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US: DOE grants $25m to aid grid integration of solar energy

Rooftop solar install, U.S.

Department of Energy pledges $25 million in funding as part of the extended Enabling Extreme Real-Time Grid Integration of Solar Energy program, part of the Grid Modernization Initative.


India: SECI calls on World Bank for $200m financing for own solar projects

Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.

The Solar Energy Corporation of India plans to increase its downstream portfolio with series of large-scale solar projects across the country; has approached World Bank to provide 50% funding.


Duke Energy adds 30 MW to its solar portfolio

5 MW Mickey Mouse-shaped PV plant in Florida

Duke Energy has acquired six PV projects with the total capacity of 30 MW in Eastern North Carolina.


Canadian energy company eyes 150 MW PV plant in Vietnam

Hoi An, Vietnam

CMX Renewable Energy Inc. has applied for a license to build a 150 MW PV plant, costing an estimated USD150 million, in Vietnam’s Ninh Thuan province, just as the solar market is being stirred within the country.


Vivint Solar switches leadership as CEO steps down

Vivint Solar HQ.

Greg Butterfield steps down as chief executive officer at Vivint Solar, with David Bywater appointed interim CEO as the company looks for a permanent replacement.


Financing secured for 60 MW PV plant in Bolivia

Bolivia’s Central Bank will provide a US$95 million loan for the Uyuni PV project, the largest solar project to date in the nation.


Canada suspends MicroFIT until July

Citing “irregular and incomplete applications”, Ontario’s grid operator has halted the program until a new version of the MicroFIT is rolled out in July.


GTM Research predicts 2016 market declines in China and Japan as India and the U.S. boom

The company’s latest report also finds that auctions are increasingly popular as a form of procuring utility-scale solar.


SolarWorld Q1 shipments rise 62% Y-O-Y, but profitability takes a hit

SolarWorld installation.

Demand from the U.S. market fuelled first quarter shipment increase to 341 MW according to preliminary financials published today; currency effects drag down profits.


Tata to pay $1.45bn for Welspun's solar, wind portfolio – reports

Solar EPC service, India.

India's largest utility Tata Power is in the final stages of negotiations to purchase the entire 1.15 GW clean energy portfolio of Welspun Group, according to local media reports.


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Is there anything that could boost customer interest for residential solar more than selling PV at IKEA?

IKEA starts selling home PV systems; First Solar reports solid year-to-year growth in Q1; Solar Impulse returns to the skies. Good news is not boring in the solar world.


Wacker Chemie extends its agreement with China during review of EU polysilicon import duties

Wacker will continue to export duty-free polysilicon to China under a special arrangement with the nation’s government.


Mexico launches call for second electricity auction in September

CENACE published the call today. Clean Energy Certificates are expected to be auctioned, as well as the possibility of procuring firm power.


UK: government survey finds 84% support for solar as fracking backing fades

Solar BIPV installation.

Latest edition of the Department of Energy and Climate Change's public attitudes tracker finds record-high levels of support for solar and renewables in general, while fracking falls out of favor.


Bankruptcy talk stalks Yingli as annual financial report delayed

Yingli production process.

Chinese solar producer expects to post losses of more than $900m for 2015 as company reiterates doubts about its ability to continue as a going concern.


Finland to add more PV using community solar model

All of the 1,194 Suvilahti plant's panels were leased out in a matter of days

Finland’s energy company Helen finances the investment and operation of the country’s largest PV plant by leasing the array’s panels.


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