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Kyocera Applied Ceramics division hit by declining Japanese demand

Kyocera floating PV array

Profits from the Kyocera business unit that includes its solar operations have slumped more than 50% in Q2, as a result of softening demand from the Japanese market. The company booked revenues of JPY45.6 billion ($440 million)...


New $100m Australian solar fund to target large-scale blue chip solar assets

Solar array in Sydney.

A new, AUD$100 million renewable energy investment fund that aims to buy up established solar farms around Australia has been launched by Melbourne-based Impact Investment Group, with the backing of some high profile names...


One in three UK solar jobs lost in past 12 months, data shows

Solar park in England.

Since government-backed changes in policy were introduced, the U.K. solar industry has seen a third of its jobs disappear, with 30% of companies likely cut employment further over next 12 months.


New SolarPower Europe guidelines on tendering place emphasis on high-realization rates

Solar installation in Romania.

The group's tendering task force develops new best practice guidelines for new tendering laws due to be introduced across the EU on January 1 2017 for plants larger than 1 MW.


Solar Impulse begins final leg of epic round-the-world journey

The Solar Impulse aircraft taking off from Egypt to embark on the final leg of its round-the-world flight.

The zero-fuel solar-powered aircraft makes its way to Abu Dhabi from Cairo, returning to the Emirate where the record-breaking journey began back in March 2015.


The pv magazine weekly news digest

Solar installation in Czech Republic.

Talking 'bout a resolution: SolarWorld comes under pressure to reach an agreement on the Hemlock case, Turkey's political troubles shake the sector, and NASA goes all 3D in its quest for higher solar efficiencies.


China triples H1 solar installations to 20 GW

Chinese scene.

Data from state news agency Xinhua suggests that China has added 20 GW of new solar PV capacity in the first half of 2016, three times more than same period last year.


Photon Energy adds 28 MW to its solar O&M portfolio

Czech installation.

Photon Energy Operations, a subsidiary of the solar firm Photo Energy, acquires O&M contracts of 17 solar plants in the Czech Republic totaling 28.5 MWp.


India's fossil fuel giants begin to back Modi solar goal

Indian solar array.

Many of the biggest names in Indian coal, oil and gas have embarked on renewable energy projects or initiatives in recent months as the attraction of solar becomes ever more apparent.


Facebook completes successful maiden flight of solar-powered drone

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his team at Aquila's hangar in Arizona before the aircraft's successful test flight.

The Aquila aircraft is powered by solar PV and uses just 5,000 watts to beam internet access into some of the world's most remote regions using lasers.


Greentech Media, GTM Research to be acquired by Verisk Analytics

GTM Research will be folded into energy metal and mining research and consultancy company Wood Mackenzie.


Musk's master plan promises solar for all

Elon Musk.

Tesla CEO writes second installment of decade-old master plan, promising solar panels on every house and a battery in every garage.


Vivint moves into PACE with Renovate America partnership

Vivint Solar HQ.

One of the largest U.S. residential solar installers has partnered with a provider of PACE financing in California, with an aim to take the program to other states.


First Reserve to sell 101 MW of Italian solar plants

Solar array, Italy.

The private equity firm is to sell large amounts of its Italian PV portfolio, including the country's biggest plant – a 70.5 MW solar park in the north-eastern Veneto region.


Shunfeng warns of YOY 80% profit decrease

Shunfeng solar installation.

The Chinese solar power firm publishes preliminary assessment of first half finances warning of an 80% drop in group profit compared to the same period last year.


Hanergy Thin Film forecasts surprise 2016 H1 profit

Hanergy HQ.

The Chinese solar firm says that sales of its rooftop PV panels have grown by 200% in the past year, while revenues are 50% higher compared to the same six-month period in 2015.


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