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Japan: Green transport ship sets sail with Solar Frontier CIS panels

K Line's Drive Green Highway transport ship

"This is one example of the greater role that solar energy has to play in our future, supporting an ever broader range of technologies in a wider range of industries," says Solar Frontier CEO Atsuhiko Hirano.


SunEdison offloads Japanese assets, assesses Vivint deal options

SunEdison solar PV installation.

The U.S. renewables developer agrees deal to sell its entire 198 MW solar PV portfolio in Japan for around $80 million while, closer to home, the company evaluates options that will see the Vivint acquisition finally closed.


Tesla’s Musk confirms Powerwall 2.0 is on the way

Demand for Tesla's Powerwall is still high

Elon Musk has confirmed Tesla will bring out a new version of its Powerwall home energy storage battery system this summer. While "step changes" can be expected, he declined to elaborate on the new product.


Wacker posts Q4 2015 polysilicon lows, begins production at US facility

Wacker Chemie's polysilicon.

Plunging prices in polysilicon trigger Q4 year-over-year sales drop of 8% despite overall increase in sales for 2015; German firm ramps up production at new U.S. polysilicon plant.


Kazakhstan may peg green subsidies to US dollar

Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Oil-rich nation aiming for 10% renewables by 2030 is mulling a plan to peg the subsidies it provides for clean energy to the U.S. dollar in an effort to tempt foreign investors.


Expert analysis: Is SMA out of the woods? Outlook for 2016 is promising

SMA has been successful in turning its business around

On January 29, SMA published its outlook for 2016, both in terms of financial goals and upcoming product innovations. Industry expert and Smart Solar Consulting CEO, Götz Fischbeck has crunched the numbers and examined how the...


India: Domestic content compromise proposed, WTO ruling postponed

India needs foreing module imports to meet its ambitious solar goals

The Indian Government has proposed a compromise to end the dispute with the World Trade Organization (WTO) over its domestic content requirement (DCR) for solar modules. A final ruling from the WTO was expected on Friday, however...


Germany: Solar installs just 1.37 GW in 2015

It's hard to calculate the exact amount of solar PV added in 2015 in Germany, but it is clearly under 1.5 GW

2015 saw declining solar PV activity in Germany once again, with under 1.5 GW installed throughout the year. In December, the Federal Network Agency registered just under 145 MW of new capacity. Meanwhile, four ground-mounted...


EU confirms Trina’s MIP exit

Trina will continue to serve the European market with modules from overseas factories other than those in China

The European Commission has officially confirmed Trina Solar’s exit from the Minimum Import Price (MIP), announced in December. This now brings to seven, the total number of Chinese companies that have withdrawn from the...


IFC finances Canadian Solar Vietnam, Brazil fab projects to tune of $70m

Canadian Solar CEO Shawn Qu welcomed the partnership with the IFC: "With IFC's commitment, we are able to expand our production capacity to meet the increasing demand for solar energy worldwide."

The Chinese solar company has received a financing package of $70 million to support its expansion plans in Vietnam, the company has confirmed.


China Sunergy boosts revenue, narrows loss in third quarter

China Sunergy building

The PV manufacturer has seen a sharp increase in sales of its self-branded solar cells and modules. The company's business in China accounted for 52% of its total revenue.


SMA forecasts 'considerable earnings increase' in 2016

SMA Solar Technology AG

The German inverter maker is banking on booming business from the digitization of the energy sector and predicts up to a fourfold increase in operating profit in 2016. The company is presenting the upbeat outlook to analysts and...


Meyer Burger confirms two tool orders worth combined $21.6 million

Meyer Burger HQ, Switzerland.

Equipment manufacturer says leading Asian manufacturer of monocrystalline solar wafers places order for diamond wire cutting technology; second order for Meyer Burger's PERC technology received from cell manufacturer in Asia.


Trina ships 57.1 MW of modules to Japanese solar project

Trina Solar is shipping 57.1 MW of its modules to a large-scale solar PV development in Japan.

The Chinese module manufacturer has supplied Toyo Engineering Corporation with 57.1 MW of modules for installation at the new Furukawa Mega Solar Project in Osaki City.


Solar-plus-storage to become $8bn market by 2026, says Lux Research

The graph shows how the addition of storage systems is likely to accelerate distributed solar installations by around 10 GW a year from 2025.

Addition of storage to the solar landscape seen as key to overcoming intermittency limitations and supporting continued price reductions of PV, report finds. DG market could reach 25 GW by 2026.


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