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Sharp mulls China solar cell market entry

Sharp Japan.

Japanese electronics giant is preparing to expand into the Chinese solar market with an eye on supplying megasolar plants being planned across the country. Strategy could prove risky, experts say.


IRENA unveils new solar, wind maps

IRENA Global Atlas renewable energy map

The International Renewable Energy Agency has added a new feature to its Global Atlas that it hopes will accelerate growth in the renewable energy sector worldwide by providing more detailed resource data in an effort to...


UK: Solar will be cheaper than nuclear by time Hinkley plant is built, government admits

Solar farm in England.

Unpublished report by U.K. government calculates cost of large-scale solar to be around GBP 50-75/MWh by 2025, less than nuclear at GBP 85-125/MWh.


Berkeley and GRID research partnership to explore off-grid solar potential

University of California, Berkeley Campus. Flickr image by brainchildvn

The University of California's Berkeley research institute has teamed up with GRID Alternatives to study 'energy access' off-grid solar projects with a view to expanding the reach of off-grid solar around the world.


Net income back in positive figures for Etrion during Q2

Etrion's Japan projects.

Swiss solar power producer Etrion recorded a quarterly net profit during the second quarter of 2016 for the first time since 2014, which it attributes to its solar activities in Japan; where it plans to continue to focus its...


First Solar adds another 130MW of solar PV to India's grid

First Solar project in Rajasthan, India. Image by First Solar.

With the connection of two more utility-scale solar power plants to the grid in India, First Solar's subsidiary in India now has a project portfolio in the country of 260 MW, further establishing itself in what is fast becoming...


SMA grows H1 inverter output to 3.9 GW but announces two fab closures, warns of tough price pressures in 2017

SMA retrofit.

Sales revenue for first six months of the year grows 15.1% to hit EUR 494.1 million, while international share of sales tops 90%. Company announces closure of Denver and Cape Town operations in preparation for tough 2017 price...


IHS names Trina, SunPower, First Solar, Hanwha and Jinko as industry leaders

The company’s PV Module Supplier Scorecard looks at a variety of metrics.


Mitsubishi to invest in US solar firm Nexamp

Nexamp's 2.3 MW community solar farm.

The Japanese corporation reaches agreement to indirectly take a near majority ownership in the firm, which specializes in community and commercial solar installations.


Russia: Hevel develops high-efficiency HJT modules

Hevel solar park in Russia.

Russian PV company Hevel LLC has received a patent for its 20.3% efficiency HJT modules. The company is planning to increase its manufacturing capacity and complete 70 MW of PV plants by the end of the year.


SunPower to shed 1,200 jobs as it cuts revenue forecast and expects 2016 loss

Solar plant project, SunPower.

Extension of the ITC has stripped urgency from U.S. market, company CEO says, prompting a rethink on solar power plant timeline. SunPower will close Philippines fab as part of re-positioning of supply.


SolarEdge growth slows in Q4 FY 2016, but year-on-year results strong

SolarEdge VR at Intersolar Europe.

The Israeli power optimizer specialist compensated for a slowdown in the U.S. residential market by increasing its international sales, ending the fiscal year with a 50.7% revenue increase.


SolarCity shows uneven results in Q2 2016

The leading distributed solar provider is bringing down costs and growing bookings after a difficult Q1, but its losses remain wide.


NRG Yield reports healthy Q2 results

The yieldco of energy company NRG has also announced that it will acquire its parent company’s remaining stake in the 250 MW California Valley Solar Ranch (CVSR) plant.


Greece: new renewable energy law provides feed-in premiums and virtual net-metering

Athens, Greece.

Greece's solar PV market has been a roller coaster over the last decade. The new law, approved last week by Greece's parliament, in support of renewable energies attempts to establish the country's clean energy sector with some...


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