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Europe urged to begin mass-decommissioning of fossil fuel plants in new EEA report

Coal power station.

The European Environment Agency has called on Europe's governments to ramp up the pace of decommissioning fossil fuel power plants across the continent in order to avoid a carbon lock-in.

European Commission recognizes WINAICO as genuine solar producer

WINAICO PV module presentation

The Taiwanese company will not be affected by the European Commission's extended anti-dumping duties on imports of solar products originating from China after being recognized as a genuine solar producer exporting Taiwanese-made...

Giga Solar lightweight PV modules pass Fraunhofer CSE tests

Giga Solar lightweight PV module

The manufacturer's lightweight, glass-free modules enable innovative, low-cost rooftop and speedier mounting methods without the need for racking hardware or roof penetrations. The test results demonstrate that the solar PV...

LichtBlick expands distributed energy optimization globally

LichtBlick's SchwarmDirigent - distributed energy resource management application

LichtBlick's international customers include utilities, grid operators and energy service companies. The company will next target private households, which will soon be able to market their energy via its IT platform.

Turkish PV gathers pace, adds 150 MW in 2015

IBC 200 kW PV plant, Turkey

After a slow start, Turkey’s solar PV market is finally gathered speed. The country added about 150 MW of new PV last year, while in the first six weeks of 2016 it has added a further 46 MW.

Chile installs more than 1 GW-AC of PV and exports solar electricity

Another 2.2 GW-AC of PV projects are under construction. The interconnection with Argentina was re-activated recently and the nation plans to export electricity from PV plants.

Canadian Solar secures $300m credit with Ping An Bank

The $300m credit facility is intended to assist Canadian Solar subsidiary Recurrent Energy's development plans in the U.S.

The Chinese bank will provide up to $300 million in credit to Canadian Solar's subsidiary Recurrent Energy to support its development plans.

Japan to hit solar peak of 14.3 GW this year, finds BNEF

Downtown Nagano.

Impending changes to the Japanese solar market will likely mean a peak for PV installations this year, finds report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

SunEdison could lose PPAs for 148 MW solar projects in Hawaii

SunEdison project worker.

Citing the company's precarious financial situation, Hawaiian Electric Co. has decided to terminate SunEdison's PPAs for three solar projects with a combined total of 148 MW.

US retail centers have 62.3 GW of rooftop PV potential, study finds

Walmart solar installation.

Study by Environment America finds installing the nation's 102,000 'Big Box' retail stores, warehouses and shopping centers with solar panels would meet power needs of seven million households; 10 largest corporations alone could...

SunPower reports strong Q4 results, plans company-wide expansion

Despite a heavy GAAP loss, SunPower reported strong progress in all business segments in Q4, and is planning a major expansion of manufacturing capacity including a novel module design.

Peru awards 185 MW of solar PV at US$48/MWh

Enel Green Power was awarded a 144 MW PV project at US$48.0/MWh and Enersur gained a 40 MW PV project at a price of $48.5/MWh.

BNEF names Trina Solar the world’s most bankable PV maker

The world’s largest PV module maker took the top spot out of 50 different module brands, with all respondents naming Trina as bankable.

Construction set to begin on 10 MW solar plant in Uganda

First announced in 2014, pre-construction prep has begun on the Soroti 10 MW solar PV plant.

Project to be developed by French clean energy firm Eren RE and Access Clean Energy, with Spain's TSK Group the EPC and funding coming via London, Germany and the Netherlands. Plant will be east Africa's largest solar...

Taiwan's TSEC to increase cell capacity to 1.3 GW by end of 2016

TSEC has begun adding solar cell capacity, and is also planning to begin producing solar modules this year.

The largest producer of crystalline silicon solar cells in Taiwan will add incremental capacity to its lines over the year, and is eyeing 1.8 GW of capacity by mid-2017.

No end in sight to US, India solar WTO dispute, says US official

Solar installation, India.

Ongoing trade dispute over India's domestic content requirement for solar panels, challenged by the U.S., set to rumble on beyond today's deadline set by the World Trade Organization, fears leading US. trade official.

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