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France ushers in 3 GW solar tender across six rounds

Solar installation in France.

Energy ministry confirms series of six tenders of 500 MW each to be launched between 2017 and 2020 as country gradually reignites efforts to boost its solar PV sector.


UK: Solar will be cheaper than nuclear by time Hinkley plant is built, government admits

Solar farm in England.

Unpublished report by U.K. government calculates cost of large-scale solar to be around GBP 50-75/MWh by 2025, less than nuclear at GBP 85-125/MWh.


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3D-Micromac opens North American headquarters in Silicon Valley

This is the first major presence of the German laser experts in North America.


SMA grows H1 inverter output to 3.9 GW but announces two fab closures, warns of tough price pressures in 2017

SMA retrofit.

Sales revenue for first six months of the year grows 15.1% to hit EUR 494.1 million, while international share of sales tops 90%. Company announces closure of Denver and Cape Town operations in preparation for tough 2017 price...


IHS names Trina, SunPower, First Solar, Hanwha and Jinko as industry leaders

The company’s PV Module Supplier Scorecard looks at a variety of metrics.


Russia: Hevel develops high-efficiency HJT modules

Hevel solar park in Russia.

Russian PV company Hevel LLC has received a patent for its 20.3% efficiency HJT modules. The company is planning to increase its manufacturing capacity and complete 70 MW of PV plants by the end of the year.


SunPower to shed 1,200 jobs as it cuts revenue forecast and expects 2016 loss

Solar plant project, SunPower.

Extension of the ITC has stripped urgency from U.S. market, company CEO says, prompting a rethink on solar power plant timeline. SunPower will close Philippines fab as part of re-positioning of supply.


SolarEdge growth slows in Q4 FY 2016, but year-on-year results strong

SolarEdge VR at Intersolar Europe.

The Israeli power optimizer specialist compensated for a slowdown in the U.S. residential market by increasing its international sales, ending the fiscal year with a 50.7% revenue increase.


13.4 GW of solar will be up for grabs during Brazil's December auction

The only tender in Brazil this year for solar energy will take place on 16 December. 419 PV projects have registered for this large auction.

The only tender in Brazil this year for solar energy will take place on 16 December. 419 PV projects have registered for this large auction.


Solar empires: The pv magazine USA weekly news roundup

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Germany's fifth solar auction allocates 130 MW to 25 projects

11.5 MW solar far in Helbra, Germany

The fifth solar auction for 125 MW was again well oversubscribed, with 62 bids for a total of 311 MW tendered. The average bid amount declined since the previous tender in April, signaling increasing competition in the sector.


Solar Mosaic raises $220 million in new funding

Solar Mosaic office

The leading California solar loan provider secured financing from private equity firm Warburg Pincus, Core Innovation Capital and Obvious Ventures. The company's average loan amount is $30,000, with interest rates ranging between...


Heraeus Photovoltaics prevails in Taiwan patent ruling

Heraeus Photovoltaics' conductive paste

While litigation in a patent dispute with Giga Solar Materials Corporation is still pending, the Taiwan Intellectual Property Court has confirmed the validity of the German company's patent for its conductive paste.


China: XRMC unveils new 7.27 MW rooftop project in Xi'an

CCCC subsidiary Xi’an Road Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. (XRMC)

The grid-connected solar PV project is a first for parent group China Communication Construction and marks the company's increased focus on renewable energy.


Renova completes 19 MW in southwestern Japan

Renova's Kokonoe Solar plant in Oita, Japan

Although completed in May, the array had to undergo maintenance following an earthquake in April. The Japanese company is set to expand its solar portfolio from 190 MW to more than 300 MW.


TÜV Rheinland launches certification program in Japan

TÜV Rheinland PV module testing

The German organization designed the new program for distributed commercial PV systems in the country.


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