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Key solar manufacturing location trends in 2016
9 Jan 2017 at 2:12pm
As part of PV Tech’s ongoing analysis of global PV manufacturing capacity expansion announcements, an important aspect remains the ever evolving geographical footprint of the upstream market of dedicated solar cell, module assembly, thin film and c-Si integrated facilities.

LONGi’s mono push sets the stage for PV CellTech mono-vs-multi showdown
4 Jan 2017 at 6:08pm
The recent announcements from Silicon Module Super League (SMSL) manufacturer LONGi Silicon Materials, to acquire the Malaysia wafering operations of Comtec Solar Systems Group and to align with Trina Solar and Tongwei for a new 5GW factory in China, represent yet more substance to LONGi’s active push to shift the industry to mono c-Si cell and module supply.

United Photovoltaics to issue US$250 million bond through Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley
20 Jan 2017 at 1:45pm
China-based PV energy provider (PVEP) United Photovoltaics Group is arranging a US$250 million bond through Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley.

Largest solar park in The Netherlands opens
20 Jan 2017 at 1:22pm
A Dutch port has opened what is claimed to be the largest solar farm in The Netherlands.

US solar industry ‘mature enough to stand on its own two feet’ in spite of President Trump
20 Jan 2017 at 1:21pm
As Donald Trump officially becomes the 45th president of the United States today, the solar industry remains quietly confident that any momentum gained so far will continue, even under the fossil-fuel promoting, climate change-denying Republican.

Motech to invest US$29 million in China manufacturing operations
20 Jan 2017 at 12:53pm
Taiwan-based PV manufacturer Motech Industries said it would make further capital investments in its solar cell and module manufacturing operations in China, via its subsidiary, Motech (Suzhou) Renewable Energy in another subsidiary, Motech (Maanshan) Renewable Energy Co.

Power Africa partner breaks ground on 1GW solar programme in Burundi
20 Jan 2017 at 12:50pm
Gigawatt Global, a multinational renewable energy company and partner of Obama’s Power Africa initiative, has broken ground on its 1GW solar programme with the 7.5MW solar project in Burundi.

Movers & Shakers: Sunrun, Array Technologies, AfDB, Mosaic, Fluidic Energy
20 Jan 2017 at 11:43am
In this week's Movers & Shakers segment, PV Tech focuses mainly on executive shifts in US solar companies involved in storage, trackers, residential loans and more. The African Development Bank is also revamping its management board, with a new head of Renewables.

US ROUND UP: SunCommon expands to NY, Silicon Ranch US$55m equity, New PV projects in Cali & Arizona
20 Jan 2017 at 10:56am
Canada's SunCommon partners with Sustainable Energy Developments to provide residential, commercial and community solar in New York, Silicon Ranch closes a US$55 million equity fund, and new solar projects are completed in California and Arizona.

Victoria government to tender for 75MW solar to power tram network
20 Jan 2017 at 5:19am
Australia’s Victorian Government plans to tender for a 75MW solar PV plant in a regional area of the state in the first half of 2017.

Spruce secures US$445 million in debt financing for residential PV systems
20 Jan 2017 at 1:45am
Spruce Finance announced Thursday that has raised tax equity and project debt transactions in order to support US$445 million in residential solar power purchase agreements and leases in 2017.

High interest in India’s first utility-scale solar-plus-storage tender
19 Jan 2017 at 1:54pm
India’s first grid-scale solar-plus-storage tender from Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has received very strong interest with a total of 13 developers submitting bids.

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GTM Research announces strong growth in U.S. energy storage project financing in Q3, 2016
20 Jan 2017 at 11:00am
According to GTM Research’s (Boston, MA, U.S.) and ESA's latest U.S. Energy Storage Monitor, the third quarter of 2016 finished with the largest sum of U.S. project financing for energy storage in a single quarter so that total corporate investment totaled USD 812 million at the end of Q3, 2016.

Utility-scale PV in Australia: Western Downs Regional Council announces 300 MW solar farm
20 Jan 2017 at 10:46am
In yet another boost for its regional economy, on January 18th, 2017 Western Downs Regional Council (Queensland, Australia) approved the largest photovoltaic (PV) project in the region to date that will see Luminous Energy construct a 300 megawatt (MW) solar farm between Miles and Chinchilla.

sPower supplies 68.8 MW of solar power to Southern California Public Power Authority
20 Jan 2017 at 7:47am
sPower (Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.) on January 19th, 2017 announced that its Antelope DSR 1 and 2 solar PV facilities achieved commercial operations before the end of 2016 and are now providing 68.8 MW solar power to Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA). Participating member agencies using the solar power from the newly commissio...

Spruce raises tax equity and project debt financing for USD 445 million of residential solar PV systems
20 Jan 2017 at 7:43am
Spruce Finance (San Francisco, U.S.), a provider of consumer financing for residential solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and energy efficiency improvements, has raised tax equity and project debt transactions to support USD 445 million in residential solar power purchase agreements (PPA) and leases in 2017.

Masdar appoints IFC to oversee funding of Jordan’s largest solar PV project
20 Jan 2017 at 7:38am
Masdar (Abu Dhabi) has selected International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, to oversee the funding of the largest solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, a 200 MW PV facility being developed by the wholly owned Masdar subsidiary Baynouna Solar Energy Company (BSEC).

Gigawatt Global breaks ground on 7.5 MW solar PV project in Burundi
20 Jan 2017 at 7:33am
On January 19th, 2017 Gigawatt Global (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), a solar and social development enterprise, announced a USD 14 million, 7.5 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Burundi, one of the world's least developed nations. The construction and interconnection of the project to the national grid is expected to be concluded in Q4 of 2017.

edX Award winner Prof. Arno Smets appointed Chairman of EU PVSEC 2017
20 Jan 2017 at 7:24am
The European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC) has appointed Prof. Dr. Arno H.M. Smets General Chairman for its 33rd edition, which will take place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, from 25–29 September 2017.

PVMA estimates global PV installations at 75 GW in 2016, expects stable market in 2017
19 Jan 2017 at 12:02pm
The PV Market Alliance (PVMA) estimates global photovoltaic installations at 75 GW in 2016 and possibly a stable market in 2017. After 50 GW of PV installations in 2015, this represents a 50% YoY growth, with now a total capacity installed globally crossing the 300 GW mark, PVMA notes.

SolarPower Europe: PV module production capacities and output declined in the EU in 2016
19 Jan 2017 at 8:45am
According to a survey by SolarPower Europe (Brussels) solar photovoltaic (PV) module production capacities in the European Union (EU) decreased in 2016, while the output of EU factories dropped in a two-digit range. In 2016, module PV manufacturers had facilities in the EU with 6.7 GW annual production capacity, a 3% drop from 6.9 GW in 2015,...

Intersolar North America celebrates 10 years with creation of new category for the Intersolar AWARD
19 Jan 2017 at 8:34am
Intersolar North America, the most-attended solar industry event in North America, on January 18th, 2017 announced the opening of the Intersolar AWARD nomination period. Now in its tenth year, the Intersolar AWARD series recognizes the most innovative solutions in the solar industry. To embrace the changing market landscape, Intersolar has inc...

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