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IHS: Global solar PV pipeline surpasses 200 GW

California Enfinity solar PV plant

The extension of the ITC in the U.S. has bolstered the country's PV sector, leading to the biggest growth in the global pipeline. Around the world, the trend towards increased system sizes is apparent, with two-thirds of the...


IHS: U.S. market boosts inverter sales for SMA, SolarEdge

Both SMA Solar Technology AG and SolarEdge have reported strong quarterly results in recent weeks, which IHS Technology credits with their position in the U.S. inverter market.


UK: Commercial rooftop PV can still be profitable, says industry

Commercial installation, England.

Following the U.K. government's cuts for all forms of solar subsidy, the PV industry makes the case that rooftop PV, especially commercial, can still be a profitable investment.


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Solar's march across the globe is heartening to see, as is its ability to still ruffle feathers in the largest markets.

The solar big guns were out in force this week as changes to the U.S. net metering landscape rolled into Nevada. Elsewhere, China proved its PV prowess, Japan saw a shakeup and Germany confirmed its relative demise.


Yingli receives $300m state-backed loan to ease restructuring process

Yingli solar PV production.

The Tier-1 Chinese solar developer has secured a loan of approximately CNY 2 billion from the Chinese National Development Bank to help the firm pay down its debts.


London: Europe's next wave of solar needs to be smart

Digitalized, decentralized and smarter: the solutions that could solve Europe's solar bottleneck.

Solar power is at the forefront of a smarter energy sector, but to enable a new wave of PV installations in Europe, solar needs new regulatory frameworks that value flexibility, says the Smart Energy UK and Europe conference in...


China: NEA data puts cumulative PV capacity at 43.2 GW

PV module production, China.

Statistics from National Energy Administration echo those published in January by state news agency Xinhua, confirming China is now the world's largest market for installed solar PV capacity.


SolarEdge fiscal Q2 sales surge 70% Y/Y on US growth

SolarEdge's record revenues for fiscal Q2 were a 70% increase in the space of a year, driven largely by growth in the U.S. market.

The power optimizer specialists post record revenue of $124.8 million for the fiscal second quarter of 2016, shipping 416 MW of inverters to exceed market expectations.


Morocco inaugurates 160 MW solar CSP plant as first phase of Noor complex

While the World Bank says that the Noor 1 plant will bring down the cost of concentrating solar power, the future of the technology does not look promising.


U.S. Senators move to preserve solar net metering through energy bill amendment

The bill would require state regulators to account for the benefits of distributed solar before changing net metering valuations, and would prevent the sort of retroactive changes that Nevada has imposed.


US: Landmark Dividend snaps up real estate home to 238 MW of installed renewables

The sale-leaseback transaction has added 238 MW of clean energy capacity to Landmark Dividend's portfolio.

Real estate investor in California has finalized acquisition of 3,500 acres of land across the state and, in doing so, has added 238 MW of existing clean energy capacity to its portfolio.


Moody's: green bonds could top $50bn this year on post-COP21 surge

Eiffel Tower during COP21.

Ratings agency expects momentum from the Paris Agreement to motivate additional and repeat issuance of green bonds on a global scale, building on dramatic spike recorded in Q4 2015.


Expert analysis: Back in black: SolarWorld provides optimistic outlook for 2016

SolarWorld HQ, U.S.

On February 1, Solarworld published its preliminary business figures for 2015 and provided an optimistic outlook for 2016. Industry expert and Smart Solar Consulting CEO Götz Fischbeck delivers his analysis on SolarWorld’s...


SunEdison offloads Japanese assets, assesses Vivint deal options

SunEdison solar PV installation.

The U.S. renewables developer agrees deal to sell its entire 198 MW solar PV portfolio in Japan for around $80 million while, closer to home, the company evaluates options that will see the Vivint acquisition finally closed.


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Renewables to reach over 14% of U.S. electricity generation this year

The latest data from the U.S. Energy Department projects that utility-scale wind and solar will supply 5.2% and 0.8% of U.S. electricity in 2016, which will support an overall 9.5% growth in renewable generation.


NV Energy changes its tune on grandfathering of net metering customers in Nevada

The Nevada utility’s press statements had proposed allowing existing net metering customers to stay under the original “up to 20 years”, but the devil is in the details.


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