Commercial & Industrial PV

Apple installs 17 MW rooftop solar array on Jobs’ dream campus

To celebrate what would have been founder Steve Jobs’ 62 birthday today, the consumer-electronics giant announced its new headquarters, Apple Park, will be ready to accept employees starting in April. Employees will be able to bask in the electricity produced by one of the largest on-site solar arrays in the world.

Australia has 4.7 GW of large-scale solar in the works, finds new Climate Council report

Key findings of report point to “huge” year for large-scale solar in Australia in 2017, with 20 such plants to come online over the next 12 months. Globally, costs have dropped 58% in five years, with the world now sitting on 300 GW of installed PV capacity.

New York solar grows 795% in five years

The Empire State’s solar industry has attracted nearly $1.5 billion in private investment, putting its goal of producing 50% of its electricity from renewables by 2030 in reach.

JinkoSolar supplies 30 MW to Dongfeng Nissan in China

The Chinese PV giant claims the project will be “the world’s largest solar canopy.”

UK urged to adopt flexible electricity system to support renewables, finds new UKERC report

The U.K. Energy Research Centre has called on the British government to invest in greater grid flexibility if it is to make renewable energy sources cost-effective. Solar Trade Association calls the report “timely”.

Japan’s solar shipments fall 5% in fiscal Q4 — JPEA

Deliveries of PV cells and modules hit 1.7 GW in the three months to the end of December, down from 1.8 GW in the July-September period, according to the Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association (JPEA).

Australia: 320 MW of solar farms commence construction in Victoria

Three PV power plants worth a combined 320 MW have begun construction in the southeastern Australian state of Victoria. A joint venture between Overland Sun Farming and the UK’s Island Green Power is behind the AU$500 million (US$384 million) development, which is going ahead despite the projects not having yet signed PPAs.

Itochu completes 37 MW in western Japan

The Tokyo-listed trading firm built the project with its partners in Okayama, Okayama prefecture.

GCL-SI signs Mexican distribution deal with DMSolar

GCL System Integration (GCL-SI) did not disclose the financial terms of the master distribution agreement, under which Guadalajara-based DMSolar will offer the Chinese PV maker’s components, as well as its GCL-P6/60 and GCL-P6/72 panels.

MENA’s 2017 solar PV pipeline grows to 4 GW, says MESIA

Middle East Solar Industry Association’s Solar Outlook Report 2017 suggests more than 5.7 GW of solar power – including concentrated solar power – is in the pipeline for the region, with 2017 poised to be strongest year yet.