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China installs 7.2 GW of solar in Q1

The 7.21 GW of fresh capacity that was completed in the January-March period marks an increase of just 70 MW from the first three months of 2016, according to the National Energy Administration (NEA).

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EU greenlights France’s new regulation (and FIT) for residential and commercial PV

The European Commission has approved three initiatives of the French government aimed at supporting renewable energies. One of these is the new regulation for residential and commercial PV, which includes a 20-year FIT for power injected into the grid.

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Kyocera’s net profit falls 4.8% to $925 million in 2017

The Japanese group’s net income attributable to shareholders fell from JPY 109,047 million ($970.9 million) to JPY 103,843 million in the 12 months to the end of March 2017, partly due to declining sales from its solar business. It did not reveal its total PV module shipments for the year.

Swedish Energy Agency pushes for more residential PV

The Swedish agency has launched an initiative to spread awareness on the advantages of PV among homeowners.

Brazilian utility CPFL launches unit for residential and commercial PV

Brazil’s third biggest electric utility company has set up Envo, a new unit offering residential and commercial PV solutions under net metering. The offer includes a financing option with Banco Santander.

Czech Republic provides incentives for solar-plus-storage

The Czech government is supporting the adoption of solar-plus-storage solutions through a specific incentive program. Each kW of PV installed must be coupled with at least 5 kW of storage capacity.

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Video: Solar Premium booth at Hannover Messe

The recent Hannover Messe brought together pv magazine and six leading partners at a special Solar Premium booth at the show’s Integrated Energy Plaza.

Eon and Google launches Sunroof platform in Germany

The Sunroof platform is already available in the United States, having launched there in 2015. Thanks to Eon, the platform used by homeowners to assess the solar potential of their roofs will also be online in Germany in the near future.

Dutch pension fund PGGM invests €200 million in SolarCity’s project portfolio

The Dutch fund will invest in a portfolio of solar projects of Tesla’s solar unit. The projects are spread across 21 U.S states and have a combined capacity of 275 MW.

Canada’s Potentia Renewables secures $78 million financing from La Caisse

Quebec’s investment fund has agreed to provide Ontario-based rooftop solar specialist with CA$ 107 million ($78.0 million) in debt financing.

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