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SMA establishes Brazil subsidiary

SMA Brazil is located in Sao Paulo and will serve the entire needs of this growing PV market.

The German inverter specialist creates Brazil-focused arm of business to focus on the growing market's opportunities, particularly at utility-scale; SMA Brazil will work closely with SMA South America, located in Chile.


Earthquake in Tawian disrupts PV production

Earthquake February 2016 - Collapse of apartment building in Tainan, Taiwan

The magnitude 6.4 earthquake that hit Taiwan Saturday disrupted PV production in the southern city of Tainan, which took the brunt of the temblor.


Dow Corning increases net income as sales drop

Hemlock shuttered Tennessee facility

U.S. silicon technology giant Dow Corning Corp. on Friday reported a 10% increase in net income last year despite a 9% drop in sales.


Canada: Alberta introduces new solar initiative

Edmonton, Alberta

The province has unveiled new solar funding programs aimed at municipalities and farms that offers rebates of up to $0.75 per watt. The government reports "a tremendous amount of enthusiasm and uptake for these kinds of programs."


Singulus narrows 2015 loss, increases revenue

Singulus thin-film fab

The German equipment supplier is strengthening its focus on the solar segment with production machinery for both thin-film and crystalline cells amidst waning sales in the optical disc segment.


IHS: U.S. market boosts inverter sales for SMA, SolarEdge

Both SMA Solar Technology AG and SolarEdge have reported strong quarterly results in recent weeks, which IHS Technology credits with their position in the U.S. inverter market.


UK: Commercial rooftop PV can still be profitable, says industry

Commercial installation, England.

Following the U.K. government's cuts for all forms of solar subsidy, the PV industry makes the case that rooftop PV, especially commercial, can still be a profitable investment.


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Solar's march across the globe is heartening to see, as is its ability to still ruffle feathers in the largest markets.

The solar big guns were out in force this week as changes to the U.S. net metering landscape rolled into Nevada. Elsewhere, China proved its PV prowess, Japan saw a shakeup and Germany confirmed its relative demise.


Yingli receives $300m state-backed loan to ease restructuring process

Yingli solar PV production.

The Tier-1 Chinese solar developer has secured a loan of approximately CNY 2 billion from the Chinese National Development Bank to help the firm pay down its debts.


London: Europe's next wave of solar needs to be smart

Digitalized, decentralized and smarter: the solutions that could solve Europe's solar bottleneck.

Solar power is at the forefront of a smarter energy sector, but to enable a new wave of PV installations in Europe, solar needs new regulatory frameworks that value flexibility, says the Smart Energy UK and Europe conference in...


China: NEA data puts cumulative PV capacity at 43.2 GW

PV module production, China.

Statistics from National Energy Administration echo those published in January by state news agency Xinhua, confirming China is now the world's largest market for installed solar PV capacity.


SolarEdge fiscal Q2 sales surge 70% Y/Y on US growth

SolarEdge's record revenues for fiscal Q2 were a 70% increase in the space of a year, driven largely by growth in the U.S. market.

The power optimizer specialists post record revenue of $124.8 million for the fiscal second quarter of 2016, shipping 416 MW of inverters to exceed market expectations.


Morocco inaugurates 160 MW solar CSP plant as first phase of Noor complex

While the World Bank says that the Noor 1 plant will bring down the cost of concentrating solar power, the future of the technology does not look promising.


U.S. Senators move to preserve solar net metering through energy bill amendment

The bill would require state regulators to account for the benefits of distributed solar before changing net metering valuations, and would prevent the sort of retroactive changes that Nevada has imposed.


US: Landmark Dividend snaps up real estate home to 238 MW of installed renewables

The sale-leaseback transaction has added 238 MW of clean energy capacity to Landmark Dividend's portfolio.

Real estate investor in California has finalized acquisition of 3,500 acres of land across the state and, in doing so, has added 238 MW of existing clean energy capacity to its portfolio.


Moody's: green bonds could top $50bn this year on post-COP21 surge

Eiffel Tower during COP21.

Ratings agency expects momentum from the Paris Agreement to motivate additional and repeat issuance of green bonds on a global scale, building on dramatic spike recorded in Q4 2015.


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