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centrotherm books EUR7 million 2015 profit, reports EUR49 million in solar, semiconductor orders Q1 2016

centrotherm HQ.

German PV and polysilicon production equipment supplier centrotherm has returned to profit in 2015, and has reported strong solar orders in Q1 2016. The company expects to “at least” break even in 2016, despite delays to a...

Italy's Carlo Maresca to build 50 MW solar PV plant in Iran

Tehran, Iran

The construction and green energy company inked the solar farm deal on the sidelines of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's visit to Iran last week.

US community solar programs could reach 1.5 GW by 2020

Community solar garden

Community solar could potentially capture 2% of the U.S. solar market, according to a new report by Navigant Research.

Germany: Solarwatt acquires storage specialist e-Wolf

Solarwatt's headquarters in Dresden

The German battery technology start-up boasts the storage experts behind Formula 1 team Toyota Racing's kinetic energy recovery system (KERS). Solarwatt expects the acquisition to reduce storage system costs over the long run.

US: New standardization initiative could save billions for solar users

Sunrun residential PV system

Sponsored by the U.S. Energy Department, the Orange Button initiative is expected to reduce the cost of capital as a result of improved access to solar data, which would lower risks and result in savings of nearly $9 billion over...

Rhone Resch to step down as SEIA CEO

The 12-year leader of the U.S. trade group has announced that he will leave the organization, four months after SEIA's historic ITC victory.

imec and Crystal Solar achieve 22.5 percent efficient kerfless nPERT cell

Kerfless wafer production

PV cells produced through kerfless design processes continue to make strides. The latest comes from Belgium research body imec, which has partnered with Crystal Solar to achieve 22.5% efficient n-type PERT cells, using a...

JinkoSolar awarded 188 MW in Mexico solar auction

JinkoSolar will construct three large-scale solar farms in Mexico, totaling 188 MW, after winning out in the first clean energy auction.

Chinese solar company secures rights to develop three solar PV projects in Mexico's inaugural tender auction.

German PV equipment vendors see strong recovery in demand in 2015 and remain optimistic for 2016

PV production equipment

After three years of decline, German PV production equipment vendors report a rise in turnover by 20% for 2015 in comparison to 2014. The VDMA PV production equipment group which held its annual meeting yesterday in Frankfurt and...

Domestic bliss for Indian companies in latest 500 MW solar auction

Solar park in Karnataka.

Karnataka tender sets tariff of US 7.2 cents/kWh with domestic companies winning out. Just one non-Indian solar bidder won in an auction dominated by India's power giants Adani, Tata, Acme Group and ReNew Power Ventures.

California's advanced energy job sector grew six times faster than statewide employment rate

California has more than 76,000 jobs in solar, and the entire advanced energy sector is adding jobs at a rate six times faster than average.

Data from the Advanced Energy Economy reveals more than half a million people in California work in the advanced energy industry; growth ratio of 18% last year six times faster than average.

India's RenewSys confirms 100 MW equipment order with Meyer Burger, eyes second line

Existing line at RenewSys fab.

Indian solar company plans to increase its module production capacity in India to 280 MW by the end of the year, confirms order of Meyer Burger cell assembly and module lamination technologies.

Two-thirds of US solar installers do not offer storage, study finds

Sonnen, Tesla.

A study by EuPD Research shows just 34% of PV installers in the U.S. offer storage solutions to customers, with those reluctant to do so citing cost concerns. However, 26% that currently do not offer storage hope to include it in...

Duke Energy inaugurates 5 MW Mickey Mouse-shaped solar farm at Disney

48,000 solar panels were used across 22 acres to create this 5 MW solar array, built in the shape of Disney's iconic Mickey Mouse silhouette.

The finished installation lies on 22 acres of land near Epcot and will supply clean solar energy to Walt Disney World Resort and Randy Creek Improvement District in Florida.

Yingli signs 200 MW solar module supply deal in Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic.

Arrangement with European EPC partner will see 200 MW of Yingli modules shipped to the Caribbean nation over the course of the next three years.

First Solar unveils two new PV module series

The company will move to a larger format with its Series 6. modules. The Series 6 will be 120 x 180 cm, with an expected output of over 400 watts.

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