Commercial & Industrial PV

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 .

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.

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.

New York City passes 100 MW of installed PV

The city is now 10% to its 2030 solar goal, but still lags well behind the rest of New York State in deployment.

Enphase introduces new ‘game-changing’ microinverters to U.S. market

The Enphase IQ microinverter is around 30% lighter than previous iterations and will serve to usher in Enphase Energized AC Modules to the U.S. residential solar sector.

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India update: Tamil Nadu issues tender call for 500 MW solar, while 750 MW of solar to be retendered in Karnataka

The Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency has invited bids for development of ultra mega solar park in the state. In Karnataka, the National Thermal Power Corporation retenders 750 MW of solar capacity at the Pavagada Solar Park.

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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The pv magazine weekly news digest

Gigawatts a-go-go this week as Turkey, Algeria and Vietnam all toy with those magical GWs, while in more mature markets German storage figures provided reasons for optimism and Blattner Energy took the top spot for U.S. EPCs.

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.

Engie issues €1.5 billion green bond, eyes Belgian residential PV segment

The French energy giant has issued its second green bond to sustain its expansion into the renewable energy sector. The €1.5 billion bond will also be used to finance solar projects. Meanwhile, the company has started to target the Belgian commercial PV market.