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SEIA: TPP will offer advantages for solar

The U.S. solar industry organization says that if passed, the trade deal will generally be positive for solar. SEIA's position is at odds with that of many environmental groups.

IHS: US, Japan to account for 50% of global PV inverter sales in 2015, 2016

Kagoshima City, Japan

Japan and the United States will be the main drivers for PV inverter suppliers in 2015 and 2016, according to a new report by IHS. Price drops resulting from growing competition will result in global revenue growth in 2016 of...

China: PV installed capacity grows to almost 30 GW in 2014

The BYD solar factory in China.

China's National Energy Administration (NEA) has released 2014 solar figures. The report shows installed capacity approached 30 GW, while manufacturers are reporting greatly increased utilization rates.

State Bank of India to bankroll 15 GW of solar power by 2020

151 MW GE Welspun Neemuch, India

RE-Invest: Speaking at India's first renewable energy conference, First Solar CEO Jim Hughes warned that India could have difficulty achieving its ambitious solar energy goals if it did not make more land available for plants and...

Romania installs 363 MW of PV in 2014

Gehrlicher Solar's 8.75 MW Isaccea PV park, Romania

Romania added 363 MW of solar PV in 2014. While the figure is considerably smaller than in 2013, it still proves that Romania has emerged as a one of Europe's significant markets for photovoltaic investors.

Coronal Group acquires HelioSage Energy

Panasonic-Coronal PV plant in Farmersville, California

The acquisition, which includes more than 300 MW of contracted solar projects, will result in the formation of Coronal Development Services.

Solar Frontier builds megasolar plant on wooden mountings

Wooden mountings on Solar Frontier PV installation in Japan

Xyence, the leaseholder and a specialist in wood preservation technology, will use its knowhow for the plant's unique wooden mountings.

SolarCity's Hawaiian study reveals grid regulation potential of inverters

Rooftop PV Hawaii.

Results of joint study with NREL and Hawaiian Electric will see Hawaiian utility more than double grid's daytime minimum load to 250% thanks to role of inverters.

Phono Solar completes Pakistan's first MW-scale PV plant

The 1.25 MW solar PV plant from Phono Solar is the biggest in Pakistan.

The 1.25 MW installation in the Punjab province connects to the grid and becomes the largest single utility-scale installation in the country.

State Solar Job census celebrates solar's economic clout

Rooftop installation.

Census reveals benefits the solar PV industry brings to the U.S. economy, earning praise from the SEIA for revealing encouraging trends.

NREL study finds US solar interconnection delays a common problem

Rooftop installation, U.S.

Purpose of market overview is to help streamline the PV interconnection process in order to ultimately benefit utilities and solar consumers across the country.

Report: solar investment to remain strong in the face of falling oil prices

A 100 MW solar array in China.

Analysts at Frost & Sullivan have added their voices to the chorus confirming that falling oil prices will have little impact on solar investment. In its Annual Global Power and Energy Outlook, Frost & Sullivan forecasts...

Applied Materials hamstrung by excess capacity

Applied Materials equipment.

Overhang of excess capacity harms Applied Materials' sales, but company expects rise in next quarter.

SMA managing board shrinks to just four members

Dr. Erik Ehrentraut.

German inverter specialist downsizes as part of company's ongoing transformation, new chairman of supervisory board appointed.

Scatec Solar reports satisfying Q4 financial results

Scatec Solar will build the 104 MW Red Hills solar plant.

The Norwegian solar operator increased its revenues, net profit and power production in the final quarter of 2014.

Duke Energy proposes suite of solar programs for South Carolina

South Carolina Colleton County.

Proposals intended to increase its customers' access to renewable energy, and could add 110 MW of PV to South Carolina portfolio by 2021 if approved.

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