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SolarCity to begin production of >22% efficient PV modules this month

Calling it the “world's most efficient rooftop solar panel”, the company says it will produce PV modules with greater than 22% efficiency at a pilot facility.

Neo Solar Power buys 30% stake in Phanes Group

The Taiwanese PV cell maker has expanded its downstream activities by buying a stake in Emirati/Swiss project developer Phanes Group.

The pv magazine weekly news digest

Big horizons, big announcements and big hitters: it's been another BIG week for solar.

The PV heavyweights are back in the headlines this week with the news that China and the U.S. have agreed a climate deal, SolarCity has tightened its grip on residential solar, and Hanergy's woes continue.

Interview: Speaking off-grid with Phaesun

The Off-Grid Experts Workshop was held between September 25-26 in Memmingen, Germany.

Tobias Zwirner, MD of Phaesun GmbH, talks to pv magazine about last month's Off-Grid Experts Workshop, held in Memmingen, Germany, between September 25-26.

SkyPower announces $440m, 200 MW Djibouti solar plans

Djibouti City.

Canadian developer continues its international expansion with agreement to develop large solar project in the east African nation; plants will be built in four phases over next four years.

TSEC to increase Taiwan solar production capacity to 1.6 GW

Taiwanese solar park.

Taiwan Solar Energy Corp. will boost its cell and module capacity from 800 MW to between 1.5-1.6 GW by 2017 as the company looks to meet rising demand.

UK: 27,000 solar jobs could go if FIT cut proposals are enacted

Solar installation, England.

Analysis by the Solar Trade Association of employment data released by TBR Economic Research reveals that the vast majority of the 35,000 jobs the solar sector support could be at risk if FITs are cut.

Austin, Texas to procure up to 300 MW of solar now, another 300 MW later

Today the Austin City Council meets to consider two sets of contracts, but the decision appears to be a done deal. More than 600 MW of bids came in at under five US cents per kWh.

Jordan receives $250 million loan from World Bank to boost renewables

Solar installation, Jordan.

The World Bank has approved a $250 million loan facility to support Jordan's transition to renewable energy and the more efficient use of water resources. The loan is specifically expected boost residential solar PV installations...

UK: Solar spending cuts amount to 98% reduction in support, STA calculates

Solar park, England.

Analysis by the Solar Trade Association finds that the U.K. government's proposed cuts will see the rate of solar support fall from 70 million pounds a year to just two million.

Scotland looks to the sun as England, Wales turn their backs

Scottish coastline.

Scottish government confirms small-scale solar farms smaller than 5 MW will continue to be eligible for the ROC; Edinburgh launches ambitious community solar scheme.

SMA surpasses 1 GW inverter milestone in Japan

SMA solar inverter production.

The German inverter manufacturer becomes the first non-Japanese supplier to reach this milestone. Local presence in market since 2011 has delivered constant growth drivers.

Joint Sunpower/First Solar yieldco reports solid quarterly results

In its first quarterly results since becoming a public company, 8point3 reported strong results, in contrast to the poor stock performance for yieldcos across the board.

SolarCity maintains grip on US residential solar, says GTM report

The GTM Research leaderboard has SolarCity way out in front as the leading residential solar installer in the U.S.

GTM Research's U.S. PV Leaderboard finds SolarCity installed 34% of all residential array in the first half of the year, followed by Vivint at 12%; SolarCity also cornered 34% of the market in 2014.

JinkoSolar reaches lawsuit settlement to tune of $5.05 million


Chinese solar manufacturer enters into settlement relating to 2011 lawsuit brought over environmental regulation dispute to "eliminate uncertainty" and burden of further protracted litigation, says company.

US: Utility-scale solar averaging five cents/kWh, study finds

Solar PV plant in Nevada.

Report by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory finds that utility-scale solar project developers negotiate average PPAs of just five cents per kWh, an all-time low figure; 30% ITC helps lower costs.

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