The weekend read: Empowerment and energy in India

Gender issues: Energy access can be transformed from an obstacle to an opportunity for women’s empowerment through the integration of women into the energy supply chain, as well as supportive policies. Organizations in India are working to expand energy access and empower women by boosting incomes, expanding skills and strengthening self-confidence. Over time, these efforts will enable a woman to have greater influence over herself, her family, and her community.

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94,000 new solar jobs in Europe by 2021, says SolarPower Europe President

New Solar PV Jobs & Value Added in Europe report by SolarPower Europe and EY posits encouraging future for the continent’s solar industry. Positive political engagement by leading EU Member States will aid such growth, writes SolarPower Europe President Christian Westermeier exclusively for pv magazine.

Interview: JinkoSolar CEO discusses half-cut cell technology

Kangping Chen, the CEO of Chinese solar manufacturer JinkoSolar, speaks to pv magazine about the company’s solar technology development, the efficacy of half-cut solar cells, and the future of the PV industry.

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Webinar: A nose for quality

Module monitoring: PV is a stable technology and comparatively coarse methods of performance monitoring are considered sufficient to assure optimal performance. However, approximately 8% of all module defects are not easily detectable.

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Azure Power wins 20 MW solar rooftop contract for Indian Railways

The Indian clean energy developer secures yet another contract to expand the electrification of Indian Railways using solar power.

Singulus to post loss

Singulus Technologies has revealed that more than half of its capital stock has been used up, as it expects to record a loss for the financial year in progress of €16.7 million ($19.9 million). 

Global solar installations to top 100 GW despite U.S. slowdown, says EnergyTrend

Annual PV demand in the U.S. to retreat 15% this year, but global demand for solar PV installations is at an all-time high, finds new research by EnergyTrend.

UK cities and communities in line for £3m government funding

Local communities and cities to receive government aid to fund and manage green projects in government-backed bid to drastically reduce carbon emissions, reports the Guardian.

Jordan: Sahara Forest Project using solar to turn desert into vegetated spaces

Project funded in part by EU and Norwegian government allows project to thrive using a smart mixture of solar power, salt water, irrigation and smart technologies.

JinkoSolar and Enphase collaborate on Eagle AC module

The module and microinverter giants have worked together to introduce a new AC module comprising Enphase’s IQ6 microinverter affixed to JinkoSolar’s mono PERC modules.