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TSEC increasing manufacturing capacity by 450 MW

Taiwan nationa flag. Image: Flickr Carrie Kellenberger

Solar cell and module manufacturer Taiwan Solar Energy Corp (TSEC) announced plans to increase its annual solar cell manufacturing capacity by 450 MW using finance it accrued through loans and new share issuances, while it is...

Jordan: mosques and universities embrace solar

PV project at Hashemite University

A staggering 2,000 Jordanian mosques and a long list of Jordanian universities agree to electrify using solar PV, adding to the march of the technology within the Middle Eastern country.

Investment in solar in India continues as two firms eye large PV projects

Indian solar PV project in Madhya Predesh, with Shri Narendra Modi, Shi Shivraj, Singh Chouhan. Image from Welspun Renewables

Finnish energy solutions provider Fortum announced plans to invest EUR 200-400 million in solar projects in India, while reports emerged that IDFC Alternatives is in talks to invest $90 million in ACME Solar projects in India.

Indian energy minister threatens to file 16 solar cases against US with WTO

Piyush Goyal.

Warning shot fired by Piyush Goyal is latest in tit for tat dispute between India and the U.S. over the former's domestic content requirements for solar. Comments draw ire from industry.

Fourth German solar tender draws 128 MW at average price of EUR 7.41 cents/kWh

Bundesnetzagentur building, Bonn.

Germany's Federal Network Agency publishes results of the fourth solar PV project tender, which will deliver 128 MW solar capacity at a volume-weighted value of EUR 7.41 cents per kilowatt hour.

Enel begins production at 79 MW Chile solar plant

Enel's 79 MW solar PV plant is located in the sunny Chilean region of Antofagasta.

Enel Green Power Chile completes and connects the 79 MW Pampa Norte solar plant in Chile's Antofagasta Region. Project cost $150 million and has secured a PPA with local utility.

Sonnedix launches 1.25 MWh Aquion battery project in Puerto Rico

Solar installation, Puerto Rico.

The independent power producer commissions grid-scale, 1.25 MWh Aquion Aqueous Hybrid Ion Battery to provide power to 16 MW solar plant in Puerto Rico.

Sungevity and REC Solar team up to share leads

Sungevity vehicle.

Partnership between the two solar firms intended to reduce soft costs and eliminate upfront capital often required for U.S. businesses keen to adopt solar power.

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Tesla Model 3

Tesla continued to shake up the auto industry this week with a new, more affordable model. In addition, a new forecast by BNEF sees solar capacity reaching stratospheric levels in the next 15 years while troubled SunEdison is...

Germany's Abakus Solar applies for preliminary insolvency

Abakus Solar's 38.1 MW Great Wilbraham PV park near Cambridge, England.

German PV company Abakus Solar AG on Thursday applied for the initiation of preliminary insolvency proceedings in a local court in the city of Essen.

SolarCity closes $150 million financing facility for commercial solar and battery storage

SolarCity - ZEP installation

In addition to its new financing vehicle, which is aimed at solar projects for businesses, schools and government agencies, SolarCity has appointed former FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff as its new chief policy officer.

SMA acquires stake in US firm Tigo Energy

Tigo Energy’s TS4 Retrofit platform for module optimization

The leading German inverter manufacturer has purchased a 27% share in the California-based company with the aim of tapping into the smart module technology market.

IEA PVPS: Installed PV capacity at 227 GW worldwide

India PV installation

China remains the world's biggest market, heading towards 15.3 GW, well ahead of the EU and the U.S. with more than 7 GW each. The IEA PVPS describes India, with 2 GW, as "the rising star in the PV sector."

Turkey's solar market heats up

Istanbul, Turkey

A new manufacturing facility and increased activitiy from domestic as well as foreign players is boosting Turkey's solar sector despite some regulatory obstacles.

Massachusetts House, Senate approve bill to lift net metering caps

The compromise bill has sped through both Houses, and now will go to Governor Charlie Baker's desk. Under new regulations larger private solar installations will see compensation cut.

Global renewable energy capacity grew at record speed in 2015

IRENA infographic highlighting renewable energy capacity growth in 2015

Renewable power generation capacity grew by 152 GW in 2015, which, at 8.3%, is the highest increase ever recorded, predominately driven by huge capacity increases in Asia. Global solar capacity enjoyed unprecedented growth of 26%...

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