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Mural on the German Finance Ministry building

Germany again topped the news this week after government officials proposed a new tax on renewable energy consumers. In the U.S., meanwhile, solar panels are starting to become standard features in new homes, at least in South...


Renewables power Portugal for four days straight

Solar PV installation, Portugal.

Solar, wind and hydro combine over extraordinary four-day period between May 7 – 11 to generate enough clean energy to keep Portugal's lights on during that time.


Report: global off-grid solar sales grew 40% in 2015

31 GOGLA member companies sold over 4 million off-grid solar devices in the second half of 2015

31 GOGLA member companies sold over 4 million off-grid solar devices in the second half of 2015, totaling the cash sales revenues of more than US $118 million.


Mexico makes conditions more flexible in its second electricity auction

The auction, which is also open to solar PV, will be held on September 30. It will incorporate an office to address concerns, greater demarcation of regions, more time for evaluation of offering and modifications to the system of...


sPower signs PPAs with PG&E for 60 MW of US solar capacity

sPower and Salt Lake City.

The Salt Lake City-headquartered power producer will construct three large-scale, 20 MW-AC solar farms in California, and sell the power to utility Pacific Gas & Electric Company.


Australia's UNSW sets sunlight-to-electricity efficiency record of 34.5%

Mark Keevers with the four-junction solar mini-module built at UNSW and which has recorded sunlight conversion efficiency of 34.5%.

Result by engineers at that University of New South Wales edges the solar industry closer to the theoretical limits of PV efficiency, smashing previous record of 24% set by Alta Devices of the U.S.


Delta launches 80kW wall-mounted string inverter

The Delta M80U is a wall-mountable three-phase string inverter that is transformerless and thus well suited to large-scale ground-mount and rooftop PV installations.

The Taiwanese power company introduces its M80U string inverter into the North American market. Wall-mounted design targeted at growing commercial solar sector, but can also be used at large scale.


At 11.5 MW, India has just inaugurated the world's single largest rooftop solar system

Tata Power Solar.

The installation covers a single rooftop of 42 acres atop the Dera Baba Jaimal Singh campus, which is located near to Amritsar in the state of Punjab, India. The entire installation is more than 19 MW.


Argentina to auction 1 GW of renewable energy

Definitive conditions will be announced in June and the solicitation will be held in September. The auction is intended to produce prices under US$100/MWh and investments of US$2 billion. The government is in negotiations with...


Pro-solar policies could be key in forthcoming Australian election, poll finds

Solar rooftop installation, Sydney.

Survey of 2,400 Australians conducted on behalf of a coalition of environmental groups finds that 64% of voters would back a party with pro-renewable policies in the forthcoming federal election.


Australia: CEFC-Westpac scheme to help business adopt solar, battery storage, EVs

Commercial rooftop PV installation, Australia.

A new loan facility that will help Australian businesses invest in solar, battery storage, energy efficient technologies and electric vehicles has been launched by Westpac Bank in conjunction with the Clean Energy Finance...


Interview: JinkoSolar's Dany Qian talks markets and module innovation

Dany Qian is VP of branding for JinkoSolar.

Dany Qian, VP of Branding for JinkoSolar, discusses the company's growth ambitions, its module innovation, its presence in Japan and its downstream efforts for 2016 and beyond.


Conergy signs deal with Thai fossil fuel firm for 25 MW Japan solar farm

The solar farm is to be located in the city of Ichinoseki, Iwate Prefecture, Japan.

The German clean energy developer will work with Thailand's state-backed Global Power Synergy Public Company to build the 25.88 MW solar PV plant in Japan's Iwate Prefecture.


Duke Energy to build 75.4 MW of PV in North Carolina

Duke Energy owns and operates more than 35 PV facilities in North Carolina

Duke Energy received approval for two utility-scale solar plants in North Carolina. Both projects totaling 75.4 MW are scheduled to be online by the end of the year.


GE Energy Financial connects 32 MW mega-solar plant in Japan

Fukuoka skyline, Japan.

Installation at Okayama Prefecture was formally commissioned in March and is jointly owned by Virginia Solar Group and GE Energy Financial Services.


Germany raises renewable bar again: clean energy meets nearly 100% of demand

Solar and wind in Germany.

Sunday once again a record-breaker for Germany's renewable energy sector, with wind and solar contributing to 45.5 GW of renewable capacity to meet demand of 45.8 GW.


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