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RENA receives order for copper plating equipment from “Tier 1” solar maker

The order for copper metallization could be a big step for the technology, which seeks to replace silver paste for PV cells.


ReneSola reports $5.7 million Q1 income and 785 MW PV pipeline

Along with growing its downstream business segment, the Chinese company continues to maintain its market share as one of the leading wafers and modules manufacturer

Chinese PV manufacturer and solar project developer ReneSola reports $5.7 million net income in Q1, a 785.3 MW pipeline of projects and a 79.9% year-on-year increase in wafer shipment.


CSEM inaugurates expanded solar research and testing facilities

The Swiss research institute’s PV-center is now “fully operational” with a cleanroom and module production and testing labs.


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Berlin, Germany

Renewable energy developments in Germany and Argentina topped the news this week but also making waves was a report that global off-grid solar sales grew 40% in 2015 while India unveiled what is said to be the largest rooftop...


Germany: Merkel cabinet approves e-vehicle subsidy measures

BMWi production in Leipzig, Germany

The government and automakers will share the costs of the EUR 600 million rebate incentive, which will be available until 2019 or until the government share of the funding runs out.


TerniEnergia lands $19.2 million order for solar PV project in Egypt

Egypt: Nile River in Aswan

The Italian smart energy company will build the large-scale solar PV plant in the southern Benban region in Aswan.


India: Tata Power to build 100 MW of solar in Karnataka

Tata Power, rooftop

Tata Power is aiming to generate 30 to 40% of its total generation capacity from non-fossil fuel sources by 2025.


South Africa: SolarEdge, Tesla Powerwall rollout begins

Kwikelec installation in South Africa: 5 kW home system, including 20 power optimizers, one StorEdge inverter and 6.4 kWh Tesla Powerwall

SolarEdge's storage solution, based on a single DC optimized inverter that manages and monitors PV production, consumption and storage, is compatible with Tesla's Powerwall home battery.


Nigeria's solar hopes stall

Abuja, Nigeria

Nigeria is considered an emerging economy that has the potential to drive a dynamic domestic solar PV market. But the global oil price plunge and a national currency crisis have stalled hopes.


India implements new 40 GW rooftop, small PV plant program

India - small solar PV plant

India's solar market has long been dominated by large utility-scale projects but the government is now looking to boost rooftop solar in the country with an ambitious new initiative.


Hanwha Q Cells Q1 results show encouraging Y/Y resurgence in profit, revenue and shipments

Hanwha Q Cells HQ.

Module shipments from the Korean solar PV manufacturer reached 912 MW in the first quarter, exceeding the guidance range, while gross profit topped $109m and gross margin reached 21.2%.


Singulus pins hopes on big CIGS orders after disappointing Q1

Singulus Tenuis tool.

The German PV equipment manufacturer posts weak sales and negative EBIT figures for the first quarter of 2016, but says it is hopeful that "extensive" CIGS orders still in negotiations can be concluded soon.


London welcomes largest council-backed rooftop solar+storage installation

The 1.73 MW array in London is the largest in the country to be backed by a local authority.

The Borough of Hounslow in the U.K. capital has invested GBP 2 million in a 1.73 MW rooftop solar array that will be supported by an onsite storage facility – the largest of its kind in the country.


Renewables power Portugal for four days straight

Solar PV installation, Portugal.

Solar, wind and hydro combine over extraordinary four-day period between May 7 – 11 to generate enough clean energy to keep Portugal's lights on during that time.


sPower signs PPAs with PG&E for 60 MW of US solar capacity

sPower and Salt Lake City.

The Salt Lake City-headquartered power producer will construct three large-scale, 20 MW-AC solar farms in California, and sell the power to utility Pacific Gas & Electric Company.


Australia's UNSW sets sunlight-to-electricity efficiency record of 34.5%

Mark Keevers with the four-junction solar mini-module built at UNSW and which has recorded sunlight conversion efficiency of 34.5%.

Result by engineers at that University of New South Wales edges the solar industry closer to the theoretical limits of PV efficiency, smashing previous record of 24% set by Alta Devices of the U.S.


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