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Forum Solarpraxis: From energy decentralization to digitization

The 16th Forum Solarpraxis discussed the transition from energy decentralization to digitilization

The energy sector has undergone huge changes over the last years, mainly due to the decentralization of energy systems and the increasing role of renewables. While the sector’s defining characteristics continue to shift, a new...

Hanwha Q Cells steps forward as 1366 Direct Wafer PERC collaborator


Hanwha Q Cells has announced that it was the collaborator on the PERC Direct Wafer efficiency result announced late last month. Hanwha reports that an efficiency gain of 1.4% was achieved in only seven months using the innovative...

Smart and AC module market to grow nine-fold by 2020

GTM Research predicts that integrated smart and AC modules will not only benefit from growth in the larger module-level power electronics market, but will gain a larger share of that market over the next five years.

Tesla Energy to begin production at Gigafactory in Q4

Tesla Powerwall and Model S.

Tesla Energy has brought forward plans to begin producing its Powerwall and Powerpack products at its Nevada Gigafactory to this quarter, in a move that will push back the delivery of some products to Q1 2016. Plans to commence...

REC reports record quarterly sales, close to full utilization

REC solar factory

REC Solar has reported module shipments of 362 MW in Q3 2015, with the company on track to realize full-year modules sales of 1.2 GW. With a total capacity of 1.3 GW, the privately owned manufacturer looks set to increase...

Big Sun to demonstrate tracker tech in 840 kW rooftop array

Tawian tracker tech.

Taiwan will soon boast what tracker supplier Big Sun claims will be the world’s largest rooftop array utilizing dual-axis tracking technology. The 840 kW array will be installed onto a “food facility” in Taiwan’s Pingtung County...

From the Mag: A selection of stories from the November issue

Ideematec tracker installation.

Trackers, inverters and storage solutions: solar's worth is measured in more than modules and cells, and this month's issue tackles the key themes and trends shaping those industries that support solar PV.

United PV acquires 100 MW PV plant in China

United PV is on a mission to acquire 2 GW of solar PV projects in China

United Photovoltaics Group Limited has acquired a 100 MW solar PV project from Hubei Jingtai Photovoltaics Power Company Limited for around US$134 million. Following the acquisition, Hubei Jingtai became a fully-owned subsidiary...

Recurrent Energy secures financing for 60 MW Californian PV project

The solar PV project is located in California's Kern County

Recurrent Energy has secured financing for a 60 MW solar PV project currently under construction in California. Commercial operation is scheduled for Q3 2016.

Lawsuit threatens SolarWorld liquidity

SolarWorld could be facing repayments of US$676 million, which would threaten its liquidity

The ongoing lawsuit over polysilicon agreements between a SolarWorld subsidiary and Hemlock Semiconductor Corporation is threatening the German solar giant’s liquidity. The company was dealt a blow last week, when a motion to...

8minutenergy signs PPA for 191 MW PV project in Los Angeles

The Springbok 2 Solar Farm is located on abandoned farmland near Los Angeles in California

8minutenergy Renewables, LLC has signed a PPA with the Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA) for its 191 MW dc solar PV project, which is slated for completion in California, the U.S. in Q4 2016.

Update: Ikea winds up Hanergy distribution deal

An Ikea sotre.

Ikea will no longer distribute Hanergy Thin Film modules in Europe. The Financial Times, who has lead the coverage of Hanergy’s spectacular downfall, reported today that homeware giant has ended its agreement with Hanergy.

SunEdison to build 2.9 MW solar array for Bloomberg's NY data center

Solar in New York.

Solar firm signs PPA with Bloomberg for the delivery of a 2.9 MW solar system to offset 5% of the emissions from the company's Rockland County, New York-based data center; agreement will save more than $2 million.

Indian solar tender to close with bids below 8 US cents per kWh

Solar installation, India.

Second round bid results for the National Solar Mission tender in the state of Andhra Pradesh sees 500 MW of solar to close below INR 5.37/kWh, reports Bridge to India.

Yingli unveils 20 MW Turkish PV pipeline

10 MW will be installed in Western Turkey

Yingli Green Energy Europe GmbH and Motif Proje ve Insaat Ltd. Sti have joined forces to develop 20 MW worth of solar PV projects in Turkey. Half is expected to come online by the end of 2016.

UK: Installation rush expected as subsidy cuts loom

Rooftop solar PV array.

Figures from Department of Energy and Climate Change reveal 59% increase in FIT-based installations from August to September, with trend expected to accelerate through to end of year.

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