AU Optronics finishes Taiwan’s biggest rooftop PV project

The Taiwanese company completed the 9.87 MW installation — which consists of arrays on top of two of its liquid-crystal display factories — in late December.

Neo Solar Power posts $206.9 million net loss in 2016

The Taiwanese PV cell producer partly attributed the NT$6.3 billion ($206.9 million) loss — down from a NT$139 million net profit in 2015 — to the idling of some of its production capacity in China.

SB Energy acquires 30 MW in northern Japan

The Tokyo-based developer and MUL Energy Investment — a unit of Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance — have purchased a project company from conglomerate Marubeni.

RMI calls for ‘action’ on Africa’s PV minigrid market

Solar-powered minigrids could account for a greater slice of sub-Saharan Africa’s $740 million off-grid market, but progress is still needed throughout the region in terms of policy, financing and commercial services, the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) says in a new report.

Datang’s profit soars in 2016

The Chinese developer posted a profit attributable to shareholders of 198.2 million yuan ($28.7 million), up sharply from just 13.7 million yuan for the same period a year earlier.

Edra to complete 50 MW in Malaysia by early 2018

The Kuala Lumpur-based independent power producer (IPP) will finish building the project in the state of Kedah by the first quarter of 2018.

Sweden may launch probe into building permits for PV

The Swedish government has signalled plans to start discussions on implementing regulatory changes that could allow homeowners to install PV modules without first obtaining a special permit.

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United PV forms investment tie-up

Wholly owned group subsidiary Zhaolian Lvyi has agreed to set up a partnership with China Zheyin Synergy Capital Management to invest in companies that are building solar, wind, hydropower and biomass projects.

CGN New Energy’s profit narrows in 2016

The Chinese independent power producer’s profit attributable to shareholders plunged 23.5% year on year to $79.5 million, as revenue slid 6.7% to $1.07 billion in the 12 months to the end of December.

Malaysian PV investment hits $544 million in 2016

The Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) approved 2.42 billion ringgit ($544 million) of solar investments in the 12 months to the end of December.