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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.


UK's renewable generation up by 20%, says REA

Solar farm, England.

Report by Renewable Energy Association and PwC finds installed clean energy capacity increased by nearly a quarter in past year, with jobs in sector up 9%.


Hareon seals 930 MW solar deal with United PV Group

China Chengdu.

The Chinese solar company has signed an investment framework agreement with the group for 930 MW of solar PV.


Elkem finalizes REC Solar purchase

REC Solar Singapore.

The Chinese-owned, Norway-based Elkem AS has completed the acquisition of REC Solar, the largest suppliers of solar panels in Europe.


Con Edison acquires 140 MW of Californian solar projects

Fresno, California.

Subsidiary of Consolidated Edison snaps up six shovel-ready PV projects from SolarReserve LLC and GCL Solar Energy, PPAs agreed with SCE and PG&E.


Solar-Fabrik granted self-administration insolvency right

Solar-Fabrik HQ.

Rejected by a court in Freiburg at the beginning of the month, beleaguered German PV manufacturer has now been permitted chance at self-administration insolvency.


Vivint Solar rides high on Q1 performance

Vivint Solar HQ.

The U.S. residential installer posted positive results across the board, including a 172% year-on-year revenue increase and a 131% rise in MW installed.


SMA enjoys strong Q1 sales growth, expands international footprint

SMA CEO Pierre-Pascal Urbon.

The German inverter manufacturer increases year-on-year sales to $254.7 million, driven by growth in the large-scale sector. Hefty staff reduction almost completed.


Gintech plans 350 MW solar cell production in Thailand

Gintech Thailand subsidiary has been established to set up a 350 MW solar cell production line in Thailand. It is expected to commence commercial operation in the first quarter of 2016.


SunEdison considers MLP structure, announces $750M convertible notes sale

SunEdison Inc. is considering a general partnership (GP) business structure as part of a master limited partnership (MLP) to help it more effectively manage its TerraForm yieldco platforms. It has also announced its intention to...


China dispatch: Momentum building behind yieldcos

A Chinese PV power plant.

Several China PV companies are currently developing plans to spin off PV power plant projects into subsidiaries that can then be taken to IPO. These firms include CSI, JinkoSolar, the power station unit of Chint group and several...


New UK energy minister brings hope to solar sector, say trade bodies

Amber Rudd.

Appointment of Amber Rudd as energy minister during cabinet reshuffle welcomed by both Solar Trade Association and Renewable Energy Association.


SEMI roadmap predicts average module power of 310Wp by 2025

Chinese PV production.

PV module production is set to continue along its historic 20% annual learning curve, with a number of cell and module technologies combining to deliver higher power output and manufacturing profitability. These were some of the...


Aging UK grid harming renewable integration, says Solar Trade Association

Power lines.

The country's "sclerotic" grid is holding back renewable energy, warns the solar trade body, which has called on the new government to invest in the U.K.'s power infrastructure.


France announces tenders for PV and battery storage systems

The announcement from France's Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy of a tender calling for solar PV and battery installations in the French overseas territories adds to the storage technology craze of the...


UK: Tory victory muddies solar waters

David Cameron.

Despite overseeing fastest growth in the U.K.'s PV industry, a majority Conservative government has been quiet on the issue of solar’s future, say experts.


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