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Mural on the German Finance Ministry building

Germany again topped the news this week after government officials proposed a new tax on renewable energy consumers. In the U.S., meanwhile, solar panels are starting to become standard features in new homes, at least in South...


Sunergy Ventures, Tes Koop partner on 175 MW PV project in Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

The Turkish government will purchase all power generated by the companies' two solar PV projects under a long-term PPA at $0.133 per kilowatt hour.


JinkoSolar Q1 net profit soars as global solar demand grows

JinkoSolar rooftop installations

CEO Kangping Chen says China remains the group's biggest market but stresses that its market share in the U.S. is expanding. In addition, the company sees "great opportunities in exciting emerging markets such as Chile, Thailand...


Orix begins operation of 51 MW solar plant in Japan

Orix's 45.6 MW solar plant in Tomakomai City, Hokkaido

The solar farm comprises more than 200,000 Toshiba solar panels. This is Orix Corp.’s third large-scale solar plant to begin operation in Mie Prefecture.


European Parliament calls for ambitious measures to encourage renewable energy use

MEP Theresa Griffin hosting SolarPower Europe's study launch in Brussels.

In an effort to boost renewabl energy self-generation and consumption, the EU initiative calls for the deployment of an advanced metering infrastructure that would make smart homes and networks a reality. In addition, SolarPower...


SNEC continues to provide a platform for solar innovation and deal making on day two

The Solar Superheroes remained out in force to continue their campaign of returning coal underground.

Day two of the SNEC tradeshow in Shanghai, China, and the exhibition lived up to its billing as the world’s largest solar show, with many new innovative products on show, as well as the continued presence of the Solar Superheros...


GOLDBECK Solar installs a further 49.6 MWp of PV to the U.K. grid

Sandridge Solar Park in Melksham, England

GOLDBECK Solar completed the Sandridge Solar Park in Melksham, England, making it the largest PV project even constructed by the company.


India: new program to support small hybrid PV+wind installations

Indian MNRE is implementing a new program to promote installation of small solar and wind hybrid systems in remote areas.


Soltec ships 150 MW of trackers to the United States

The company won’t say where its first U.S. tracker shipment is headed, but all indications are that it is Enel’s 150 MW project in Minnesota.


Intevac receives multi-system order for implant systems used for c-Si cell manufacturing

Intevac matrix

The California-based equipment supplier received an order for two of its ENERGi implant systems for advanced solar cell manufacturing, from an unnamed solar cell manufacturer in China.


Despite sequential drops Trina posts solid first quarter results

Trina Solar CEO, Jifan Gao.

The world's largest PV manufacturer Trina Solar saw drops in revenue and profits in Q1 compared with the final quarter of 2015, but the Chinese company put this down to "seasonality" and maintains that it was a good start to the...


Australia: nearly half of PV installers offer storage, mostly sell commercial systems

A survey by EuPD Research discovers that Australian PV providers today primarily install commercial energy storage systems of over 12 kWh.


CTF Solar to supply equipment for CTIEC’S first CdTe module factory

CTF Solar and CTIEC supplier contract signing.

The two parties signed equipment procurement contracts for the 100 MW factory, which will produce cadmium telluride thin-film modules, during the SNEC tradeshow that is currently taking place in Shanghai.


Solar, efficiency play a role in crashing capacity prices in PJM Interconnection

The largest U.S. grid operator reports a significant fall in capacity auction prices, which threatens to shutter conventional generation.


Foxconn commits to sustaining Sharp’s solar business

In a letter to staff, Foxconn’s leadership has pledged to both utilize existing resources and make further investments in Sharp’s solar business.


SMA installs PV+storage on Caribbean island, will meet 23% of annual demand

PV+storage hybrid power system will generate enough clean power to meet 23% of the island’s annual electricity demand

A singe system combining PV with storage will generate enough clean power to meet more than 23% of annual power demand of the Caribbean island of St. Eustatius.


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