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Off-grid lighting products are on the rise in Pakistan, where the solar industry is beginning to finally gain a foothold.

The most comprehensive weekly off-grid PV report, curated by pv magazine's specialist editor, Pete Carvill.


Hanwha unveils solar-powered island plan

Hanwha SolarOne production facility.

The Korean group announces project that will see the small islet of Jukdo turned into a 100% solar-powered community, replacing the four diesel generators that currently provide power.


UK investors reportedly eye Indonesian solar

The Jakarta skyline.

The body responsible for driving overseas investment in Indonesia says UK companies are ready to plough $4bn into solar and offshore tidal projects but facts were thin on the ground.


United PV considering Yingli debt assistance

Yingli solar production.

Chinese state-owned solar operator tells Bloomberg that it may cooperate with other government-controlled companies to assuage Yingli's current debt burden.


India presses state to raise solar ambition

Maharashtra state.

Maharashtra state should aim for 25 GW of renewables by 2020, says 'Union minister'. Of the current 14.4 GW target in the state, 7 GW is expected to come from solar.


Southern Group buys 103 MW solar project in Georgia, US

Savannah, Georgia.

Utility's subsidiary, Southern Power, has acquired the 103 MW Butler solar facility from Community Energy Inc., adding to its 1.1 GW portfolio of clean energy projects.


Solar is the new world, coal execs told at Paris summit

Coal plant, Germany.

Coal and renewable energy executives at climate conference in Paris clash over future energy mix, value of storage brought to the fore.


First Solar announces JV for large-scale solar development in Philippines

Solar installation, Philippines.

The U.S. thin film company signs joint venture with OrionGroup for the realization of commercial and industrial self generation solar projects in the Philippines.


Amtech receives 800 MW order for solar diffusion system

Amtech.

Company's Tempress Systems subsidiary has received order for its next-gen solar diffusion systems from a leading Chinese solar cell and module manufacturer.


Yingli issues statement refuting liquidation reports

Yingli production.

Chinese solar giant states that it is "optimistic" and "confident" about its ability to continue servicing the global market, following recent reports to the contrary. Company announces keenly awaited conference call.


Fronius presses play on US manufacturing

Fronius production in Austria.

The U.S. subsidiary of the Austrian inverter supplier has begun production at a $1.5 million manufacturing and testing facility in the state of Indiana.


US: SEIA backs ITC extension proposal

Capitol building.

Legislation put forward by Rep. Mike Thompson to extend the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) by five years earns support of the Solar Energy Industries Association.


TMEIC inverter orders rise 48% in 2014

TMEIC solarware inverter.

The Japanese inverter company achieved orders of almost 3 GW last year, with a further 2.5 GW in shipments as its overseas fabs hit full-scale operation.


Sungrow increases Q1 revenue by almost 65% Y-O-Y

Sungrow inverters in California.

Chinese inverter specialist reveals strong growth in international markets, shipping 230 MW overseas, posts overall Q1 revenue of $117.7 million.


IRENA: Solar biggest renewable employer globally

Solar workers in California

Solar PV is the largest employer within the renewables sector, with some 2.5 million finding work in the sector. These are the findings from the International Renewable Energy Association (IRENA).


Stationary storage costs to remain high, despite predictions of $172/kWh Li-ion battery costs

Lux Research predicts that costs for "best-in-class" players' lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery packs will fall to US$172/kWh by 2025. These prices will primarily benefit the electric vehicle (EV) industry, however, with the...


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