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China calls Suniva’s trade case an ‘abuse’ of the rules
28 Apr 2017 at 4:44pm
Suniva’s request for the US government to place levies on global solar imports is an “abuse of trade remedies”, a spokesperson for China’s ministry of commerce has said.

Yingli Green delays filing annual report on liquidity issues
28 Apr 2017 at 2:13pm
Struggling China-based PV manufacturer Yingli Green Energy has warned of delays in filing its 2016 annual report (Form 20F) with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

France reveals winners of 150MW rooftop solar tender
28 Apr 2017 at 12:59pm
Ségolène Royal, France’s minister of the Environment, Energy and the Sea, yesterday announced the winners of the first period of the country’s rooftop solar tender.

Trina Solar launches 60-cell mono-PERC ‘DUOMAX Twin’ bifacial 300W module
28 Apr 2017 at 12:49pm
Trina Solar has launched its high-efficiency P-type mono-PERC (Passivated Emitter Rear Cell) bifacial module ‘DUOMAX Twin.’ The modules have a 0~+5W positive power tolerance and have a 285-300W power range with 18% maximum conversion efficiency.

Sunrun extends partnership with GRID Alternatives for low-income solar
28 Apr 2017 at 12:37pm
The trend continues for expanding access for low-income households to go solar, as residential installer Sunrun extends its partnership with GRID Alternatives, the nation’s largest non-profit solar installer.

USTDA backs one of Sub-Saharan Africa’s first utility solar-plus-storage projects
28 Apr 2017 at 12:01pm
The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) is continuing its mission of funding priority development projects in emerging economies, this time by signing two grants that leverage US technology and investment to increase access to affordable, reliable electricity in Kenya.

PV Talk: Ecoligo on alternative investment in emerging markets
28 Apr 2017 at 11:04am
Ecoligo is a Berlin-based crowdfunding start-up for solar projects in Africa’s commercial and industrial (C&I) market. Even though it is a company still very much in its infancy, it is already making waves by providing competitive alternatives to traditional bank loan products and connecting German private investors to tailored off-takers.

Hareon Solar, Azure Power to invest in 118MW solar installation in India
28 Apr 2017 at 4:45am
Hareon Solar and Azure Power announced this week that they are both investing in a 118MW PV project in India.

Kyocera, Gaia Power announce groundbreaking on 92MW PV project in Japan
28 Apr 2017 at 1:30am
Kyocera, Gaia Power, Kyudenko and Tokyo Century announced Thursday that construction has commenced on a 92MW solar project in Japan.

GCL System consolidates position in solar industry super league
27 Apr 2017 at 6:35pm
China-based PV manufacturer GCL System Integrated Technology has consolidated its position within the ‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) ranks after it reported more than 4GW of module shipments in 2016.

3D-Micromac’s latest microCELL OTF laser systems has throughput of 8,000wph
27 Apr 2017 at 1:20pm
3D-Micromac launched the second generation of its high-performance microCELL OTF laser systems at SNEC 2017. The high-performance production solution for Laser Contact Opening (LCO) of PERC (Passivated Emitter Rear Cell) solar cells achieves a throughput of 8,000 wafers per hour (wph).

Sungevity sells assets, transfers employees to Northern Pacific-backed Solar Spectrum
27 Apr 2017 at 1:11pm
Recently bankrupt Sungevity has sold assets to Solar Spectrum, a newly-established solar firm backed by Minnesota-based private equity firm Northern Pacific Group.

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Frost & Sullivan: Power industry focuses on renewables; Solar PV is the fastest growing
28 Apr 2017 at 6:55am
Increased decentralisation, the need to decarbonise electricity generation, and digitisation to boost operational efficiency are driving market opportunities in the power industry. According to Frost & Sullivan (London, UK), continued regulatory support for renewable energy in key markets will see global power investment reach USD 443.5 billio...

Intersolar Europe will present new developments in solar PV financing
28 Apr 2017 at 6:48am
The success or failure of a solar PV project hinges on appropriate financing. In recent years, numerous new financing models have emerged for solar installations of various sizes. Intersolar Europe, the world’s leading exhibition for the solar industry and its partners, and its accompanying conference are shining a spotlight on the topic this ...

Kyocera and partners announce groundbreaking of a 92 MW solar PV plant in Japan
28 Apr 2017 at 6:42am
Kyocera Corporation (Kyoto, Japan), K.K. GAIA POWER, Kyudenko Corporation and Tokyo Century Corporation on April 27th, 2017 announced that Kanoya Osaki Solar Hills LLC, a solar photovoltaic (PV) power operating company jointly established by the four companies, has launched construction of a 92 MW solar power plant.

ADB backs Sunseap to build Cambodia's first large-scale solar PV plant
27 Apr 2017 at 7:36am
The Asian Development Bank (ADB, Manila, Philippines) has backed Singapore’s Sunseap Group’s project to build Cambodia’s first large-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) project under a long-term agreement with Electricité Du Cambodge (EDC). The PV project is located near Bavet, a special economic zone in the Svay Rieng province, and is being implemen...

SCE named No. 1 solar utility in the U.S. for second year in a row
27 Apr 2017 at 7:31am
Southern California Edison (SCE, Rosemead, CA, US) delivered more solar power to its customers in 2016 than any other utility in the United States, according to rankings compiled by the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA).

Canadian Solar supplies 10 MW of modules to the largest PV project in Uganda
27 Apr 2017 at 7:24am
Canadian Solar Inc. (Guelph, Ontario) on April 26th, 2017 announced that the company has supplied 10 MW of PV Modules to the Soroti photovoltaic plant in Uganda. The PV project is the largest of its kind in East Africa and was officially inaugurated at the end of 2016.

Abengoa completes its first solar PV project in India
27 Apr 2017 at 7:18am
Abengoa SA (Seville, Spain) has completed its first solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in India. It is a Project with a capacity of 5 MW that Abengoa has undertaken for Enerparc Energy. The PV plant is located in northern India, in Roorkee, Uttarakhand state.

Sonnedix acquires 7 MW solar PV plant in Spain
27 Apr 2017 at 7:14am
Independent Solar Power Producer (IPP) Sonnedix on April 25th, 2017 announced the acquisition of the 7 MWp Olmeda solar photovoltaic (PV) plant from Sunflower Sustaintable Investments Ltd and Shikun & Binui Ltd., taking its operating capacity in Spain to 145 MWp. The ground-mounted PV plant is located in Cuenca, Spain

Canadian Solar secures 92 MW PV project financing from Prudential Capital Group and U.S. Bank
26 Apr 2017 at 7:11am
Canadian Solar Inc. (Guelph, Ontario) on April 25th, 2017 announced that it has secured financing for its 92 MW IS-42 solar photovoltaic (PV) project near Fayetteville, North Carolina. The financing is in the form of a debt facility with Prudential Capital Group and a tax equity investment commitment from U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corp...

Smart integration of renewables: Energy Lab 2.0 demonstrates how a successful global energy transition is possible at Intersolar Europe
26 Apr 2017 at 7:06am
Renewable energies are taking the world by storm. As a result, decentralized energy generation and above all the smart integration and management of renewable sources of energy are becoming increasingly important. Intersolar Europe is taking up this topic at the Smart Renewable Energy special exhibit and collaborating with three Helmholtz Asso...

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