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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.


REC calls for more solar to close COP21 gap

Nasa satellite photo of the U.S.

A new study by solar PV group REC indicates that while solar energy can make a significant contribution to limiting the global temperature rise, the required capacity ramp-up could be up to nine times higher in 2025 than...


BMW rolls out new solar carports in South Africa

BMW's solar carport in South Africa

The solar carport rollout is part of the German automaker's global efforts to expand home and publicly accessible charging infrastructure for electric vehicles.


SolarCity: Rooftop solar generates net benefit for all Nevada utility customers

SolarCity solar rooftop installation

Rooftop solar generation can provide up to $14 million in annual benefits for the residents of the U.S. state of Nevada, according to a new study by SolarCity and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).


Meteocontrol, Phoenix Solar partner in Jordan, Turkey

Amman, Jordan

Among the projects Phoenix Solar is developing in the MENAT region is an 11 MW solar PV plant in Jordan, expected to be the largest private plant of its kind in the country, for the Marriott and Sheraton hotel chains in the...


Renewable energy jobs: 8.1 million and rising

California LADWP solar PV installers

Solar PV is the largest renewable energy employer with 2.8 million jobs worldwide, an 11% increase from the last count, according to a new IRENA report. Employment grew in Japan and the U.S., stabilized in China and decreased in...


JinkoSolar becomes first Chinese manufacturer to receive Q+ certification

TÜV Rheinland certification testing

The TÜV Rheinland's new upgraded test certification is recommended by the California Energy Commission and may become a requirement in the state. Q+ certification uses more stringent criteria than IEC 61215, the current industry...


RENA receives order for copper plating equipment from “Tier 1” solar maker

The order for copper metallization could be a big step for the technology, which seeks to replace silver paste for PV cells.


ReneSola reports $5.7 million Q1 income and 785 MW PV pipeline

Along with growing its downstream business segment, the Chinese company continues to maintain its market share as one of the leading wafers and modules manufacturer

Chinese PV manufacturer and solar project developer ReneSola reports $5.7 million net income in Q1, a 785.3 MW pipeline of projects and a 79.9% year-on-year increase in wafer shipment.


CSEM inaugurates expanded solar research and testing facilities

The Swiss research institute’s PV-center is now “fully operational” with a cleanroom and module production and testing labs.


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Berlin, Germany

Renewable energy developments in Germany and Argentina topped the news this week but also making waves was a report that global off-grid solar sales grew 40% in 2015 while India unveiled what is said to be the largest rooftop...


Germany: Merkel cabinet approves e-vehicle subsidy measures

BMWi production in Leipzig, Germany

The government and automakers will share the costs of the EUR 600 million rebate incentive, which will be available until 2019 or until the government share of the funding runs out.


TerniEnergia lands $19.2 million order for solar PV project in Egypt

Egypt: Nile River in Aswan

The Italian smart energy company will build the large-scale solar PV plant in the southern Benban region in Aswan.


India: Tata Power to build 100 MW of solar in Karnataka

Tata Power, rooftop

Tata Power is aiming to generate 30 to 40% of its total generation capacity from non-fossil fuel sources by 2025.


South Africa: SolarEdge, Tesla Powerwall rollout begins

Kwikelec installation in South Africa: 5 kW home system, including 20 power optimizers, one StorEdge inverter and 6.4 kWh Tesla Powerwall

SolarEdge's storage solution, based on a single DC optimized inverter that manages and monitors PV production, consumption and storage, is compatible with Tesla's Powerwall home battery.


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.


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