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NRG snatches up 2.1 GW of SunEdison projects

NRG Energy headquarters. Image by NRG Energy.

The energy giant has put forth the winning bid for SunEdison wind and solar projects at under $0.10 per watt.


Singulus narrows 2015 loss, increases revenue

Singulus thin-film fab

The German equipment supplier is strengthening its focus on the solar segment with production machinery for both thin-film and crystalline cells amidst waning sales in the optical disc segment.


SMA: When storage systems pay off for commercial business

The research institute Hakai Beach in Canada meets its electricity demand with a 30 kilowatt PV storage system featuring SMA multicluster technology

While private PV system operators work toward optimizing self-consumption, storage systems in industry are mainly used to provide control reserve and thus ensure grid stability. In commercial storage system applications, the main...


Iran to pay 35% premium for solar, wind plants with domestic content

Iran will authorize 1 GW of solar and wind contracts in March and plans to put 5 GW online over the next decade.


UK: Commercial rooftop PV can still be profitable, says industry

Commercial installation, England.

Following the U.K. government's cuts for all forms of solar subsidy, the PV industry makes the case that rooftop PV, especially commercial, can still be a profitable investment.


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Solar's march across the globe is heartening to see, as is its ability to still ruffle feathers in the largest markets.

The solar big guns were out in force this week as changes to the U.S. net metering landscape rolled into Nevada. Elsewhere, China proved its PV prowess, Japan saw a shakeup and Germany confirmed its relative demise.


Yingli receives $300m state-backed loan to ease restructuring process

Yingli solar PV production.

The Tier-1 Chinese solar developer has secured a loan of approximately CNY 2 billion from the Chinese National Development Bank to help the firm pay down its debts.


Abengoa looking to offload stake in UAE's Shams 1 CSP solar farm

Abengoa currently owns a 20% stake in the 100 MW Shams solar plant in the UAE.

The Spanish renewables company is seeking to sell its 20% share in the CSP solar plant as it seeks to raise $335 million of liquidity to satisfy circling creditors.


China: NEA data puts cumulative PV capacity at 43.2 GW

PV module production, China.

Statistics from National Energy Administration echo those published in January by state news agency Xinhua, confirming China is now the world's largest market for installed solar PV capacity.


SolarEdge fiscal Q2 sales surge 70% Y/Y on US growth

SolarEdge's record revenues for fiscal Q2 were a 70% increase in the space of a year, driven largely by growth in the U.S. market.

The power optimizer specialists post record revenue of $124.8 million for the fiscal second quarter of 2016, shipping 416 MW of inverters to exceed market expectations.


US: Cumulative solar installs top 28 GW, 16 GW of renewables installed in 2015

Cumulative utility-scale solar installs have topped 17 GW in the US

According to a new study by BNEF and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, cumulative solar capacity in the U.S. has reached 28 GW, of which 7.3 GW was installed in 2015. Overall, last year saw 16 GW of renewables added,...


Panasonic’s solar PV sales suffer from Japanese market weakness

Panasonic reports a slight decrease in sales and a sharper fall in profitability in its Eco Solutions business, which it blames on slowing domestic demand for its solar PV solutions and other products.


US: Landmark Dividend snaps up real estate home to 238 MW of installed renewables

The sale-leaseback transaction has added 238 MW of clean energy capacity to Landmark Dividend's portfolio.

Real estate investor in California has finalized acquisition of 3,500 acres of land across the state and, in doing so, has added 238 MW of existing clean energy capacity to its portfolio.


Moody's: green bonds could top $50bn this year on post-COP21 surge

Eiffel Tower during COP21.

Ratings agency expects momentum from the Paris Agreement to motivate additional and repeat issuance of green bonds on a global scale, building on dramatic spike recorded in Q4 2015.


Expert analysis: Back in black: SolarWorld provides optimistic outlook for 2016

SolarWorld HQ, U.S.

On February 1, Solarworld published its preliminary business figures for 2015 and provided an optimistic outlook for 2016. Industry expert and Smart Solar Consulting CEO Götz Fischbeck delivers his analysis on SolarWorld’s...


UK solar firms challenge government subsidy cuts in appeal court

Royal Courts of Justice, London.

Solarcentury and Lark Energy take case against government's early closure of the Renewable Obligation scheme to court of appeal; government defends stance on claims its decision was grossly unfair.


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