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SolarWatt releases 300W dual glass module

Solarwatt HQ

German solar module producer Solarwatt has released its 60M, 300 W dual-glass module, which it claims is world’s first 60-cell glass-glass achieving such a power rating. Solarwatt says the monocrystalline module is “virtually...


Sonnen ships its 10,000 solar battery

Sonnen

Germany’s Sonnen has shipped its 10,000 solar battery. To celebrate the milestone Sonnen (formerly Sonnenbatterie) increased the capacity of the battery system for the 10,000th customer by 2 kWh and provided the household with...


Singulus reports 300 MW CIGS equipment order

Singulus HQ

German PV production equipment supplier is close to booking a deal to supply 300 MW of its Cisaris selenization production tool for CIGS solar production. The deal, which is still as yet to be signed, has been made public in the...


PV Crystalox closes Japanese wafer business, continues strategic review

The UK-based wafer maker will keep its German wafering operations going while it continues to mull future plans.


Tesla Energy delivers positive growth margin in Q4, company-wide losses predicted to end in 2016

Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada.

Tesla has reported that its Energy business unit achieved a “positive gross margin” in Q4 2015, while the company has delivered its 11th quarterly net loss. Tesla pointed to its Energy segment as a key lead generator for the...


Germany: SMA teams with grid operator Tenne T to provide real-time solar data

The collaboration between grid operator Tenne T and SMA is the first of its kind in Germany.

Collaboration marks greater effort of solar industry to work with grids on gaining greater understanding and control of solar's intermittency; partnership can digitalize electricity supply, SMA says.


IFC program pledges 200 MW solar for Senegal

More than half of the people in Senegal have no access to electricity, so the IFC hopes its Scaling Solar initiative can bring power to many more.

Senegal become second African country to join the International Finance Corporation's Scaling Solar program; 200 MW of PV capacity additions scheduled over the next few years.


Valoe signs biggest deal, with 150 MW module line to Ethiopia

MWT module technology

Finnish solar production equipment supplier Valoe has announced a deal to supply a 120 MW – 150 MW module assembly line to a new Ethiopian PV manufacturer, in a deal worth €15. 8 million (US$17.9 million). The deal is Valoe’s...


Singulus forecasts return to profit in 2017, solar segment to drive sales

Silex II equipment.

Troubled German solar and optical disk production equipment supplier Singulus has issued an outlook for 2016, in which it forecasts “slightly negative” earnings in 2016 and return to profit in 2017. Solar sales are forecast to...


India to soon hold new solar tenders for 2 to 4 GW

Small PV plant in India

Speaking at the India-Australia Energy Dialogue in Brisbane, Indian Power Minister Piyush Goyal said feed-in tariffs could be cut by a further 10%. At the same time, Goyal is exploring ways of encouraging India's farmers to start...


SolarWorld’s bifacial modules and home storage solution one step closer to market

The SolarWorld Sunmodule Bisun can, according to the company, increase energy yield by as much as 25%.

The German firm's Sunmodule Bisun glass-glass module, which uses bifacial cells based on PERC technology, to be presented at forthcoming exhibition in Frankfurt; modular SunPac LiOn battery also to be unveiled.


Adani goes for solar Down Under

Queensland, Australia.

With its lofty plans to build Australia's biggest coal project facing delays, the Indian mining group is turning to solar and is looking to partner with international companies in developing clean energy in the states of...


Enel Green Power revenue flat for 2015, EBITDA falls 5.3%

EGP solar farm.

The Italian clean energy developer posts total revenue for 2015 of EUR 3bn, which mirrors 2014 performance; net installed capacity of clean energy reaches 10.5 GW, a 9% increase.


Sunverge picks up $36.5m investment, ARENA participates as backer

The Sunverge Solar Integrated System (SIS, pictured) is the latest hardware from Sunverge, and will benefit from the recent $36.5 million investment into the company.

The California-based distributed energy storage developer has secured Series C funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency and four other public and private investors.


Orix on track to meet 900 MW Japanese solar goals

Orix has installed 350 MW of solar in Japan to date

Japanese finance and leasing company, Orix has said it aims to invest around US$872 million in installing 550 MW of solar in Japan in the next two years. This would take its cumulative capacity to 900 MW, thus achieving targets...


US Clean Power Plan blocked by Supreme Court

The Clean Power PLan, which would boost the solar industry, is in jeopardy

The U.S. Supreme Court has put President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan on hold until it determines the plan’s legal merits, expected this summer. Despite the surprise, many are confident the decision won’t affect coal’s...


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