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ReneSola is building a GW-scale pipeline of solar projects as it pivots further downstream in 2017.

ReneSola fourth quarter results show loss of $25.5m

The Chinese solar firm sees Q4 revenue slump 21.7% YOY, with gross profit also contracting 89.5%. Full year financials reveal similar losses as the company continues its shift towards downstream project development.

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pv magazine & partners join forces with Hannover Messe

Along with initiative partners Huawei, sonnen, Suntech, S.A.G, innogy and First Solar, pv magazine will be exhibiting as part of the Integrated Energy Plaza at the 2017 Hannover Messe. The Solar Premium exhibition space will herald solar PV’s arrival as a major energy player at the iconic industrial trade show. The booth will consist of a joint exhibition presence with our partners, and will play host to a series of networking events.  Solar Premium will feature as  a part of the Integrated Energy Plaza for the duration of Hannover Messe 2017, which runs from April 24-28.

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Markets & Policy

Trina Solar to go public in China following NYSE delisting, chairman says – reports

In interview with South China Morning Post, Trina Solar chairman Jifan Gao says that the solar company will “certainly go public again” once privatization and delisting from New York Stock Exchange is completed.

Installations

U.S. solar produced $154 billion in economic activity for 2016

A new interactive map from The Solar Foundation allows visitors to see the impact of the solar industry at state, metropolitan area, county, and congressional district level for the United States in 2016 .

Installations

French energy regulator publishes tender for commercial PV projects for self-consumption

The French Energy Regulatory Authority has published the tender for the installation of renewable energy and PV projects for self-consumption ranging in size from 100 kW to 500 kW. Through the tender the French government aims to allocate 450 MW of renewable energy capacity over the next three years.

Energy Storage

Time is working for storage, as prices keep sinking

Video interview: Andreas Piepenbrink, CEO of German residential storage system provider E3/DC, explains at the Energy Storage Europe 2017 how the storage market is progressing in and out of Germany.

Markets & Policy

Kenyans embrace d.light’s D30 Pay-Go solution

Since launching in October 2016, off-grid solar solution supplier d.light has sold over 120,000 units of its D30 Pay-Go home system. Most of the sales were made in East Africa, with the Kenyan market accounting for the majority of sales.

Installations

Fotowatio reaches financial close for 133 MW Jordan solar projects

The Spanish solar developer has announced that the financing agreement for two solar PV plants in Jordan with a total capacity of 133.4 MW has been finalized. Construction in the Mafraq region is set to commence shortly.

Markets & Policy

Strategic siting can boost solar development in Africa, says Berkeley Lab

A report from U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) assesses the wind and solar potential of Africa. According to the study, the two technologies can play a major role in the energy economy of the continent, especially if strategic siting and international interconnections are implemented.

Markets & Policy

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Moldova’s new renewable energy law comes into force, solar expected to see first growth

A new renewable energy law will come into force in the Eastern European country on April 1. Solar and wind are expected to see their first development in the country after several years of almost zero-growth.

Greece installs first virtual net-metering PV; awaits ministerial approval

Greece’s first virtual net-metering PV system is installed on the rooftop of a school in Thessaloniki, the country’s second biggest city. The system is funded by Greenpeace Greece but is not yet connected to the grid, as it is waiting for a ministerial decision facilitating virtual net metering.

The pv magazine weekly news digest

Hanwha Q Cells, Enphase Energy, Solarwatt and EDF are among the big names grabbing the headlines in a week where new product launches and new GW-scale tender details were revealed.

Afghanistan approves plan to deploy 65 MW of solar

The Afghan government has approved a plan for the deployment of 100 MW of renewable energy capacity. The plan includes 65 MW of solar tendered by the government in 2016.

Installations

First Solar to supply 48.5 MW solar farm in Australia

First Solar closes another Australian project, to supply the Manildra Solar Farm project. The project reached financial close today, with RCR O’Donnell Griffin named as EPC. Construction is set to commence within three months.

Kong Sun posts $7.9 million profit in 2016

The Chinese PV investment group recorded a profit of 54.8 million yuan ($7.96 million), from a loss of 98.9 million yuan in 2015, as it more than double the size of its operational solar portfolio.

Shunfeng expands 2016 loss forecast

Shunfeng International Clean Energy (SFCE) expects to record a loss of 2.4 billion yuan ($349 million) for the 12 months to the end of December 2016.

GSSG to acquire 350 MW of PV in Japan

The U.S. private equity firm has announced more than $120 million of additional investments in the Japanese solar market.

Technology

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Wärtsilä delivers 15 MW hybrid PV plant to Essakane Solar in Burkina Faso

The solar farm will be added and synchronized with an existing oil driven power plant. The hybrid power plant will serve a local gold mine, saving 18,500t CO2 emissions annually.

Stanford advocates ending China solar tariffs

The report led by a former Wall Street Journal editor gives national advice that mimics policies under President Obama’s energy department, but is unlikely to go anywhere under Trump.

IHS Markit: Storage and better grid efficiency could save hundreds of billions each year

A new white paper published by analysts at IHS Markit compares the electricity network with other key systems such as transport and data infrastructure. The report concludes that increasing the amount of electricity storage available could create a more flexible, efficient and reliable grid, and save billions of dollars each year.

Solar monitoring company wins $2.1m ARENA grant

Sydney-based solar data start-up Solar Analytics has been awarded $2.1 million in grant funding from the federal government’s Australian Renewable Energy Agency, to fast-track its rooftop PV monitoring technology.

Manufacturing

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Eurotron’s sister company opens testing facility for back-contact solar in the Netherlands

Eurolab, a sister company of Netherlands-based equipment provider Eurotron, has opened a new testing facility for back-contact PV modules. The laboratory will facilitate pre-production of back-contact solar panels, R&D projects, and small-scale production for solar challenge teams

QSTec begins manufacturing activities at polysilicon factory in Qatar

The Qatar-based polysilicon manufacturer has begun producing polysilicon at its factory in Doha. The facility has a current annual production capacity of 8,000 MT, but QSTec confirmed its plans to expand it to 50,000 MT.

Russian JV to build 100 MW solar farm, 300 MW cell fab in India

Investment by a Russian firm in the Indian solar sector sees Miyota Power India – a joint venture between state-controlled JSC Minneftegasstroi and Akis Tech – collaborate with Al Ameen Green Energy on Tamil Nadu PV plans.

Tindo Solar, Australia’s only panel manufacturer, sold to SA company with big plans

Australia’s only solar panel manufacturer, Adelaide-based company Tindo Solar, has been bought by a local insulation company turned solar installer, Cool or Cosy, as part of a plans to create the largest solar retailer in Australia.

Energy Storage

Redox flow batteries on the rise

Video interview: prices for redox flow batteries are sinking, while installed capacity increases steadily. Lorenzo Grande, technology analyst at IDTecEx, explains here the opportunities and limitations of flow technologies, and how the related market will likely develop.

Power grids will be increasingly stabilized by storage systems

Video interview: Holger Ziegler, Senior Consultant at DNV GL, explains at the Energy Storage Europe 2017 why the stabilizing of electricity grids will boost the storage market, and also discusses the future prospects for this business model.

Trade Show tour at Energy Storage Europe 2017: innovative storage products

Video: Michael Fuhs and Jonathan Gifford, chief editors at pv magazine group, showcase the latest innovations at the Energy Storage Europe 2017 exhibition that are shaping the storage market.

Solarwatt launches modular storage system

Germany’s Solarwatt has launched a fully-modular battery storage system that it claims will be suitable for installations ranging in scale from small residential up to commercial and industrial installations.

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Press Releases

ENGIE and Sime Darby announce partnership to develop solar energy and integrated facilities management services in Malaysia

Partnership agreements signed during French President Hollande’s visit.

Tesvolt receives growth capital from Saxony-Anhalt

IBG Risikokapitalfonds III (IBG), managed by bmp Beteiligungsmanagement AG (bmp), is investing several million euros in commercial storage system manufacturer TESVOLT. The young company from Wittenberg develops and produces lithium battery-storage systems for commercial customers.

BYD introduces first direct wireless modular high voltage storage system B-Box HV in Europe

BYD launched its newly expanded line-up of B-Box Battery Energy Storage Systems in Europe. With the newly introduced B-Box HV, the easy-to-install modular battery cabinets are now also available in a HV (high-voltage) model for both commercial and residential use.

Tin perovskite thin film tandem solar cell patent granted by the US Patent Office to Solar-Tectic LLC

The patent, US 15/205,233 titled "Tin Perovskite/Silicon Thin-Film Tandem Solar Cell" is part of a "Tandem Series" of high efficiency and cost effective solar cells by Solar-Tectic LLC with the potential to surpass the efficiencies of thin-film solar cell technologies such as CdTe, CIGS, and a-Si, and replace the silicon technology which dominates the global market today based on poly and monocrystalline wafers.