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Solar's march across the globe is heartening to see, as is its ability to still ruffle feathers in the largest markets.

The solar big guns were out in force this week as changes to the U.S. net metering landscape rolled into Nevada. Elsewhere, China proved its PV prowess, Japan saw a shakeup and Germany confirmed its relative demise.

SoloPower Systems completes first commercial-scale deployment in South Africa

SoloPower Systems' CIGS flexible thin-film PV panels

The factory rooftop project used the Oregon company's CIGS thin-film solar technology in the installation, which required no power tools, racking or special handling. The ultra-light weight photovoltaic modules are up to 85%...

China Cinda may join Yingli's debt restructuring

Yingli PV production

The state-owned asset management company could help Yingli sell off assets.

Juwi expands in MEA region, taps new leadership

Amman, Jordan

The German company's Dubai-based subsidiary is building a major solar project in Jordan and working on a wind-solar plant in Bahrain and recently appointed new execs to helm the division, which is focusing on the Middle East and...

UK awards £40 million in funding to boost EVs

London: Low emission zone

The U.K. government has awarded £40 million to four British cities to support the spread of electrical and low-emission vehicles. Supported projects include car-charging street lighting and zones offering free parking and traffic...

SMA returns to the black in 2015

Provisional results from the world’s largest inverter maker show revenue growth and a return to profitability in the second half of 2015, after two and a half difficult years.

Egypt preps tender for 30 GW of energy projects

solar PV plant near Egyptian pyramids

Government officials, public sector stakeholders and regulators will gather next month in Cairo for a special summit aimed at engaging investors and developers for a slew of major energy and infrastructure projects.

Australia: ARENA considers another round of large-scale solar funding

The 102 MW solar plant in Nyngan, New South Wales

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency may make another $100 million of grants available in a new round of funding for large scale solar projects in Australia following the overwhelming response to its latest program.

Huawei teams with CGN, CMNE on 2 GW PV project in Europe

20 MW ground-mounted PV plant in Trowbridge, England

Huawei is partnering with two state-owned Chinese companies on an ambitious but scarcely detailed PV project in Europe that looks likely to employ the company's FusionSolar smart PV solution.

Powerhive raises $20 million for off-grid development in emerging markets

Powerhive in Africa

The investment allows Powerhive to expand its renewable microgrid development using its propriety technology and supply affordable and reliable electricity to off-grid communities in emerging markets.

German-made PV modules lead among local installers

Heckert Solar HQ in Chemnitz, Germany

German-made PV modules make up the four top leading brands among German PV installers, according to the latest European PV InstallerMonitor. Direct procurement from manufacturers, however, is on the decline.

Oaktree acquires Solarrus

Solarrus' True South Renewables van

The investment is set to bolster the leading U.S. O&M services group and provides Oaktree with a foothold in "a nascent industry with enormous growth potential." Solarrus has also appointed a new chief executive.

NV Energy proposes "grandfathering" existing net metering installations as pressure mounts

The utility's proposal to keep existing solar customers under the previous rules may be the result of political pressure, as a ballot initiative is launched to repeal Nevada's changes to net metering.

German energy giant E.ON acquires Reniva, bolsters PV unit

E.ON service van

Former Phoenix Solar technology chief and Reniva managing director Manfred Baechler is joining E.ON along with 10 other Reniva solar experts.

Orison introduces plug-and-play energy storage system

Orison home storage systems

The Orison home battery system can be connected to solar installations as well as the grid. Consumers can charge it when utility rates are low in order to provide power when rates are high.

Proinso to expand across Central America

Proinso's 3 MW rooftop project in San Pedro Sula, Honduras

The U.K.-based solar energy company will open seven offices throughout Central America.

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