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Manz AG reports dip in revenue for H1 caused by unexpected order cancellation

Manz HQ in Reutlingen, Germany.

The German high-tech equipment manufacturer posts negative EBITDA of EUR -4.5 million following unexpected order stop from a major customer in its storage segment. Company expects revenue to pick up again for Q3.


HT-SAAE's Milky Way module surpasses 300 W of mass production output power

HT_SAAE's N-type PERT Milky Way module

The Chinese solar tech group said it would increase investment on research and development with the aim of further raising its modules' mass production output power up to 310 W.


Scatec Solar completes Utah's first utility-scale PV plant

Scatec Solar's Utah Red Hills Renewable Park

Scatec Solar partnered with Google to finance and own the solar park, which will generate 210 kilowatt hours of electricity annually. The Norwegian company is currently developing a second plant of equal size in the state.


Soltec begins manufacturing solar tracker controllers in Brazil

Soltec's SF Utility High Slope trackers on an 18 MW PV plant in Chile's Antofagasta region.

The locally made controllers comply with Brazilian Development Bank requirements and will facilitate local bank credit access for EPC companies and developers.


Mexico completes energy reform with passage of the Energy Transition Law

The law has established a program for Clean Energy Certificates and favors distributed generation. The goal of 35% clean energy by 2024 has been re-established, and businesses will have a 50% requirement by 2020. The bill is...


Tata Power Solar commissions world's largest rooftop solar array

The 12 MW rooftop array is the largest single rooftop solar installation in the world.

The 12 MW installation will be built across eight sheltered venues at a single premise at the R.S.S.B. Educational & Environmental Society in Amritsar, India.


Zeversolar extends string inverter portfolio

Zeversolar's new string inverter range has two MPP trackers, enabling greater array design flexibility for larger rooftop applications.

The Chinese manufacturer set to launch three new string inverters into the markets of Thailand, Taiwan, China and the U.K. from the beginning of next year.


Manz announces 174 job losses, capacity adjustments

54 jobs have gone in Reutlingen, at Manz's HQ

Manz AG has announced that 174 employees will go, primarily in Germany and Asia, although its other European sites have also been affected. Capacities will be adjusted accordingly. It hopes to save around EUR 7 million. The...


Hanwha Q Cells triples Sunrun supply agreement to 135 MW next year

Sunrun installation.

The Korean solar panel manufacturer has extended its supply partnership with U.S. residential installer Sunrun, with modules to be shipped from Hanwha’s fabs in Malaysia and South Korea.


UK: proposed tax hike on solar panels could heap further pain on industry

Commercial solar installation, UK.

A proposal by U.K. tax regulator HMRC to increase value-added tax on solar panels from 5% to 20% has been challenged by the Solar Trade Association and other campaigners who are urging the government to halt the rise.


US storage market matures on back of Duke, REC Solar and Tesla announcements

The U.S. storage landscape is growing substantially across both the commercial and residential sectors.

Duke Energy partnership with Green Charge Networks will bring solar-plus-storage solutions to commercial customers nationwide; Vermont utility Green Mountain Power begins offering zero-upfront-cost Tesla Powerwall to residential...


NEXTracker makes full BoS play with product bundle

NEXTracker trackers in the field.

U.S. tracker company NEXTracker launches complete package of balance of systems components, bundling tracker, DC wiring, string inverter, UPS, monitoring system and optional PV modules in one-stop-shop product.


JA Solar to supply 100 MW of modules to Zimbabwean solar project

JA Solar module inspection.

Chinese module manufacturer wins $179 million contract to supply 100 MW of solar panels to one of the first three large-scale PV plants in Zimbabwe.


Dubai: DEWA 800 MW tender attracts big interest, bidders revealed

Dubai solar plan.

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority has released its 800 MW, Phase III solar PV tender, and has received submissions from JinkoSolar, REC Solar, SunEdison and other leading international developers.


Motech returns to the black during Q3 2015

Taiwan's largest solar cell maker has reported its first positive operating margin since the second quarter of 2014, as well as its highest revenues in four years.


Europe: No discrimination for battery storage on primary frequency control market

The commission has decided on technology-neutral, market based rules

The EU Commission has ruled that battery storage units looking to provide primary frequency control regulation must achieve authorized maximum demand for 15 minutes, like all other power plants, instead of 30 minutes, as was...


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