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Germany's BayernLB funds purchase of eight UK solar farms

Eight solar farms have passed into the hands of German ownership.

The German lender provides GBP 30 million in financing for the solar plants of up to 5 MW each and located across five sites in England and Wales.


Sun Brilliance plans upsized 100 MW solar farm in Western Australia

The area of land near the town of Cunderdin, which is wheatbelt country some 158 KM inland from Perth, and the spot for the 100 MW solar farm.

Having originally announced details of a 25 MW project, the Perth-based solar power integrator has now secured a larger tract of land and promising funding to upsize the plant to 100 MW.


Sharp mulls China solar cell market entry

Sharp Japan.

Japanese electronics giant is preparing to expand into the Chinese solar market with an eye on supplying megasolar plants being planned across the country. Strategy could prove risky, experts say.


Europe's solar PV pipeline holds immense promise, says IHS Markit

Solar installation in Portugal.

A post-slump solar recovery could arrive in Europe as early as 2018 should policy support sufficiently smooth the path for dormant solar pipelines on the continent, says IHS Markit.


JinkoSolar steady on Q2 shipments and revenue, downstream activity surges

JinkoSolar rooftop solar array.

Vertically integrated Chinese solar firm increases sequential module shipments by 7.3% and revenue by 8.9%, while solar power projects generate 55.5% revenue increase over same period.


ReneSola revenue and margin falls in Q2 on slow domestic demand

ReneSola HQ.

China's second half slowdown drags module shipments down 19.5% sequentially, while lower wafer ASPs cause revenue contraction despite increased shipments.


Brazil mulls request for amicable cancelation of 670 MW of solar awarded in first tender

Sao Paulo.

Following the devaluation of the Brazilian real against the U.S. dollar, six companies that won PPAs in 2014 may now be able to cancel the solar development contracts. Small penalties likely to apply.


GCL-Poly posts 28% revenue increase for H1

CGL polysilicon factory in China.

The polysilicon and wafer producer reports strong first half financials, growing revenue by 28%, gross profit by 66% as income more than doubles in space of a year.


Japanese government agency funds $9.7m Nigerian solar project

Abuja, Nigeria.

The Japan International Cooperation Agency has donated to the Nigerian federal government funding for the execution of a 1.2 MW solar PV development project at the Usman Dam Water Treatment Plant.


Trina Solar back to sequential growth with revenue and sales increases

Cell manufacturing at Trina Solar.

The Chinese PV manufacturing powerhouse posted another set of impressive quarterly results, which saw significant sequential and year/year growth in revenues and sales, during a quarter in which the company broke a number of cell...


Yingli increases Q2 shipments, but low module ASP drags down gross margin

Yingli Solar

Chinese Tier-1 solar firm ships 662 MW of modules in Q2 but overexposure to lower-cost domestic Chinese market delivers gross margin contraction. Q3 guidance lowered to reflect straitened conditions.


Hanwha Q Cells' Q2 profit soars to $151 million

Hanwha Q Cells.

An 88.8% year-on-year increase in revenues underpins a strong quarter for the Korean solar company, with positive figures across the board.


Surges in stock purchases of SolarEdge during quarter

SolarEdge Nasdaq

Recent SEC filings show that a number of investment firms have been taking large chunks of the Israeli power optimizer specialist, not least NN Investment Partner Holding who made a $4.5 million stock purchase, in the face of a...


Xian Longi Silicon increases H1 profit as it announces new Malaysian fab

Malaysian solar.

The Chinese moncrystalline silicon firm enjoys huge increase in profit and revenue for the first half of the year, reveals plans for large Malaysian manufacturing facility producing silicon ingots, wafers, cells and modules.


SolarWorld lodges an appeal against court judgment in Hemlock dispute

SolarWorld logo.

A revision request has now been received by the appropriate court in Michigan. SolarWorld has meanwhile filled further protective letters against Hemlock to various courts in Germany, as a precaution to prevent possible...


Voltalia acquires Martifer Solar

Martifer Solar headquarters.

The French renewable energy developer finalized the deal at the end of last week, which will see Martifer Solar integrated into its business and will help the company continue to diversify its energy mix.


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