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Ecosummit 2016: time for open innovation in renewable sector

Philipp Schröder (Sonnen), Christoph Ostermann (Sonnen), Hugues de Bantel (CoSMo), Bart Markus (Business Angel, ex-Wellington Partners) and Jan Michael Hess at Ecosummit 2015 in Berlin

More than 50 renewable energy startups will be showcasing their solutions at Ecosummit in Berlin on April 26 and 27. Is there still room for early stage companies to make an impact in the solar industry? pv magazine discusses new...


100 GW annual PV deployment by 2018, says NPD Solarbuzz

NPD Solarbuzz forecast graph

The global PV industry will add 100 GW of capacity a year by 2018 say the analysts, with c-Si technology set to dominate the landscape.


Japan gives final approval for 11% FIT cut

Rooftop solar installation in Japan.

The move, finally confirmed today, will reduce the solar feed-in tariff to $0.31 cents per kW for 20 years, beginning on April 1.


Construction begins on 250 MW First Solar Nevada PV plant

Moapa River Indian Reservation, Nevada.

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power agrees 25-year PPA for the project, which will be located north of Las Vegas.


Heliatek breaks efficiency record for 40% transparent organic cells

Heliatek's OPV cell.

The organic solar film producers have achieved a new record in efficiency for 40% transparent solar cells, achieving 7.2% in recent lab tests.


Hanwha Q CELLS collaborates on 31 MW Mexican PV installations

Hanwha Q CELLS Germany HQ.

The German-headquartered company will finance all 31 MW of PV across 120 locations of local retail giants, Tiendas Soriana.


Israel's Parliament installs rooftop PV, applies net-metering innovation

Knesset, Israel.

The Parliament building has announced a tender for a 400 kW rooftop installation that will make it the greenest government HQ in the world.


ReneSola posts annual increases in revenue, net loss

ReneSola headquarters

The company achieved a performance record in the fourth quarter of 2013, however, including a net profit and a 58% increase in module shipments.


Yingli completes 1 MW World Cup solar installation

Arena Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil.

The array at Brazil's Arena Pernambuco stadium will deliver clean solar energy to one of the forthcoming soccer World Cup's most important venues.


Malaysia opens talks on 50 MW PV plant

Mosque in Kedah, Malaysia.

The government has met with energy advisors to discuss plans to construct a 50 MW PV plant in northern state of Kedah.


Eclareon examines PV competitiveness in seven countries

Moron de la Frontera, Spain

The company's new report found that in Germany and Italy, low PV installation prices, a low discount rate and high electricity prices compensate for low irradiation levels to reach grid parity.


Solar usage continues to soar in California

Sunpower project, San Luis Obispo

The state's grid operator is preparing for a major boost in renewable energy in 2020, when utilities will have to obtain 33% of their electricity from renewable energy sources.


Berlin startup launches plug & play storage system

Berlin skyline.

The concept from Qinous, which delivers 100% renewable energy, is to be unveiled this week at the Energy Storage Conference in Düsseldorf.


Solar spending could reach $3.8bn in 2014, says IHS

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The analysts expect global expenditure on solar PV to increase by 45% on last year, with Latin America leading the way on manufacturing growth.


Analysts expect $58m loss for SMA

The SMA Solar Academy building.

The overcapacity and price falls that dogged manufacturers are expected to have finally fed through into this year's results for German inverter maker SMA Solar. The figures will be confirmed on Thursday.


Greek investors rail at latest retroactive proposals

The Greek parliament building in Athens.

Draft government proposals for a fresh round of retroactive FIT cuts have caused further dismay for renewables investors. The terms of the proposed 'New Deal' for renewable energy producers would reduce both backdated and future...


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