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Financing secured for 60 MW PV plant in Bolivia

Bolivia’s Central Bank will provide a US$95 million loan for the Uyuni PV project, the largest solar project to date in the nation.


Canada suspends MicroFIT until July

Citing “irregular and incomplete applications”, Ontario’s grid operator has halted the program until a new version of the MicroFIT is rolled out in July.


GTM Research predicts 2016 market declines in China and Japan as India and the U.S. boom

The company’s latest report also finds that auctions are increasingly popular as a form of procuring utility-scale solar.


SolarWorld Q1 shipments rise 62% Y-O-Y, but profitability takes a hit

SolarWorld installation.

Demand from the U.S. market fuelled first quarter shipment increase to 341 MW according to preliminary financials published today; currency effects drag down profits.


Tata to pay $1.45bn for Welspun's solar, wind portfolio – reports

Solar EPC service, India.

India's largest utility Tata Power is in the final stages of negotiations to purchase the entire 1.15 GW clean energy portfolio of Welspun Group, according to local media reports.


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Is there anything that could boost customer interest for residential solar more than selling PV at IKEA?

IKEA starts selling home PV systems; First Solar reports solid year-to-year growth in Q1; Solar Impulse returns to the skies. Good news is not boring in the solar world.


Wacker Chemie extends its agreement with China during review of EU polysilicon import duties

Wacker will continue to export duty-free polysilicon to China under a special arrangement with the nation’s government.


Mexico launches call for second electricity auction in September

CENACE published the call today. Clean Energy Certificates are expected to be auctioned, as well as the possibility of procuring firm power.


UK: government survey finds 84% support for solar as fracking backing fades

Solar BIPV installation.

Latest edition of the Department of Energy and Climate Change's public attitudes tracker finds record-high levels of support for solar and renewables in general, while fracking falls out of favor.


Bankruptcy talk stalks Yingli as annual financial report delayed

Yingli production process.

Chinese solar producer expects to post losses of more than $900m for 2015 as company reiterates doubts about its ability to continue as a going concern.


Finland to add more PV using community solar model

All of the 1,194 Suvilahti plant's panels were leased out in a matter of days

Finland’s energy company Helen finances the investment and operation of the country’s largest PV plant by leasing the array’s panels.


Interview with Seraphim executive general manager, Justin Xi

Justin Xi is executive general manager of Chinese solar module producer Seraphim.

Justin Xi, Executive general manager at China's Seraphim, discusses the assembly process of the company's latest Eclipse module, which has 19.1% efficiency, and also talks about the company’s production expansion plans.


Duke Energy ups clean power target by 33% to 8 GW by 2020

Duke Energy at work.

U.S. utility accelerates its renewable energy goals in line with current pace of progress, particularly in the sectors of solar PV, wind and biomass.


Georgia Power commenced work on 44 MW PV plant

Groundbreaking ceremony for a new solar plant at Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, Georgia

Construction begins on a large-scale PV plant at Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, Georgia.


Thailand's 281 MW solar agreement could unlock $500m investment

Thai solar installation.

Finalization this week of 67 solar farm connection agreements totaling 281.32 MW a could be a watershed moment for the nation's clean energy ambitions, energy regulators believe.


Panasonic solar sales slide on weak Japanese demand

The electronics conglomerate is the second Japanese solar maker to report falling sales in the latest fiscal year, as more evidence of declining domestic demand.


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