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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....

Tanzania announces One Million Solar Homes initiative

Tanzania-based Off Grid Electric

Commitments by the IFC, USAID, OPIC, Sunfunder, SNV and Off Grid Electric are expected to put Tanzania at the forefront of the U.S. Power Africa program.

Silevo teams move into former Solyndra facilities

The Solyndra building.

In a sign of the ongoing renaissance of solar manufacturing in the U.S., it has been revealed that SolarCity is moving its expanding Silevo team into the former Solyndra manufacturing facilities in Fremont, California. It is...

China: PV installed capacity grows to almost 30 GW in 2014

The BYD solar factory in China.

China's National Energy Administration (NEA) has released 2014 solar figures. The report shows installed capacity approached 30 GW, while manufacturers are reporting greatly increased utilization rates.

REC to push into China under new ownership

The REC Solar manufacturing facility.

Last week PV manufacturer REC appointed a new CEO in Steve O'Neil, which will become effective on 25 March. Only last month, shareholders voted for the company's acquisition by Norway's Elkem Group, which itself is owned in a...

Turkey installs only 78 MW of grid-tied PV in 2014

The Turkish flag.

Latest installation data demonstrates Turkey’s strong preference toward wind power. Solar PV, in contrast, either has fallen out of favor or Turkish institutions struggle to cope with the licensing process.

SolarCity's Hawaiian study reveals grid regulation potential of inverters

Rooftop PV Hawaii.

Results of joint study with NREL and Hawaiian Electric will see Hawaiian utility more than double grid's daytime minimum load to 250% thanks to role of inverters.

NREL study finds US solar interconnection delays a common problem

Rooftop installation, U.S.

Purpose of market overview is to help streamline the PV interconnection process in order to ultimately benefit utilities and solar consumers across the country.

Interview: 'Janitorial' O&M rising despite the robots

Module washing

As the PV market matures with the growing installed base, a range of auxiliary services and business opportunities have appeared. One of which is the provision of O&M services, in particular maintenance services including...

Spanish PV resurgence? Not on the horizon

The flag of Spain.

Reports that Spain is heading towards a renewable energy revival by 2020 have spread, leaving investors rather puzzled: is this true, and how come a government that has previously tried to eliminate energy investments is now...

BYD to bet on dual-glass modules

BYD e-car.

Chinese battery, e-mobility and solar manufacturer BYD is set to bet on the glass-glass module as it expands its panel-manufacturing operations. Tom Zhao, BYD Company's General Manager of Global Solar Sales, says that the cost...

IHS: Quarterly module revenues reach $5.9 billion

Trina module production.

Global PV module revenues from leading suppliers reached a three-year high in Q4 2014, according to data published by market analysts IHS today. Total shipments reached US$5.9 billion, the highest since Q3 2011.

Dirty investments undermine UK govt's renewables pledge

Solar and coal together.

Despite announcing goal to be greenest government ever, UK coalition found to have invested 300 times more on fossil fuels than renewable energy over course of tenure.

Inside ABB: PRO-33 global rollout a symbol of Power-One integration

Otto Preiss, ABB.

This month, ABB will roll out its PRO-33 string inverter globally, in what it says is an important indication of Power-One's successful integration into the global company.

The pv magazine weekly news digest

Solar eclipse.

Obama lends a hand, Germany shows its hand, oil's price volatility gets out of hand, and it's all hands on deck as pv magazine's web servers go awol: welcome to our latest weekly news digest.

Shunfeng returns to profit, increases cell shipments by 79.7%

Suntech HQ.

Preliminary financial assessment for fiscal year 2014 reveals impressive turnaround in fortunes for the Chinese clean energy company after difficult 2013.

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