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Solar's march across the globe is heartening to see, as is its ability to still ruffle feathers in the largest markets.

The solar big guns were out in force this week as changes to the U.S. net metering landscape rolled into Nevada. Elsewhere, China proved its PV prowess, Japan saw a shakeup and Germany confirmed its relative demise.

Egypt preps tender for 30 GW of energy projects

solar PV plant near Egyptian pyramids

Government officials, public sector stakeholders and regulators will gather next month in Cairo for a special summit aimed at engaging investors and developers for a slew of major energy and infrastructure projects.

Australia: ARENA considers another round of large-scale solar funding

The 102 MW solar plant in Nyngan, New South Wales

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency may make another $100 million of grants available in a new round of funding for large scale solar projects in Australia following the overwhelming response to its latest program.

Huawei teams with CGN, CMNE on 2 GW PV project in Europe

20 MW ground-mounted PV plant in Trowbridge, England

Huawei is partnering with two state-owned Chinese companies on an ambitious but scarcely detailed PV project in Europe that looks likely to employ the company's FusionSolar smart PV solution.

Powerhive raises $20 million for off-grid development in emerging markets

Powerhive in Africa

The investment allows Powerhive to expand its renewable microgrid development using its propriety technology and supply affordable and reliable electricity to off-grid communities in emerging markets.

German-made PV modules lead among local installers

Heckert Solar HQ in Chemnitz, Germany

German-made PV modules make up the four top leading brands among German PV installers, according to the latest European PV InstallerMonitor. Direct procurement from manufacturers, however, is on the decline.

Oaktree acquires Solarrus

Solarrus' True South Renewables van

The investment is set to bolster the leading U.S. O&M services group and provides Oaktree with a foothold in "a nascent industry with enormous growth potential." Solarrus has also appointed a new chief executive.

German energy giant E.ON acquires Reniva, bolsters PV unit

E.ON service van

Former Phoenix Solar technology chief and Reniva managing director Manfred Baechler is joining E.ON along with 10 other Reniva solar experts.

Orison introduces plug-and-play energy storage system

Orison home storage systems

The Orison home battery system can be connected to solar installations as well as the grid. Consumers can charge it when utility rates are low in order to provide power when rates are high.

Proinso to expand across Central America

Proinso's 3 MW rooftop project in San Pedro Sula, Honduras

The U.K.-based solar energy company will open seven offices throughout Central America.

Solarpack wins contract to develop 100 MW in India

Telangana, India

The Spanish company, which has so far focused on the Spanish and South American markets, is partnering on the project with U.S. firm Think Energy Partners.

Deltro, Greensmith partner on 53 MWh energy storage project in Ontario

Greensmith President and CEO John Jung

As part of the 53 MWh project slated to fully deploy in 2016, Greensmith will supply its GEMS5 software technology while Leclanché will provide the entire battery storage systems for all the contracted facilities to be built near...

UK planning for 1 GW of storage by 2020

Passive systems Freetricity, UK

Large-scale storage systems in the U.K. are already competitive under certain circumstances, while small-scale decentralized energy installations with storage on site can be competitive around 2017, according to a new KPMG...

Too big to fail? Yingli confirms debt restructuring

Yingli manufacturing

The China Banking Regulatory Commission and the National Energy Administration have signaled their support for a restructuring of Yingli's massive debt, noting the company's importance to the Chinese PV industry and the role of...

Mitsubishi Research Institute to launch solar fund

Mount Fuji, Japan

The Mitsubishi Group's main consulting unit is joining forces with its corporate affiliate to buy and turn around poor performing megasolar plants in Japan.

China sets 3 GW target for high-efficiency model PV installations

BYD solar PV fab

China is seeking to increase solar PV capacity for solar installations that employ modules with high-energy-conversion solar cells.

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