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Hanwha unveils solar-powered island plan

Hanwha SolarOne production facility.

The Korean group announces project that will see the small islet of Jukdo turned into a 100% solar-powered community, replacing the four diesel generators that currently provide power.


UK investors reportedly eye Indonesian solar

The Jakarta skyline.

The body responsible for driving overseas investment in Indonesia says UK companies are ready to plough $4bn into solar and offshore tidal projects but facts were thin on the ground.


United PV considering Yingli debt assistance

Yingli solar production.

Chinese state-owned solar operator tells Bloomberg that it may cooperate with other government-controlled companies to assuage Yingli's current debt burden.


India presses state to raise solar ambition

Maharashtra state.

Maharashtra state should aim for 25 GW of renewables by 2020, says 'Union minister'. Of the current 14.4 GW target in the state, 7 GW is expected to come from solar.


Southern Group buys 103 MW solar project in Georgia, US

Savannah, Georgia.

Utility's subsidiary, Southern Power, has acquired the 103 MW Butler solar facility from Community Energy Inc., adding to its 1.1 GW portfolio of clean energy projects.


Solar is the new world, coal execs told at Paris summit

Coal plant, Germany.

Coal and renewable energy executives at climate conference in Paris clash over future energy mix, value of storage brought to the fore.


California: SunEdison secures 33 MW rooftop solar contract

SunEdison has been awarded 33 MW worth of solar PV rooftop contracts by Southern California Edison (SCE). The 17 systems are expected to be operational in 2016. Upon completion, TerraForm will acquire them.


IHS: Record Q1 for inverter shipments

SMA inverters.

Inverter shipments for Q1 grew 37.5% year-on-year (YoY) to reach 11 GW. The latest IHS data reveals that Q1 2015 was the fourth largest quarter for inverter shipments.


Solar-Fabrik announces job losses

Germany’s Solar-Fabrik has announced it will reduce its workforce by 65 in Freiburg. The move will make the troubled solar company more attractive to investors, it says.


Trina records "strongest" Q1 performance

Despite a Y/Y decline in net income and gross margin, Trina Solar says it has recorded its strongest Q1 in company history. PV module shipments topped 1.03 GW. It adds that capacity expansions are on track.


Germany: First PV tender round closed

All successful bidders have paid the second security deposit under Germany's first PV tender round. They now have 24 months to realize their projects.


HydroChile plans 90 MW Chilean PV project

HydroChile S.A. has submitted plans to build a US$158 million 90 MW PV plant in Chile’s Atacama region. Construction is scheduled to begin next September, if approved.


Belectric awarded 77.4 MW under Turkey’s first solar licensing round

Belectric is set to install 77.4 MW worth of PV projects under Turkey’s first solar licensing round, including a 45 MW PV system. Construction is expected to get underway in the first half of 2017.


Conergy and Sungrow announce inverter partnership

Under a new partnership, Germany-based Conergy will purchase inverters from Sungrow for its global commercial and utility-scale solar pipeline. The first joint project will see a 5 MW PV system installed in the U.K.


First Solar announces JV for large-scale solar development in Philippines

Solar installation, Philippines.

The U.S. thin film company signs joint venture with OrionGroup for the realization of commercial and industrial self generation solar projects in the Philippines.


Amtech receives 800 MW order for solar diffusion system

Amtech.

Company's Tempress Systems subsidiary has received order for its next-gen solar diffusion systems from a leading Chinese solar cell and module manufacturer.


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