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SunPower sets new solar efficiency record

SunPower E20 PV module

US company SunPower achieved an efficiency of 24.1% for a module using silicon cells, which is just the latest in a number of efficiency records for solar technology, showing that the modules are moving in the right direction.

Brexit interview: The EU has been the driver of solar in the UK, says James Watson

James Watson is the CEO of SolarPower Europe.

With the U.K. set to go to the polls on June 23rd to vote on an In/Out referendum on the country's EU membership, pv magazine caught up with James Watson, a Brit and the CEO of SolarPower Europe, to canvass his opinion on the...

Solar now India's fastest-growing new energy source, says Mercom

Data from Mercom and the MNRE reveals that India is on course to accelerate its solar installation pace in 2017.

Report forecasts India to install around 5 GW of new solar capacity this year, and reveals a bulging solar pipeline that has surpassed 22 GW.

Greece's islands are in need of more PV and storage

Limnionas in Kos, Greece. Image by Michal Osmenda.

While Greece's solar PV market starts to gather heat, pv magazine explores why Greece's non-interconnected island region is the country's number one spot in need of more solar PV and storage projects.

France: EDF embraces self-consumption and digitization

Tour EDF, La Défense, Paris. Image Joe deSousa.

French utility EDF announced the launch of a new solar PV self-consumption offering under the Mon Soleil and Moi banner, which will become EDF’s sole offering for residential customers in France.

Solar going through the roof in India

Rooftop PV system on the Lotus Temple, New Delhi.

India’s central ministries are due to pledge an ambitious 5 GW of rooftop PV to be installed on their rooftops and on vacant lands they own during the National Workshop on Roof Top Solar Power on Tuesday.

Yingli expects Q1 profit: preliminary report

Yingli PV production.

Struggling Chinese solar firm issues preliminary data that suggests it will turn a profit in the first quarter of 2016 for the first time since Q3 2011.

Juwi commisions 25 MW solar plant on former Japanese golf course

The 25 MW solar plant sits on a former golf course in Iwate Prefecture.

The array has been built on the former Iwate Hirono golf course in Iwate Prefecture, with Tohoku Electric Power signing a 25-year PPA for the plant and juwi providing O&M.

Azure inaugurates 28 MW PV plant in Punjab, with another 150 MW plant getting going

Punjab Province. Wikimedia.

Indian solar company Azure Power marked the opening of a 28 MW PV plant in Punjab, India, on the same day that it laid the first stone for a 150 MW PV plant in the same state, further consolidating itself as the biggest solar...

GE Ventures invests in Sonnen

Sonnen sonnenBatterie.

Undisclosed amount from GE into German battery manufacturer part of latest round of fundraising by Sonnen, which produces lithium-ion storage solutions.

Operations begin at world’s largest port-based solar system

9.5MWp system at Jurong Port, Singapore.

The 9.5 MWp system was developed at the Jurong Port in Singapore in collaboration with Sunseap Group and becomes the largest port-based solar energy generation system in the world.

Australian Green Party launches bold solar policy ahead of elections

Solar commercial installation.

The Greens want to encourage a fair price for solar that will enable all homeowners to reap the benefits of PV. Australians go to the polls on July 2.

Russian company to buy PV production equipment from Meyer Burger

Meyer Burger Smartwire cell

Russia's largest integrated solar company, Hevel LLC, has placed an order for CHF 22 million (USD22.5 million) of production equipment that covers the entire PV value chain from Meyer Burger.

GTM Research: Latin America to install 2.2 GW of solar PV this year

GTM Research expects Latin America’s solar market to grow 55% over last year’s levels, as a breakout year for solar in Mexico and Brazil.

The pv magazine weekly news digest

Not a crystal ball.

As IHS warns of an impending oversupply and subsequent market shakeout, and GTM calculates large-scale U.S. solar costs to fall below 1 dollar per watt by 2020, are we approaching peak PV?

Greece considers new retroactive PV cuts

Greek solar park.

Greece's solar PV drama appears open-ended, at least as long as the deficit in the fund that remunerates renewable energy generators remains. Rumors about new retroactive tariff cuts in existing PV installations are spreading...

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