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Five takeaways from SNEC 2016

SNEC 2016 tradeshow banner. Photo Dave Tacon.

The 10th annual SNEC trade show in Shanghai opened its doors one week ago today, attracting huge crowds to the 150,000 square meter complex with around 1,500 exhibitors. The event saw the debut of pv magazine’s Solar Superheroes,...

Greece to auction new PV power

Athens, Greece. Photo Wikimedia.

Greece is set to publish a new policy framework for the support of renewable energies in June, with the aim of putting it into law by July. Two pilot auctions for around 50 MW of solar PV will take place as part of the policy.

Singulus Technologies finalizes EUR110 million deal for CIGS module production machines

Singulus Technologies Gebaeude, Germany.

After announcing the signing of precontracts with a subsidiary of China National Building Materials for the delivery of CIGS module production machines, the German company confirms that the legally-binding contracts have now been...

Australia brown coal warriors switch to solar, disruptive technologies

The two men who ran Australia’s two dirtiest brown coal generators have switched sides.

Former Australian boss of GDF Suez, Tony Concannon, has now re-emerged as the chief executive of Reach Solar, while former head of Energy Australia, Richard McIndoe,has since emerged as the executive chairman of Edge Electrons.

Capital Stage to make takeover offer for CHORUS Clean Energy

CHORUS Clean Energy AG PV plant in Riechelbach, Germany.

The two German companies both announced the proposed takeover offer, with some key CHORUS shareholders already committed to the merger.

Largest commercial rooftop PV plant powered in Philippines

Robinsons Starmills shopping mall in the province of Pampanga is now powered by its own 2.9 MW solar array

Philippines-based property developer Robinsons Land has switched on a 2.9 MW PV plant atop its shopping mall in Pampanga province. By the end of the year, the company is planning to have 12.5 MW of PV installed on its malls...

BayWa r.e. to mark expansion into South East Asia markets

South East Asia map. Wikimedia.

BayWa r.e. announced strategic plans to expand further into South-East Asian markets, after opening offices in the region, and will mark its new endeavor with an appearance at the ASEAN Sustainable Energy Week 2016.

Phoenix Solar to build first licensed PV project in Turkey

Turkey’s unlicensed solar market is aiming to reach 1 GW of installed capacity by the end of the year

German Phoenix Solar will build a 10.2 MW solar plant in Eastern Turkey, country’s first governmentally licensed PV project.

Enel connects Latin America’s largest solar project to the grid

The 160 MW plant is located in the Antofagasta region of Chile.

JA Solar shows continued growth in Q1 results

With a new factory in China and another one underway in Brazil, JA Solar is growing rapidly on the back of a booming Chinese market.

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...

Construction begins on 62 MW PV plant in Minnesota

The Marshall solar installation is expected to provide about 250 construction jobs

Marshall Solar and Xcel Energy commenced work on a 62 MW Marshall solar project in Lyon County, Minnesota.

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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.

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