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German coalition for no trade barriers grows, EC rules against EU ProSun’s calls for MIP benchmark change

The EU has terminated a review, requested by SolarWorld-led EU ProSun on January 29

Germany’s SAFE has gained a new supporter advocating for the removal of minimum import prices (MIPs) this December. In related news, the EC has rejected EU ProSun’s call for the replacement of the benchmark used for the MIP...

Phono Solar completes Pakistan's first MW-scale PV plant

The 1.25 MW solar PV plant from Phono Solar is the biggest in Pakistan.

The 1.25 MW installation in the Punjab province connects to the grid and becomes the largest single utility-scale installation in the country.

State Solar Job census celebrates solar's economic clout

Rooftop installation.

Census reveals benefits the solar PV industry brings to the U.S. economy, earning praise from the SEIA for revealing encouraging trends.

NREL study finds US solar interconnection delays a common problem

Rooftop installation, U.S.

Purpose of market overview is to help streamline the PV interconnection process in order to ultimately benefit utilities and solar consumers across the country.

Report: solar investment to remain strong in the face of falling oil prices

A 100 MW solar array in China.

Analysts at Frost & Sullivan have added their voices to the chorus confirming that falling oil prices will have little impact on solar investment. In its Annual Global Power and Energy Outlook, Frost & Sullivan forecasts...

Applied Materials hamstrung by excess capacity

Applied Materials equipment.

Overhang of excess capacity harms Applied Materials' sales, but company expects rise in next quarter.

SMA managing board shrinks to just four members

Dr. Erik Ehrentraut.

German inverter specialist downsizes as part of company's ongoing transformation, new chairman of supervisory board appointed.

Scatec Solar reports satisfying Q4 financial results

Scatec Solar will build the 104 MW Red Hills solar plant.

The Norwegian solar operator increased its revenues, net profit and power production in the final quarter of 2014.

Duke Energy proposes suite of solar programs for South Carolina

South Carolina Colleton County.

Proposals intended to increase its customers' access to renewable energy, and could add 110 MW of PV to South Carolina portfolio by 2021 if approved.

Enphase acquires O&M provider Next Phase Solar

Enphase microinverter installed.

Deal sees the microinverter manufacturer add 400 MW of O&M assets, taking its own portfolio beyond 450 MW.

SunEdison scales LA solar rooftop market with 22 MW deal

SunEdison-installed commercial rooftop array.

The US renewable energy company signs agreement with PermaCity to develop solar systems atop leased rooftops, scheme designed to create income for property owners.

Jordan's rooftop PV sector thriving 

Jordan's rooftop solar PV industry has enjoyed steady growth in the past few years.

Jordan leads Arab world in utility-scale solar PV installations with many large solar farms expected to go online in 2015. Residential and commercial rooftop sectors are also kick-starting the thriving solar sector.

Indonesian government continuing $55m renewable program

Archipelago nation to reopen bids for $55 million of renewable energy projects including 86 small solar arrays.

Mammoth Desert Sunlight solar farm begins commercial operation

Secretary Sally Jewell flips the switch at the 550-megawatt Desert Sunlight Solar Farm in Desert Center, Riverside County, California.

The 550 MW project, which uses First Solar's thin-film modules, was inaugurated yesterday during gathering of 150 federal, state and local officials.

Gintech explores merger and relocation opportunities in light of US tariffs

Gintech's Taiwan factory.

The Taiwanese solar cell manufacturer may merge its operation or seek to relocate as the company aims to stay competitive in face of stinging US tariffs.

US SunShot Initiative releases $13m for community solar projects

SunShot-backed PV installation.

Opportunity labeled Solar Powering America by Recognizing Communities designed to establish technical assistance program for local governments to drive greater PV deployment.

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