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JA Solar latest Chinese firm to withdraw from EU price undertaking

JA Solar module inspection.

Solar company becomes latest Tier 1 player to voluntarily remove itself from the European Union's minimum import price undertaking.


Lawsuits attempt to stop Tesla acquisition of SolarCity

SolarCity ZEP installation. Image by SolarCity.

An investor has filed for an injunction to stop the merger, in one of the four lawsuits challenging the deal


India: Imported solar module prices plunge to 36 US cents per watt-peak

Solar installation in India.

Analysis by Bridge to India finds that the average cost of solar PV modules imported into India has fallen by almost 15% over the past three months, prompting severe concerns for local manufacturers.


Nevada regulators "grandfather" existing net metering customers under old rules

Primm, Nevada. Image by Stephen Hill.

The ruling reverses the most egregious aspect of the state's dismantling of net metering, but will do little to revive its distributed solar market.


San Francisco approves green roof mandate

The Painted Ladies, San Francisco. Image by Scott Gustin.

San Francisco has become the first city in the U.S. to approve such an obligation, which requires all new construction projects to have 30% of their roof space set aside for green roofs and/or solar panels, while one of the...


Breaking: World record low price entered for solar plant in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi desert. Flickr image by Visit Abu Dhabi.

A consortium of JinkoSolar and Marubeni put in the bid of 2.42 cent per kWh for a PV plant that was initially set at 350 MW, but pv magazine understands it may be significantly larger.


EU PVSEC to be hosted separately from Intersolar Europe in 2017

Intersolar Europe 2016.

After a short-lived collaboration, Europe's two major solar events will be hosted four months apart in 2017, with EU PVSEC opting to travel to Amsterdam for its world leading PV solar energy conference.


Solar Power International 2016: Five key takeaways

Photo: Nicole Hubbs

This year's SPI trade show comes at a time of dynamic growth for the solar industry and an increasing integration of solar into energy management. But not all the news is good.


Kostal signs 15 MW inverter supply deal in Turkey

Istanbul.

Turkish branch of the German firm signs supply deal with Turkish EPC CW Enerji for the delivery of its Piko inverters for 15 MW of solar projects.


Cubico adds 50 MW UK solar park to its portfolio

The 50 MW Owls Hatch solar farm is among the largest in the U.K.

The investment firm has acquired 11 solar PV projects from developer British Solar Renewables totaling 120 MW over the last eight months, the most recent being the purchase this week of a 50 MW solar farm.


NREL takes lead on $30m consortium to improve PV technology performance

The DOE SunShot Initiative will fund the consortium to the tune of $30m over the next five years.

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory will lead a consortium comprising Sandia National Laboratories and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on the development of new solar module materials.


Enphase surveys U.S. distributors for Q1 2017 AC battery deliveries

“The demand from both installers and homeowners for the Enphase AC Battery in the lead up to its debut in Australia and New Zealand has exceeded our expectations,” said Nathan Dunn, managing director of Enphase Asia-Pacific.

Enphase Energy announced at SPI 2016 that it has begun canvassing its U.S. distributor network to gauge interest for mass orders of its AC Battery system, which was test marketed in Australia over the past year, culminating in...


Japan's JRE to invest in 100MW of PV

Japan Renewable Energy (JRE), a Tokyo-based renewables investor backed by Goldman Sachs, has announced plans to invest an undisclosed sum in the development of two solar projects in the southern part of Fukushima prefecture.


IKEA installs Tennessee's largest rooftop solar system on Memphis store

PV array on IKEA's Mephis store in Tennessee. Image by IKEA.

The Swedish furniture retailer has now installed 44 solar systems across the U.S., with this standout project set to become the largest rooftop system in Tennessee once the new Memphis store opens in Autumn.


SMA and Sungrow showcase new inverters at Solar Power International

Sungrow's new SG125HV string inverter is the world's first at 1,500 volts.

Two market leaders unveil groundbreaking new products at the Las Vegas show, including new range of 1,500 VDC inverters from Sungrow.


Largest solar plant in the Caribbean connected to the Puerto Rican grid

Sonnedix PV plant in Puerto Rico. Image by Sonnedix.

The energization of the 45 MW plant was done by Oriana Energy, a subsidiary of international solar power producer Sonnedix Group, in partnership with Yarotek, who have now completed two PV projects in Puerto Rico in quick...


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