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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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Pintxos, Spain.

India goes all-out for clean energy, the U.K. receives further scorn for its regressive solar stance, and Spain serves up a timely reminder of its prowess, despite recent cuts.

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Hillary Clinton calls for integrated North American approach to clean energy

Hillary Clinton has released more of her vision on energy and climate issues, but with few concrete details on renewable energy and grids.

REC Silicon may be forced to shutter Washington operations due to trade war

REC Silicon's operations in Moses Lake, Washington.

The company says that despite "significant progress" towards a resolution of the solar panel trade dispute between the U.S. and China, without a solution also for polysilicon, "there will be no resolution of the trade war."

Mercom Capital maintains its 2015 global solar forecast of 57.4 GW

Mercom Capital says that despite macroeconomic concerns in China, it expects a strong finish to 2015, with demand also remaining robust in Japan and the United States.

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Events at the Solar Power International exhibition in California complement a busy week for the U.S. solar industry, while Dubai's grand plans and Trina’s new business strategy also turns PV heads.

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