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IFC program pledges 200 MW solar for Senegal

More than half of the people in Senegal have no access to electricity, so the IFC hopes its Scaling Solar initiative can bring power to many more.

Senegal become second African country to join the International Finance Corporation's Scaling Solar program; 200 MW of PV capacity additions scheduled over the next few years.


KKR rebrands Gestamp Solar in $500m overhaul

Gestamp Solar has been rebranded as X-Elio and kitted out with a $500 million warchest and 2.5 GW solar installation target.

The global investment firm renames Gestamp Solar as X-Elio and pledges to steer half a billion dollars into the acquired company to aid expansion efforts across various solar markets.


California surpasses 75,000 solar jobs

The release of state-level U.S. solar employment information shows rapid growth in a number of states but also the danger of layoffs due to policy changes.


GTM Research: Residential solar has passed grid parity in 20 states already

The company's latest report finds that under current policies residential solar will reach grid parity in 42 states by 2020, but expects policy changes to undermine these economics.


India to soon hold new solar tenders for 2 to 4 GW

Small PV plant in India

Speaking at the India-Australia Energy Dialogue in Brisbane, Indian Power Minister Piyush Goyal said feed-in tariffs could be cut by a further 10%. At the same time, Goyal is exploring ways of encouraging India's farmers to start...


SolarWorld’s bifacial modules and home storage solution one step closer to market

The SolarWorld Sunmodule Bisun can, according to the company, increase energy yield by as much as 25%.

The German firm's Sunmodule Bisun glass-glass module, which uses bifacial cells based on PERC technology, to be presented at forthcoming exhibition in Frankfurt; modular SunPac LiOn battery also to be unveiled.


Adani goes for solar Down Under

Queensland, Australia.

With its lofty plans to build Australia's biggest coal project facing delays, the Indian mining group is turning to solar and is looking to partner with international companies in developing clean energy in the states of...


Enel Green Power revenue flat for 2015, EBITDA falls 5.3%

EGP solar farm.

The Italian clean energy developer posts total revenue for 2015 of EUR 3bn, which mirrors 2014 performance; net installed capacity of clean energy reaches 10.5 GW, a 9% increase.


SolarCity reports strong Q4 results, resumes focus on growth

The largest U.S. residential solar company installed a record 272 MW during Q4, with a record low cost of US$2.71 per watt. With ITC extension, SolarCity has changed its strategy and will continue to pursue a larger market share.


Renewables reach 17.8% of French electricity consumption in 2015

France’s grid operator reports that the nation has reached 6.19 GW of solar PV, enough to meet 1.6% of electricity demand.


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...


Japan: Green transport ship sets sail with Solar Frontier CIS panels

K Line's Drive Green Highway transport ship

"This is one example of the greater role that solar energy has to play in our future, supporting an ever broader range of technologies in a wider range of industries," says Solar Frontier CEO Atsuhiko Hirano.


SolarEdge ships 10 millionth power optimizer

Israeli PV inverter and optimizer specialist shipped half of its 10 million power optimizers in 2015, reaching the 10 million milestone after just six years of commercial shipments.


Ikea halts sales of solar PV in UK

Ikea store

The Swedish furniture and home accessories giant has been an avid proponent of clean energy, but following drastic cuts in the U.K.’s solar subsidies, it has decided to stop selling solar systems in the country.


Europe: Solar market grows 15% in 2015

Solarcentury PV plant with sheep

While demand for solar systems has declined or remained flat in most of European countries, the United Kingdom's muscular solar growth led to a dramatic increase in demand for Europe as a whole.


Panasonic to suspend PV cell assembly amid declining demand

Panasonic HIT cell

Panasonic Corp. is set to suspend operations at one of its PV cell plants for several months amid dwindling demand, Japanese news agency Kyodo reported Tuesday.


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