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China FIT payment wheels begin to turn as United PV gets $195m

United PV solar plant in China.

The Chinese solar power developer says that 16 of its completed solar PV plants have received backdated subsidy payments under the government's 6th batch of renewable energy subsidy catalog.

Vikram Solar President: Indian rooftop market to exceed 1 GW in 2017

Vikram PV installation

With Renewable Energy India Expo opening its doors tomorrow in the New Dehli region, Vikram Solar President and CTO Ivan Saha tells pv magazine that the country’s rooftop sector is set to transition to a market of between 1 GW...

Melting backsheets, broken cells, and hotspots

Quality roundtable preparation: A case of compromised quality. An operator claims nearly 17% of the modules in his array displayed significant damage after three years. The EPC company concealed the damage from the investor until...

Scatec Solar commissions 22 MW solar farm in Jordan

Jordan landscape.

Commercial operation has begun on the solar plant south of Amman, taking Scatec Solar’s production capacity in the kingdom to 43 MW.

UK: feared solar slump confirmed despite government spin

Solar rooftop.

Official government figures show solar installations have dropped sharply since March peak, limping in at just 16 MW in July. Ministers point to previous growth as success, seem blind to downward trend.

India: record-low China module prices fuelling 21 GW solar pipeline, says Mercom

Solar installation, India.

India on course to add 4.8 GW of new solar power capacity in 2016, forecasts Mercom Capital Group. Project pipeline rises to 21 GW as low module ASPs from Chinese suppliers bolster developers.

ABB opens new inverter fab in India, doubles domestic production capacity

Nelamangala inverter fab, India.

New factory in the city of Bengaluru will produce ABB's PVS800 central inverters to meet India's surging demand for large-scale solar parks nationwide.

Solar Frontier open CIS production talks with Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia's desert environment.

A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the Japanese solar energy giant, Saudi Aramco and the Saudi Arabian National Industrial Cluster Development Program for feasibility study into CIS production.

Hanergy reports H1 net profit of $105m

Hanergy HQ.

The troubled Hong Kong solar company’s financials reveal that two customers accounted for almost 80% of sales revenue in first six months of the year; revenue reported as $425 million for the period.

United PV achieves modest H1 profit increase of $37m

Solar installation from United PV.

The Chinese solar PV group increased its net profit by 1% year-on-year as it ramped up its downstream portfolio by more than 55%.

Shunfeng's H1 net profit slumps 68% YOY due to curtailment and delayed tariffs

Solar installation, SFCE.

Despite increasing gross profit by 114% and revenue 30.9% year-on-year, China's SFCE suffered from widespread grid curtailment of its solar power plants, as well as delayed tariff subsidies.

Singulus signs MoU with GCL to develop heterojunction cells in China

Singulus HQ.

The German solar equipment manufacturer signs memorandum of understanding with GCL and China Intellectual Electric Power Technology; first processing systems already ordered.

NEXTracker acquires predictive modeling software firm BrightBox

NEXTracker trackers.

U.S. tracker manufacturer NEXTracker has purchased software firm BrightBox Technologies in a move it says will augment its predictive modeling capabilities and expedite the commissioning process.

India: Adani to commence 1.2 GW solar fab construction before year end

Rajasthan India.

The Indian conglomerate says it expects to commission phase one of its Gujarat solar equipment facility before year end, with Phase 2 penciled in for April 2017. Tenders issued for 200 MW solar+storage in Karnataka.

BBOXX raises $20m funding to boost African off-grid solar presence

Kigali, Rwanda.

The London-based solar systems provider has secured investment from a consortium of backers, including Engie SA, to help support its expansion plans in Cameroon and the Ivory Coast.

Interview: How Solar Impulse's round the world flight took batteries on a journey of discovery

Solar, meet solar: The Si2 soars above the Gemasolar thermal solar plant in Abu Dhabi as it nears the final few miles of its historic journey.

July's successful circumnavigation of the globe by Solar Impulse was a triumph for human endurance and ingenuity, and proved solar power's efficacy as a reliable source of electricity. But the project would not have been possible...

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