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US Virgin Islands: New 4.2 MW PV plant provides 5% of island's base load capacity

St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

As part of its strategy to deploy more solar, WAPA has signed a 25-year solar power purchase agreement with Colorado-based Main Street Power for energy generated by the new solar installation.


PV Expo: Residential system solutions on display

PV Expo, Tokyo, Japan, 2015

Complete residential power solutions were on display on the first day of the 8th PV Expo trade show and exhibition currently underway in Tokyo. Providing backup power has been a major driver of the trend, which, while small in...


BASF, Toda Kogyo Corp. launch battery materials joint venture

BASF in Ludwigshafen, Germany

The new joint subsidiary of the German and Japanese chemical giants will specialize in cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries.


State government in Nigeria begins ambitious off-grid plan

Collaboration with U.K. to bring off-grid solar to hundreds and schools and hospitals in Lagos region.


Analysts give First Solar-SunPower yieldco deal thumbs-up

SunPower Tolosa PV plant, San Luis Obispo, California

Deutsche Bank Market Research has praised First Solar and SunPower's newly announced yieldco joint venture, calling it "probably the best strategy for both companies."


Jordan's round two tender applicants announced

Jordan solar rooftop

Jordan has impressed with its commitment to include a sizeable amount of solar PV power in its energy mix. The country aims to generate 10% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020, including 600 MW of installed solar PV.


First Solar Q4 earnings more than double, ahead of red ink in Q1

First Solar thin-film modules, Malaysia

Thanks to the completion of several large-scale projects at the end of last year, leading thin-film module maker First Solar saw fourth-quarter earnings more than double to $1.89 per share compared with the third quarter on 13%...


SunPower posts 75% quarterly revenue increase for Q4

SunPower expects to add 250 MW of PV in China this year, and begin production at its U.S. Fab 4 facility before the mid-way point of the year.

The U.S. solar company generated revenue of $1.16 billion in the final quarter of 2014, annual revenue for the year topped $3 billion.


Solar energy emerging as cheapest power source in many parts of the world

Dubai, UAE

By 2025, solar power in sunny regions of the world will be cheaper than power from coal or gas, according to a new Fraunhofer report for German think tank Agora Energiewende, which stresses that success depends on stable...


European Commission calls for 'energy union' as its seeks to break Russia's market dominance

Nord Strea AG pipeline - Russian landfall in Portovaya Bay, August 2010.

The European Commission is set to present a new plan on Wednesday calling for an "energy union" that would strengthen its stance in the global energy market against Russia. The German government appears to have some qualms about...


Macquarie Infrastructure finances 29 MW UK solar farm

Pembrokeshire beach.

The Quercus Assets Selection installation, located in Wales, has signed a 15-year power purchase agreement with Norwegian utility Statkraft.


Booming Japanese market draws industry leaders to PV Expo

PV Expo.

The 8th PV Expo kicks off on Wednesday in Tokyo with an impressive collection of solar industry leaders attending the event on the back of an ongoing Japanese solar boom.


ZSW boosts efficiency of cadmium-free thin-film cells to world record level

A ZSW researcher prepares solar cells for measurement under the sun simulator.

Researchers replaced intermediate films consisting of cadmium sulfide and zinc oxide with zinc oxysulfide and zinc magnesium oxide. As a buffer layer, zinc oxide-sulfide is more transparent to light in the blue wavelength range,...


Analysis: Sungrow targets global growth to match domestic strength

Sungrow Shanghai Expo.

The inverter supplier has been the flag-bearer for Chinese international expansion, and is eyeing further global growth, says IHS.


Lightsource commits $193m to UK solar rooftop sector

Lightsource has already established a solid rooftop presence in the U.K., including the completion of this array atop the Bentley factory in Crewe, England.

British solar developer backs growing sector, puts out call for partnership with installers keen to unlock the U.K. rooftop market.


First Solar, SunPower to form joint yieldco

The First Solar Desert Sunlight project.

Two rival U.S. solar firms have announced plans to team up on a joint yieldco. The companies say they are in "advanced negotiations" in pursuit of executing the strategy.


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