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SMA lowers financial forecast for 2016

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German inverter manufacturer, SMA Solar Technology, has been forced to reduce its financial outlook for 2016, making it the second German solar industry manufacturer to announce forecast reductions today, after SolarWorld made a...

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Under the planned agreement, Panasonic will manufacture cells and modules at Tesla's plant in Buffalo, New York.

It’s been a week of broken records and big investments for the global solar industry. The Indian market still looks unstoppable, while Tesla continue to make big moves in the U.S. industry, despite not yet knowing if and when...

Turkey to launch 1 GW tender

Turkish flag.

Turkey will tender for up to 1 GW of PV to be developed in the central region of Konya. Turkish press is reporting that the tender will be for a 1 GW array, titled the Karapinar solar project, and that a 2,000 hectare site has...

Neo Solar Power raises $120 million via bond offering

The Taiwanese company’s third placement of credit-enhanced zero coupon convertible bonds (ECBs) earlier this week was twice-oversubscribed.

Swinerton, D.E. Shaw complete the largest solar plant in the Midwest

Xcel Energy will buy power from the 100 MW-AC North Star Solar facility in Minnesota.

Stunning price falls could spark another gold rush for US solar PV market

SolarCity rooftop array. Flickr image by orngejuglr.

A Deutsche Bank report has predicted "sharp declines" in US solar module and inverter prices that it says could drive payback periods down to less than five years and spark a "final 'gold rush'" in the American residential,...

India's rooftop PV capacity passes 1GW: report

The country has built 513 MW of additional rooftop capacity over the past 12 months, bringing cumulative installations to 1.02GW, according to research firm Bridge to India.

Indian government to invest $3.1bn in 5GW of PV production: report

New Delhi will soon unveil plans to provide 210 billion rupees ($3.1 billion) to ramp up domestic output of solar panels, Bloomberg reports, citing officials close to the matter.

Tesla strengthens Panasonic solar bond with cell and module collaboration


The two firms have signed a non-binding letter of intent to collaborate on the production of solar modules and cells at Tesla's Buffalo facility. Deal rests on completion of Tesla's SolarCity acquisition.

ECCC report: Energy storage can be revolutionary for the UK

Battery solar storage system. Image by Solarpraxis' Andreas Schlegel.

The Energy and Climate Change Select Committee (ECCC) will release its final report on 15 October, which will highlight the importance of energy storage and demand-side technologies for the future energy transition, and can offer...

NGOs call on EU to remove trade duties against China

Climate Action Network, E3G, EKOenergy, Greenpeace, and WWF logos.

Five prominent NGOs have written a letter to the European Commission, calling for an end to trade duties that are applied to Chinese PV manufacturers, claiming that they are counterproductive for action on climate change, adding...

European Commission seeks to bar five Chinese PV manufacturers from price undertaking

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Citing alleged violations of the minimum import price agreement with Chinese PV manufacturers, the European Commission has moved to remove Huashun China and Seraphim China from the undertaking. Another three producers have...

Tesla, SolarCity set November 17 as date for shareholder votes

The moment of truth is coming for the consolidation of Elon Musk’s clean energy empire.

Germany launches first cross-border PV auction with Denmark

PV farm, Fuerstenwalde, Germany

Germany's Federal Network Agency, which oversees the country's solar auctions and renewable energy incentive regulation, announced on Wednesday the first mutually opened auction for ground-mounted PV installations with Denmark.

Jinko agrees to sell downstream business in China

JinkoSolar PV project China. Image: JinkoSolar.

A couple of interesting announcements came out of Chinese solar company JinkoSolar today, as first it revealed a 300 MW module supply deal with PV developer Senyuan Electric, then it announced that it has agreed to sell the Jinko...

Enabling policies and better grid integration needed to boost renewables

Solar and wind combined. Image by Tom Baerwald Solarpraxis.

This was the message coming out of the 23rd World Energy Congress being held in Istanbul, as renewable energy industry leaders lauded the achievements of the industry, but were quick to point out the hard work that was needed to...

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