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Brazil: Key tax exemption for net metering implemented in several states

An exemption from the ICMS tax for net-metered solar PV systems began on September 1 in several Brazilian states. This tax has been a key barrier to the development of distributed renewable energy.


Yingli creates JV for 150 MW West African solar projects

Accra, Ghana.

Partnership with Namene Energy aims to develop 100 MW of utility-scale solar and 50 MW of commercial solar in Ghana and neighboring countries over next few years.


EC to cut two more Chinese producers from minimum price agreement

European Commission Brussels

Citing a long list of breached obligations, the European Commission is set to remove Chint Solar and Sunny Energy from the minimum price undertaking.


Canadian Solar wins 185 MW of solar contracts in Brazil

Minas Gerais.

The Tier-1 Chinese solar firm has been awarded contracts for five solar PV projects located in Brazil's Minas Gerais state; combined the projects will add 185 MW of solar capacity to the country.


Sky Solar increases financing for PV projects in Japan

Sky Solar PV installation

The Hong Kong-based solar park developer, owner and operator will use the fresh capital for its project pipeline in Japan; it will also benefit PV development in the Americas and Asia.


Giga Solar to build PV plant in Japan

Tsuyama, Okayama, Japan

The Taiwanese PV conductive paste maker is planning to add a PV plant to its growing portfolio of solar installations in Japan.


Solar's big guns take aim at WEEE non-compliance culture

Recycling a solar module.

Compliance and waste management scheme PV Cycle, together with representatives of Trina Solar, SunPower, Solar Frontier, JinkoSolar, aleo solar and Conergy denounce solar "free-riders" that neglect their waste management...


SunEdison to produce PV modules in Brazil

Brasilia, Brazil

The U.S. company is expected to begin producing panels in the South American country next year for use in planned solar installations.


Panasonic to roll out home battery to Europe, starting with Germany

Gigafactory mockup.

Japanese electronics corporation to begin selling home batteries across Europe, putting company in direct competition with Tesla, for whom it makes lithium-ion electric vehicle batteries.


Japan: Solar reaches 10% of peak summer power

Kagoshima City, Japan

Sunny skies and favorable conditions throughout the summer has boosted the total share of solar in the country's overall energy mix.


Brazil's largest PV module factory inaugurated

The 180 MW factory is located in the state of São Paulo, as the largest PV factory inaugurated in the nation to date.


Analysis: Growing domestic demand convincing solar companies to invest in India

India's domestic market is now robust and reliable enough to support large-scale investment by leading solar firms.

GTM Research senior solar analyst Mohit Anand says that international suppliers such as JA Solar and Trina are gaining confidence in India's home solar market.


Hanwha Q Cells adds 45.2 MW to its UK solar footprint

Fenland solar farm, England.

South Korean solar firm secures two large-scale solar farms in the U.K.; agrees 15-year power purchase agreement with EDF Energy.


E.ON grows PV power plant development business

An E.ON solar power plant in Germany.

Germany’s E.ON has announced that it is continuing to expand its U.S. and German PV power plant business. E.ON will develop a 20 MW project in Kern Country, California, after having completed a 2.1 MW plant near Neubrandenburg,...


Aqualis to acquire 49.9% stake in Adler Solar

Adler Solar customs warehouse.

Engineering consultancy group signs MoU to purchase large stake in German solar service provider for sum of around $3.4 million; has option for further 10% stake at future date.


United PV posts H1 revenue increase of 125%, profit decrease of 26%

Hong Kong skyscape.

Chinese solar firm reports revenue for first six months of the year of $44 million, but profits decrease 26% to $40 million compared to the same period in 2014.


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