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Germany's BayernLB funds purchase of eight UK solar farms

Eight solar farms have passed into the hands of German ownership.

The German lender provides GBP 30 million in financing for the solar plants of up to 5 MW each and located across five sites in England and Wales.


EBRD plans $26m solar loan for Kazakhstan

The proposed 29 MW solar park would be one of just a handful of large-scale PV plants in Kazakhstan.

The European funding bank is considering releasing the funds to ACME Cleantech Solutions Pvt Ltd, an Indian developer eyeing a 29 MW solar farm in the country.


Fronius opens new R&D center in U.S. with eye on Tesla partnership support

Solar Inverter production at Fronius.

The Austrian inverter specialist opens sales, product management and R&D center in San Francisco to better serve U.S. markets and commitments. Partnership with Tesla expected to be strengthened.


EU ProSun survey finds EU solar installers open to keeping trade barriers against China

EU ProSun Milan Nitzschke. Image by SolarWorld.

The survey, on behalf of the SolarWorld-backed organization, found that a majority of more than 500 EU installers backed the extension of trade measures against Chinese PV manufacturers, if the Chinese companies are found to be...


Canadian Solar beats shipment and revenue guidance for Q2

Canadian Solar CEO, Shawn Qu.

The Chinese solar firm shipped 1,290 MW of modules and posted net revenue of $805.9 million in the second quarter on back of increased sales to the Americas. Downstream pipeline tops 20 GW.


Bermuda utility peels back net metering program for solar

Chelston Estate, Paget, Bermuda. Flickr image by kansasphoto.

Bermuda’s sole electricity supplier Bermuda Electric Light Company Limited (BELCO) has repealed its solar net metering scheme and replaced it with an avoided cost compensation for new small-scale installations.


SolarCity cuts co-founder salaries to $1, announces job losses

SolarCity installation.

In SEC filing, U.S. solar lease provider reveals it expects to incur restructuring charges of $3-$5 million in light of unspecified number of job losses. CEO and CTO to accept reduced salary as reduced guidance bites.


A solid Q2 for JA Solar sees significant increases in sales and revenue

JA Solar module inspection.

A booming Chinese solar market led to a substantial rise in shipments and revenue for domestic solar manufacturer JA Solar in the second quarter of 2016, although the company expects a slight slowdown in the second half of the...


Renewables sweep Chile’s electricity market and set historic low prices

The median price for 12.4 terawatt-hours awarded is around US$47.59/MWh. Wind triumphed and solar took a minimal part of the total, but set new records at $29/MWh.


EU Commission removes five further solar firms from MIP undertaking

European Commission.

Lerri Solar, DelSolar, CNPV, Motech and Xian Longi have all been withdrawn from the Minimum Import Price (MIP) undertaking measures agreed between China and the European Commission, the EU has confirmed.


BYD signs deal to open PV factory in Brazil

Campinas, Brazil

Brazil's solar boom has prompted the green tech giant to expand operations in the country, where it already operates an electric bus factory. The new manufacturing plant in the state of Sao Paulo will create 300 jobs.


Scatec Solar lands 100 MW project in Nigeria

Scatec Solar solar PV plant, Africa

Scatec Solar will develop, build, own and operate the solar power plant in Jigawa. The project adds to the Norwegian group's existing 200 MW of solar power plants operating in Africa.


India: secondary solar market emerging, says report

Solar installation in India.

Indian solar developers are gradually laying the groundwork for the emergence of a secondary market for solar assets by shopping their rapidly growing project portfolios to prospective investors, according to a recent report by...


Tata Power Solar commissions 100 MW plant - India's largest using domestic content

Tata Power Solar, India.

The 100 MW project was commissioned using domestically manufactured cells and modules, thus fitting in with the government’s ‘Make in India’ mission, and makes a huge addition to Tata Power Solar’s PV portfolio in the country.


NV Energy seeking approval for 100 MW PV plant in Nevada

Primm, Nevada. FLickr image by Stephen Hill.

The Nevada utility has requested approval from the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada for a 100 MW solar plant, while simultaneously requesting the early retirement of a coal-fired generation facility, but its previous...


Hopes remain for Indonesia's new solar policy despite minister sacking

Jakarta, Indonesia.

Indonesia's Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Arcandra Tahar was dismissed on Monday, less than a month after the government issued a new decree for the development of 5 GW of solar energy over the next 2-3 years using a new...


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