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Kyocera and partners to build 92 MW Japan solar plant

Kagoshima City.

Investment in large-scale PV project to total $284 million, site identified in southwestern prefecture of Kagoshima.


PV plans abound, but Jordan can’t rest on its laurels

News of solar PV plans in Jordan is coming in fast and thick on the back of announcements last week that projects totaling 200 MW had been tendered at record low prices. The country appears to be gearing up for its day in the...


The pv magazine weekly news digest

Katie Price at a book signing.

Crippling debts and absentee chairmen hogged the headlines coming out of China this week but amid the madness, there was good news out of the US and the Middle East.


Conergy and Sungrow announce inverter partnership

Under a new partnership, Germany-based Conergy will purchase inverters from Sungrow for its global commercial and utility-scale solar pipeline. The first joint project will see a 5 MW PV system installed in the U.K.


Yingli issues statement refuting liquidation reports

Yingli production.

Chinese solar giant states that it is "optimistic" and "confident" about its ability to continue servicing the global market, following recent reports to the contrary. Company announces keenly awaited conference call.


US: SEIA forecasts 25-50% solar market growth in 2016

SEIA forecasts 25-50% market growth in all U.S. solar sectors by 2016. Analyzing the industry from 2004 to 2014, the association finds "huge" growth rates in the employment and investment sectors, in addition to solar deployment....


Yingli Green Energy reveals hefty debt burden, may have to liquidate assets

Yingli Solar production facility.

The leading solar manufacturer issues SEC filing in which it raises specter of inability to meet its outstanding obligations, which currently stand at more than $1.6bn.


Tesla Powerwall battery coming to Germany in Q4

Tesla Powerwall battery storage system

The announcement of a new and low-priced home battery from U.S. manufacturer Tesla is has generated quite a buzz in Germany, although many questions have remained unanswered -- until now. pv magazine speaks to Tesla about its...


Deutsche Bank: yieldcos driving bullish solar outlook

A SolarCity van.

Stock analyst Deutsche Bank has produced an investment note in which it has expressed a bullish outlook for solar. Deutsche notes that yieldcos in both established and emerging solar markets are proving to be a major driver of...


Russian government to sell Crimean solar plants to private investors

An Activ solar array in Crimea.

Distressed Crimean PV power plant projects look set to be sold to Russian energy giants at the behest of the government. Foreign buyers are also said to be interested in purchasing the assets.


SMA enjoys strong Q1 sales growth, expands international footprint

SMA CEO Pierre-Pascal Urbon.

The German inverter manufacturer increases year-on-year sales to $254.7 million, driven by growth in the large-scale sector. Hefty staff reduction almost completed.


Solar Frontier to develop 100 MW in UK

Solar Frontier's Tohoku fab.

Japanese thin film producer and project developer Solar Frontier has entered into agreement to supply and construct a 100 MW pipeline of projects in the UK. Construction on the first project will take place in Q3 2015.


E.ON, Sungevity announce plans for German solar market

Germany's E.ON has announced it will work together with U.S. start-up Sungevity in the German energy market. Details on the investment sum were not provided.


Germany: KfW subsidizes over 10,000 solar battery systems

Demand for solar power storage systems in Germany is continuing to rise, with reports that over 10,000 storage batteries for PV systems have been subsidized since 2013. Q1 2015, meanwhile, has seen a 40% YOY increase in the...


EPIA launches O&M best practice taskforce

Module washing

The European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) has launched an Operations and Maintenance (O&M) taskforce to develop best practice guidelines for the fast-growing sector. EPIA brought together stakeholders, service...


SEMI roadmap predicts average module power of 310Wp by 2025

Chinese PV production.

PV module production is set to continue along its historic 20% annual learning curve, with a number of cell and module technologies combining to deliver higher power output and manufacturing profitability. These were some of the...


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