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The largest US PV installer SolarCity is beginning to ramp expenditure in R&D and equipment purchases ahead of the planned completion and ramp of its 1GW integrated PV manufacturing plant in Buffalo, New York.
Reports that senior politicians in the Czech Republic want to see ground mounted solar “disappear” are “more proof that the Czech Republic is a complete banana republic when it comes to energy policy“, one critic has said.
There were 1.2GW of US residential solar installations last year, of which 72% was third-party owned (TPO) through leases and power purchase agreements (PPAs), according to a GTM research study.
Dow Corning said its polysilicon sales, via its majority owned subsidiary Hemlock Semiconductor declined in first half of 2015.
Major PV equipment supplier Meyer Burger has axed further jobs and undertaken equipment write-downs at its sapphire substrate cutting plant in Colorado Springs, US, which was initially established to meet Apple’s demand for sapphire screens for its mobile phones through a partnership with GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT).
Israel-based PV developer Arava Power Company and EDF Energies Nouvelles Israel, a subsidiary of renewables company EDF Energies Nouvelles, have commissioned the 40MW Ketura Solar plant in Israel.
Japanese conglomerate Marubeni Corporation will supply modules for a 52.5MW plant in Fukushima.
Solar manufacturer SunPower has teamed up with ConEdison to launch a residential solar lease scheme in New York State.
The largest US PV installer, SolarCity, reported continued installation and revenue increase in the second quarter of 2015, backed by increasing pre-booked customers.
Major PV manufacturer JA Solar has appointed an outside financial advisor and legal counsel to advise on the petition by its chairman and CEO, Baofang Jin to take the company private and de-list from the NYSE.
Martifer Solar, a subsidiary of Martifer SGPS, is to begin construction of four PV projects with a combined capacity of 57MW in Jordan.
Tier-one PV manufacturer and PVEP (Photovoltaics Energy Provider) SunPower is to launch its ‘X-Series’ modules using its next-generation ‘Maxeon’ solar cells with 21.2% nameplate module efficiency and 345W performance configuration in Japan.
Microinverter firm Enphase Energy and dedicated residential PV company Sunrun have signed an agreement for Enphase to supply solar energy systems to Sunrun for its household PV installations.
Argentina, one of the underperformers in Latin America’s quickly rising solar energy industry so far, could get a 20MW PV plant built on government land.
Brazil’s energy regulator National Electric Energy Agency (ANEEL) has set a cap price of BRL349 (US$104) per MWh for its solar-only auction to be held on 28 August.
US renewable energy developer Duke Energy Renewables has bolstered its solar energy portfolio in the US by acquiring Kruger Energy’s Seville power projects in California.
Major PVEP (Photovoltaics Energy Provider) SunPower expects full-year 2015 GAAP revenue to be around 50% lower than in 2014, due to the impact of establishing its JV yieldco vehicle with First Solar.
Mobile testing of PV modules in the field has been available in Europe and China but according to Intertek and CECET mobile testing in North America has yet to catch-on.
PV module encapsulant producer STR Holdings could be the US front for its parent company, China-based project developer, Zhenfa Energy Group entering the US market.
SolarCity has announced a new service to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) get electricity from solar power at a cheaper rate than from local utilities.
Major PV manufacturer JinkoSolar has secured over US$483 million in PV project finance from Ping An Bank to support its downstream project business arm, Jinko Power.
China installed 7.73GW of solar in the first half of 2015 as it continued to chase its target of 17.8GW by the end of the year.
China-based PV manufacturer Hareon Solar said that its initial Phase 1 160MW solar cell production plant in India was part of more ambitious plans to establish a 1GW state-of-the-art solar cell facility in a joint venture with Indian firm Dalmia Group.
Efforts to force the government to reverse policy decisions that damaged the solar industry received a boost when the constitutional court in Rome accepted the legitimacy of the case.
E.ON Solar, part of power company E.ON, has completed its first PV project in California, the 20MW Alamo Solar plant in San Bernardino County.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has proposed reauthorizing a voluntary system including best practice standards for solar businesses, which is to be run by the Clean Energy Council (CEC) for five years.
Major PV energy provider (PVEP) SunPower has purchased the complete US PV power plant project pipeline of Australia-based renewable energy developer Infigen Energy.
Spain’s Ministry of Environmental Affairs has approved a 450MW PV project, which Germany-based renewable energy firm Juwi plans to develop in Mula, in the the country’s Murcia region.
Southern California Edison (SCE), one of California’s three investor-owned electric utilities, is making moves to procure nearly 105MW more solar generation capacity, some on a competitive basis.
Chinese PV manufacturer Hareon Solar plans to set up a 160MW cell production project in India through its wholly owned-subsidiary Hareon Solar Power along with Keshav Power, an arm of business conglomerate Dalmia.
India-based module manufacturer Rolta Power and China-based Zhenfa New Energy Science and Technology Co. have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop 2GW of solar projects in India.
France-based energy firms EDF Energies Nouvelles and EREN Renewable Energy have commissioned 150MW of solar projects developed by Delhi-based ACME Solar in the Indian states of Rajasthan and Odisha.
Hilary Clinton has said she wants the US to install 500 million panels within four years of her taking office, as the US presidential candidate outlined details about her energy and climate plan.
PV manufacturer China Sunergy (CSUN) has reported that it has regained compliance with NASDAQ rules after previously failing to file quarterly and annual reports. CSUN filed its 2014 annual report on July 20.
Swiss/Hungarian silicon thin-film equipment and technology firm Ecosolifer has been reported to be planning an 80MW module assembly plant in Brazil, using its proprietary amorphous silicon deposition technology on monocrystalline wafers produced at its plant in Csorna, Hungary.
Ahead of Barack Obama’s visit to Kenya this weekend, Toronto-headquartered SkyPower Global has said that it is set to sign an “historic” agreement with the Kenyan government to develop 1GW of PV.
The French government has doubled the size of a tender for 100-250kW solar systems from 120MW to 240MW.
PV manufacturer Wuxi Suntech, a subsidiary of Shunfeng International Clean Energy (SFCE), has supplied 9.3MW of modules to a 13GWh Adani solar plant in India.
PV manufacturing equipment specialist Amtech Systems is selling the majority of its stake in subsidiary Kingstone Technology to China-based venture capital firm, Suzhou Zhuo Jing Investment Center for around US$13.6 million.
The Brazilian Government’s Energy Research Agency (EPE) has registered 649 solar projects totalling 20.9GW capacity for the its second Reserve Energy Auction, scheduled for 13 November this year.
UK-headquartered Solarcentury has kicked off a push into Central America’s emerging PV markets with a 507kW rooftop installation in Colombia built in partnership with local firm Hybrytec.
Renewable energy developer Langa has selected integrated solutions provider Schneider Electric and battery designer Saft for two new PV-plus-storage plants in Corsica.
Solar panel developer and manufacturer SunPower has signed off on a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with NV Energy to develop a 100MW PV plant in the Eldorado Valley in Boulder City, Nevada.
Interim findings from a major survey on PV module quality being undertaken by PV Tech have revealed an even split within the industry between those who have and have not experienced problems with module equipment.
China-based PV manufacturer has reported an 84.76% increase in revenue for the first half of 2015 on the back of strong domestic demand and a focus on overseas emerging markets.
A 3GW module shipment “milestone” announced today by Japan-headquartered thin-film firm Solar Frontier is confirmation that CIGS technology “can work” despite facing challenges during its history, according to solar market analyst Finlay Colville.
The World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) is exploring the development of 100MW of solar in Zambia.
Canadian Solar Solutions, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Canadian Solar, has completed construction of the largest solar project in Canada, a 100MW PV plant in Ontario.
SunEdison has inked a power purchase agreement with a leading Delhi distribution utility to provide 180MW of PV electricity to the citizens of New Delhi.
Dominion Retail, a subsidiary of energy producer Dominion, has announced a partnership with solar technology company SunPower to provide SunPower’s solar power systems to homeowners in New Jersey.