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Positive feedback for grid connection of 86 MW PV plant in South Africa

Image: juwi

The Grid Access Unit of South African power utility Eskom has praised the efforts of juwi and Sonnedix for their successful connection to the grid of the Mulilo-Sonnedix-Prieska PV project, which is believed to be the first PV...


Risen secures 175 MW solar module deal with India's Mytrah

Risen solar panel.

Chinese solar module producer signs shipment agreement with Indian energy company Mytrah Energy for the delivery of 175 MW of solar panels over course of the year.


India appeals WTO domestic content ruling for solar

Solar installation, India.

Energy minister Piyush Goyal challenges World Trade Organization's ruling that its domestic content requirements for solar violate international trade rules.


Chile reaches 1.1 GW-AC of installed solar PV

During Q1 the nation installed 254 MW of solar.


Offgrid solution: Using discarded smartphone batteries to light up rural homes

solar-powered LED lamp

Kyung Hee University researcher Boucar Diouf plans to start solar-powered LED lamp pilot projects in Senegal and sub-Saharan African countries within the next year.


San Francisco to require rooftop solar on new buildings

Rooftop solar installation in San Francisco

The new legislation requires solar PV systems, solar water heating systems or a combination of the two. San Francisco has set a goal to use 100% renewable energy by 2025 in addition to other ambitious environmental targets.


SunEdison troubles pose no threat to Indian solar industry, says minister

Indian solar park in Gujarat

A potential SunEdison bankruptcy is not expected to affect India's solar industry, Bloomberg reported Tuesday, citing comments made by Indian Power Minister Piyush Goyal.


Hanergy TF auditors express 'significant doubt' as to company's solvency

Hanergy Chairman Li Hejun

In Hanergy Thin Film Power Group's 2015 annual report, issued today, the company's independent auditors, Ernst & Young, emphasized that heavy losses in 2015 plus a lack of transparency regarding well over HK$5.5 billion ($710...


EU ProSun welcomes IHS study findings

EU ProSun President Milan Nitzschke

With its recently commissioned study, the Solar Alliance for Europe made the case that PV modules could be 20% cheaper in Europe without import tariffs. Industry lobby group EU ProSun, however, argues that the Alliance has drawn...


Germany: Sonnenstromfabrik resumes PV module production

Sonnenstromfabrik in Wismar, Germany

Sonnenstromfabrik is back in business. The German solar PV module manufacturer is under new management and producing its own branded products as well as for OEM customers.


Work begins on a 13.6 MW PV plant in Chihuahua, Mexico

It is predicted that the Los Santos 1 project will enter service in July. The investment for this project in the North of Mexico stands at around US$40 million.


IHS examines 22% price gap between modules from China and global rivals

Trina Solar PV module production

PV module manufacturing costs in China remain considerably lower than other parts of the world. Efficiencies of production, product and material innovations and economies of scale continue to reduce costs, but what's behind...


Greenpeace ranks South African retailers on renewable energy commitments

Johannesburg, South Africa

While some of the country's leading retailers have solar PV installations and pilot projects in the works, Greenpeace says there's "significant room to improve."


Sunrun opens new branch office, warehouse in South Carolina

Sunrun residential installation.

The U.S. residential solar lease provider expands its presence in South Carolina with the inauguration of a new office and supply warehouse in the city of Columbia.


New Development Bank greenlights $811 million for renewable energy in member countries

Cape Town, South Africa

Launched last year by Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, the Shanghai-based New Development Bank has made clean energy a primary focus.


UK: RBS lending for solar projects tripled in 2015, bank says

RBS was involved in some big solar deals in 2015, and has begun 2016 by investing in a 6.3 MW floating solar farm near London.

The Royal Bank of Scotland invested a total of GBP 1 billion into the U.K.'s renewable energy sector in 2015, including a record GBP 450 million for solar, which represented a three-fold increase on 2014.


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