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EU tariffs imposed on Chinese solar companies shipping via in Malaysia, Taiwan

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The European Commission has imposed import tariffs on Chinese producers which sell below minimum import prices and export via Malaysia and Taiwan. Five Malaysian and 21 Taiwanese producers have been expressly exempted from the...


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Major work begins on Latin America’s largest solar PV project

With installation of mounting structures by STI Norland, construction of the 247 MW-DC El Romero PV plant has advanced. In the middle of next year this is expected to become the largest solar project in Latin America.


SunEdison sued by Latin American Power shareholders

The shareholders are asking for a court order to protect assets, claiming that SunEdison is near bankruptcy and is trying to hide assets.



Australia: 450 MW of utility scale solar deals forecast for 2016

Nygan solar plant

The Australian large scale solar market segment is set to have a “breakout year” in 2016, with over 450 MW of project deals set to be signed. Green Energy Markets made the forecast today noting, however, that this level of...


California surpasses 75,000 solar jobs

The release of state-level U.S. solar employment information shows rapid growth in a number of states but also the danger of layoffs due to policy changes.


US Clean Power Plan blocked by Supreme Court

The Clean Power PLan, which would boost the solar industry, is in jeopardy

The U.S. Supreme Court has put President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan on hold until it determines the plan’s legal merits, expected this summer. Despite the surprise, many are confident the decision won’t affect coal’s...


REC Silicon to shut down remaining FBR polysilicon production in Washington

The polysilicon maker will also shut down silane units, and says these moves are the result of Chinese import duties on U.S. polysilicon. Falling polysilicon prices may also play a role.


Canada: Alberta introduces new solar initiative

Edmonton, Alberta

The province has unveiled new solar funding programs aimed at municipalities and farms that offers rebates of up to $0.75 per watt. The government reports "a tremendous amount of enthusiasm and uptake for these kinds of programs."


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Solar's march across the globe is heartening to see, as is its ability to still ruffle feathers in the largest markets.

The solar big guns were out in force this week as changes to the U.S. net metering landscape rolled into Nevada. Elsewhere, China proved its PV prowess, Japan saw a shakeup and Germany confirmed its relative demise.


US: Cumulative solar installs top 28 GW, 16 GW of renewables installed in 2015

Cumulative utility-scale solar installs have topped 17 GW in the US

According to a new study by BNEF and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, cumulative solar capacity in the U.S. has reached 28 GW, of which 7.3 GW was installed in 2015. Overall, last year saw 16 GW of renewables added,...


U.S. Senators move to preserve solar net metering through energy bill amendment

The bill would require state regulators to account for the benefits of distributed solar before changing net metering valuations, and would prevent the sort of retroactive changes that Nevada has imposed.


Panasonic’s solar PV sales suffer from Japanese market weakness

Panasonic reports a slight decrease in sales and a sharper fall in profitability in its Eco Solutions business, which it blames on slowing domestic demand for its solar PV solutions and other products.


SunEdison offloads Japanese assets, assesses Vivint deal options

SunEdison solar PV installation.

The U.S. renewables developer agrees deal to sell its entire 198 MW solar PV portfolio in Japan for around $80 million while, closer to home, the company evaluates options that will see the Vivint acquisition finally closed.


02. February 2016 | | Comment now

IHS: The United States will install 15 GW of solar PV in 2016

The firm forecasts a 60% year-over-year growth in the U.S. solar market in 2016, but contraction next year.


Expert analysis: Is SMA out of the woods? Outlook for 2016 is promising

SMA has been successful in turning its business around

On January 29, SMA published its outlook for 2016, both in terms of financial goals and upcoming product innovations. Industry expert and Smart Solar Consulting CEO, Götz Fischbeck has crunched the numbers and examined how the...


Germany: Solar installs just 1.37 GW in 2015

It's hard to calculate the exact amount of solar PV added in 2015 in Germany, but it is clearly under 1.5 GW

2015 saw declining solar PV activity in Germany once again, with under 1.5 GW installed throughout the year. In December, the Federal Network Agency registered just under 145 MW of new capacity. Meanwhile, four ground-mounted...


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