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Off-grid lighting products are on the rise in Pakistan, where the solar industry is beginning to finally gain a foothold.

The most comprehensive weekly off-grid PV report, curated by pv magazine's specialist editor, Pete Carvill.


Vivint Solar rides high on Q1 performance

Vivint Solar HQ.

The U.S. residential installer posted positive results across the board, including a 172% year-on-year revenue increase and a 131% rise in MW installed.


SMA enjoys strong Q1 sales growth, expands international footprint

SMA CEO Pierre-Pascal Urbon.

The German inverter manufacturer increases year-on-year sales to $254.7 million, driven by growth in the large-scale sector. Hefty staff reduction almost completed.


Inside TSMC's 16.5% CIGS module world record

TSMC factory in Taiwan.

Last month Taiwanese CIGS manufacturer TSMC Solar revealed a 16.5% CIGS world record module. The record dethroned German equipment supplier Manz's CIGS module record, which had only held the world record position for two days....


Aging UK grid harming renewable integration, says Solar Trade Association

Power lines.

The country's "sclerotic" grid is holding back renewable energy, warns the solar trade body, which has called on the new government to invest in the U.K.'s power infrastructure.


UK: Tory victory muddies solar waters

David Cameron.

Despite overseeing fastest growth in the U.K.'s PV industry, a majority Conservative government has been quiet on the issue of solar’s future, say experts.


SolarMax confirms buyer

SolarMax inverters.

The insolvent inverter supplier has announced that an investor has purchased the company and that it will begin trading in June, complete with new service and product offerings.


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Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

This week it was all Tesla, Tesla, Tesla and, in other news: Tesla. Apparently Elon Musk has released some new product or other...


Clean energy from 'most polluted place in Israel'

Energix's Neo'ot Hovav solar project.

Former chemical waste sink has been capped and covered with solar panels. The 37.5 MW Ne'ot Hovav project was Israel's first large-scale, grid-connected solar project.


Chinese developer's $50m warchest

The flag of China.

United PV Group will raise funds from a convertible bond issue. Hong Kong-based developer will expand its 682 MW project portfolio.


Vikram Solar commissions 40 MW solar plant in India

Vikram Solar successfully commissioned this 40 MW solar plant in Madhya Pradesh, India.

Project in the state of Madhya Pradesh commissioned for IL&FS Energy Development Company Limited. Vikram also secures 10-year O&M contract for the plant.


From the Mag: a selection of stories from the May issue

Storm damage in NYC after hurricane sandy: extreme weather events are increasing in regularity, prompting demand for solar-backed microgrids, such as SolarCity's GridLogic.

pv magazine's May edition assesses the current solar climate in Indonesia, gets technical at China's smartest large-scale PV plant, and examines how SolarCity's new microgrid has already found an enrapt audience.


Enphase posts Q1 Y-O-Y revenue growth of 50%

Micro inverter from Enphase.

Microinverter specialist reports first quarter revenue of $86.7 million, shipping 162 MW of micro inverters, an increase of 74%.


Japan solar poised for cost-revenue parity, says JREF

Mount Fuji, Japan.

The country's solar sector is set to become profitable this quarter, says Japan Renewable Energy Foundation, ahead of July's FIT cuts.


SunEdison launches US PPA, announces new partnership & acquisition

U.S. city installation.

The U.S. renewable energy developer is to rollout its residential PPA across states. Company acquires LightWing and announces partnership with Evolve Solar.


EU to review China solar minimum price agreement

EU ProSun's Milan Nitzschke has been critical of Chinese practices in the European solar market.

Decision by European Commission to probe minimum import price on Chinese solar panels could force renewal of anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties.


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