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SolarCity to support small businesses with new solar package

Solar van arriving at a SolarCity customer's property.

New solar energy service launched today designed to enable small and medium-sized business to pay less for solar electricity than they currently pay their local utility.

US: SEIA forecasts 25-50% solar market growth in 2016

SEIA forecasts 25-50% market growth in all U.S. solar sectors by 2016. Analyzing the industry from 2004 to 2014, the association finds "huge" growth rates in the employment and investment sectors, in addition to solar deployment....

Yingli Green Energy reveals hefty debt burden, may have to liquidate assets

Yingli Solar production facility.

The leading solar manufacturer issues SEC filing in which it raises specter of inability to meet its outstanding obligations, which currently stand at more than $1.6bn.

Tesla Powerwall battery coming to Germany in Q4

Tesla Powerwall battery storage system

The announcement of a new and low-priced home battery from U.S. manufacturer Tesla is has generated quite a buzz in Germany, although many questions have remained unanswered -- until now. pv magazine speaks to Tesla about its...

Deutsche Bank: yieldcos driving bullish solar outlook

A SolarCity van.

Stock analyst Deutsche Bank has produced an investment note in which it has expressed a bullish outlook for solar. Deutsche notes that yieldcos in both established and emerging solar markets are proving to be a major driver of...

Russian government to sell Crimean solar plants to private investors

An Activ solar array in Crimea.

Distressed Crimean PV power plant projects look set to be sold to Russian energy giants at the behest of the government. Foreign buyers are also said to be interested in purchasing the assets.

SMA enjoys strong Q1 sales growth, expands international footprint

SMA CEO Pierre-Pascal Urbon.

The German inverter manufacturer increases year-on-year sales to $254.7 million, driven by growth in the large-scale sector. Hefty staff reduction almost completed.

Solar Frontier to develop 100 MW in UK

Solar Frontier's Tohoku fab.

Japanese thin film producer and project developer Solar Frontier has entered into agreement to supply and construct a 100 MW pipeline of projects in the UK. Construction on the first project will take place in Q3 2015.

E.ON, Sungevity announce plans for German solar market

Germany's E.ON has announced it will work together with U.S. start-up Sungevity in the German energy market. Details on the investment sum were not provided.

Germany: KfW subsidizes over 10,000 solar battery systems

Demand for solar power storage systems in Germany is continuing to rise, with reports that over 10,000 storage batteries for PV systems have been subsidized since 2013. Q1 2015, meanwhile, has seen a 40% YOY increase in the...

EPIA launches O&M best practice taskforce

Module washing

The European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) has launched an Operations and Maintenance (O&M) taskforce to develop best practice guidelines for the fast-growing sector. EPIA brought together stakeholders, service...

SEMI roadmap predicts average module power of 310Wp by 2025

Chinese PV production.

PV module production is set to continue along its historic 20% annual learning curve, with a number of cell and module technologies combining to deliver higher power output and manufacturing profitability. These were some of the...

Aging UK grid harming renewable integration, says Solar Trade Association

Power lines.

The country's "sclerotic" grid is holding back renewable energy, warns the solar trade body, which has called on the new government to invest in the U.K.'s power infrastructure.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

This week it was all Tesla, Tesla, Tesla and, in other news: Tesla. Apparently Elon Musk has released some new product or other...

5 takeaways from 2015 SNEC

SNEC entry.

A genuine solar boom, the internationalization of manufacturing, yieldcos and technology to drive conversion efficiencies higher were major trends to emerge from the SNEC trade show and conference last week in Shanghai, China....

Turkey approves a further 302 MW in PV projects

After awarding 228 MW of PV projects in January, Turkey approved a further 302 MW last week, thus paving the way for the first utility-scale solar installations in the country. The key question now concerns the realization of the...

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