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European Parliament calls for ambitious measures to encourage renewable energy use

MEP Theresa Griffin hosting SolarPower Europe's study launch in Brussels.

In an effort to boost renewabl energy self-generation and consumption, the EU initiative calls for the deployment of an advanced metering infrastructure that would make smart homes and networks a reality. In addition, SolarPower...


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...


Schmid supplies APVCD tooling for high efficiency cell research

Schmid tool

Schmid has announced that three PV research institutes have deployed its APCVD solution for the development of PERL (passivated emitter and rear locally diffused) and IBC cells. The high efficiency cell concepts can employ the...


UNSW takes out CZTS efficiency world record

UNSW researcher with solar cell.

Researchers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) have achieved a world record conversion efficiency of 7.6% for a 1cm2 copper zinc tin sulfide (CZTS) solar cell. Japan's Solar Frontier, with IBM and Tokyo Ohka Kogyo, have...


Polysilicon spot prices rise above $20 per kilogram in China

EnergyTrend expects prices to continue rising through the first half of May, citing rising wafer demand and stricter enforcement of import duties.


NEXTracker hits 3 GW of cumulative delivery worldwide

NEXTracker has successfully expanded its client base in emerging solar markets including India, China, Australia, and the Middle East

U.S. tracker manufacturer NEXTracker has recently achieved a new milestone with cumulative shipments of over 3 GW of solar trackers around the world.


China installs 7.14 GW of solar PV in Q1 2016

Solar PV plant in Qinghai, China

NEA data shows increasing differences in regional PV development, due in part to the country's power curtailment problem.


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SunEdison PV plant, Ironwood State Prison

This week: The looming bankruptcy of SunEdison came to pass as France looks set to increase its solar target threefold by 2023 and India appealed a WTO ruling that could have far-reaching effects on its domestic solar business.


Cyprus: Construction begins on five PV plants; storage to emerge

Solar PV system in Cyprus

Cyprus' once dormant large-scale PV plant sector appears to be awakening, while even more positive is a growing energy storage trend, which under the current circumstances seems irreversible.


Orange Jordan taps MEI for 33.7 MW solar PV project

French President François Holland and Jorandian King Abdullah II attend the signing of Neoen and Orange Jordan's April 2016 deal.

The plants will enable the local telco to fully cover its electricity needs from solar energy. With solar activity booming in Jordan, the country is well on the way to surpassing its 600 MW solar target by 2020.


SunEdison stays the course in India, offloads residential business in UK

SunEdison solar park

The renewable energy giant managed to exclude its Indian operations from bankruptcy proceedings while selling its operations in the U.K. to Ecotricity, which has expended into the residential market.


Emerging solar markets offering better returns for developers, report finds

Mercatus' findings show a correlation between the average size of solar projects per region and the average rate of return, with bigger being better.

Mercatus Energy Investment Management report finds that emerging solar markets offer investors and developers high risk, high reward, which helps drive larger project size in these regions.


Risen secures 175 MW solar module deal with India's Mytrah

Risen solar panel.

Chinese solar module producer signs shipment agreement with Indian energy company Mytrah Energy for the delivery of 175 MW of solar panels over course of the year.


India appeals WTO domestic content ruling for solar

Solar installation, India.

Energy minister Piyush Goyal challenges World Trade Organization's ruling that its domestic content requirements for solar violate international trade rules.


Total to create new Gas, Renewables and Power segment

The French oil giant has pledged to be among the top three companies in solar power, and to expand in electricity trading and energy storage.


Offgrid solution: Using discarded smartphone batteries to light up rural homes

solar-powered LED lamp

Kyung Hee University researcher Boucar Diouf plans to start solar-powered LED lamp pilot projects in Senegal and sub-Saharan African countries within the next year.


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