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Ascent improves design of PV modules for space environment

Ascent Solar EnerPlex

The U.S. company says its super-light its superlight modules are ideal for satellites, space vehicles and space stations. Ascent is eager to tap the fast growing space and near space markets.


SMA establishes Brazil subsidiary

SMA Brazil is located in Sao Paulo and will serve the entire needs of this growing PV market.

The German inverter specialist creates Brazil-focused arm of business to focus on the growing market's opportunities, particularly at utility-scale; SMA Brazil will work closely with SMA South America, located in Chile.


Earthquake in Taiwan disrupts PV production

Earthquake February 2016 - Collapse of apartment building in Tainan, Taiwan

The magnitude 6.4 earthquake that hit Taiwan Saturday disrupted PV production in the southern city of Tainan, which took the brunt of the temblor.


Dow Corning increases net income as sales drop

Hemlock shuttered Tennessee facility

U.S. silicon technology giant Dow Corning Corp. on Friday reported a 10% increase in net income last year despite a 9% drop in sales.


Heliatek raises bar for OPV efficiency to 13.2%

The new Heliatek OPV multi-junction cell has achieved a new world record conversion efficiency of 13.2%.

The German organic PV developers reveal new record conversion efficiency for an OPV multi-junction cell; measurement independently verified by Fraunhofer CSP.


Canada: Alberta introduces new solar initiative

Edmonton, Alberta

The province has unveiled new solar funding programs aimed at municipalities and farms that offers rebates of up to $0.75 per watt. The government reports "a tremendous amount of enthusiasm and uptake for these kinds of programs."


Singulus narrows 2015 loss, increases revenue

Singulus thin-film fab

The German equipment supplier is strengthening its focus on the solar segment with production machinery for both thin-film and crystalline cells amidst waning sales in the optical disc segment.


SMA: When storage systems pay off for commercial business

The research institute Hakai Beach in Canada meets its electricity demand with a 30 kilowatt PV storage system featuring SMA multicluster technology

While private PV system operators work toward optimizing self-consumption, storage systems in industry are mainly used to provide control reserve and thus ensure grid stability. In commercial storage system applications, the main...


Iran to pay 35% premium for solar, wind plants with domestic content

Iran will authorize 1 GW of solar and wind contracts in March and plans to put 5 GW online over the next decade.


UK: Commercial rooftop PV can still be profitable, says industry

Commercial installation, England.

Following the U.K. government's cuts for all forms of solar subsidy, the PV industry makes the case that rooftop PV, especially commercial, can still be a profitable investment.


The pv magazine weekly news digest

Solar's march across the globe is heartening to see, as is its ability to still ruffle feathers in the largest markets.

The solar big guns were out in force this week as changes to the U.S. net metering landscape rolled into Nevada. Elsewhere, China proved its PV prowess, Japan saw a shakeup and Germany confirmed its relative demise.


Yingli receives $300m state-backed loan to ease restructuring process

Yingli solar PV production.

The Tier-1 Chinese solar developer has secured a loan of approximately CNY 2 billion from the Chinese National Development Bank to help the firm pay down its debts.


Abengoa looking to offload stake in UAE's Shams 1 CSP solar farm

Abengoa currently owns a 20% stake in the 100 MW Shams solar plant in the UAE.

The Spanish renewables company is seeking to sell its 20% share in the CSP solar plant as it seeks to raise $335 million of liquidity to satisfy circling creditors.


China: NEA data puts cumulative PV capacity at 43.2 GW

PV module production, China.

Statistics from National Energy Administration echo those published in January by state news agency Xinhua, confirming China is now the world's largest market for installed solar PV capacity.


SolarEdge fiscal Q2 sales surge 70% Y/Y on US growth

SolarEdge's record revenues for fiscal Q2 were a 70% increase in the space of a year, driven largely by growth in the U.S. market.

The power optimizer specialists post record revenue of $124.8 million for the fiscal second quarter of 2016, shipping 416 MW of inverters to exceed market expectations.


US: Cumulative solar installs top 28 GW, 16 GW of renewables installed in 2015

Cumulative utility-scale solar installs have topped 17 GW in the US

According to a new study by BNEF and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, cumulative solar capacity in the U.S. has reached 28 GW, of which 7.3 GW was installed in 2015. Overall, last year saw 16 GW of renewables added,...


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