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Germany: SMA teams with grid operator Tenne T to provide real-time solar data

The collaboration between grid operator Tenne T and SMA is the first of its kind in Germany.

Collaboration marks greater effort of solar industry to work with grids on gaining greater understanding and control of solar's intermittency; partnership can digitalize electricity supply, SMA says.


IFC program pledges 200 MW solar for Senegal

More than half of the people in Senegal have no access to electricity, so the IFC hopes its Scaling Solar initiative can bring power to many more.

Senegal become second African country to join the International Finance Corporation's Scaling Solar program; 200 MW of PV capacity additions scheduled over the next few years.


KKR rebrands Gestamp Solar in $500m overhaul

Gestamp Solar has been rebranded as X-Elio and kitted out with a $500 million warchest and 2.5 GW solar installation target.

The global investment firm renames Gestamp Solar as X-Elio and pledges to steer half a billion dollars into the acquired company to aid expansion efforts across various solar markets.


Singulus forecasts return to profit in 2017, solar segment to drive sales

Silex II equipment.

Troubled German solar and optical disk production equipment supplier Singulus has issued an outlook for 2016, in which it forecasts “slightly negative” earnings in 2016 and return to profit in 2017. Solar sales are forecast to...


El Salvador launches auction for 150 MW of renewable energy

Rules for the second solicitation for renewable energy power plants in El Salvador have been published. 100 MW will be set aside for solar PV projects. The projects awarded should enter into service in 2019.


India to soon hold new solar tenders for 2 to 4 GW

Small PV plant in India

Speaking at the India-Australia Energy Dialogue in Brisbane, Indian Power Minister Piyush Goyal said feed-in tariffs could be cut by a further 10%. At the same time, Goyal is exploring ways of encouraging India's farmers to start...


SolarWorld’s bifacial modules and home storage solution one step closer to market

The SolarWorld Sunmodule Bisun can, according to the company, increase energy yield by as much as 25%.

The German firm's Sunmodule Bisun glass-glass module, which uses bifacial cells based on PERC technology, to be presented at forthcoming exhibition in Frankfurt; modular SunPac LiOn battery also to be unveiled.


Adani goes for solar Down Under

Queensland, Australia.

With its lofty plans to build Australia's biggest coal project facing delays, the Indian mining group is turning to solar and is looking to partner with international companies in developing clean energy in the states of...


Enel Green Power revenue flat for 2015, EBITDA falls 5.3%

EGP solar farm.

The Italian clean energy developer posts total revenue for 2015 of EUR 3bn, which mirrors 2014 performance; net installed capacity of clean energy reaches 10.5 GW, a 9% increase.


Sunverge picks up $36.5m investment, ARENA participates as backer

The Sunverge Solar Integrated System (SIS, pictured) is the latest hardware from Sunverge, and will benefit from the recent $36.5 million investment into the company.

The California-based distributed energy storage developer has secured Series C funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency and four other public and private investors.


US Clean Power Plan blocked by Supreme Court

The Clean Power PLan, which would boost the solar industry, is in jeopardy

The U.S. Supreme Court has put President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan on hold until it determines the plan’s legal merits, expected this summer. Despite the surprise, many are confident the decision won’t affect coal’s...


Renewables reach 17.8% of French electricity consumption in 2015

France’s grid operator reports that the nation has reached 6.19 GW of solar PV, enough to meet 1.6% of electricity demand.


IHS: Global solar PV pipeline surpasses 200 GW

California Enfinity solar PV plant

The extension of the ITC in the U.S. has bolstered the country's PV sector, leading to the biggest growth in the global pipeline. Around the world, the trend towards increased system sizes is apparent, with two-thirds of the...


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.


SolarEdge ships 10 millionth power optimizer

Israeli PV inverter and optimizer specialist shipped half of its 10 million power optimizers in 2015, reaching the 10 million milestone after just six years of commercial shipments.


Ikea halts sales of solar PV in UK

Ikea store

The Swedish furniture and home accessories giant has been an avid proponent of clean energy, but following drastic cuts in the U.K.’s solar subsidies, it has decided to stop selling solar systems in the country.


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