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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...

Germany's Abakus Solar applies for preliminary insolvency

Abakus Solar's 38.1 MW Great Wilbraham PV park near Cambridge, England.

German PV company Abakus Solar AG on Thursday applied for the initiation of preliminary insolvency proceedings in a local court in the city of Essen.

SolarCity closes $150 million financing facility for commercial solar and battery storage

SolarCity - ZEP installation

In addition to its new financing vehicle, which is aimed at solar projects for businesses, schools and government agencies, SolarCity has appointed former FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff as its new chief policy officer.

SMA acquires stake in US firm Tigo Energy

Tigo Energy’s TS4 Retrofit platform for module optimization

The leading German inverter manufacturer has purchased a 27% share in the California-based company with the aim of tapping into the smart module technology market.

IEA PVPS: Installed PV capacity at 227 GW worldwide

India PV installation

China remains the world's biggest market, heading towards 15.3 GW, well ahead of the EU and the U.S. with more than 7 GW each. The IEA PVPS describes India, with 2 GW, as "the rising star in the PV sector."

Turkey's solar market heats up

Istanbul, Turkey

A new manufacturing facility and increased activitiy from domestic as well as foreign players is boosting Turkey's solar sector despite some regulatory obstacles.

India: NTPC greenlights 510 MW solar power investment

Madhya Pradesh, India.

Board of the state-owned utility clears investment funding for two solar power projects, including 260 MW project in Rajasthan and 250 MW project in Madhya Pradesh. Investment total to reach $467 million.

Hawaiian Electric partners with Varentec to test island PV integration technology

Solar rooftop installation in Hawaii.

The Hawaiian utility embarks on pilot project using Varentec's grid optimizers and management systems to test ways to minimize voltage fluctuations on island grids with high solar penetration.

Welspun Energy and ABB report 700 MW of PV installed in India

India's National Solar Mission has a cumulative installed capacity target of 100 GW of solar PV by 2022

ABB and Welspun Energy have together installed about 700 MW of solar PV projects in India.

SolarPower Europe leads cross-sector clarion call for more flexible power markets in EU

European Commission.

Industry associations including wind, solar, gas and storage sign declaration calling on EU to drive electricity market reforms this year that will deliver more flexible power markets and systems compatible with renewable energy...

Mexico solar capacity to surge 521% this year, says GTM Research

Solar installation, Mexico.

Encouraging PV performance in the country's first Clean Energy Auction prompts GTM to revise its forecast; analysts now expect Mexico to add 646 MW of PV in 2016.

TerraForm Global is suing its parent company SunEdison over India Projects

SunEdison solar photovoltaic installation

In the lawsuit, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), TerraForm Global alleges that SunEdison misappropriated $231 million of the company’s cash to avoid defaulting on a loan.

MENA region could save $750bn if renewable targets met, says IRENA chief

Adnan Z. Amin of IRENA.

IRENA director general Adnan Amin believes the Middle East and North African power sectors could enjoy a net benefit of $750 billion if countries in the region are able to hit their 2030 renewable energy targets.

UK: supporting renewables over controversial Hinkley nuclear plant could save billions, finds report

David Cameron at Hinkley point.

Study by thinktank the Intergenerational Foundation projects savings of GBP 40 billion over the next 35 years if money earmarked for Hinkley Point nuclear station was instead steered towards solar power.

Solar takes center stage at BNEF Future of Energy Summit

BNEF predicts that 3.43 TW of solar to be deployed globally over the net 15 years. The role of finance and electric vehicles were among the other big topics.

MTN South Africa includes SunStream solar charger in new bundle

World Panel's SunStream solar charger is soon expected to roll out across South Africa

Impact resistant, waterproof and submersible, almost as fast as a standard wall plug - World Panel’s SunStream solar charger is now available for South African mobile phone users.

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