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India presses state to raise solar ambition

Maharashtra state.

Maharashtra state should aim for 25 GW of renewables by 2020, says 'Union minister'. Of the current 14.4 GW target in the state, 7 GW is expected to come from solar.

Jinko signs 1 GW supply agreement with CMNE

Jinko Solar module testing.

JinkoSolar has signed a two-year, 1 GW module supply deal with China Minsheng New Energy (CMNE), a subsidiary of China Minsheng Investment Corp. The modules will be used to develop PV power plant projects in China in 2015 and...

Con Edison acquires 140 MW of Californian solar projects

Fresno, California.

Subsidiary of Consolidated Edison snaps up six shovel-ready PV projects from SolarReserve LLC and GCL Solar Energy, PPAs agreed with SCE and PG&E.

Flextronics to produce NEXTracker's SPT controller

A NEXTracker array

U.S.-based NEXTracker has selected global OEM electronics manufacturer Flextronics to produce its Self-Powered Tracking (SPT) controllers. The move will allow "a rapid commercial rollout of SPT", the companies state.

Solar-Fabrik granted self-administration insolvency right

Solar-Fabrik HQ.

Rejected by a court in Freiburg at the beginning of the month, beleaguered German PV manufacturer has now been permitted chance at self-administration insolvency.

Vivint Solar rides high on Q1 performance

Vivint Solar HQ.

The U.S. residential installer posted positive results across the board, including a 172% year-on-year revenue increase and a 131% rise in MW installed.

SMA enjoys strong Q1 sales growth, expands international footprint

SMA CEO Pierre-Pascal Urbon.

The German inverter manufacturer increases year-on-year sales to $254.7 million, driven by growth in the large-scale sector. Hefty staff reduction almost completed.

Solar Frontier to develop 100 MW in UK

Solar Frontier's Tohoku fab.

Japanese thin film producer and project developer Solar Frontier has entered into agreement to supply and construct a 100 MW pipeline of projects in the UK. Construction on the first project will take place in Q3 2015.

E.ON, Sungevity announce plans for German solar market

Germany's E.ON has announced it will work together with U.S. start-up Sungevity in the German energy market. Details on the investment sum were not provided.

Gintech plans 350 MW solar cell production in Thailand

Gintech Thailand subsidiary has been established to set up a 350 MW solar cell production line in Thailand. It is expected to commence commercial operation in the first quarter of 2016.

Inside TSMC's 16.5% CIGS module world record

TSMC factory in Taiwan.

Last month Taiwanese CIGS manufacturer TSMC Solar revealed a 16.5% CIGS world record module. The record dethroned German equipment supplier Manz's CIGS module record, which had only held the world record position for two days....

Uruguay: Solarpack sells 26 MW PV plant to SunEdison yieldco

Solarpack has agreed to sell a 26 MW PV power plant, to be built in the Artigas Department of Uruguay, to SunEdison's emerging markets yieldco.

Manz records EUR6.4 million Q1 loss, remains positive for 2015

Manz solar.

German production equipment supplier Manz AG has recorded a significant loss in Q1 2015. However, the company remains positive for its 2015 outlook with a EUR 92 million ($103.7 million) order backlog and expects revenues between...

Germany: KfW subsidizes over 10,000 solar battery systems

Demand for solar power storage systems in Germany is continuing to rise, with reports that over 10,000 storage batteries for PV systems have been subsidized since 2013. Q1 2015, meanwhile, has seen a 40% YOY increase in the...

SunEdison considers MLP structure, announces $750M convertible notes sale

SunEdison Inc. is considering a general partnership (GP) business structure as part of a master limited partnership (MLP) to help it more effectively manage its TerraForm yieldco platforms. It has also announced its intention to...

Work underway on Finland's largest PV system

Helsinki Energy Company Helen has begun planning work on what will become Finland's largest PV system. Customers will rent the panels for EUR 4.40 a month.

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