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Japan: Green transport ship sets sail with Solar Frontier CIS panels

K Line's Drive Green Highway transport ship

"This is one example of the greater role that solar energy has to play in our future, supporting an ever broader range of technologies in a wider range of industries," says Solar Frontier CEO Atsuhiko Hirano.


SolarEdge ships 10 millionth power optimizer

Israeli PV inverter and optimizer specialist shipped half of its 10 million power optimizers in 2015, reaching the 10 million milestone after just six years of commercial shipments.


Ikea halts sales of solar PV in UK

Ikea store

The Swedish furniture and home accessories giant has been an avid proponent of clean energy, but following drastic cuts in the U.K.’s solar subsidies, it has decided to stop selling solar systems in the country.


Europe: Solar market grows 15% in 2015

Solarcentury PV plant with sheep

While demand for solar systems has declined or remained flat in most of European countries, the United Kingdom's muscular solar growth led to a dramatic increase in demand for Europe as a whole.


Panasonic to suspend PV cell assembly amid declining demand

Panasonic HIT cell

Panasonic Corp. is set to suspend operations at one of its PV cell plants for several months amid dwindling demand, Japanese news agency Kyodo reported Tuesday.


India: 50 MW Maharashtra tender attracts one bidder

Maharashtra, India

Interest in solar auctions continue to wane in India in the face of reduced tariffs. In Maharashtra, a major tender failed to attract enough bids and it will now be held anew.


Japan solar auctions approved by cabinet

Solar PV and a Japanese geisha.

Japanese cabinet approves changes to clean energy incentive program that will include the introduction of a solar auction scheme from April next year, based on recommendations outlined by METI.


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U.S. DOE to provide $21 million to address soft costs, deployment barriers

The new funding includes US$13 million to states to support development of deployment strategies, and $8 million to speed technology evolution.


Ascent improves design of PV modules for space environment

Ascent Solar EnerPlex

The U.S. company says its super-light its superlight modules are ideal for satellites, space vehicles and space stations. Ascent is eager to tap the fast growing space and near space markets.


SMA establishes Brazil subsidiary

SMA Brazil is located in Sao Paulo and will serve the entire needs of this growing PV market.

The German inverter specialist creates Brazil-focused arm of business to focus on the growing market's opportunities, particularly at utility-scale; SMA Brazil will work closely with SMA South America, located in Chile.


Earthquake in Taiwan disrupts PV production

Earthquake February 2016 - Collapse of apartment building in Tainan, Taiwan

The magnitude 6.4 earthquake that hit Taiwan Saturday disrupted PV production in the southern city of Tainan, which took the brunt of the temblor.


Dow Corning increases net income as sales drop

Hemlock shuttered Tennessee facility

U.S. silicon technology giant Dow Corning Corp. on Friday reported a 10% increase in net income last year despite a 9% drop in sales.


Canada: Alberta introduces new solar initiative

Edmonton, Alberta

The province has unveiled new solar funding programs aimed at municipalities and farms that offers rebates of up to $0.75 per watt. The government reports "a tremendous amount of enthusiasm and uptake for these kinds of programs."


Singulus narrows 2015 loss, increases revenue

Singulus thin-film fab

The German equipment supplier is strengthening its focus on the solar segment with production machinery for both thin-film and crystalline cells amidst waning sales in the optical disc segment.


IHS: U.S. market boosts inverter sales for SMA, SolarEdge

Both SMA Solar Technology AG and SolarEdge have reported strong quarterly results in recent weeks, which IHS Technology credits with their position in the U.S. inverter market.


UK: Commercial rooftop PV can still be profitable, says industry

Commercial installation, England.

Following the U.K. government's cuts for all forms of solar subsidy, the PV industry makes the case that rooftop PV, especially commercial, can still be a profitable investment.


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