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Is there anything that could boost customer interest for residential solar more than selling PV at IKEA?

IKEA starts selling home PV systems; First Solar reports solid year-to-year growth in Q1; Solar Impulse returns to the skies. Good news is not boring in the solar world.


TerniEnergia connects 82.5 MW PV plant in South Africa

TerniEnergia's solar farm in Paleisheuwel comprises of 611,000 panels spread over an area of 240 hectares.

TerniEnergia announced that it has completed the first of its two “giant” PV projects in South Africa.


Japan leads Kyocera solar sales decline

Kyocera cites weak domestic sales in its fiscal year 2016 results, which may be part of a larger market decline.


First Solar reports solid Q1 results; CEO Hughes to step down

The American solar manufacturer and project builder delivered healthy revenues and margins, building on recent technology improvements and good conditions in its chief markets.


Masdar adds 30 MW of PV-diesel and installs 7,000 PV kits in Egypt

Egypt aims to increase the share of renewable energy to 20% of the country's energy mix by 2020

Masdar has recently completed a number of PV-diesel on-grid projects in Egypt and installed 7,000 off-grid PV systems across the country.


Mercom: Global solar market to grow 15% to 66.7 GW this year

This will be the slowest growth in the last five years, despite a boom in the U.S. market.


Polysilicon spot prices rise above $20 per kilogram in China

EnergyTrend expects prices to continue rising through the first half of May, citing rising wafer demand and stricter enforcement of import duties.


Colbún buys over 200 MW of SunEdison solar projects in Chile

The deal includes the sale of two solar PV projects under development and contracts for the supply of 350 GWh annually. Colbún and SunEdison have also signed an agreement for the supply of 200 GWh annually from one PV project.


Second-generation Powervault energy storage systems launched in the UK

Powervault system installed in a home in the U.K.

The new product range, with enhanced features, has been launched at the same time as a Crowdcube crowdfunding campaign offering the opportunity to invest in the company as the storage market is expected to grow exponential.


Trina Solar sets new IBC cell efficiency record

Trina Solar Photovoltaic module production - Image Shen

The Chinese company achieved an impressive 23.5% efficiency for its large-area Interdigitated Back Contact mono-crystalline silicon solar cell, to go with the company’s other efficiency records.


Electric co-op in Texas to host up to 15 MW of distributed community solar

RES Distributed will build projects at 15 customer sites for one of the largest rural electric cooperatives in the United States.


Saudi Arabia announces new renewable energy target with few details of deployment

AEC in Saudi Arabia

Deputy crown prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman announced the “Saudi Arabia Vision 2030” paper today, which targets 9.5 GW of renewable energy, but doesn’t specify a timeframe or which renewables will be...


Italian companies to build 1 GW of solar farms in Iran

Road from Qazvin into Valley of the Assassins - image by Julia Maudlin

Reports have surfaced that Italian companies Genesis and Dynkun have signed a memorandum of understanding with officials from Iran’s northwestern Qazvin province, for 100 PV plants of 10 MW each.


Sungrow expands in the UK market with over 100 MW’s of inverters connected in Q1

Sungrow inverter in the UK

It is good news for the Chinese inverter manufacturer, which has shown that its popularity is growing in many different markets worldwide, now supplying the largest volume of PV inverters globally.


Tesla prepares major growth in U.S. behind-the-meter energy storage in 2016

GTM Research analysis of a Tesla filing shows that the company expects to sell a larger volume of batteries to Tesla than was represented by the entire behind-the-meter market last year.


Planning permission granted for largest PV site in Northern Ireland

County Antrim Coast Road image by Suzanne Mischyshyn

Permission has been granted to U.K. solar park developer Hadstone Energy for a 46 MW site, which will be the largest in Northern Ireland.


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