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Turkey: ICCI event returns focus to growing solar industry

The 22nd ICCI event in Istanbul brought together stakeholders, delegates and businesses from across the energy supply chain, with more than 21 countries represented in the halls.

The 22nd International Energy & Environment Fair and Conference, held just weeks after Solarex, delivered another opportunity for Turkey to smooth the edges of its expanding solar sector.

IHS: No end to wafer-cell-module production imbalance in sight


The ever-dynamic PV module supply chain regularly throws up unexpected results and unintended consequences. Edurne Zoco, IHS’ senior manager and principal analyst, solar research group, spoke to pv magazine about some of the...

JinkoSolar to supply 58 MW for Puerto Rico's largest PV plant

Puerto Rico is rapidly adopting solar PV. One of the largest projects to date is the 24 MW Ilumina plant in the municipality of Guayama

JinkoSolar will provide 58 MW of its PV solar modules for a solar farm in Puerto Rican province Isabela. The plant is set to go online by August 2016.

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Oh look, a Tesla Powerwall.

Woes deepen for SunEdison, Mexico's energy reform invites 1.7 GW of solar, and Huawei shuffles to the top of the global inverter pack as another busy week in solar comes to a close.

UK: Lightsource connects 215 MW of PV ahead of ROC deadline

This 4.84 MWp solar farm at Belfast Airport was just one of 26 ground-mounted solar projects completed by Lightsource in the U.K. ahead of the ROC deadline.

British developer boosts solar portfolio by 215 MW across 40 new sites ahead of today's closure of the renewable obligation certificate scheme.

Turkey amends its unlicensed market regulation

1.8 MW solar installation in Turkey.

Turkey's energy regulator has published updated regulation governing the country's so-called unlicensed PV market, which regards PV installations less than 1 MW each.

Southwest England leads way for British solar generation, research shows

Southwest England counties of Cornwall, Devon and Dorset boast the most solar PV installed across the country.

Green Alliance mapped England's clean energy resources and found that the counties of Cornwall and Devon boasted the most solar PV capacity, with wind power dominant in the north east.

Hanergy Thin Film losses for 2015 hit $1.6bn

Hanergy's 2015 losses of $1.6 billion were largely the result of the company's suspension of trading on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Troubled Chinese solar company Hanergy sees losses for the last calendar year soar to $1.6 billion amid growing possibility that the company may not be able to continue as an ongoing concern.

SoLayTec delivers to first Taiwanese customer

SoLayTec process

Dutch atomic layer deposition (ALD) equipment supplier SoLayTec will deliver its first equipment to a Taiwanese PV cell manufacturer this month. The deal is alongside bookings made from an additional three new customers, with the...

Ikea unveils ambition to be number-one global residential solar retailer

Ikea building

The Swedish homefurnishing giant is rolling out its residential solar program in three European countries in the coming months before expanding its solar sales points in stores globally. It aims to be the largest residential...

ZSW sets European CIGS efficiency record of 22%

ZSW's 22% conversion efficiency for a CIGS cell is the highest yet acheived in Europe, and just 0.3% off the world record set by Japan's Solar Frontier.

The German research center raises the conversion efficiency of thin-film CIGS solar cells to 22% in optimized laboratory conditions; Japan's Solar Frontier remains frontrunner worldwide with 22.3% efficiency.

Batter up: Sonnen pitching for Australian market

Sonnen's modular lithium-ion-phosphate batteries can be scaled to meet the energy requirements of most Australian households.

German storage system to enter the potentially lucrative Australian market via sales partnership with rooftop solar provider True Value Solar following roll-out into U.S. market.

Manz records 2015 revenue slightly above forecast but 27.4% down from 2014

In light of the new perspectives, opened by the cooperation with Shanghai Electric, Manz decided to stay in the solar segment

Manz AG announced its 2015 financial results indicating significant loss mostly in its electronics sector due to order cancellations and delays of around EUR 140 million. The company expects to grow its capital in 2016 due to the...

Foxconn seals Sharp buyout deal on vastly reduced terms

Sharp has now been bought for $3.5 billion by Taiwain's Foxconn.

The Taiwanese company finalizes two-thirds control of the Japanese electronics giant for sum of 389 billion yen ($3.5 billion) in inaugural buyout of a Japanese firm by a foreign entity.

UK: Solarcentury reaches 140 MW milestone under current ROC year

Solarcentury built a range of >5 MW solar farms across the UK over the past year to be eligible for the 1.3 ROC.

The British solar developer will see out the end of the current Renewable Obligation Certificate scheme having connected 140 MWp of new solar PV farms across the country over the past 12 months.

Huawei edges out SMA as leading global inverter by shipments, finds GTM Research study

The GTM Research report has found that Huawei shipped more inverters in terms of MW than any other supplier in 2015.

The Chinese giant shipped the most inverters in 2015 in terms of MWac, pushing SMA into third place behind Sungrow; positions switched in terms of revenue, with SMA holding on to top spot despite pressure from Huawei and...

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