bookings, installations fail to lift operating losses

Vivint Solar HQ in Utah.

Despite increasing fourth quarter MW bookings by 56% and installations by 23%, total loss from operations for the year rose to $231.1 million, with Q4 losses also spiking to $55.7 million.

Swinerton aims to reach 2 GW of solar in 2016

Swinerton provides maintenance services for the 104 MW Utah Red Hills Renewable Park

Clean energy EPC Swinerton Renewable Energy has delivered 1 GW of solar projects. The EPC now expects to hit 2 GW in service by the end of the year.

Mexico's largest rooftop PV plant is under construction

The Ingusa Group could save $10 million with the project, which is already 75% completed.

Tough times continue for Japan's nuclear industry

Fukushima nuclear disaster 2011

With nuclear reactors in Japan still struggling to get restarted, amid continuing safety concerns, some believe the nuclear power industry might find it hard to recover, while the momentum behind renewable energy doesn’t look...

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