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Wacker locks in earnings expectations on back of strong Q2

Wacker polysilicon facility, Tennessee.

Wacker Chemie expects EBITA to come in at the upper of its forecast in 2016, as higher Q2 sales trigger increased revenues on a YoY basis.


Kyocera Applied Ceramics division hit by declining Japanese demand

Kyocera floating PV array

Profits from the Kyocera business unit that includes its solar operations have slumped more than 50% in Q2, as a result of softening demand from the Japanese market. The company booked revenues of JPY45.6 billion ($440 million)...


SolarWorld Q2 shipments, revenues rise, as legal troubles mount

SolarWorld production

SolarWorld has increased its Q2 2016 shipments 39% YoY, to 342 MW, in 2016. Revenues increased almost 30% for the quarter, to €222 million ($246 million), while achieving an EBIT profit of €20.5 ($22.7 million) million.


Port of Los Angeles unveils $27 million solar+storage microgrid project

Port of Los Angeles

The Green Omni Terminal Project will be a scalable model to upgrade the 26 other terminals at the Port of Los Angeles as well as other terminals worldwide.


Report: IT giants needed to push DG over the top

Google headquarters

The distributed generation landscape is still in its early stages, with lots of players but no definitive winners, according to Lux Research. Large industrial conglomerates are and renewables-focused installers are the best...


Australia: Ausgrid to slash fees, fast-track solar+storage applications

Sydney Harbour, Australia

The changes will make it easier and cheaper for customers to become more energy efficient, according to the state-owned grid operator. Ausgrid supplies electricity to nearly 1.7 million customers in New South Wales.


New fund targets over 1 GW of Australian renewable projects

Solar plant Australia

Australian investment manager QIC has launched an AU$2 - 3 billion fund ($1.5 - $2.24 billion), through which it plans to acquire or develop more than 1 GW of large scale renewable assets. The Power Australian Renewables Fund...


SolarWindow unveils electricity transportation system for solar glass

SolarWindow invisible wire glass panel

The prospect of a virtually invisible electricity transportation system within and on the surface of windows could be especially attractive to architects, designers and building occupants in tall towers and skyscrapers.


US: Solar under attack in leading PV states

Barrack Obama at the Copper Mtn. Solar 1 facility, March 21, 2012

Inducements for growing numbers of homes, businesses and schools to go solar are increasingly under assault from utilities, which see distributed clean energy generation as a threat to their business model, according to...


SolarWorld to appeal court ruling in $793 million dispute

SolarWorld USA HQ, Hillsboro, Oregon

A U.S. court has granted Hemlock's hefty claim against the leading solar PV company, which remains confident that enforcement of the lawusuit will fail in Germany.


ET Solar seeks joint overseas opportunities with Longi

ET Solar HQ.

ET Solar, a China based provider of smart solar energy solutions, announced in Shanghai yesterday that it is to set up a joint venture with Longi Silicon to explore overseas opportunities.


SunPower settles Philippines wafer dispute for $50.5 million

SunPower modules in situ.

In an SEC filing, the U.S. renewables company has settled a monocrystalline wafer supply dispute with a Philippines subcontractor for a sum of $50.5 million.


Hemlock claims $793.5 million in damages from SolarWorld

Frank Asbeck

SolarWorld could face bankruptcy as a result of its polysilicon supply dispute with Hemlock. The U.S. polysilicon supplier is claiming up to $793.5 million in damages, in court documents acquired by Reuters today.


Phoenix Solar secures EPC contract for 19.6 MW Texan solar plant

Kinney County in Texas.

U.S. subsidiary of the German-headquartered solar developer awarded the rights to develop the single-axis tracking solar plant in Texas. Energy produced will be consumed by the U.S. military.


JA Solar hits 7 GW of mono PV module shipments

Module inspection at JA Solar fab.

The past ten years have seen the Chinese Tier-1 solar company ship more than 7 GW of monocrystalline PV modules globally, data shows.


UK: expect little other than zero subsidy solar

Solar inspection.

Following the UK's referendum result to exit the European Union, news from the country emerges at a speed that is hard to monitor and last week the energy community discussed EDF's call for a final decision regarding a new U.K....


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