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Third phase of Dubai's DEWA solar project attracts record low bid of US 2.99 cents/kWh

Dubai skyline

Five bids worth a total of 800 MW of solar PV capacity have been submitted in the third phase tender for projects at the Dubai Electricity & Water Authority solar park; lowest bid of 2.99 cents per kilowatt-hour received.


Germany: Sonnenstromfabrik resumes PV module production

Sonnenstromfabrik in Wismar, Germany

Sonnenstromfabrik is back in business. The German solar PV module manufacturer is under new management and producing its own branded products as well as for OEM customers.


Work begins on a 13.6 MW PV plant in Chihuahua, Mexico

It is predicted that the Los Santos 1 project will enter service in July. The investment for this project in the North of Mexico stands at around US$40 million.


IHS examines 22% price gap between modules from China and global rivals

Trina Solar PV module production

PV module manufacturing costs in China remain considerably lower than other parts of the world. Efficiencies of production, product and material innovations and economies of scale continue to reduce costs, but what's behind...


Greenpeace ranks South African retailers on renewable energy commitments

Johannesburg, South Africa

While some of the country's leading retailers have solar PV installations and pilot projects in the works, Greenpeace says there's "significant room to improve."


Sunrun opens new branch office, warehouse in South Carolina

Sunrun residential installation.

The U.S. residential solar lease provider expands its presence in South Carolina with the inauguration of a new office and supply warehouse in the city of Columbia.


New Development Bank greenlights $811 million for renewable energy in member countries

Cape Town, South Africa

Launched last year by Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, the Shanghai-based New Development Bank has made clean energy a primary focus.


Solar Frontier supplies modules for California farm projects

Kern County, California

Staten Solar has selected Solar Frontier modules for more than a dozen solar PV projects on California farms. The EPC company employed its own levee-mounted racking systems for the unique plants.


Wacker opens US polysilicon production site in Tennessee

Wacker US plant, Charleston, Tennessee

At $2.5 billion, the new site is Wacker's largest single investment ever. The German chemcial giant is expecting muscular growth global PV capacity to spur demand for high-grade polysilicon.


Italy's Carlo Maresca to build 50 MW solar PV plant in Iran

Tehran, Iran

The construction and green energy company inked the solar farm deal on the sidelines of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's visit to Iran last week.


US community solar programs could reach 1.5 GW by 2020

Community solar garden

Community solar could potentially capture 2% of the U.S. solar market, according to a new report by Navigant Research.


Germany: Solarwatt acquires storage specialist e-Wolf

Solarwatt's headquarters in Dresden

The German battery technology start-up boasts the storage experts behind Formula 1 team Toyota Racing's kinetic energy recovery system (KERS). Solarwatt expects the acquisition to reduce storage system costs over the long run.


US: New standardization initiative could save billions for solar users

Sunrun residential PV system

Sponsored by the U.S. Energy Department, the Orange Button initiative is expected to reduce the cost of capital as a result of improved access to solar data, which would lower risks and result in savings of nearly $9 billion over...


Vivint Solar reassures investors with Q1 data

On an interim analyst and investor call, the residential solar installer reports increased bookings and installed capacity in Q1, but also noted that installed costs have increased.


Design your own Solar: Sunworks reports strong interest in new concept

Sunworks Solar Design Center in Rocklin, California

US solar provider Sunworks has opened an innovative design center, where customers can not only learn about the benefits of solar power, but can design their own personalized system, at a time when inventive mounted arrays are...


Largest PV plant hooked up in Ghana

20 MW solar plant in Winneba, Ghana

Chinese firm Beijing Xiaocheng Company developed the 20 MW plant, which has been connected to the grid, and is helping Ghana overcome its power crisis.


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