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Ascent improves design of PV modules for space environment

Ascent Solar EnerPlex

The U.S. company says its super-light its superlight modules are ideal for satellites, space vehicles and space stations. Ascent is eager to tap the fast growing space and near space markets.

US: Landmark Dividend snaps up real estate home to 238 MW of installed renewables

The sale-leaseback transaction has added 238 MW of clean energy capacity to Landmark Dividend's portfolio.

Real estate investor in California has finalized acquisition of 3,500 acres of land across the state and, in doing so, has added 238 MW of existing clean energy capacity to its portfolio.

Moody's: green bonds could top $50bn this year on post-COP21 surge

Eiffel Tower during COP21.

Ratings agency expects momentum from the Paris Agreement to motivate additional and repeat issuance of green bonds on a global scale, building on dramatic spike recorded in Q4 2015.

Expert analysis: Back in black: SolarWorld provides optimistic outlook for 2016

SolarWorld HQ, U.S.

On February 1, Solarworld published its preliminary business figures for 2015 and provided an optimistic outlook for 2016. Industry expert and Smart Solar Consulting CEO Götz Fischbeck delivers his analysis on SolarWorld’s...

SunEdison offloads Japanese assets, assesses Vivint deal options

SunEdison solar PV installation.

The U.S. renewables developer agrees deal to sell its entire 198 MW solar PV portfolio in Japan for around $80 million while, closer to home, the company evaluates options that will see the Vivint acquisition finally closed.

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Renewables to reach over 14% of U.S. electricity generation this year

The latest data from the U.S. Energy Department projects that utility-scale wind and solar will supply 5.2% and 0.8% of U.S. electricity in 2016, which will support an overall 9.5% growth in renewable generation.

NV Energy changes its tune on grandfathering of net metering customers in Nevada

The Nevada utility’s press statements had proposed allowing existing net metering customers to stay under the original “up to 20 years”, but the devil is in the details.

Georgia Power seeks approval to build 525 MW of renewable energy 2017-2019

Renewable energy advocates in Georgia say the company’s plans are inadequate.

Wacker posts Q4 2015 polysilicon lows, begins production at US facility

Wacker Chemie's polysilicon.

Plunging prices in polysilicon trigger Q4 year-over-year sales drop of 8% despite overall increase in sales for 2015; German firm ramps up production at new U.S. polysilicon plant.

Sonnen announces partnerships for a more full energy storage offering

Concurrent with the opening of the company’s new U.S. headquarters in Los Angeles, battery storage integrator Sonnen has partnered with PetersenDean, SolarWorld and Spruce Finance.

New York includes subsidies for nukes, long-term contracts for renewables in its Clean Energy Standard

While nuclear power will not be counted towards CES targets, the state’s new Clean Energy Standard will include subsidies to keep some of the world’s oldest nuclear reactors operating for years to come.

IFC finances Canadian Solar Vietnam, Brazil fab projects to tune of $70m

Canadian Solar CEO Shawn Qu welcomed the partnership with the IFC: "With IFC's commitment, we are able to expand our production capacity to meet the increasing demand for solar energy worldwide."

The Chinese solar company has received a financing package of $70 million to support its expansion plans in Vietnam, the company has confirmed.

China Sunergy boosts revenue, narrows loss in third quarter

China Sunergy building

The PV manufacturer has seen a sharp increase in sales of its self-branded solar cells and modules. The company's business in China accounted for 52% of its total revenue.

SMA forecasts 'considerable earnings increase' in 2016

SMA Solar Technology AG

The German inverter maker is banking on booming business from the digitization of the energy sector and predicts up to a fourfold increase in operating profit in 2016. The company is presenting the upbeat outlook to analysts and...

California regulators approve net metering 2.0

The California Public Utilities Commission has narrowly ruled in favor of a successor program to net metering in the state, which looks generally similar to the original program.

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