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IHS: 272 GW of solar installs from 2016 - 2019

IHS sees solar PV module production going from just under 180 GW in Q4 2015, to just under 170 GW in Q1 2016, and then climbing to nearly 180 GW in Q2

IHS estimates that 272.4 GW of solar will be added globally between 2016 and 2019. 1H 2016 will see "strong" PV production and shipments; while China, the U.S., Japan, India and the U.K. will comprise the top 5 markets next year.

Duke Energy acquires large stake in REC Solar

Duke Energy at work.

The US utility has snapped up a majority share of REC Solar's commercial business, confirms it will invest $225 million in commercial projects.

NEXTracker doubles manufacturing capacity, raises $25m in financing

SunEdison utility-scale PV plant.

The US tracker company announces funding benchmark on back of growth that saw manufacturing capacity double.

Singulus begins production on CIGS tool order

Singulus HQ.

The German equipment supplier confirms delivery of the $22.5 million order will take place in the current business year.

Inside ABB: PRO-33 global rollout a symbol of Power-One integration

Otto Preiss, ABB.

This month, ABB will roll out its PRO-33 string inverter globally, in what it says is an important indication of Power-One's successful integration into the global company.

Swinerton lands contract for 104 MW Red Hills solar plant in Utah

Red Hills

The U.S. renewable energy developer will begin work on the installation towards the end of this year having been awarded the contract by Scatec Solar.

US: solar could disrupt shale revolution, study finds

Grid power lines, denver.

Report by energy research company Wood Mackenzie points to solar as the one technology with the capacity to transform energy markets in same way shale did.

UK investors await CfD auction results

Ed Davey with Nick Clegg, deputy PM.

First bids for the controversial new renewables subsidy scheme received. Successful applicants to be identified on Feb 20.

Construction begins on 9.9 MW merchant solar park in Panama

Panama landscape.

Ecosolar's project is being built by British company Solarcentury. IIC provided a loan of $11.9m for the project.

The pv magazine weekly news digest

Solar eclipse.

Obama lends a hand, Germany shows its hand, oil's price volatility gets out of hand, and it's all hands on deck as pv magazine's web servers go awol: welcome to our latest weekly news digest.

Enel Green Power posts 11.1% revenue growth driven by US and Latam markets

Enel Green 60 MW PV plant.

The Italian renewable energy developer achieved revenues of $3.3bn in 2014 following strong performance in U.S. and Latin America.

Conergy enters residential solar leasing market

Conergy rooftop installation, Germany.

Partnership with European municipal utility network Trianel GmbH allows Conergy to offer leased solar systems to six million homes in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands.

IEA report examines ways to lower PV cost barriers in emerging regions

SolarAid light campaign, Africa.

The Innovative Business Models and Financing Mechanisms for PV Deployment in Emerging Regions assesses the pros and cons of six different types of funding methods.

First Solar raises bar for CdTe with 21.5% efficiency record

First Solar CdTe.

The new record for cadmium-telluride cell conversion efficiency certified at the Newport Corporation's Technology and Applications Center lab boosts First Solar's research roadmap.

Hanwha SolarOne acquisition of Hanwha Q Cells completed

Germany Hanwha Q Cells HQ.

Merger announced in December finalized today as Hanwha SolarOne completes 100% purchase of outstanding share capital of Hanwha Q Cells.

Dominion Virginia Power planning 400 MW solar project

West Virginia.

Proposal includes development of multiple large-scale PV plants across the state of Virginia, each to be operational by 2020.

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