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Trina sets new efficiency record for multi-crystalline silicon modules

Trina Solar module production

The latest achievement marks the first time that a multi-crystalline Silicon PV module has reached an efficiency higher than 19%. Trina's multi-crystalline Honey Plus solar cells, the brand name for the company's PERC solar...


SolarCity rolls out $1bn commercial solar rooftop fund

Wal-Mart solar installation.

Expansion of SolarCity's commercial ambitions aided by investment from Credit Suisse that will finance the installation of 300 MW of commercial solar rooftops.


Advanced Energy chosen by Swinerton for 325 MW solar projects

Advanced Energy's 1000NX central inverter.

Inverter supplier to begin installing its 1000NX inverter across Swinerton Renewable Energy projects throughout North America later this year.


Obama-backed report calling for US grid upgrade receives solar industry approval

Transmission lines and a small solar farm in the U.S.

The Solar Energy Industries Association agrees with the findings of the first-ever Quadrennial Energy Review, which suggests U.S. electric grid requires significant change to accommodate new energy landscape.


sPower secures $168m debt finance for 144 MW US solar projects

Salt Lake City.

The sustainable energy producer announces placement of $168.5 million in loans, approved by three investment banks, to back leverage investment for 25 solar assets.


NEXTracker agrees 105 MW supply deal with groSolar

groSolar ground-mount development in New Jersey.

Tracking specialist signs three-year deal to deliver its single axis trackers to groSolar's distributed generation solar projects across the U.S.


China could hit 20 GW of new solar this year, says Deutsche Bank

China's Qinghai province.

Analysts believe the country has the potential to exceed 20 GW of solar installations this year following a better-than-expected first quarter and improved policy outlook.


GE to invest in 42 MW Japanese solar farm

Downtown Nagano.

Industrial giant agrees to back the solar plant in Futtsu City, Japan, as the conglomerate builds on its commitment to invest in $1bn in renewable energy projects annually.


China: Cumulative installed PV topped 33 GW in March

Zhenfa 50 MW PV plant Golmud Qinghai, China

New installation completed in the first quarter of 2015 accounted for 5.05 GW. Eight provinces currently boast a cumulative PV capacity of more than 1 GW.


NRG bundles solar and water control system for California

Sprinklers controlled by Rachio.

Offering to be rolled out in regions ravaged by drought, bundling NRG Home's solar system with the Rachio Iro water controller, which is designed to help homeowners preserve water.


Andalay Solar narrows annual loss, increases revenue

Port of Long Beach, California

The California company's fourth-quarter bottom line was affected by module shipment delays caused by a labor dispute that slowed operations at West Coast ports last year. The company reports good progress in executing its new...


SunEdison, TerraForm finance 97 MW solar portfolio in UK

The 15.6 MW Pitworthy solar farm in Devon, England

Backed by £84.6 million in financing from Germany's Bayerische Landesbank, the companies closed financing for projects across the U.K. with the capacity to power 30,000 homes a year. EDF Energy entered signed a 15-year PPA for...


From the Mag: A selection of stories from the April issue

Array in Chile.

April's issue explores in-depth the solar manufacturing markets of Latin America, takes Turkey to task over its bureaucracy and red tape, and examines the organic PV opportunities being created by the Rotrot project.


Kyocera brings Japanese floating PV stations online

Kyocera's floating solar project comprises a 1.7 MW array (pictured, at Nishihira Pond) and a 1.2 MW array.

The Japanese electronics company has completed and connected its two floating mega PV plants in Hyogo prefecture, Japan, sized 1.7 MW and 1.2 MW respectively.


Dubai announces 800 MW third phase of major solar project

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, DEWA officials, Dubai

After achieving the lowest global cost of production of PV energy for the second phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, doubling its capacity from 100 MW to 200 MW, and announcing the 800 MW third phase, Dubai is...


Sumitomo taps RES, Toshiba for major US energy storage project

Grid power lines, Denver, Colorado

The Japanese conglomerate is investing in renewable energy infrastructure to help balance the electricity grid serving the northeastern United States. Sumitomo has commissioned RES to build the first independent large-scale...


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