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Mercom: Global solar market to grow 15% to 66.7 GW this year

This will be the slowest growth in the last five years, despite a boom in the U.S. market.


German study reveals solar opportunities in Iran

Iran's energy minister Hamid Chitchian (third from left) revealed the country's plans to increase its renewable energy capacity, with solar playing a key role.

Government commissioned report "Enabling PV Iran" sets out the guidelines for entry into the Iranian PV market for German companies.


U.S. energy storage market more than triples in 2015

GTM Research reports that large energy storage projects made up the bulk of new capacity, but the distributed energy storage market is growing even faster. Lithium-ion batteries dominated deployments during the year.


PV Expo Japan ends: Trends and conversations from the show

Japan has always loved to innovate and embrace the high tech, and solar is set to experience the country's love for quality and new ideas.

The key topics, themes and comment from the past three days of intense solar industry discussions in one of its most dynamic markets -- Japan.


France installs 879 MW of solar in 2015

The impact of the 300 MW (DC) Cestas project showed in official figures from France's energy ministry, as the nation's market shows a second year of stability.


Mexico remains the leading distributed solar market in Latin America

In the last year, Mexico added more than 50 MW through its net metering policy, and cumulative installations have reached 114 MW. CRE estimates that in 2020 there will be more than 1.1 GW under this program, most of which will be...


Oregon passes bill to phase out coal, set 50% by 2040 renewable energy mandate

Oregon Governor Kate Brown is expected to sign the legislation, which will also create a community solar program.


Panasonic claims world record module efficiency record with 23.8%

Panasonic HIT cell

Panasonic Corporation has claimed the world record module efficiency title by a full 1%, achieving 23.8% aperture efficiency on an 11.5-square-centimeter research module.


Exclusive: SolarEdge poised to become global market leader in residential inverter segment in 2016

SolarEdge inverter

In February SolarEdge announced it had shipped its 10 millionth power optimizer since its founding, corresponding to more than 2.7 GW of inverter capacity deployed by the company. It now looks set to topple SMA from its position...


U.S. utility-scale solar increasingly driven by economics, not mandates

GTM Research's latest report predicts that more than half the utility-scale solar installed in the United States this year will be outside of RPS requirements.


Jinko ships 1.7 GW in Q4, revenues double YoY

JinkoSolar project.

Jinko Solar has registered record Q4 2015 shipments of 1.71 GW, bringing its annual shipment total module shipments to 4.51 GW. Revenues have surged to US$937.7 million for the quarter and $2.8 billion full year (FY), although...


Appaloosa accepts expedited trial against SunEdison

Hedge fund manager David Tepper has accepted the court’s offer for an expedited trial, which could undermine a loan which will SunEdison plans to use to acquire Vivint Solar.


Shanghai Electric invests in Manz, German equipment supplier to stay in solar segment

Manz HQ building

Manz has announced a strategic collaboration with Shanghai Electric that will enable the German equipment supplier to continue its operations in the solar industry. Manz will increase its number of shares, from today’s value, by...


SunEdison and Jinneng Group to build 2 GW of heterojunction PV cell and module capacity

China's state-owned Jinneng Group and SunEdison are investing in an n-type mono heterojunction cell and module factory.


Denial of Appaloosa injunction clears the way for SunEdison to acquire Vivint

A judge's rejection of David Tepper's attempts to block SunEdison from transferring Vivint assets to yieldco TerraForm Power is good news for the belated deal.


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