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String inverters on the rise

The 12 MW Vouzance PV plant is located a couple of hours outside of Lyon, and has Huawei string inverters working in tandem with SolarWorld modules.

The growing adoption of string inverters for utility-scale solar plants was a hot topic at Huawei's FusionSolar Conference in Lyon, France, earlier in the month, as market analysts predict that high-power and high-voltage string...

D.E. Shaw keen on SunEdison's 148 MW Hawaii solar projects

SunEdison solar worker.

The New York-based hedge fund keen on "commercially reasonable solution" to re-igniting PPAs for three solar projects, developed in Hawaii by SunEdison, which had their previous PPA contracts canceled by local utility.

Costa Rica's distributed solar back on track with new net metering prices

Costa Rica 1MW Parque Solar Miravalles

The country's solar net metering projects had been on hold for over a year, but a new pricing structure has made distributed solar an attractive investment once again.

Juwi building 90 MW of solar in Colorado

Colorado mountains.

The renewable energy firm's U.S. subsidiary has already begun construction work on two of the three projects, with work on the third due to begin later this year. juwi will operate and maintain all three plants once complete.

Enphase opens $4.4m R&D facility in New Zealand

Enphase Energy AC battery.

U.S. microinverter specialist inaugurates new facility designed to expand its testing and verification capabilities for its microinverters and build on the development of its AC battery solution.

ReneSola sells two PV farms in Bulgaria as part of its strategic shift

Despite the high level of solar irradiation in the country, Bulgaria is not demonstrating any significant growth in the global PV market share

ReneSola announced sale of 9.7 MW of solar farms in Bulgaria to Luxembourg-based Solar World Invest Fund SIF.

China aiming to reach 143 GW PV capacity by 2020

China flag new Image Flickr Renato Ganoza

The country’s National Energy Administration (NEA) announces plans to triple capacity over the next five years, to cut China’s carbon emissions and become the world’s leader in clean energy.

UK government U-turn on proposed solar tax hike

George Osborne UK Chancellor

After staring a party rebellion in the face, the U.K.’s Conservative Party says that it won’t oppose an amendment to the Budget, which exempts domestic solar panels from a VAT rise from 5% to 20%.

Emirates Insolaire opens new markets for Kromatix colored solar glass

About 12,000 colored solar panels will be integrated into the façade of the Copenhagen International School

Emirates Insolaire will supply about 12,000 colored solar glass panels to the Copenhagen International School. The company is expecting sales of 50,000 square meters of solar panels and 10,000 pieces of colored PV modules during...

SunPower introduces a new kit system for residential PV

SunPower's Equinox has 70% less visible details: only the panels and a Smart Energy management device can be seen from the outside

Equinox, SunPower’s new fully integrated residential solar solution introduced today to the market, is said to deliver 70% more energy with 70% fewer visible parts.

Sungrow connects its first 1500V PV project to Chinese grid

Sungrow's 1500V project in Xinjiang Province, China

As the transition to 1500-volt (V) inverters builds up steam, the Chinese PV-inverter manufacturer successfully connects its first 1500V PV project to the grid to improve its generating efficiency.

Initial contract awarded to Queensland solar farm that would become Australia’s largest

Queensland Australia

Origin Energy has awarded an Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) contract to engineering and infrastructure company RCR Tomlinson Ltd for a 200 MW farm, however the project still needs to secure grant funding from ARENA and pass a...

ARENA: Solar and wind co-location can deliver significant cost savings

Total cost savings of wind and solar co-location can be between 3-13% for capital expenditure and 3-16% on operational expenses

A total of at least 1GW of large-scale solar could be added to existing Australian wind farms, boosting renewable energy development, generation, and and smoothing its delivery to the grid, according to a new report from the...

The pv magazine weekly news digest

Solar industry is always aiming for larger, bigger, more ambitious. Will it lead to new achievements or greater disappointments?

“Large” – the word that dominates in the solar news this week. Large projects, storage systems and hopes. What would Sigmund say?

18. March 2016 | | Comment now

Panama reached 43 MW of installed solar PV in 2015

The large majority of the nation’s solar PV capacity was put in service last year. Regulators have licensed 1 GW of projects.

Construction begins on the largest East African solar plant

Population in Uganda is moving from the lower to the middle income, which raises demand for new services and requires more power

The 10 MW PV plant, the biggest solar project in East Africa, will be build in Soroti, Uganda. The plant is to be connected to the grid in July 2016.

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