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SNEC shows China's PV strength, with help from Solar Superheroes

The Solar Superheroes have been causing a storm as they prowl the halls of the SNEC exhibition.

Day one of the SNEC exhibition in Shanghai, China, was its usual bustling self, full to bursting with all of the region's leading solar players. And this year, the Solar Superheroes team made their long-awaited appearance.


Nigeria's solar hopes stall

Abuja, Nigeria

Nigeria is considered an emerging economy that has the potential to drive a dynamic domestic solar PV market. But the global oil price plunge and a national currency crisis have stalled hopes.


India implements new 40 GW rooftop, small PV plant program

India - small solar PV plant

India's solar market has long been dominated by large utility-scale projects but the government is now looking to boost rooftop solar in the country with an ambitious new initiative.


Hanwha Q Cells Q1 results show encouraging Y/Y resurgence in profit, revenue and shipments

Hanwha Q Cells HQ.

Module shipments from the Korean solar PV manufacturer reached 912 MW in the first quarter, exceeding the guidance range, while gross profit topped $109m and gross margin reached 21.2%.


Singulus pins hopes on big CIGS orders after disappointing Q1

Singulus Tenuis tool.

The German PV equipment manufacturer posts weak sales and negative EBIT figures for the first quarter of 2016, but says it is hopeful that "extensive" CIGS orders still in negotiations can be concluded soon.


London welcomes largest council-backed rooftop solar+storage installation

The 1.73 MW array in London is the largest in the country to be backed by a local authority.

The Borough of Hounslow in the U.K. capital has invested GBP 2 million in a 1.73 MW rooftop solar array that will be supported by an onsite storage facility – the largest of its kind in the country.


Renewables power Portugal for four days straight

Solar PV installation, Portugal.

Solar, wind and hydro combine over extraordinary four-day period between May 7 – 11 to generate enough clean energy to keep Portugal's lights on during that time.


sPower signs PPAs with PG&E for 60 MW of US solar capacity

sPower and Salt Lake City.

The Salt Lake City-headquartered power producer will construct three large-scale, 20 MW-AC solar farms in California, and sell the power to utility Pacific Gas & Electric Company.


Australia's UNSW sets sunlight-to-electricity efficiency record of 34.5%

Mark Keevers with the four-junction solar mini-module built at UNSW and which has recorded sunlight conversion efficiency of 34.5%.

Result by engineers at that University of New South Wales edges the solar industry closer to the theoretical limits of PV efficiency, smashing previous record of 24% set by Alta Devices of the U.S.


Delta launches 80kW wall-mounted string inverter

The Delta M80U is a wall-mountable three-phase string inverter that is transformerless and thus well suited to large-scale ground-mount and rooftop PV installations.

The Taiwanese power company introduces its M80U string inverter into the North American market. Wall-mounted design targeted at growing commercial solar sector, but can also be used at large scale.


At 11.5 MW, India has just inaugurated the world's single largest rooftop solar system

Tata Power Solar.

The installation covers a single rooftop of 42 acres atop the Dera Baba Jaimal Singh campus, which is located near to Amritsar in the state of Punjab, India. The entire installation is more than 19 MW.


NEXTracker surpasses ArrayTech to become the biggest tracker supplier in North America

The continent’s tracker market grew 135% last year, to reach 5.5 GW of shipments.


Pro-solar policies could be key in forthcoming Australian election, poll finds

Solar rooftop installation, Sydney.

Survey of 2,400 Australians conducted on behalf of a coalition of environmental groups finds that 64% of voters would back a party with pro-renewable policies in the forthcoming federal election.


Australia: CEFC-Westpac scheme to help business adopt solar, battery storage, EVs

Commercial rooftop PV installation, Australia.

A new loan facility that will help Australian businesses invest in solar, battery storage, energy efficient technologies and electric vehicles has been launched by Westpac Bank in conjunction with the Clean Energy Finance...


Interview: JinkoSolar's Dany Qian talks markets and module innovation

Dany Qian is VP of branding for JinkoSolar.

Dany Qian, VP of Branding for JinkoSolar, discusses the company's growth ambitions, its module innovation, its presence in Japan and its downstream efforts for 2016 and beyond.


Conergy signs deal with Thai fossil fuel firm for 25 MW Japan solar farm

The solar farm is to be located in the city of Ichinoseki, Iwate Prefecture, Japan.

The German clean energy developer will work with Thailand's state-backed Global Power Synergy Public Company to build the 25.88 MW solar PV plant in Japan's Iwate Prefecture.


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