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REC calls for more solar to close COP21 gap

Nasa satellite photo of the U.S.

A new study by solar PV group REC indicates that while solar energy can make a significant contribution to limiting the global temperature rise, the required capacity ramp-up could be up to nine times higher in 2025 than...

Delayed Yingli financials reveal 2015 net loss of $864 million, debts of $1.8bn

Yingli fab.

The Chinese solar giant saw its operating expenses increase to 54.3% due to severe impairment losses on property, plant and equipment; revenue and module shipments also down Y/Y.

Canadian Solar earnings slip 63% sequentially in Q1, beats expectations for quarter

Canadian Solar CEO Shawn Qu.

The Chinese solar firm achieved net income of $22.6 million in the first quarter, down by 63% on Q4 2015, but $721.4 million revenue beat Q1 guidance, which ranged between $645 million and $695 million.

S-Energy to supply 74 MW of modules for two PV projects in Colorado

S-Energy’s SN-series modules will be utilized in juwi’s two large-scale solar facilities, both expected to achieve commercial operation by the end of the year

S-Energy will supply over 74 MW of PV modules for two utility-scale projects that are being developed by juwi Inc. in Colorado.

SunEdison yieldcos TerraForm Power & TerraForm Global granted financial report extension

SunEdison installation.

TerraForm Power and TerraForm Global, the yieldcos of bankrupt renewable energy company SunEdison, have struck a pact to extend the deadline for filing their annual report.

Gamesa combines PV, wind, diesel and storage in off-grid system

Gamesa's off-grid solution enables combination of different power sources, depending on the needs of the owner

Gamesa has installed a prototype of its 2 MW off-grid system, combining solar, wind, diesel-fueled power generation and energy storage batteries, in La Muela municipality, Spain.

Sonnen bests Tesla's Powerwall in Q1 battery sales


The German storage startup takes the fight to Tesla in 2016, selling 2,600 batteries in the first quarter to edge out Tesla, which confirmed earlier this month that it has sold 2,500 Powerwalls during the same period.

Southern Company expands moves into DG with PowerSecure acquisition

The acquisition by the U.S. utility holding company follows on earlier moves to enter the rooftop PV market.

Duke Energy begins construction on 25 MW New Mexico solar plant

New Mexico

The U.S. utility acquired the project from Infigen Energy and expect to complete and connect the solar farm in Quay County before the end of 2016.

Daqo reports under $10/kg polysilicon production during Q1

The Chinese polysilicon and wafer maker has stayed profitable despite record low prices, and expects further improvements as polysilicon supply tightens.

Latin America becomes more attractive for renewable energy investment, as Europe suffers the reverse trend

100 MWp Amanecer Solar CAP plant in Chile, developed by SunEdision. Photo: SunEdison

Emerging markets, especially in Latin America, are becoming hot beds for renewable energy investment, while European countries tumble down the league table of the Ernst & Young renewable energy country attractiveness index.

Solas Éireann partners with GSE to develop 250 MW of PV in Ireland

Construction work for the Bombardier solar plant, located near Belfast City Airport

Solas Éireann entered into a joint venture with Golden Square Energy, aiming to develop more than 250 MW of PV projects across Ireland.

GT Advanced Technologies to release new multicrystalline furnace at SNEC

GT Advanced Technologies HiCZ ingot puller

It’s more positive news for GT Advanced Technologies after emerging from bankruptcy earlier in the year, with the new furnace capable of producing more than 20 MW worth of ingots annually.

Back to business as usual for Vivint Solar, as it releases Q1 results

Vivint Solar Headquarters

After the trauma of the failed acquisition by SunEdision, Vivint Solar is going back to its business roots and has posted first quarter results that show increasing installations and bookings, although its costs are on the rise.

SolarCity continues installation growth in Q1, but bookings drop on policy issues

The largest distributed solar installer in the U.S. is continuing to grow, but some of the details were bumpy in Q1 due to interruptions in net metering policies in several states.

Renewables peak at 95% of German electricity demand

About 95% of the country’s energy demand could be covered by renewable energy sources

On Sunday, May 8, renewables reached a record 95 % of German electricity consumption at 11 AM.

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