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SunPower sets new solar efficiency record

SunPower E20 PV module

US company SunPower achieved an efficiency of 24.1% for a module using silicon cells, which is just the latest in a number of efficiency records for solar technology, showing that the modules are moving in the right direction.

Zambia to be home to Africa's cheapest solar

Victoria Falls, Zambia

First Solar, Enel, and Neoen won tenders to develop large-scale solar PV plants in Zambia under the World Bank’s "Scaling Solar" program, with electricity to be sold for as little as 6.02 cents per KWh.

IBC Solar working on five projects in Turkey

IBC Solar construction site in Gaziantep, Turkey.

The German company, who has expanded its business outlook to emerging PV markets, is expanding its position within Turkey, by performing the EPC role on the large-scale projects.

Yingli Q1 profit of $72.8m is first for company since 2011

Yingli solar manufacturing.

Chinese module manufacturer increases revenue, module shipments and gross margin in first quarter of 2016 following concerted effort to supply higher cost markets.

China's NEA releases PV installation target for 2016

China flag. Image by Renato Ganoza

The installation target, released late in the year, limits PV installations to 18.1 GW, however, there are various PV projects that are not included in the target, which could see total installations reach 20 GW and beyond.

German company signs PPA for 100 MW solar plant in Iran

Iran, Qazvin

As excitement builds around the potential PV market in Iran, German consultancy company Planet in Green agreed a 20 year power purchase agreement for a large-scale PV plant near to Tehran.

Solar to account for 30% of all generation capacity investment until 2040

100 MW array in Chile.

A new report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance on the future of energy not only points to solar as the technology that will have the most invested in it, but that costs will fall dramatically over the next 25 years, making it the...

Major Swedish parties agree to 100% renewable goal by 2040

Sweden flag

The five parties, including the coalition government, have agreed on a policy framework for long term future of the country's power generation, which includes the ambitious target of being 100% renewable by 2040.

ABB connects mega 648 MW PV plant to India’s grid

Tamil Nadu, India. Image Wikipedia Planemad

The huge plant – the largest of its kind in the world – was connected by ABB, after the Swiss company was awarded the project by Adani Group, who is currently making a number of moves in the thriving Indian PV market.

SolarWorld donates 50 kW of PV modules for hospital in Haiti

SolarWorld system on the roof of Hospital Lumière in Haiti.

This is now the fifth solar donation that SolarWorld has made to a hospital in Haiti, with the aim of reducing the hospitals’ energy reliance on expensive and unreliable diesel generators.

IBC Solar instals 2.4 MW rooftop self-consumption system in Holland

IBC Solar system on the roof of Plospan. Image by IBC Solar.

It is the largest self-consumption system ever installed by the German-company, to add to the growing network of large-scale rooftop PV systems in Holland.

North American solar investors concerned about H2 oversupply

SunEdison worker.

Deutsche Bank released some market analysis, addressing the concerns of North American solar investors, who fear a potential PV oversupply is on the horizon, changes to net metering policies, and rising Chinese competition.

Operations start at Enel's 66 MW solar plant in South Africa

Enel Logo 2016

With production starting at the Tom Burke PV power plant, the Italian company now has nearly 160 MW of installed capacity in South Africa, as Enel’s groundbreaking year continues.

PLG Clean Energy secures 230 MW of solar licenses in India

Rajasthan solar installation.

The Indian solar developer plans to build three large-scale PV plants in the Indian states of Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Rajasthan, company confirms.

UK: despite record growth, 'sudden and severe' policy changes harming renewable sector, report finds

Solar installation from Solarcentury.

The Renewable Energy Association's report on the state of the British clean energy landscape warns that strong growth in recent years is threatened by repeated policy interventions by government.

Brexit interview: The EU has been the driver of solar in the UK, says James Watson

James Watson is the CEO of SolarPower Europe.

With the U.K. set to go to the polls on June 23rd to vote on an In/Out referendum on the country's EU membership, pv magazine caught up with James Watson, a Brit and the CEO of SolarPower Europe, to canvass his opinion on the...

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