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IHS forecasts 2.7 GW of new PV in Latin America in 2016

IHS highlights the relevance which public auctions have acquired for the growth of solar PV in Latin America. Argentina is among the new PV markets in the region, where a new renewable energy auction was recently launched with a...


Ontario to re-open the microFIT program on July 21 (Updated with microFIT rates)

The Canadian province will launch version 4.0 of the program weeks earlier than scheduled, however installation levels are only a fraction of last year's.


A question of quality for European module manufacturers

Automation at Aleo Solar in Prenzlau.

In the run-up to the third pv magazine quality roundtable at Intersolar Europe, we report on a survey of European manufacturers about strategy and quality. The question is, what makes Made in Europe attractive to buyers looking...


Greenskies jumps to #1 in the U.S. C&I solar sector during Q1

GTM Research says SolarCity fell to second place in the commercial and industrial market during the quarter.


GTAT bounces back with large polysilicon orders

The American equipment maker has made its first announcement of large equipment orders since exiting bankruptcy in March.


The pv magazine weekly news digest

Solar panel in the sunshine.

In a week shaped by three pivotal reports that each forecast a bright future for solar, there was still a reminder of the industry's unforgiving landscape for companies that fail to move with the times, and markets.


PV Market Alliance: More than 60 GW of solar will be installed in 2016

The alliance of market researchers predicts 20% growth over the next two years, with the 2017 market exceeding 70 GW.


U.S. federal government leads energy storage commitments

At a summit at the White House a wide array of actors made commitments to fund and deploy energy storage, accompanied by the release of a new report on technical and economic dimensions of renewable energy integration.


Inverter shipments to reach 90 GW globally by 2020, says GTM

The latest GTM PV Inverter and MLPE Landscape 2016 report shows how central inverters are set to lose their market dominance over the coming years.

New report suggests that PV inverters and module level power electronics will grow by an average annual rate of 11% between now and 2020, with central inverters set to relinquish market dominance.


ZSW sets new thin film solar world record with 22.6% efficient CIGS PV cell

The new efficiency bests Solar Frontier’s thin film record set six months ago by 0.3%.


Burnt out, incompatible connectors

Black sheep campaign: PV panel manufacturers selling plug connectors as MC4 compatible is nothing unusual. Two operators who have installed such modules are now struggling with lost insurance coverage and fires.


IRENA forecasts 59% solar PV price reduction by 2025

Electricity generated by solar PV is likely to be 59% cheaper by 2025, according to an IRENA study.

New report from the International Renewable Energy Agency suggests that the average cost for electricity generated by solar PV could decrease by as much as 59% by 2025 compared to 2015 prices.


SolarWorld ramps 72-cell module production in Oregon

The German-American PV maker has now reached 550 MW of annual module capacity at its facility near Portland, Oregon, and has additionally begun production of 5-busbar cells and monocrystalline silicon ingots.


Quality, reliability and a track record: New video report from the SolarWorld 2016 Installer Summit

As part of our pv magazine LIVE series, we bring you a new video report from SolarWorld’s 2016 Installer Summit in Portland Oregon, including commentary from SolarWorld Americas President Mukesh Dulani.


PID-related performance drop in a solar farm

Solar cells that show up as dark spots on an electroluminescence image can be an indication of potential-induced degradation.

Black Sheep campaign: Some PV panels or batches of modules are susceptible to potential induced degradation (PID), while others are scarcely affected. Currently, many PV farm operators are experiencing this reality. The third...


Yingli Q1 profit of $72.8m is first for company since 2011

Yingli solar manufacturing.

Chinese module manufacturer increases revenue, module shipments and gross margin in first quarter of 2016 following concerted effort to supply higher cost markets.


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