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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...


Texas grid expects 2 GW of new solar in 2016

This will greatly increase Texas' installed solar capacity, as the beginning of a boom anticipated in the state over the next 15 years.


7th ITRPV: PV tracks 21 percent learning curve, 200 GW cumulative landmark passed in 2015

Sunrise over the PV plant.

The seventh edition of the International Roadmap for Photovoltaics (ITRPV) has confirmed that PV producers are continuing to track the historic solar learning curve of 21%. A range of wafer, cell and module production...


Solar PV rose to 2.8% of Chile's electricity generation in February

The nation’s installed PV capacity reached 1.056 GW-AC, an increase of 43 MW over January.


US solar system prices fell 17% in 2015, finds GTM

Rooftop PV installation.

Joint year-in-review report conducted by SEIA and GTM Research finds residential system prices fell to $3.50 per watt last year, but largest price declines recorded in utility fixed-tilt sector, where costs hit a low of $1.33/W.


Solid growth throughout 2015 sees JA Solar plan manufacturing expansion

JA Solar Headquarters

JA Solar took advantage of the rise in the global solar market in 2015, with growth in revenue, sales and operating margin, which has encouraged the company to expand its manufacturing capacity through 2016.


Reports focus on low-income solar in the United States

Two reports are looking at policies to bring more solar to low- and middle-income U.S. residents, and the specific barriers that must be addressed


Calls for UK renewable energy policy reform before the release of the budget

Solar PV site and wind farm in the UK

After conducting a pre-budget analysis, Green Alliance finds that investing in renewables instead of giving general energy subsidies would save GBP 420 million, while the Solar Trade Association calls for a ‘level playing field’...


Vivint Solar's increased Q4 bookings, installations fail to lift operating losses

Vivint Solar HQ in Utah.

Despite increasing fourth quarter MW bookings by 56% and installations by 23%, total loss from operations for the year rose to $231.1 million, with Q4 losses also spiking to $55.7 million.


U.S. trade authorities to rule on import duties for Silevo

SolarCity’s high-efficiency PV module subsidiary has petitioned for exemption from U.S. duties on products from China. A preliminary ruling is expected on April 4.


Mexico's largest rooftop PV plant is under construction

The Ingusa Group could save $10 million with the project, which is already 75% completed.


Recharge invests in Younicos’ groundbreaking island renewable storage project

The hybrid renewable energy storage projecton on the Azorean island of Graciosa

The green investor takes 50.1% of the 24 million EUR hybrid renewable energy storage project on the Portuguese island, which, once completed, will allow the island to be totally powered by renewable energy, except for prolonged...


California utilities seek net metering 2.0 changes, repeal

Less than six weeks after regulators approved a successor program to net metering, California’s three big IOUs are already seeking to modify or overturn the decision.


The pv magazine weekly news digest

Twists, turns, thrills, spills: it's just another typical week aboard the solarcoaster.

Vivint Solar closes the door on SunEdison, India charts a course towards 4 GW of additional PV this year, while the U.K. solar market gathers at Ecobuild to ask: where do we go from here?


Obama, Trudeau pledge to advance renewable energy integration as part of climate pact

The wide-ranging pact between the leaders pledges work on integrating more renewable energy on the grid and elimination of fossil fuel subsidies


Record-breaking year for Canadian Solar as sales soar

Canadian Solar CEO, Shawn Qu

Canadian Solar broke yearly and quarterly records for module shipments and revenues in 2015, to underline a successful year for the Chinese company, which saw capacity expansion and profits rise throughout the year.


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