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Japan solar auctions approved by cabinet

Solar PV and a Japanese geisha.

Japanese cabinet approves changes to clean energy incentive program that will include the introduction of a solar auction scheme from April next year, based on recommendations outlined by METI.


REC Silicon to shut down remaining FBR polysilicon production in Washington

The polysilicon maker will also shut down silane units, and says these moves are the result of Chinese import duties on U.S. polysilicon. Falling polysilicon prices may also play a role.


Canada: Alberta introduces new solar initiative

Edmonton, Alberta

The province has unveiled new solar funding programs aimed at municipalities and farms that offers rebates of up to $0.75 per watt. The government reports "a tremendous amount of enthusiasm and uptake for these kinds of programs."


The pv magazine weekly news digest

Solar's march across the globe is heartening to see, as is its ability to still ruffle feathers in the largest markets.

The solar big guns were out in force this week as changes to the U.S. net metering landscape rolled into Nevada. Elsewhere, China proved its PV prowess, Japan saw a shakeup and Germany confirmed its relative demise.


US: Cumulative solar installs top 28 GW, 16 GW of renewables installed in 2015

Cumulative utility-scale solar installs have topped 17 GW in the US

According to a new study by BNEF and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, cumulative solar capacity in the U.S. has reached 28 GW, of which 7.3 GW was installed in 2015. Overall, last year saw 16 GW of renewables added,...


U.S. Senators move to preserve solar net metering through energy bill amendment

The bill would require state regulators to account for the benefits of distributed solar before changing net metering valuations, and would prevent the sort of retroactive changes that Nevada has imposed.


Panasonic’s solar PV sales suffer from Japanese market weakness

Panasonic reports a slight decrease in sales and a sharper fall in profitability in its Eco Solutions business, which it blames on slowing domestic demand for its solar PV solutions and other products.


SunEdison offloads Japanese assets, assesses Vivint deal options

SunEdison solar PV installation.

The U.S. renewables developer agrees deal to sell its entire 198 MW solar PV portfolio in Japan for around $80 million while, closer to home, the company evaluates options that will see the Vivint acquisition finally closed.


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IHS: The United States will install 15 GW of solar PV in 2016

The firm forecasts a 60% year-over-year growth in the U.S. solar market in 2016, but contraction next year.


Expert analysis: Is SMA out of the woods? Outlook for 2016 is promising

SMA has been successful in turning its business around

On January 29, SMA published its outlook for 2016, both in terms of financial goals and upcoming product innovations. Industry expert and Smart Solar Consulting CEO, Götz Fischbeck has crunched the numbers and examined how the...


Germany: Solar installs just 1.37 GW in 2015

It's hard to calculate the exact amount of solar PV added in 2015 in Germany, but it is clearly under 1.5 GW

2015 saw declining solar PV activity in Germany once again, with under 1.5 GW installed throughout the year. In December, the Federal Network Agency registered just under 145 MW of new capacity. Meanwhile, four ground-mounted...


Sonnen announces partnerships for a more full energy storage offering

Concurrent with the opening of the company’s new U.S. headquarters in Los Angeles, battery storage integrator Sonnen has partnered with PetersenDean, SolarWorld and Spruce Finance.


SMA forecasts 'considerable earnings increase' in 2016

SMA Solar Technology AG

The German inverter maker is banking on booming business from the digitization of the energy sector and predicts up to a fourfold increase in operating profit in 2016. The company is presenting the upbeat outlook to analysts and...


California regulators approve net metering 2.0

The California Public Utilities Commission has narrowly ruled in favor of a successor program to net metering in the state, which looks generally similar to the original program.


California regulators propose minor changes to net metering 2.0

On the eve before the vote on the successor program to net metering, CPUC produced a new Proposed Decision with minor changes but kept retail-rate net metering mostly intact.


Solar companies lose the 1st international legal ruling over Spanish feed-in tariff cuts

The companies who brought the suit must also pay around €1.2 million in legal costs and administrative expenses to the Spanish state.


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