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PV drives up global silver demand

Germany-based Heraeus Photovoltaics specializes in silver metallization paste for solar cells

Silver demand for PV applications rose 23% in 2015.


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.


San Francisco to require rooftop solar on new buildings

Rooftop solar installation in San Francisco

The new legislation requires solar PV systems, solar water heating systems or a combination of the two. San Francisco has set a goal to use 100% renewable energy by 2025 in addition to other ambitious environmental targets.


SunEdison troubles pose no threat to Indian solar industry, says minister

Indian solar park in Gujarat

A potential SunEdison bankruptcy is not expected to affect India's solar industry, Bloomberg reported Tuesday, citing comments made by Indian Power Minister Piyush Goyal.


Vitronic reports double-digit growth in Q1

Vitronic inspection system

German inspection equipment provider Vitronic has reported double-digit growth in Q1 2016, on a quarter-on-quarter basis. The positive start to the year should see the company meet or exceed its "strong" 2015 result.


Hanergy TF auditors express 'significant doubt' as to company's solvency

Hanergy Chairman Li Hejun

In Hanergy Thin Film Power Group's 2015 annual report, issued today, the company's independent auditors, Ernst & Young, emphasized that heavy losses in 2015 plus a lack of transparency regarding well over HK$5.5 billion ($710...


EU ProSun welcomes IHS study findings

EU ProSun President Milan Nitzschke

With its recently commissioned study, the Solar Alliance for Europe made the case that PV modules could be 20% cheaper in Europe without import tariffs. Industry lobby group EU ProSun, however, argues that the Alliance has drawn...


Germany: Sonnenstromfabrik resumes PV module production

Sonnenstromfabrik in Wismar, Germany

Sonnenstromfabrik is back in business. The German solar PV module manufacturer is under new management and producing its own branded products as well as for OEM customers.


IHS examines 22% price gap between modules from China and global rivals

Trina Solar PV module production

PV module manufacturing costs in China remain considerably lower than other parts of the world. Efficiencies of production, product and material innovations and economies of scale continue to reduce costs, but what's behind...


Greenpeace ranks South African retailers on renewable energy commitments

Johannesburg, South Africa

While some of the country's leading retailers have solar PV installations and pilot projects in the works, Greenpeace says there's "significant room to improve."


Sunrun opens new branch office, warehouse in South Carolina

Sunrun residential installation.

The U.S. residential solar lease provider expands its presence in South Carolina with the inauguration of a new office and supply warehouse in the city of Columbia.


New Development Bank greenlights $811 million for renewable energy in member countries

Cape Town, South Africa

Launched last year by Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, the Shanghai-based New Development Bank has made clean energy a primary focus.


France eyes threefold solar target increase by 2023

40 MW installation, France.

Industry body Conseil Superieur de l'Energie approves increase in solar PV target to 20.2 GW by 2023, up from anticipated 10.2 GW cumulative capacity by the end of 2018. Wind target also revised upwards.


ReneSola signs 81.5 MW of module supply deals in China

ReneSola cell inspection.

The Chinese module producer signs agreement with TBEA Xinjiang Sunoasis to supply 56.5 MW of its 305 W, 310 W and 315 W modules to the company; 25 MW supply deal also agreed with China Foma Group.


Solar Frontier supplies modules for California farm projects

Kern County, California

Staten Solar has selected Solar Frontier modules for more than a dozen solar PV projects on California farms. The EPC company employed its own levee-mounted racking systems for the unique plants.


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