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IBC Solar to expand in Japan with EPC license

Mt Fuji, Japan. Image Wikimedia

The German company has now been granted the EPC license in the country, which it expects to receive in July, and will allow IBC Solar to build large-scale PV projects through its own corporation.


The pv magazine weekly news digest

Solar panel in the sunshine.

In a week shaped by three pivotal reports that each forecast a bright future for solar, there was still a reminder of the industry's unforgiving landscape for companies that fail to move with the times, and markets.


British retailer M&S to crowdfund GBP 1.2m community solar venture

Installation of M&S's 6.1 MW solar array in the East Midlands.

The famous U.K. store has created a new M&S Energy Society, which has partnered with not-for-profit Energy4All to develop the crowdfunding solar scheme. The target is to raise GBP 1.23 million.


Solarunited to realign industry focus at Intersolar Europe-EUPVSEC conference

Members of SOLARUNITED.

Formerly the International PV Equipment Association (IPVEA), Solarunited has said it will transform into a Global PV Technology & Industry Association at the show.


PV Market Alliance: More than 60 GW of solar will be installed in 2016

The alliance of market researchers predicts 20% growth over the next two years, with the 2017 market exceeding 70 GW.


U.S. federal government leads energy storage commitments

At a summit at the White House a wide array of actors made commitments to fund and deploy energy storage, accompanied by the release of a new report on technical and economic dimensions of renewable energy integration.


First ever commercial solar project realized in Laos

Farmer in Laos. Image Wikipedia.

The system was completed by Laos-based Sunlabob Renewable Energy, who has worked on various small-scale systems within the country, and who is in the process of expanding its off-grid electrification program.


TerniEnergia awarded EPC contract for 34 MW solar plant in Zambia

Lusaka, Zambia, at dusk. Image by Rik Dekker.

The Italian smart energy company will be taking care of the EPC activities for the project that was awarded under the World Bank’s “Scaling Solar” program, which saw record low prices for the sale of electricity generated by...


A booming solar equipment market is benefiting German manufacturers

Singulus Technologies Tenuis tool.

A report from the German Engineering Federation shows that incoming orders for PV manufacturing equipment have more than doubled in Germany since the same period last year, which has mainly been driven by an increase in demand...


Inverter shipments to reach 90 GW globally by 2020, says GTM

The latest GTM PV Inverter and MLPE Landscape 2016 report shows how central inverters are set to lose their market dominance over the coming years.

New report suggests that PV inverters and module level power electronics will grow by an average annual rate of 11% between now and 2020, with central inverters set to relinquish market dominance.


Electrovaya to supply EUR199 million worth of battery modules for residential energy storage

Battery storage technology. Images Mirco Sieg.

The Canada-based company announced the signing of a Letter of Intent with a “major Original Equipment Manufacturer” for delivery of its lithium-ion battery modules, as the market heats up.


El Salvador begins auction process for 170 MW of renewables

The auction will be completed in December. The solicitation plans for a 100 MW block for solar PV and 70 MW for wind.


Saudi Arabia's first global tender seeks 100 MW of solar PV

Solar installation in Saudi Arabia.

The Kingdom is calling on international investors to back two 50 MW PV projects in an inaugural tender by the Saudi Electricity Co. Expressions of interest should be submitted by June 20.


IRENA forecasts 59% solar PV price reduction by 2025

Electricity generated by solar PV is likely to be 59% cheaper by 2025, according to an IRENA study.

New report from the International Renewable Energy Agency suggests that the average cost for electricity generated by solar PV could decrease by as much as 59% by 2025 compared to 2015 prices.


SolarWorld ramps 72-cell module production in Oregon

The German-American PV maker has now reached 550 MW of annual module capacity at its facility near Portland, Oregon, and has additionally begun production of 5-busbar cells and monocrystalline silicon ingots.


Zambia to be home to Africa's cheapest solar

Victoria Falls, Zambia

First Solar, Enel, and Neoen won tenders to develop large-scale solar PV plants in Zambia under the World Bank’s "Scaling Solar" program, with electricity to be sold for as little as 6.02 cents per KWh.


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