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Spain's government approves the “sun tax”

A new self-consumption decree states that installations up to 100 kW provide electricity to the grid as a gift. High taxes are spared only partially for systems up to 10 kW and plants on islands off the coast of Spain.

1366 chooses New York to build its first commercial-scale wafer facility

After years of delays, 1366 Technologies has announced plans to break ground on the factory to produce its proprietary Direct Wafers no later than the second quarter of 2016.

All Energy 2015: Evolving diesel gensets clear path for PV mining applications

Mining solar

Low loads diesel gensets could open the way for higher levels of solar PV deployment at mine sites. A new study has revealed how the modified gensets can buffer solar arrays in the resource sector, saving energy costs for mine...

Update: SunEdison to cut 15% of global workforce

SunEdison has seen its share value slide around 80% this year

Following rumors, SunEdison Inc. has confirmed it will be cutting a significant portion of its global workforce. Around 15% of its 7,300 workers will go. Charges of up to US$40 million will be incurred in Q3 2015 and Q1 2016.

SunEdison to streamline business operations, rumors of job cuts

SunEdison's acquisition of residential solar company, Vivint Solar has been seen as strange by some, given its utility-scale focus

Global renewable energy giant SunEdison has said it will streamline its business operations. A presentation has been scheduled for Wednesday, where the CEO is expected to discuss the new plans. Media reports have indicated the...

SolarCity to begin production of >22% efficient PV modules this month

Calling it the “world's most efficient rooftop solar panel”, the company says it will produce PV modules with greater than 22% efficiency at a pilot facility.

Austin, Texas to procure up to 300 MW of solar now, another 300 MW later

Today the Austin City Council meets to consider two sets of contracts, but the decision appears to be a done deal. More than 600 MW of bids came in at under five US cents per kWh.

SMA surpasses 1 GW inverter milestone in Japan

SMA solar inverter production.

The German inverter manufacturer becomes the first non-Japanese supplier to reach this milestone. Local presence in market since 2011 has delivered constant growth drivers.

Joint Sunpower/First Solar yieldco reports solid quarterly results

In its first quarterly results since becoming a public company, 8point3 reported strong results, in contrast to the poor stock performance for yieldcos across the board.

NEXTracker completes 110 MW shipment to SunEdison Chile solar farm

Nextracker installation.

Supply of Self-Powered Trackers to the 110 MW Quilapilun power plant in Chile now complete; SunEdison developing the project, which is set to become the company's largest in South America.

Arkansas approves power contract for 81 MW solar PV project

The Stuttgart Solar project will be the first large-scale solar plant to be built in the state. The project is planned to be completed no later than mid-2019.

Australia leads world in residential solar penetration

Australia Future Farm.

New data have revealed that Australia has the highest rate of PV penetration in the residential segment. Report publisher describes Australia's role as: "pioneering the experiment of rooftop solar and the world is watching."

SMA revises 2015 sales upwards, anticipates loss reversal

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German PV power electronics giant SMA has revised up its 2015 full-year sales forecast up by EUR 50 million ($56 million). The company predicts it will break even (EBIT) or book a EUR 10 million profit for the year.

China and the United States announce climate and energy deal

The collaboration includes domestic announcements for China, including grid priority for "low-carbon" electricity and the launch of a national emissions trading system.

Greece's new government: new energy policy?

Conergy PV installation, Greece.

With Greece forming a new government, will the country at last engage with the serious reforms it needs to keep it afloat? And will the energy sector embrace groundbreaking technological change?

North Carolina reaches over 1 GW of installed solar

North Carolina is the fourth U.S. state to reach this mark, following California, Arizona and New Jersey. However, the sunset of a key tax incentive threatens the market's future.

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