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California surpasses 75,000 solar jobs

The release of state-level U.S. solar employment information shows rapid growth in a number of states but also the danger of layoffs due to policy changes.


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.


Expert analysis: Back in black: SolarWorld provides optimistic outlook for 2016

SolarWorld HQ, U.S.

On February 1, Solarworld published its preliminary business figures for 2015 and provided an optimistic outlook for 2016. Industry expert and Smart Solar Consulting CEO Götz Fischbeck delivers his analysis on SolarWorld’s...


SunEdison offloads Japanese assets, assesses Vivint deal options

SunEdison solar PV installation.

The U.S. renewables developer agrees deal to sell its entire 198 MW solar PV portfolio in Japan for around $80 million while, closer to home, the company evaluates options that will see the Vivint acquisition finally closed.


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Renewables to reach over 14% of U.S. electricity generation this year

The latest data from the U.S. Energy Department projects that utility-scale wind and solar will supply 5.2% and 0.8% of U.S. electricity in 2016, which will support an overall 9.5% growth in renewable generation.


NV Energy changes its tune on grandfathering of net metering customers in Nevada

The Nevada utility’s press statements had proposed allowing existing net metering customers to stay under the original “up to 20 years”, but the devil is in the details.


Georgia Power seeks approval to build 525 MW of renewable energy 2017-2019

Renewable energy advocates in Georgia say the company’s plans are inadequate.


Wacker posts Q4 2015 polysilicon lows, begins production at US facility

Wacker Chemie's polysilicon.

Plunging prices in polysilicon trigger Q4 year-over-year sales drop of 8% despite overall increase in sales for 2015; German firm ramps up production at new U.S. polysilicon plant.


Sonnen announces partnerships for a more full energy storage offering

Concurrent with the opening of the company’s new U.S. headquarters in Los Angeles, battery storage integrator Sonnen has partnered with PetersenDean, SolarWorld and Spruce Finance.


New York includes subsidies for nukes, long-term contracts for renewables in its Clean Energy Standard

While nuclear power will not be counted towards CES targets, the state’s new Clean Energy Standard will include subsidies to keep some of the world’s oldest nuclear reactors operating for years to come.


IFC finances Canadian Solar Vietnam, Brazil fab projects to tune of $70m

Canadian Solar CEO Shawn Qu welcomed the partnership with the IFC: "With IFC's commitment, we are able to expand our production capacity to meet the increasing demand for solar energy worldwide."

The Chinese solar company has received a financing package of $70 million to support its expansion plans in Vietnam, the company has confirmed.


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