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9 GW of solar projects registered for July auction in Brazil

The auction will take place on July 29 and is the first of two national solicitations for solar PV to be held this year in Brazil. 295 PV projects have obtained technical accreditation to participate.

Brazil: Enel begins construction of 158 MW solar plant

The project in Bahia is the third over 100 MW to break ground in Brazil in the last six months. Investment in the project stands at around US$175 million.

Yingli debt repayment extension proposal fails to reach agreement

Yingli Solar has asked for a 2-3 year extension on a $220m loan due to be repaid on May 12. The request is being considered by creditors.

Lead underwriter of $220 million loan due on May 12 takes into consideration Yingli's request for two-to-three year repayment extension but fails to confirm agreement.

As solar prices drop in the U.S. consumers are increasingly shopping around to find the best deal

NREL rooftop installation - image by David Parsons

EnergySage’s second Solar Marketplace Intel Report highlighted a reduction in the average solar prices across the U.S. and an increasing trend for solar consumers to get competing quotes, while the major module and inverter...

SolarCity/Silevo may have to pay duties on Chinese-made cells

U.S. trade authorities are recommending that the heterojunction silicon PV maker’s appeal for an exemption from trade duties be rejected. A final ruling will be issued in June.

India: SunEdison seeking buyer for 1 GW of solar projects, ministry eyes $500m AIIB loan

Solar installation, India.

Troubled clean energy developer hopes to offload close to 1 GW of unfinished solar projects worth around $1.1 billion as it seeks to ease debt burden amid talk of impending bankruptcy.

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Oh look, a Tesla Powerwall.

Woes deepen for SunEdison, Mexico's energy reform invites 1.7 GW of solar, and Huawei shuffles to the top of the global inverter pack as another busy week in solar comes to a close.

BREAKING: SunEdison under investigation by Justice Department, Securities and Exchange Commission

In a regulatory filing, SunEdison has revealed that it is being investigated by two federal bodies, as the latest of its troubles.

Ikea unveils ambition to be number-one global residential solar retailer

Ikea building

The Swedish homefurnishing giant is rolling out its residential solar program in three European countries in the coming months before expanding its solar sales points in stores globally. It aims to be the largest residential...

Ireland emerges as Europe's storage lab

Irish landscape.

A recent presentation at the European Union-funded Grid and Storage workshop in London showcased why Ireland has emerged as Europe's energy storage lab, and might soon comprise an active storage market.

Mexico awards more than 1 GW of solar at US$40.50/MWh

EGP, SunPower, Alten and Recurrent Energy were awarded PV projects in the first electricity auction following energy reform in Mexico. According to local press, the median price for solar was around US$40.50 per megawatt-hour.

Huawei edges out SMA as leading global inverter by shipments, finds GTM Research study

The GTM Research report has found that Huawei shipped more inverters in terms of MW than any other supplier in 2015.

The Chinese giant shipped the most inverters in 2015 in terms of MWac, pushing SMA into third place behind Sungrow; positions switched in terms of revenue, with SMA holding on to top spot despite pressure from Huawei and...

SEC investigating alleged SunEdison liquidity claims

SunEdison commercial installation.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Securities and Exchange Commission doubts SunEdison's claims that its $1.4 billion in cash is readily available, and is investigating how much cash the company had to hand in August when...

Hanwha Q Cells returned to profitability during 2015, reports strong results

The Asian pv maker’s first year of results following the merger of Q Cells and SolarOne shows record shipments, low costs, high utilization rates and a return to a positive operating margin.

Clean energy investment double that of fossil fuels last year, figures show

Solar installation.

Data from the UN Environment Programme reveals $286 billion spent in renewable energy in 2015, outstripping investment in coal and gas significantly.

Daqo New Energy Corp. stabilizes in 2015 during tumultuous year for polysilicon

Despite falling polysilicon prices, Daqo was able to maintain robust revenue and operating margins in 2015.

The Chinese polysilicon manufacturer managed to maintain its revenues and operating margins just marginally below the levels of 2014, in the face of falling polysilicon prices, while sequential gains show a positive transition in...

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