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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...


UK budget: silence is golden for solar as VAT rise fears allayed, for now

UK chancellor George Osborne made no mention of solar power in today's budget announcement, but did deliver series of tax and funding boosts to fossil fuels.

Having feared a VAT increase from 5% to 20% for solar panels, today’s budget announcement made no mention of such a rise, prompting cautious optimism from the STA. Clean energy policy uncertainty remains damaging, others argue.


SunEdison delays release of 2015 annual financial report

SunEdison solar installation.

The U.S. clean energy developer misses March 15 due date for its 2015 financial report, citing material weaknesses in its internal controls for financial reporting, namely "deficient IT controls" associated with the firm's new...


US solar system prices fell 17% in 2015, finds GTM

Rooftop PV installation.

Joint year-in-review report conducted by SEIA and GTM Research finds residential system prices fell to $3.50 per watt last year, but largest price declines recorded in utility fixed-tilt sector, where costs hit a low of $1.33/W.


Solar Show Africa 2016 opens with promise across wide range of PV markets

The Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, serves as the venue for Africa’s largest PV trade show. This year’s Solar Show Africa opened today and runs until tomorrow.

The Solar Show Africa 2016 opened with much interest in Johannesburg yesterday, with exhibitors and visitors engaging in a wide range of discussions on available solutions and measures to drive South Africa and other African...


GCL plans to set up $95m solar fund, enter Australian PV market

GCL has module production capacity of 3.7 GW and plans to reach 6 GW in 2016

The GCL Group plans to buy a 51% stake in Australian solar power system supplier One Stop Warehouse; company sets up $95 million fund with Bank of Suzhou Co. to invest in the solar industry.


ISRA Vision passes 2.5 GW milestone with PERC inspection tool

ISRA vision image.

German cell inspection equipment provided ISRA Vision has completed the processing of over 2.5 GW of PERC cells with its specialized CRHOME+ tool that provides backside quality assurance. ISRA, which also trades under the GP...


ET Solar to supply 84 MW of modules for 14 US projects in North Carolina

ET Solar has provided solar modules and EPC services to customers in over 90 countries

ET Solar continues to grow into the U.S. PV market. The company has been chosen to supply solar modules for 14 ground-mounted solar projects in North Carolina, which range in size from 2.6 MW to 7 MW.


Solar securitization deals this year already exceed 2015 levels, white paper finds

SolarCity installation.

Study by Marathon Capital reveals more than $235 million of asset-backed deals recorded in the solar industry so far in 2016, besting last year's levels and poised to exceed the record set in 2014.


Vivint Solar's increased Q4 bookings, installations fail to lift operating losses

Vivint Solar HQ in Utah.

Despite increasing fourth quarter MW bookings by 56% and installations by 23%, total loss from operations for the year rose to $231.1 million, with Q4 losses also spiking to $55.7 million.


U.S. trade authorities to rule on import duties for Silevo

SolarCity’s high-efficiency PV module subsidiary has petitioned for exemption from U.S. duties on products from China. A preliminary ruling is expected on April 4.


Swinerton aims to reach 2 GW of solar in 2016

Swinerton provides maintenance services for the 104 MW Utah Red Hills Renewable Park

Clean energy EPC Swinerton Renewable Energy has delivered 1 GW of solar projects. The EPC now expects to hit 2 GW in service by the end of the year.


Solarcentury to build east Africa’s largest battery storage system for solar

Guy Lawrence (left), Director for Solarcentury in East Africa, signs the icipe project in Kenya.

The battery storage system will make up part of a PV project in Kenya, which, with $2.5 million invested, is the largest solar investment in Kenya to date.


Autarco launches made-in-Europe microinverter

The Autarco XSX microinverter is being manufactured in Europe and will be marketed exclusively for European solar customers.

The XSX microinverter is manufactured in Slovakia and is being launched to serve the European solar market; product adds to the Dutch company Autarco's single-branded solar energy systems.


Solar Impulse poised to resume round-the-world flight

After being grounded for eight month, Si2 is ready to resume its record breaking round-the-world flight.

Solar Impulse 2, the solar-powered aircraft, will continue its round-the-world journey in mid April, after being grounded at Kalaeloa airport in Hawaii for eight months.


The pv magazine weekly news digest

Twists, turns, thrills, spills: it's just another typical week aboard the solarcoaster.

Vivint Solar closes the door on SunEdison, India charts a course towards 4 GW of additional PV this year, while the U.K. solar market gathers at Ecobuild to ask: where do we go from here?


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