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Masdar and EDF pin hopes on new record low tariff for 350 MW Abu Dhabi solar plant

Masdar solar installation, Abu Dhabi.

Days after the Abu Dhabi-based clean energy developer won a tender to develop 800 MW of solar in Dubai, the company has teamed with France's EDF to bid for a 350 MW plant in Abu Dhabi.


SunPower, First Solar and SunEdison cornered 44% of North American O&M market in 2015: IHS

First Solar PV installation.

Analysis by IHS reveals how the three solar firms captured almost half of the operations and maintenance market last year, which grew to more than $300 million.


SunEdison appoints new CFO as incumbent departs after just two months

SunEdison installation project.

The troubled and bankrupt renewable energy firm announces the appointment of Philip Gund as its new chief financial officer a week after CEO Ahmad Chatila resigned.


ABB to close Phoenix inverter fab, move jobs to Estonia and Italy

ABB worker.

The Swiss power electronics firm will end manufacturing operations at the U.S. site, shifting an undisclosed number of jobs to Estonia and Italy later this year. Some sales and service staff will be retained in Phoenix.


Sunrun increases rooftop solar credit facility to $245m

Sunrun installers fit another rooftop array.

The U.S. residential solar company has secured an additional $40 million in working capital from investors to support the expansion of its rooftop solar projects, especially the New York market.


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SEIA: Texas will become the 2nd-largest U.S. solar market in the next five years

GTM Research and the U.S. solar trade group forecast that Texas will install 4.6 GW of solar PV over the next five years, nearly all of which will be utility-scale.


Wacker Chemie partners with 1366 Technologies

The world’s second-largest polysilicon maker will provide the kerfless wafer startup with a $15 million equity investment, a supply of polysilicon and technical assistance.


IBC Solar and Dhybrid enter cooperation for hybrid systems

IBC Solar and DHYBRID sign cooperation agreement. Image IBC Solar.

The two German companies signed the cooperation agreement in a bid to become one of the world’s leading providers of diesel-PV hybrid systems.


IDB finances 54 MW merchant solar project in Chile

Solairedirect’s project is one of the few merchant solar projects to be built to date.


20 MW under construction in Senegal; 600 MW more in sub-Saharan Africa by 2020

Solar array in Dakar, Senegal. Image by Elena Pisano.

Global private equity firm Denham Capital and African renewable energy investment company GreenWish announced a partnership to develop, build and finance a portfolio of 600 MW of renewable energy projects across sub-Saharan...


KfW Development Bank to fund two floating solar projects in India

Floating solar park in London

The German-based development bank has agreed to build the projects as part of a study to assess the potential of floating parks within India, and to show the technical practicality of large-scale solar.


Two new EPC contracts for SPI Energy in China

Badain Jaran temple in western Inner Mongolia. Image by Sjoerd van Oort.

The Shanghai-based PV solutions provider signed the two contracts for projects totaling 62 MW once they are completed, which adds to their growing reputation and presence in China.


Solarcentury connects 5 MWp community solar farm in the UK

Merston Farm community solar farm. Image by Solarcentury.

The plant was funded by investments from the local community, who will now benefit from the site in West Sussex, which is not only a source of clean energy for the community, but promotes biodiversity on the site.


SunPower sets new solar efficiency record

SunPower E20 PV module

US company SunPower achieved an efficiency of 24.1% for a module using silicon cells, which is just the latest in a number of efficiency records for solar technology, showing that the modules are moving in the right direction.


IBC Solar to expand in Japan with EPC license

Mt Fuji, Japan. Image Wikimedia

The German company has now been granted the EPC license in the country, which it expects to receive in July, and will allow IBC Solar to build large-scale PV projects through its own corporation.


Asia Clean Capital and Canadian Solar joining forces for 200 MW pipeline in China

Asia Clean Capital, image Asia Clean Capital Ltd.

Hong Kong developer Asia Clean Capital and Chinese solar company Canadian Solar will co-develop the projects on Mainland China, as the market for both utility-scale PV and rooftop PV heats up.


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