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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.


IHS announces 100 GW of solar installed in Europe

More than 97 GW of solar have been installed in Europe in the last 10 years

Europe has reached 100 GW of grid-connected PV. SolarPower Europe calls for a market design reform to pave the way for the 200 GW benchmark.


United States reaches 1 million solar installations

SEIA and George Washington University report predicts that the United States will reach 2 million solar installations in 2018, and that 1 million PV systems will be installed annually starting in 2025.


US: DOE grants $25m to aid grid integration of solar energy

Rooftop solar install, U.S.

Department of Energy pledges $25 million in funding as part of the extended Enabling Extreme Real-Time Grid Integration of Solar Energy program, part of the Grid Modernization Initative.


GTM Research predicts 2016 market declines in China and Japan as India and the U.S. boom

The company’s latest report also finds that auctions are increasingly popular as a form of procuring utility-scale solar.


Third phase of Dubai's DEWA solar project attracts record low bid of US 2.99 cents/kWh

Dubai skyline

Five bids worth a total of 800 MW of solar PV capacity have been submitted in the third phase tender for projects at the Dubai Electricity & Water Authority solar park; lowest bid of 2.99 cents per kilowatt-hour received.


Wacker Chemie extends its agreement with China during review of EU polysilicon import duties

Wacker will continue to export duty-free polysilicon to China under a special arrangement with the nation’s government.


Bankruptcy talk stalks Yingli as annual financial report delayed

Yingli production process.

Chinese solar producer expects to post losses of more than $900m for 2015 as company reiterates doubts about its ability to continue as a going concern.


Maine legislators push to override veto of controversial solar policy

Despite a veto by the state’s governor and opposition by solar leasing companies, advocates say that they may have enough votes to pass the policy.


Developments on over 1 GW of new PV in India

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Progress on three solar schemes and projects in India, which have a potential combined capacity of 1050 MW, including 500 MW of rooftop PV being tendered by SECI, a piece of land being assigned for a 200 MW project in Rajasthan,...


First Solar reports solid Q1 results; CEO Hughes to step down

The American solar manufacturer and project builder delivered healthy revenues and margins, building on recent technology improvements and good conditions in its chief markets.


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.


Colbún buys over 200 MW of SunEdison solar projects in Chile

The deal includes the sale of two solar PV projects under development and contracts for the supply of 350 GWh annually. Colbún and SunEdison have also signed an agreement for the supply of 200 GWh annually from one PV project.


Italian companies to build 1 GW of solar farms in Iran

Road from Qazvin into Valley of the Assassins - image by Julia Maudlin

Reports have surfaced that Italian companies Genesis and Dynkun have signed a memorandum of understanding with officials from Iran’s northwestern Qazvin province, for 100 PV plants of 10 MW each.


Tesla prepares for major growth in U.S. behind-the-meter energy storage in 2016

GTM Research analysis of a Tesla filing shows that the company expects to sell a larger volume of batteries to Tesla than was represented by the entire behind-the-meter market last year.


IKEA UK launches its home solar service

IKEA Store - Image by Calvin Teo

The much anticipated domestic solar PV initiative begins today, with the launch of “Solar Shops” across three of its U.K. stores and online, making the purchase of PV systems for U.K. homeowners easier than ever.


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