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Turkey: ICCI event returns focus to growing solar industry

The 22nd ICCI event in Istanbul brought together stakeholders, delegates and businesses from across the energy supply chain, with more than 21 countries represented in the halls.

The 22nd International Energy & Environment Fair and Conference, held just weeks after Solarex, delivered another opportunity for Turkey to smooth the edges of its expanding solar sector.


EU ProSun welcomes IHS study findings

EU ProSun President Milan Nitzschke

With its recently commissioned study, the Solar Alliance for Europe made the case that PV modules could be 20% cheaper in Europe without import tariffs. Industry lobby group EU ProSun, however, argues that the Alliance has drawn...


Solar funding is down as part of overall clean energy investment lull in Q1

BNEF finds that while weakness in solar stocks impacted the overall environment, investment in small- to mid-scale solar was up 4% year-over-year.


Long Island exhausts NY-Sun residential solar block grants

The latest information from New York City, Long Island and Westchester show a boom in installations, as Long Island reaches 139 MW of installed residential solar.


Germany: Sonnenstromfabrik resumes PV module production

Sonnenstromfabrik in Wismar, Germany

Sonnenstromfabrik is back in business. The German solar PV module manufacturer is under new management and producing its own branded products as well as for OEM customers.


Work begins on a 13.6 MW PV plant in Chihuahua, Mexico

It is predicted that the Los Santos 1 project will enter service in July. The investment for this project in the North of Mexico stands at around US$40 million.


IHS examines 22% price gap between modules from China and global rivals

Trina Solar PV module production

PV module manufacturing costs in China remain considerably lower than other parts of the world. Efficiencies of production, product and material innovations and economies of scale continue to reduce costs, but what's behind...


Greenpeace ranks South African retailers on renewable energy commitments

Johannesburg, South Africa

While some of the country's leading retailers have solar PV installations and pilot projects in the works, Greenpeace says there's "significant room to improve."


Sunrun opens new branch office, warehouse in South Carolina

Sunrun residential installation.

The U.S. residential solar lease provider expands its presence in South Carolina with the inauguration of a new office and supply warehouse in the city of Columbia.


New Development Bank greenlights $811 million for renewable energy in member countries

Cape Town, South Africa

Launched last year by Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, the Shanghai-based New Development Bank has made clean energy a primary focus.


Solar Frontier supplies modules for California farm projects

Kern County, California

Staten Solar has selected Solar Frontier modules for more than a dozen solar PV projects on California farms. The EPC company employed its own levee-mounted racking systems for the unique plants.


Wacker opens US polysilicon production site in Tennessee

Wacker US plant, Charleston, Tennessee

At $2.5 billion, the new site is Wacker's largest single investment ever. The German chemcial giant is expecting muscular growth global PV capacity to spur demand for high-grade polysilicon.


Italy's Carlo Maresca to build 50 MW solar PV plant in Iran

Tehran, Iran

The construction and green energy company inked the solar farm deal on the sidelines of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's visit to Iran last week.


US community solar programs could reach 1.5 GW by 2020

Community solar garden

Community solar could potentially capture 2% of the U.S. solar market, according to a new report by Navigant Research.


Germany: Solarwatt acquires storage specialist e-Wolf

Solarwatt's headquarters in Dresden

The German battery technology start-up boasts the storage experts behind Formula 1 team Toyota Racing's kinetic energy recovery system (KERS). Solarwatt expects the acquisition to reduce storage system costs over the long run.


US: New standardization initiative could save billions for solar users

Sunrun residential PV system

Sponsored by the U.S. Energy Department, the Orange Button initiative is expected to reduce the cost of capital as a result of improved access to solar data, which would lower risks and result in savings of nearly $9 billion over...


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