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China increases solar installation target for 2015

20 MW Golmud PV plant

The country's National Energy Administration is requiring new projects to be completed by the end of 2015 and connected to the grid by the end of June next year, a move that has led to increased installations for the year.

Spire considers sale of the company, assets

Despite a rebound in capital spending across the solar industry, the Massachusetts-based PV equipment maker has retained investment bank Mirus Capital Advisors to “assess strategic alternatives”.

AES to issue solar asset-backed security

AES Distributed Energy 453 kW PV plant in Rosamond, California

There have been only five public solar ABS deals to date totaling $560.5 million -- four of which were issued by SolarCity.

Sky Solar partners with Hudson Clean Energy on $100m solar projects

Sky Solar PV installation.

Strategic partnership sees Hong Kong-based solar developer Sky Solar team with U.S. private equity firm Hudson to invest in solar projects in Latin America and Japan.

African Renewable Energy Fund raises $200 million

PV installation, Africa

The fund supports small to medium-scale renewable energy projects in sub-Saharan Africa and provides both financial assistance and technical experience essential for smaller renewable schemes being implemented for the first time.

Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands to expand PV testing

ECN new solar PV testing equipment

The Hague-based high-tech company Eternal Sun, a specialist in solar testing equipment, designed and upgraded the Energy Research Centre's new testing lab.

REC Silicon may be forced to shutter Washington operations due to trade war

REC Silicon's operations in Moses Lake, Washington.

The company says that despite "significant progress" towards a resolution of the solar panel trade dispute between the U.S. and China, without a solution also for polysilicon, "there will be no resolution of the trade war."

OPIC funds 100 MW CSP plant in South Africa, grid improvements in Pakistan

Northern Cape, South Africa

The U.S.-led international development projects support private sector development in energy and inclusive access to finance. The projects "show the transformative impact that the U.S. private sector can have in the developing...

Mercom Capital maintains its 2015 global solar forecast of 57.4 GW

Mercom Capital says that despite macroeconomic concerns in China, it expects a strong finish to 2015, with demand also remaining robust in Japan and the United States.

NRG spins off its renewable energy business

NRG cites the need for its clean energy business to be “nimble, lower cost, and cash sensitive”, and will limit it to US$125 million in funding. NRG's GreenCo will be a separate business by the beginning of 2016.

Spain: Solar generates 6.8% of summer energy mix, 'sun tax' fears remain

Cadiz, Spain

Summer in Spain is not totally gone and the Mediterranean sun continues to shine strongly, yet the country's solar PV and solar thermal sectors are feeling anxious.

UniEnergy, Powerit partner on energy solution for California's Mission Produce

Mission Produce avocado processing

The energy storage specialist and power management tech company will deliver a combined energy storage and management solution for the global avocado giant.

SunPower to build 20 MW PV plant for Arizona electric cooperative

Cochise, Arizona

The PV manufacturer plans to design and build a fully integrated, modular solar power plant, achieving about 95% of the cooperative's state-mandated 2025 renewable energy target.

Global PV module sales to reach record levels in 2016

First Solar PV module installation

Market research group IHS forecasts a period of strong growth in the global PV module industry due to a new wave of capacity expansions, a relatively stable pricing environment and increasing demand from several established...

Greenpeace: Making 100% renewable energy possible

Costa Rican tree frog

The solar PV industry could employ 9.7 million people by 2030, more than 10 times as many as it does today. Jobs in wind power could grow to 7.8 million over the same period, according to a new study.

Vice President Joe Biden wows crowd at SPI

Vice President Joe Biden at SPI in Anaheim, California, Sept. 16, 2015

Biden unveiled a new White House grant program aimed at scaling up clean energy in 24 states across the country, targeting greater access to solar energy in rural and low-income neighborhoods and supporting efforts to reduce...

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