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Will Iran turn to PV?

British Photovoltaic Association (BPVA) and The Renewable Energy Organisation of Iran (SUNA) signing a cooperation agreement.

Eye-catching news regarding solar PV in Iran is coming thick and fast, which is piquing the interest of investors in the Iranian energy market. But how realistic is Iran’s anticipated solar PV renaissance?


Hemlock leveraging SolarWorld contracts to get Chinese trade duties removed

Hemlock Semiconductor headquarters. Flickr image by Saginaw Future.

The court document from the dramatic initial ruling in the SolarWorld and Hemlock Semiconductor polysilicon dispute reveals that Hemlock was willing to negotiate amendments to the polysilicon Supply Agreements with SolarWorld...


U.S. Federal Court rules against SolarWorld in polysilicon dispute

Solarworld CEO Frank Asbeck

The U.S. court adjudicating on the legal dispute between SolarWorld subsidiary Deutsche Solar and Hemlock Semiconductor has granted a motion for a summary judgment, dismissing SolarWorld's submission for the case to be heard by a...


Storage ITC bill introduced in US congress

U.S. home battery.

Introduced in the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate, the new Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Deployment Act could do for residential and commercial storage what the previous tax credit did for solar.


US: Commercial storage to be economically attractive in 19 states by 2021, finds GTM report

Belectric storage unit.

Financially viable in just a handful of states today, commercial storage will make economic sense across 19 states by 2021 as battery costs fall, finds a GTM Research report.


SolarCity collaborates with PG&E on distributed energy project

SolarCity installation, U.S.

The U.S. residential PV installer will work with the Pacific Gas and Electric Company in San Jose, California, to test the efficacy of coordinated solar smart inverters and storage for enhanced grid stability.


Sonnen readies commercial 30kWh storage solution

Sonnen storage system.

The company is offering a broad size range of the modular sonnenBatterie pro, from 18kW/ 24kWh up to 90kW 240 kWh, with a general price range between $35,000 and $125,000.


Intersolar North America: SmartFlower unfurls Its dual-axis tracker

The Smartflower dual-axis tracker is 2.5 kWh but delivers the equivalent of a 4 kWh rooftop system.

Austrian firm launches its 4kWh-equivalent standalone solar system at the exhibition.


Installation Innovation Award winner: Maxx-Solar Energy

Maxx-Solar Energy is the winner of the inaugural pv magazine Hanwha Q CELLS Installation Innovation Award - Europe.

After three weeks of intense voting, pv magazine and Hanwha Q CELLS is happy to declare Maxx-Solar Energy as the winner for its inventive project: delivering innovative financing solutions for solar PV in Africa.


EU investigating three Chinese PV manufacturers for alleged breaches of the MIP

European Union flags. Image Flickr Stuart Chalmers.

The investigation by the European Commission will determine whether the three companies breached minimum import price (MIP) rules for Chinese PV exporters to the EU during transactions in 2015, which would result in them being...


EBRD injects funding into Turkey's renewables

Turkey national flag. Image by Flickr KLMircea.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is injecting USD110 million in new funds to Akbank, one of Turkey's largest banks, to finance private companies investing in renewable energy and energy efficiency...


Australia to break through 5GW rooftop solar mark in July

PV installed each month, nationally. Graphic by SunWiz.

The amount of rooftop solar installed across Australia is expected to break through the 5GW mark in July, reaching a remarkable milestone in a sector that was virtually non-existent in 2009.


Duke Energy backs $225 million in C&I solar projects

Duke Energy 14MW Blue Wing project in San Antonio, Texas. Image by Duke Energy flickr.

The funding is part of an expansion of C&I developer REC Solar’s channel partner program.


Toshiba to supply battery control systems for Japan's "virtual power plant"

BESS battery energy storage system Toshiba. Image Toshiba

Toshiba has agreed to supply Integrated control systems for 10kWh storage batteries that will be used in a “virtual power plant” pilot project in Japan.


Trina Solar and Asia Clean Capital to build over 300 MW of PV in China

Trina Solar cell manufacturing.

Trina Solar and rooftop PV developer Asia Clean Capital (ACC) have agreed to jointly build more than 300MW of solar capacity in China over the next three years. Under the terms of their cooperation agreement, Hong Kong-based ACC...


Solar Frontier Americas breaks ground on 107 MW of solar projects

Construction work has now begun in Imperial County, California, on both large-scale solar PV plants from Solar Frontier.

The U.S. subsidiary of the Japanese CIS solar specialist has seen construction begin on two large-scale U.S. solar projects in California's Imperial County.


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