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Hanwha Q CELLS discusses Installation Innovation Award

Hanwha HQ in Seoul

Innovative installers and solar plant designers in particular are welcomed speakers at Intersolar Europe. Visitors eagerly line up for to hear the top presenters. Jong Wan (JW) Lim, managing director and head of EU Sales at...


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Mural on the German Finance Ministry building

Germany again topped the news this week after government officials proposed a new tax on renewable energy consumers. In the U.S., meanwhile, solar panels are starting to become standard features in new homes, at least in South...


Sunergy Ventures, Tes Koop partner on 175 MW PV project in Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

The Turkish government will purchase all power generated by the companies' two solar PV projects under a long-term PPA at $0.133 per kilowatt hour.


JinkoSolar Q1 net profit soars as global solar demand grows

JinkoSolar rooftop installations

CEO Kangping Chen says China remains the group's biggest market but stresses that its market share in the U.S. is expanding. In addition, the company sees "great opportunities in exciting emerging markets such as Chile, Thailand...


Orix begins operation of 51 MW solar plant in Japan

Orix's 45.6 MW solar plant in Tomakomai City, Hokkaido

The solar farm comprises more than 200,000 Toshiba solar panels. This is Orix Corp.'s third large-scale solar plant to begin operation in Mie Prefecture.


European Parliament calls for ambitious measures to encourage renewable energy use

MEP Theresa Griffin hosting SolarPower Europe's study launch in Brussels.

In an effort to boost renewabl energy self-generation and consumption, the EU initiative calls for the deployment of an advanced metering infrastructure that would make smart homes and networks a reality. In addition, SolarPower...


Soltec ships 150 MW of trackers to the United States

The company won’t say where its first U.S. tracker shipment is headed, but all indications are that it is Enel’s 150 MW project in Minnesota.


SMA installs PV+storage on Caribbean island, will meet 23% of annual demand

PV+storage hybrid power system will generate enough clean power to meet 23% of the island’s annual electricity demand

A singe system combining PV with storage will generate enough clean power to meet more than 23% of annual power demand of the Caribbean island of St. Eustatius.


SNEC shows China's PV strength, with help from Solar Superheroes

The Solar Superheroes have been causing a storm as they prowl the halls of the SNEC exhibition.

Day one of the SNEC exhibition in Shanghai, China, was its usual bustling self, full to bursting with all of the region's leading solar players. And this year, the Solar Superheroes team made their long-awaited appearance.


REC calls for more solar to close COP21 gap

Nasa satellite photo of the U.S.

A new study by solar PV group REC indicates that while solar energy can make a significant contribution to limiting the global temperature rise, the required capacity ramp-up could be up to nine times higher in 2025 than...


BMW rolls out new solar carports in South Africa

BMW's solar carport in South Africa

The solar carport rollout is part of the German automaker's global efforts to expand home and publicly accessible charging infrastructure for electric vehicles.


SolarCity: Rooftop solar generates net benefit for all Nevada utility customers

SolarCity solar rooftop installation

Rooftop solar generation can provide up to $14 million in annual benefits for the residents of the U.S. state of Nevada, according to a new study by SolarCity and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).


Meteocontrol, Phoenix Solar partner in Jordan, Turkey

Amman, Jordan

Among the projects Phoenix Solar is developing in the MENAT region is an 11 MW solar PV plant in Jordan, expected to be the largest private plant of its kind in the country, for the Marriott and Sheraton hotel chains in the...


Renewable energy jobs: 8.1 million and rising

California LADWP solar PV installers

Solar PV is the largest renewable energy employer with 2.8 million jobs worldwide, an 11% increase from the last count, according to a new IRENA report. Employment grew in Japan and the U.S., stabilized in China and decreased in...


JinkoSolar becomes first Chinese manufacturer to receive Q+ certification

TÜV Rheinland certification testing

The TÜV Rheinland's new upgraded test certification is recommended by the California Energy Commission and may become a requirement in the state. Q+ certification uses more stringent criteria than IEC 61215, the current industry...


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.


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