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US residential solar: 72% third-party owned

GTM Research in its latest report states that 72% of the 1.2GW of residential solar installed in the U.S. last year is third-party owned, in the form of leases and PPAs.


PERC demand spirals upwards

Signs of a PERC solar cell equipment shortage are mounting. Reports are emerging that Chinese and Taiwanese cell makers are waiting many months on key PERC equipment. Motech confirms its PERC move and bottlenecks.


Kaco and Ideal Power join forces

Kaco and Ideal Power have come to an agreement where Kaco will now be able to resell Ideal Power’s products under the Kaco label. Kaco will also be able to design their own products using Ideal Power’s patented technology.


Abengoa sells and SolarCity securitizes

Spanish Abengoa has reached an agreement with Abengoa Yield to sell a fourth asset package. Meanwhile, SolarCity has announced its securitization proposal.


China idled 9% of its solar capacity in H1 2015, NEA reports

Huabei.

National Energy Administration says congestion on grid caused by higher share of solar energy forced 9% of installed PV capacity to sit idle for first six months of year, figures show 7.7 GW of PV added in H1.


JinkoSolar seals $485 million in solar financing

JinkoSolar large-scale solar development.

RMB3 billion line of credit agreed with China's Ping An Bank to be used to support JinkoSolar ongoing PV project development across China.


SunEdison begins construction of 110 MW Chile solar plant

SunEdison solar plant at San Andres.

Company breaks ground on latest large-scale solar project in Chile, secures $160 million in financing with CorpBanca and DNB.


SolarCity to support small businesses with new solar package

Solar van arriving at a SolarCity customer's property.

New solar energy service launched today designed to enable small and medium-sized business to pay less for solar electricity than they currently pay their local utility.


Jordan's net metering expands into rural areas

Jordan's new net metering law will double the number of net metering installations this year.

Jordan has designed an effective net metering scheme that is now about to expand into rural areas. Net metering installations are projected to double at the end of 2015.


SMA secures 34 MW O&M contract for UK solar farm

SMA is taking on all O&M services of the Glebe/Odell solar farm, which has a combined capacity of 34 MW and is located in England near Wellingborough.

German inverter specialist supplied inverters to the Glebe/Odell Solar Farms, and has now commenced full technical operational management of both installations.


E.ON completes inaugural Californian solar farm

Downtown San Bernardino.

German energy company has completed its 20 MW Alamo Solar farm in California, its first such development in the sun-rich state as it seeks further U.S. expansion.


Dutch solar sales increase by 70%

Sale of solar modules in the Netherlands has increased dramatically in the first half of 2015, namely by 70-100%. Clarity to the legislation have enabled this phenomenon.


Juwi given tentative go-ahead for 450 MW Spanish solar farm

Mula cityscape.

Spanish Ministry of the Environment issues green light for the German developer's proposed solar PV project in Murcia, investment estimated at around $500 million.


SunPower buys 1.5 GW US solar pipeline from Infigen

Antelope Valley PV installation from SunPower.

Portfolio of solar projects bought from Australia-based developer Infigen Energy at various stages of development spread across 11 States, three have PPAs with Southern California Edison.


Solar Frontier eyes the Americas

Thin-film module maker Solar Frontier is seeking to expand into the Americas. The 280MW pipeline of Gestamp-developed projects in the U.S. is seen as the company's ticket into the market.


EDF and Eren fire up 150 MW of solar in India

Solar PV plant, Rajasthan.

The utility-scale solar plants, located in the states of Rajasthan and Odisha and developed by Acme Solar, have begun supplying local grids with solar electricity.


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