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China-based monocrystalline module producer Shanghai Aerospace Automobile Electromechanical Co (HT-SAAE) plans to construct two 50MW PV projects for agricultural greenhouses in China.
India has pledged to source 40% of its installed electric power capacity from non-fossil fuel based energy sources by 2030, along with a 33-35% reduction in the carbon intensity of its GDP from 2005 levels.
SMA Solar Technology is the “leading Western supplier” of inverters to Japan, according to one analyst, with over 1GW of inverters shipped.
L&T Construction, the power transmission and distribution arm of Indian multinational Larsen & Toubro, has won contracts for the EPC of 115MW of solar power projects in southern India.
PV developer SkyPower has entered into a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the government of Madhya Pradesh to develop 150MW solar power projects in the Indian state.
India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has released a document detailing the status of the various projects and schemes that will contribute to its target of 100GW of solar by 2022.
Health issues have been cited by PV thin film equipment and module producer Hanergy Thin Film Power Group (Hanergy TF) and monocrystalline ingot/wafer producer, Solargiga Energy Holdings for the resignations of two senior executives.
US firm First Solar has secured a US$33 million loan facility from Japan’s Mizuho Bank in order to fund the construction of utility-scale solar plants in Japan.
Chinese manufacturer JinkoSolar Holding has agreed a US$5.05 million settlement of a previously disclosed class action lawsuit brought in 2011 on behalf of all purchasers of JinkoSolar’s American Depositary Shares between 13 May 2010 and 20 September 2011.
Materials supplier DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions has signed a strategic collaboration agreement with Indian PV module manufacturer Navitas Green Solutions (Navitas Solar).
Solar cell manufacturers in India have put in a request to the government to investigate anti-dumping duties on the import of solar cells, according to a local report.
Monocrystalline PV manufacture Longi Silicon Materials has signed an agreement with the authorities of Kaiping District of Tangshan City, Hebei Province, China to build a 100MW agricultural PV power plant in 2016.
Australia’s first commercial solar plant used to displace diesel has commenced operation at mining giant Rio Tinto’s Weipa bauxite mine in Queensland.
India’s current grid is inadequate for carrying its targeted 175GW of renewable energy by 2022 and therefore the grid needs a similar level of attention as renewable technologies are currently receiving in the country, according to participants of a roundtable chaired by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has issued an invitation for bidders to develop of a 50MW solar power plant in Kerala.
The largest solar plant to date in the tsunami-affected Tohoku region of Japan, a 52.5MW PV project, will be built with 15.8 billion in loans from four banks, including the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ.
UK solar developer Hive Energy is to make its first break into the international solar market by opening a new office in Dubai.
Italian-based renewable energy developer Enel Green Power (EGP) has entered the Indian market by acquiring a majority stake in utility-scale wind and solar operator BLP Energy, a subsidiary of India-based renewable energy company Bharat Light and Power (BLP Group), for around EUR30 million (US$33.6 million).
PV mounting systems specialist Powerway has won a bid to be the exclusive mounting-structure supplier for a 132.5MW PV power plant to be built in the Philippines, the largest to date, according to the company.
Indian industrial firm Adani Group and China’s largest independent polysilicon to power plants group, GCL have signed an agreement to develop both upstream and downstream PV operations in India as well as collaborating on a range of energy projects such as wind and LNG terminals.
PV energy provider United Photovoltaics Group has completed the purchase of PV power plants in China totalling 170MW.
German EPC service contractor IBC Solar is moving into PV project development and financing in India.
The Standardization Administration of China (SAC) has approved a new testing regime supported by Trina Solar regarding the test method for determining vinyl acetate (VA) content of ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer applied in modules using Thermal Gravimetric analysis (TGA).
Monocrystalline wafer producer Longi Silicon Materials has signed a memorandum of understanding with the provincial government of Andhra Pradesh, India to build and operate a 500MW solar cell and module production plant.
Chinese manufacturer Yingli Green has signed several agreements with agricultural and industrial building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) provider Qingdao New Energy Solutions (NESI) for the supply of 130MW of solar panels.
Fourth Partner Energy (4PEL) a Hyderabad-based company developing distributed solar power, has raised around US$2 million in financing, enabling the firm to offer more financing options to its clients.
China-based monocrystalline ingot/wafer producer, Solargiga Energy Holdings is relocating and centralising monocrystalline ingot and wafer production to cut costs.
The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has officially approved its net metering policy for rooftop PV in the state.
India is primed for a “massive jump” in its solar PV installations next year, with the 8.7GW of projects now under development nearly double the current installed capacity of around 4.7GW, according to the latest analysis from consultancy firm Bridge to India.
The parent company of PV manufacturer Tianwei New Energy has filed for bankruptcy dragging the company into the proceedings.
Indian energy minister Piyush Goyal has urged the US and its clean energy companies to partner India on its renewable energy vision at a high-level meeting attended by leading US PV firms, including SunEdison, First Solar and SunPower.
The removal of Tony Abbott from his premiership along with the arrival of Malcolm Turnbull as the new prime minister of Australia and various government appointments related to renewable energy have been welcomed by the Australian Solar Council.
PV developer and cell and module manufacturer Tata Power Solar has launched a series of rooftop grid tie systems for the residential and SME rooftop market in India.
PV energy provider GCL New Energy Holdings subsidiary, Nanjing GCL New Energy has signed a 100MW module supply order with China-based PV manufacturer, ZNShine.
The Indian state of Uttarakhand has invited bids for 170MW of grid-connected solar power capacity, despite having abundant hydro power and expensive land prices.
ThomasLloyd CTI Asia Holdings, a wholly-owned subsidiary of global investment banking and investment management group ThomasLloyd, has sold the rights to two solar projects on Negros Occidental in the Philippines with a combined capacity of 80MW.
Tier-one PV manufacturer Yingli Green’s holding subsidiary, Yingli Energy (Beijing) has entered into an agreement with CFC Group Construction to supply 170MW of solar panels for utility-scale PV plants in the Hebei province of China, marking Yingli’s largest ever panel supply agreement in China.
Taiwanese cell and module producer Neo Solar Power (NSP) has secured an NT$3.3 billion (US$101.8 million) syndicated loan led by Taiwan Cooperative Bank, Land Bank of Taiwan, First Bank and CTCB Bank.
Australia’s second largest solar plant, Broken Hill, constructed by Australian utility AGL Energy Limited (AGL), has begun feeding 26MW of electricity to the grid.
One of Japan’s leading solar inverter makers, Tabuchi Electric, has formed technology partnerships with US companies to target markets for large-scale PV plants and residential energy storage.
Solar developer Conergy has extended its bank guarantee facility with Tennenbaum Capital to US$75 million using funding from Goldman Sachs BDC in order to power an expansion of its solar business.
Thai investment bank Kasikornbank (KBank) has agreed to finance 10 solar power projects in Japan to be developed by compatriot renewable energy firm Premier Solution.
Representatives of the US Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have signed off on a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with China’s State Grid Energy Research Institute (SGERI), standing as the first-ever agreement between both parties.
Madhya Pradesh has yet to sign power purchase agreements with at least two of the winning project developers from its solar auction, because they are asking for a higher tariff than the lowest winning bidder, according to consultancy firm Bridge to India.
The project arm of Chinese manufacturer, JinkoSolar, has secured a credit line worth CNY10 billion (US$1.5 billion) with the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China’s Jiangxi Provincial branch.
Taiwan-based solar cell producer E-Ton Solar Tech continued to experience erratic sales in August, which decline 23.4% from the previous month.
The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has invited bids for the implementation of grid-connected rooftop solar PV systems on buildings of India’s Central Public Works Department (CPWD), in various states across India.
After dropping a series of strong hints – including those given in interviews with PV Tech Storage – Enphase has confirmed that its AC battery will be launched in Australia first.
Taiwan-based merchant solar cell producer Motech Industries retained strong sales in August, flat with the previous month.
Major monocrystalline wafer producer Longi Silicon Materials has signed land and development contracts with the Yinchuan Economic and Technological Development Zone Management Committee to build a 3GW monocrystalline silicon facility in Yinchuan City, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, China.