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ABB to close Phoenix inverter fab, move jobs to Estonia and Italy

ABB worker.

The Swiss power electronics firm will end manufacturing operations at the U.S. site, shifting an undisclosed number of jobs to Estonia and Italy later this year. Some sales and service staff will be retained in Phoenix.


Meteocontrol, Phoenix Solar partner in Jordan, Turkey

Amman, Jordan

Among the projects Phoenix Solar is developing in the MENAT region is an 11 MW solar PV plant in Jordan, expected to be the largest private plant of its kind in the country, for the Marriott and Sheraton hotel chains in the...


Renewable energy jobs: 8.1 million and rising

California LADWP solar PV installers

Solar PV is the largest renewable energy employer with 2.8 million jobs worldwide, an 11% increase from the last count, according to a new IRENA report. Employment grew in Japan and the U.S., stabilized in China and decreased in...


Brookings finds net-metered solar to be a net benefit to utility customers

The prestigious Washington D.C. think tank’s analysis of existing literature shows a broad consensus that net metering is benefiting utility customers who do not employ solar PV.


Singulus Technologies signs two precontracts for the largest order in the company’s history

Singulus Technologies Gebaeude

The German PV production equipment manufacturer signed the precontracts, worth over EUR110 million (USD123 million), with a subsidiary of China National Building Materials for production machines to manufacture CIGS solar...


100 MW-AC solar project to power the Santiago metro

SunPower and Total’s Pelican solar project will supply 42% of the subway system’s electricity needs, and a wind plant will supply another 18%.


U.S. C&I solar segment remains highly fragmented

The latest report by GTM Research finds that the top 10 developers account for only 42% of this market segment.


Dispute over arbitration location causes stumbling block for PV projects in Egypt

Great Sphinx of Giza Pyramid of Menkaure. Cairo, Egypt. Photo by Mstyslav Chernov.

A dispute has emerged between the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company and international lenders and developers over the arbitration venue for PV projects that are being developed in the country, which could lead to delays...


Ontario’s cap-and-trade to have limited short-term benefits for solar

CanSIA notes that revenues from the program could be used to add incentives for net-metered solar PV, and that it will impact the electricity market in other ways.


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Berlin, Germany

Renewable energy developments in Germany and Argentina topped the news this week but also making waves was a report that global off-grid solar sales grew 40% in 2015 while India unveiled what is said to be the largest rooftop...


Report: Texas will add 13 GW of solar PV by 2035

A study by Brattle Group forecasts massive expansion of solar PV capacity in Texas driven by market forces, similar to ERCOT's predictions.


Argentina sets aside 300 MW for solar in its first auction

Of the 1 GW to be auctioned in June, 30% is planned to be from solar PV. A reference price has not been set, therefore the current price of US$100/MWh is expected. The auction will not be limited to new projects and the World...


Hanwha Q Cells Q1 results show encouraging Y/Y resurgence in profit, revenue and shipments

Hanwha Q Cells HQ.

Module shipments from the Korean solar PV manufacturer reached 912 MW in the first quarter, exceeding the guidance range, while gross profit topped $109m and gross margin reached 21.2%.


U.S. DOE: Solar PV can meet 25%+ of annual demand without major intervention

The Energy Department has released eight reports dealing with issues as varied as reaching higher penetrations of solar on the grid, technology improvements and strategies to bring down costs.


Mexico makes conditions more flexible in its second electricity auction

The auction, which is also open to solar PV, will be held on September 30. It will incorporate an office to address concerns, greater demarcation of regions, more time for evaluation of offering and modifications to the system of...


Australia's UNSW sets sunlight-to-electricity efficiency record of 34.5%

Mark Keevers with the four-junction solar mini-module built at UNSW and which has recorded sunlight conversion efficiency of 34.5%.

Result by engineers at that University of New South Wales edges the solar industry closer to the theoretical limits of PV efficiency, smashing previous record of 24% set by Alta Devices of the U.S.


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