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Study finds positive link between UK solar farms and biodiversity

Sheep next to a solar array in England

An extensive study of solar farms in the UK has found that the existence of the solar panels can improve biodiversity and wildlife abundance, especially when combined with measured land management.

Massachusetts Governor signs net metering cap increase into law

The compromise legislation will raise the cap on net metered systems, but will also cut compensation for larger private PV systems by 40%.

Jordan: mosques and universities embrace solar

PV project at Hashemite University

A staggering 2,000 Jordanian mosques and a long list of Jordanian universities agree to electrify using solar PV, adding to the march of the technology within the Middle Eastern country.

Investment in solar in India continues as two firms eye large PV projects

Indian solar PV project in Madhya Predesh, with Shri Narendra Modi, Shi Shivraj, Singh Chouhan. Image from Welspun Renewables

Finnish energy solutions provider Fortum announced plans to invest EUR 200-400 million in solar projects in India, while reports emerged that IDFC Alternatives is in talks to invest $90 million in ACME Solar projects in India.

Indian energy minister threatens to file 16 solar cases against US with WTO

Piyush Goyal.

Warning shot fired by Piyush Goyal is latest in tit for tat dispute between India and the U.S. over the former's domestic content requirements for solar. Comments draw ire from industry.

TerraForm Global acquires 26.4 MW solar farm in Uruguay

The 26.4 MW solar plant acquired by TerraForm Global is located in Uruguay's northern Artigas province.

Estranged yieldco of SunEdison finalizes $35.4 million deal for power plant built by Spain's Solarpack Corp. Tecnologica SL as it seeks to stand apart from its beleaguered parent company.

SolarCity closes on $188 million worth of tax equity financing

This is the second large fund that SolarCity has closed on in the past two days.

New Hampshire Senate passes bill to double net metering cap

The state’s governor is expected to sign the bill, which will allow New Hampshire to install up to 100 MW of solar PV under net metering.

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Germany's Abakus Solar applies for preliminary insolvency

Abakus Solar's 38.1 MW Great Wilbraham PV park near Cambridge, England.

German PV company Abakus Solar AG on Thursday applied for the initiation of preliminary insolvency proceedings in a local court in the city of Essen.

SolarCity closes $150 million financing facility for commercial solar and battery storage

SolarCity - ZEP installation

In addition to its new financing vehicle, which is aimed at solar projects for businesses, schools and government agencies, SolarCity has appointed former FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff as its new chief policy officer.

SMA acquires stake in US firm Tigo Energy

Tigo Energy’s TS4 Retrofit platform for module optimization

The leading German inverter manufacturer has purchased a 27% share in the California-based company with the aim of tapping into the smart module technology market.

IEA PVPS: Installed PV capacity at 227 GW worldwide

India PV installation

China remains the world's biggest market, heading towards 15.3 GW, well ahead of the EU and the U.S. with more than 7 GW each. The IEA PVPS describes India, with 2 GW, as "the rising star in the PV sector."

Turkey's solar market heats up

Istanbul, Turkey

A new manufacturing facility and increased activitiy from domestic as well as foreign players is boosting Turkey's solar sector despite some regulatory obstacles.

Massachusetts House, Senate approve bill to lift net metering caps

The compromise bill has sped through both Houses, and now will go to Governor Charlie Baker's desk. Under new regulations larger private solar installations will see compensation cut.

Global renewable energy capacity grew at record speed in 2015

IRENA infographic highlighting renewable energy capacity growth in 2015

Renewable power generation capacity grew by 152 GW in 2015, which, at 8.3%, is the highest increase ever recorded, predominately driven by huge capacity increases in Asia. Global solar capacity enjoyed unprecedented growth of 26%...

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