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China triples H1 solar installations to 20 GW

Chinese scene.

Data from state news agency Xinhua suggests that China has added 20 GW of new solar PV capacity in the first half of 2016, three times more than same period last year.


SolarWorld ramps 72-cell module production in Oregon

The German-American PV maker has now reached 550 MW of annual module capacity at its facility near Portland, Oregon, and has additionally begun production of 5-busbar cells and monocrystalline silicon ingots.


Quality, reliability and a track record: New video report from the SolarWorld 2016 Installer Summit

As part of our pv magazine LIVE series, we bring you a new video report from SolarWorld’s 2016 Installer Summit in Portland Oregon, including commentary from SolarWorld Americas President Mukesh Dulani.


PID-related performance drop in a solar farm

Solar cells that show up as dark spots on an electroluminescence image can be an indication of potential-induced degradation.

Black Sheep campaign: Some PV panels or batches of modules are susceptible to potential induced degradation (PID), while others are scarcely affected. Currently, many PV farm operators are experiencing this reality. The third...


Yingli Q1 profit of $72.8m is first for company since 2011

Yingli solar manufacturing.

Chinese module manufacturer increases revenue, module shipments and gross margin in first quarter of 2016 following concerted effort to supply higher cost markets.


Solar to account for 30% of all generation capacity investment until 2040

100 MW array in Chile.

A new report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance on the future of energy not only points to solar as the technology that will have the most invested in it, but that costs will fall dramatically over the next 25 years, making it the...


Relabeled modules cause headache for distributor

man from behind

pv magazine’s ongoing Black Sheep campaign has uncovered a case in which a module supplier shipped modules that appear to have relabeled with a false module power rating. On further investigation the dealer was able to satisfy...


Signs emerge Apple to begin selling solar electricity

Apple HQ

Reports have emerged that electronics giant Apple is looking to sell solar electricity. Apple has formed the Apple Energy subsidiary, with an aim to trade electricity and potentially retail the solar electricity it generates from...


North American solar investors concerned about H2 oversupply

SunEdison worker.

Deutsche Bank released some market analysis, addressing the concerns of North American solar investors, who fear a potential PV oversupply is on the horizon, changes to net metering policies, and rising Chinese competition.


Solar dominates new U.S. power generation in Q1 2016

The nation added 1.66 GW-DCof solar PV during the quarter, and GTM Research is forecasting a near doubling of the market over the full year to 14.5 GW.


Germany: Cabinet approves EEG draft

Sigmar Gabriel. He is quite fat.

The German Federal Cabinet has approved a draft of the EEG, which will see a tender for PV projects larger than 750 kWp, with 600 MW of large scale solar capacity to be tendered annually. The German Solar Industry Association...


Saudia Arabia: New energy minister slashes solar targets

Saudia Arabia project

After first pushing backs its renewable goals, Saudi Arabia looks to have vastly reduced plans for PV and CSP deployment. Reports coming out of the country today say that the Energy Minister has announced a reduction of its 2040...


Brexit interview: The EU has been the driver of solar in the UK, says James Watson

James Watson is the CEO of SolarPower Europe.

With the U.K. set to go to the polls on June 23rd to vote on an In/Out referendum on the country's EU membership, pv magazine caught up with James Watson, a Brit and the CEO of SolarPower Europe, to canvass his opinion on the...


Solar going through the roof in India

Rooftop PV system on the Lotus Temple, New Delhi.

India’s central ministries are due to pledge an ambitious 5 GW of rooftop PV to be installed on their rooftops and on vacant lands they own during the National Workshop on Roof Top Solar Power on Tuesday.


Russian company to buy PV production equipment from Meyer Burger

Meyer Burger Smartwire cell

Russia's largest integrated solar company, Hevel LLC, has placed an order for CHF 22 million (USD22.5 million) of production equipment that covers the entire PV value chain from Meyer Burger.


GTM Research: Latin America to install 2.2 GW of solar PV this year

GTM Research expects Latin America’s solar market to grow 55% over last year’s levels, as a breakout year for solar in Mexico and Brazil.


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