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The pv magazine digest of the world's off-grid news, put together by specialist editor Peter Carvill.

Canadian Solar narrows Q1 loss as Asian business booms

Canada Solar CEO Shawn Qu

Canadian Solar’s saw sales in Asia skyrocket as it expands operations in the region. The move has helped reduce first quarter losses as business decreases in Europe and North America.

EU considers possibility of negotiated settlement with the U.S. for China solar trade dispute

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EU Trade commissioner Karel De Gucht met with Chinese vice minister of Commerce Zhong Shan for an informal meeting on Monday in Brussels to discuss the EU-China solar trade dispute, according to an EU statement released on...

New Minnesota law boosts solar industry

Minneapolis, Minnesota

The U.S. state of Minnesota has passed a law that will significantly expand the region's solar sector and lead to more than 450 MW of solar power by the end of the decade.

EU renewables target on track but needs €200 billion more

Battery storage.

The EU is on track to meet its target of generating 20% of its energy from renewables by 2020 but member states Latvia and Malta have been named and shamed as underperforming in the European Commission's latest progress report.

Second register for photovoltaic systems in Italy also not exhausted

italian sola park

Italy's network authority GSE has published the results for the invitations to tender for the second round of Conto Energia 5 sooner than expected. And as in the case of the first register the available capacity has not been...

Thai-based solar developer completes 84 MW PV plant in Lopburi

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Thai solar project developer Natural Energy Development Co. has announced the completion of its 84 MW photovoltaic plant in Lopburi, Thailand.

Nearly 20% of Australia’s PV home systems substandard, watchdog finds

Australian residential Perth

Up to 200,000 photovoltaic units on homes across Australia could be improperly installed and some even posing a danger, according to the country’s Clean Energy Regulator.

Affordable Solar, Sunnova launch leasing program in New Mexico

Albuguerque, New Mexico

Affordable Solar and Sunnova Energy Corp. are offering residents of New Mexico a new solar panel leasing program that promises fixed, long-term rates and lower prices than current electricity costs.

[UPDATE] Merkel and Li pledge to defuse EU-China solar trade dispute

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese premier Li Keqiang called for an end to the EU-China trade dispute at a joint press conference in Berlin yesterday (Sunday).

Yingli supplies panels for Malaysia's largest solar park

solar park yingli

Chinese manufacturer Yingli – which improved its first quarter module shipment forecast this week – will supply 10 MW of its YGE 60 Cell Series panels to project at Gemas, Negri Sembilan.

Aleo Solar starts talks with potential investors

Aleo Solar AG announced today it was currently holding initial talks with potential investors to sell Bosch's majority stake of the German photovoltaic manufacturer.

EC aims for investment pact with China

eu flags

The European Commission has proposed its member states open talks on an investment agreement with China despite the ongoing anti-dumping investigations between both parties.

Panasonic to end US wafer production

A Panasonic smart energy system.

Panasonic set to close wafer production at Oregon plant.

SMA announces both dividend and layoffs

sma inverters

The management board of the inverter manufacturer for photovoltaic systems is still unable to rule out a loss for the current financial year. Thus there will presumably be further layoffs at SMA.

Downstream activity heats up "south of the border"

The Mexican flag.

Photovoltaic project developers Gehrlicher Solar and Martifer Solar have both signaled their continued expansion into Latin America today, with increased activity in Mexico. Gehrlicher has announced that it is opening an office...

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