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Ups and downs: the pv magazine USA weekly news digest

This week saw bad news and good news in the U.S. Solar market, with layoffs at Enphase and a congressional investigation, but also some positive market momentum in Minnesota and several large projects announced in Western states.


SnapNrack Hits 1 GW of U.S. Deployment

SnapNrack, a unit of Sunrun, announced that it has hit the 1 GW mark for total deployed solar mounting systems.


Greece's net metering: success or failure?

Athens, Greece.

Greece has published its latest net metering statistics. Where does that leave the country's net metering PV market today, and what are the immediate business drivers?


Renewables come in at $33.47/MWh in Mexico's second auction

Solar installation in Mexico.

Preliminary results show that nearly five terawatt-hours, more than half of the volume, was awarded to solar projects. The median price for the combination of electricity and CEL in the auction is around US$ 33.47 per...


Enphase Energy to trim workforce by 11%, embarks on $20m cost-cutting drive

Enphase installation.

U.S. microinverter specialist announces restructuring and cost savings initiative that will see the firm reduce its global workforce by around 11% and cut annual operating expenses by $20 million.


Musk to unveil Tesla/SolarCity solar roof next month

Elon Musk.

Tech entrepreneur tweets brisk details of joint Tesla-SolarCity launch next month of integrated solar rooftop, Powerwall 2.0 battery and Tesla charger.


GameChange Solar Wins 100 MW Racking Order

GameChange Solar, based in New York, announced that it has been awarded an order for a 100 MW Max-Span post-driven racking system for a project that will be installed in late 2016.


British firm Lightsource big winner in 450 MW Indian solar tender

River in Maharashtra.

Solar auction in the state of Maharashtra for 450 MW of capacity held under viability gap funding scheme sees British developer Lightsource among the big winners.


Adani brings online 648 MW solar plant in India

Vellore Fort in Tamil Nadu.

The installation in the southern state of Tamil Nadu is, according to Adani Enterprises chairman Gautam Adani, the world's single largest solar array at a single site.


Solar can power African home for $56 per year, says IRENA

Solar panel in Africa.

Falling solar costs in Africa can drive solar boom on the continent as prices fall to $1.30 per watt for large-scale PV, and $1.90 per watt for mini-grids, finds new IRENA report.


8point3 Energy Partners delivers strong & steady Q3 results

Sunpower and First Solar’s joint yieldco beat guidance this quarter, while announcing a significant acquisition and $250 million in additional credit.


Interview: The story of Phelan Energy Group's Abu Dhabi solar bid

Massimiliano Vernaleone was the lead on the Phelan Tenaga Consortium that submitted one of the leading bids in the latest Abu Dhabi solar tender.

Following three world record low solar bids received for the Sweihan solar project in Abu Dhabi, pv magazine caught up with Massi Vernaleone, leader of the Phelan Tenaga Consortium, to find out more about the record-breaking...


Heliatek raises EUR 80m for OPV expansion

Heliafilm.

The German developer of organic PV materials has raised a sizable amount of funding to finance its manufacturing expansion and worldwide market development.


Solar losing out as Indian DISCOMs flout purchasing rules, reports Mercom Capital

Renewable Energy India expo, 2016.

Financial struggles of some of India's distributed electricity companies tempting many to ignore country's 'must run' rules on purchasing solar power in favor of cheaper power on the exchanges, says Mercom Capital.


Canadian Solar secures $100m credit from EDC

Solar array by Canadian Solar.

Chinese solar developer signs financing agreement with Export Development Canada for sum of $100 million to enable the firm to expand its global project development activities.


Israel lines up 500 MW solar PV tender

Israel has bold renewable energy ambitions, and is reported to be planning a 500 MW solar PV tender.

The country's Finance Ministry is said to be planning a tender for a 500 MW solar power facility in the southern Negev Desert.


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