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Germany: Record PV and wind grid feed-in for July

According to Fraunhofer ISE's data, the amount of PV and wind generated electricity fed into the grid hit a record high in July in Germany. The PV power generated also matched up to nuclear. Another first.


SolarCity expands into Mexico with $15m purchase of Ilioss

SolarCity installation in progress.

Acquisition marks first time the U.S. solar company has expanded internationally, sees Mexican market as exciting and ideal location for extension of its financing model.


Ideal Power Q2 revenue surpasses expectations

Kaco inverter production.

The U.S power conversion company generated revenue of $1.2 million in Q2 following announcement of partnership with Germany's Kaco. Losses posted at $2.3 million.


ReneSola forms JV with Pristine Sun for 300 MW US solar pipeline

ReneSola cell production.

The Chinese solar module manufacturer has teamed with the San Francisco-based EPC to develop, build and operate a portfolio of 300 MW of solar projects in the U.S., first 150 MW outlined for next year.


Forecast: steady increase to 92 GW annual solar installations by 2020

Apricum's latest report based on its global market PV model shows continual growth in cumulative installations. Brazil looks set to possibly become the new PV darling.


Silevo, SolarCity hold topping off ceremony at Buffalo Gigafactory

Gigafactory topping off ceremony.

The 1 GW solar panel factory, which will manufacture Silevo's high-efficiency modules, nears completion just 11 months after the project broke ground.


$4 million funding for solar startup Bright

Solar advocate Jonah Greenberger's brainchild "Bright" has managed to raise $4 million in funding. Bright's aim is to install solar panels on Mexican roofs under a subscription program, where homeowners get panels for free but...


Enphase Energy Q2 shipments up 48% YOY

Enphase AC battery.

U.S. module level power company ships record 195 MW in second quarter, revenue up 25% year-over-year, reaching $102.1 million.


New technologies will push costs down, says Lux Research

In its latest "Silicon solar cell and module roadmap" report, Lux Research says that emerging technologies like PERC and bifacial cells will aid in pushing down module costs in 2020.


Smart energy reform proposed by PG&E

PG&E (Pacific Gas and Electric Company) has submitted a proposal to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) proposing new rules allowing for a smart energy reform.


Wacker Chemie releases Q2 results

Wacker Chemie has released its earnings for Q2 2015 reporting both a YoY and QoQ sales growth from April through June 2015. Contracts were however terminated with customers from the solar sector.


REC sees potential in APAC region

Renewable Energy Corporation (REC) released its second quarter results for 2015, highlighting a 12% increase in module revenues and an increased solar footprint in the APAC region.


India: Telangana gets lowest bid

Another low bid of INR5.17 (US$0.08) per kWh has been quoted by SkyPower in the Telangana solar tender. The financial bids for some 2,000MW opened yesterday in the southern Indian state.


Volume sales will speak volumes, says Singulus

Singulus Technologies has reported an improvement in earning before EBIT for the first half of 2015. The company's financial goals being met will rely on volume sales and this will become clear in the weeks to come.


JinkoSolar secures $70m loan agreement with Ex-Im Bank

JinkoSolar PV installation.

Bulk of the loan ($62 million) will be used to support the Chinese solar company's long-term fixed assets, with a further $8 million (RMB50 million) loan to be used for working capital at its Malaysia factory.


Residential solar market remains the most attractive, says Deutsche Bank

The latest Deutsche Bank "Solar sector update" states the U.S. continues to drive global solar demand and the residential market retains its draw for investment.


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