Hanwha Q Cells returns to profit in Q1

The South Korean-headquartered solar company posts operating income of $28 million following loss of $21 million in Q4 2016. Revenue was steady, but shipment figures were once again left undisclosed.

Steady Q1 for JA Solar as revenue, shipments increase slightly YOY

The Tier-1 Chinese solar company saw its profit slip both sequentially and year-over-year, however, as lower average selling prices continued to fall. Company will seek opportunities to streamline operations moving forward.

India’s Uttar Pradesh mulls additional 750 MW solar project at Bhadla

Government officials from the state of Uttar Pradesh have met with Ministry of New and Renewable Energy representatives to discuss development opportunity in Rajasthan, eyeing October 2018 commissioning date.

Renewable energy employs 9.8m people globally – IRENA

Report by the International Renewable Energy Agency shows large increase in number of people employed in renewable energy sectors, led by solar PV, which accounts for 3.1 million jobs.

Spain’s Alten Renewable Energy wins tender to develop 45.5 MW Namibia solar park

The IPP will begin construction of the solar plant in early 2018. The tender was put out by Namibian state-owned utility NamPower, which will retain a 19% stake in the completed project.

Schneider Electric and Neoen sign 750 MW solar framework agreement

Having collaborated on the 300 MW Cestas project, the two French firms team up again to deliver 1,500 v central inverter, transformer, monitoring and medium voltage switchgear solutions to solar projects across three continents.

India: solar tax hike could increase power project prices, say industry heads

The 18% Goods and Services Tax rate for solar cells and modules could pose significant threat to around 10 GW of ongoing utility-scale solar projects, says Bridge to India.

It all stacks up: Lego goes 100% renewable

Danish plastic building blocks manufacturer Lego has achieved its goal of being 100% renewable three years early thanks to concerted efforts to rely on solar and wind power at its facilities worldwide.

Africa: solar power and Indian bilateral trade key routes to prosperity, says AfDB president

African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina tells the media ahead of the bank’s Annual Meetings forum that Africa-India bilateral trade will reach $100bn by 2018, with solar power playing a prominent role in closer cooperation and boosting economic opportunities.

India hikes solar cell and module tax rate to 18%

The increased Goods and Services Tax rate for solar cells and modules is in part a response to the technology’s ability to “stand on its own two feet”, says energy minister.