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In a 100% renewable US we'll all be running our houses with solar power and relaxing in front of the box to watch Formula E. But we won't be using AE inverters...


SunPower donates 1 MW to Grid Alternatives school program

SunPower power plant

U.S. based manufacturer and project developer SunPower will partner with Grid Alternatives to provide 1 MW of solar modules for the Solar Futures program. The program will see Grid Alternatives enter schools to provide hands on...


Solartech expands multi PERC to 240 MW

Solar cell

Taiwan’s Solartech Energy will expand its multicrystalline PERC production to 240 MW. The PERC expansion will add one PERC line per month July through September of this year, finishing up with four lines by the end of that month.


Sunrun moves towards IPO

Sunrun installation

Solar lease provider Sunrun is moving towards IPO. The San Francisco based company has filed a S-1 registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday.


Soitec hits 38.9% with four-junction CPV cell

Soitec cell

France’s Soitec has achieved 38.9% conversion efficiency with a four-junction cell, assembled into a CPV module. The cell set an efficiency world record in December last year, and has now been incorporated into a CPV application.


REC to enter African solar market amid 100 GW predictions

REC will enter solar markets in East and South Africa this year on the back of its expectations that 100 GW of solar PV will be installed there by 2030. As an initial step, three offices will be opened, most likely in Ghana,...


SMA to capitalize on GW scale PV hybrid opportunities

SMA Solar Technology AG has set up a test center at its German headquarters to optimize PV diesel hybrid energy systems. Such applications are growing in importance, says the company, which estimates an annual global growth in...


Smart Home Energy to grow to USD4 billion market by 2025

Embodied by devices like Nest, the Smart Home Energy market is set to exhibit impressive growth in the coming years. IHS Technology made the prediction today that the global market for Smart Home Energy devices and services will...


Electrolux re-enters solar under licensing deal

Intersolar flags.

The AEG solar brand has been relaunched, in a licensing deal between Solar Solutions GmbH and Electolux. Under the deal, AEG modules will be reintroduced to the market for B2B sales.


Honduras, Central America delivering demand to Yingli

Honduras street

China’s Yingli will supply developer Sybac Solar with 40 MW of solar modules for two PV power plant projects in Honduras. This latest supply deal is the latest of a number that Yingli is delivering in the region, totaling around...


Enphase, Domos Industries launch energy management system in France

Enphase battery

U.S. microinverter supplier Enphase has teamed up with France’s Domos Industries to develop and release a PV system and energy management tool to the French market. The package is known as Freewatt and the company’s report it has...


US: AMS teams up with Shell Energy to install 20 MW of battery storage

Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) and Shell Energy North America have signed a memorandum of understanding under which up to 20 MW of battery storage will be installed across California, the U.S.


Toshiba to deliver MW energy storage system to Finland

Landis+Gyr, a member of Japan's Toshiba Group, will supply Finland with a BESS to be integrated into the Kalasatama district's smart energy system. The goal is to test new opportunities presented by megawatt-scale storage...


Trina confirms 2 GW Indian fab plans

Trina production

Trina Solar has confirmed to pv magazine that it has signed a framework agreement with a partner in Indian to develop a 2 GW solar cell and module manufacturing facility in the country. Details for the plan are yet to be thrashed...


Scotland considers waiving commercial solar rooftop planning permission

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation, which aims to remove planning permission for commercial solar rooftop projects. Unlike England, no cap is expected to be placed on installation size. The move could prompt the...


First Solar selected for 200 MW PV project in Dubai

First Solar Inc. has been selected to supply 200 MW of its thin film solar PV panels to the second phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai. Plant construction is scheduled for completion in 2017.


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