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Top 5 solar module manufacturers in 2016
23 Nov 2016 at 2:05pm
PV Tech can reveal the preliminary Top 5 solar module manufacturers in 2016, based as usual on final shipment guidance from third quarter financial results.


Enerray connects 23.1MW PV project to Jordanian national grid
2 Dec 2016 at 4:03pm
Global EPC contractor and Saudi renewable energy company Desert Technologies announced Thursday that the 23.1MW Falcon Ma’an solar plant has been connected to the Jordanian national grid.


Edisun Microgrids launches first commercial rooftop dual-axis tracker system
2 Dec 2016 at 1:36pm
Edisun Microgrids has launched the first dual-axis solar tracker strategically designed and built for the commercial and industrial rooftop sector. ‘PV Booster’ claims to provide yields of 20% and higher, compared to fixed mounted modules.


Suntech and Trina Solar funding UNSW perovskite R&D
2 Dec 2016 at 1:28pm
Research at the Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics (ACAP), based at The University of New South Wales (UNSW) has reported a 12.1% efficiency rating for a 16 cm2 perovskite solar cell, partially funded by Suntech and Trina Solar and AUD$3.6 million in funding through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency’s (ARENA).


IKEA to add to US solar portfolio with 1.2MW Columbus rooftop system
2 Dec 2016 at 1:16pm
Furniture giant IKEA is to add to its portfolio of solar installations in the US with the development of a 1.2MW system atop its new store in Columbus, Ohio.


Phono Solar supplies 315W 72-cell solar modules to Georgia PV power plant
2 Dec 2016 at 12:16pm
China-based PV module manufacturer Phono Solar, part of SUMEC Group has supplied 28MW (DC) of 315W 72-cell solar modules to Citizens Energy, a Boston, based not-for-profit energy developer for a PV power plant in Jenkins County, Georgia.


Sumitomo Electric completes first 1MW CPV pilot plant in Morocco
2 Dec 2016 at 12:01pm
Sumitomo Electric Industries said that its first 1MW CPV pilot plant in Ouarzazate City, Morocco has been completed.


Trina Solar supplies modules to Yahyalı Solar Power Plant in Turkey
2 Dec 2016 at 11:48am
‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) member Trina Solar has supplied 33,800 multicrystalline 260W 60-cell Honey modules to the Yahyalı Solar Power Plant in Turkey, said to be one of the largest plants built in the country to date.


Amazon adds 180MW to renewable portfolio in five solar projects across Virginia
1 Dec 2016 at 5:53pm
Amazon Web Services (AWS) said that it would add a further 180MW of solar PV power plants from five projects in Virginia to the grid before the end of 2017 as part of its strategy to of powering the AWS Cloud with 100% renewable energy.


Nigerian off-grid solar firm raises US$90 million
1 Dec 2016 at 5:46pm
Nigeria-based specialist off-grid solar firm Lumos Global has said it has secured its largest round of fundraising yet, totalling US$90 million.


Swinerton’s O&M subsidiary added 1.25GW of PV assets to fleet in 2016
1 Dec 2016 at 5:39pm
US-based PV project developer Swinerton Renewable Energy’s O&M subsidiary, SOLV said it had added 1.25GW of PV assets to its operating fleet in 2016, taking PV asset management to 3.25GW.


skytron energy’s PVGuard 2.4 supervision platform provide fleet management advances
1 Dec 2016 at 1:30pm
skytron energy has further enhanced its ‘PVGuard’ PV power plant supervision platform. Version 2.4 of PVGuard focuses on fleet management that enables system owners and operators to monitor the technical performance of all PV power plants, inverters and alarms across their entire fleet in a single view, which can be filtered or sorted to suit individual requirements.


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Sumitomo Electric starts operation of 1 MW CPV pilot plant in Morocco
2 Dec 2016 at 8:24am
Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. (SEI, Osaka, Japan) has completed the construction of an 1 MW concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) power generation plant in the Kingdom of Morocco, the company's first megawatt-class CPV project. The company had been working on the construction of the project facility since June based on the contract made this M...

23.1 MW Falcon Ma'an PV plant connected to Jordan’s grid
2 Dec 2016 at 8:36am
The Falcon Ma'an solar photovoltaic (PV) plant, one of the largest in the Middle East has just been connected to the Jordanian national grid. The 23.1 MWp PV plant – executed by the Italian company Enerray, a global EPC contractor, and Saudi renewable energy company Desert Technologies – puts Jordan on the map as a leading regional solar powe...

Phono Solar partners with Citizens Energy on a 28 MW solar PV farm in Georgia
2 Dec 2016 at 8:18am
Phono Solar (Nanjing, China), a producer of monocrystalline and polycrystalline silicon solar photovoltaic (PV) modules, on December 1st, 2016 announced that the company has delivered 28 MW solar PV modules to Citizens Energy, a Boston, MA-based not-for-profit energy developer.

SPI Energy receives first subsidy payment for its solar PV plant in Gonghe County, Qinghai Province, China
2 Dec 2016 at 8:16am
SPI Energy Co., Ltd. (Shanghai, China) on December 1st, 2016 announced that the Company's 10 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant located in Gonghe County, Qinghai Province has received approximately RMB 20 million (approx. USD 2.9 million) subsidy towards partial payment of the accrued renewable energy tariff period till April 2015.

Yaskawa - Solectria PV inverters deployed in Vermont’s first municipality-owned solar PV systems
2 Dec 2016 at 8:08am
U.S. commercial solar PV inverter manufacturer Yaskawa - Solectria Solar (Lawrence, MA) on December 1st, 2016 announced that its PVI 28TL and PVI 36TL inverters have been deployed in two solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in Vermont that are the first to be owned by town and village utilities. The Nebraska Valley and Waterhouse Solar Farms tota...

Melink develops 5 MW solar farm for North Carolina country club
2 Dec 2016 at 8:01am
Melink Corporation (Cincinnati) has completed development of a 5.25 megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) farm in the Charlotte, North Carolina, metro region. Located on land owned by Rock Barn Country Club & Spa in Conover, the PV array began operating November 18th. The array comprises 16,948 solar panels on 28 acres.

Azure Power commences construction of a 100 MW solar PV project in Andhra Pradesh
1 Dec 2016 at 8:58am
Azure Power (New Delhi, India), a leading independent solar power producer in India, on November 30th, 2016 announced that it has started the construction of its 100 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Andhra Pradesh. The Company has secured land and financing for this project. The project was auctioned by NTPC, Government of India’s lar...

ESTIF welcomes new focus on renewable heat in the new EU Renewable Energy Directive, criticizes incoherences
1 Dec 2016 at 8:52am
The European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF, Brussels) welcomes the new focus on renewable heat in the new Renewable Energy Directive, although regretting several incoherences in the Winter Package, and an overall low level of ambition for the renewable energy sector.

Marathon Capital announces the successful closing of Empower Energies' DG solar PV fund
1 Dec 2016 at 8:45am
Marathon Capital (Chicago, IL, U.S.) on November 30th, 2016 announced the successful closing of the Empower Energies, Inc. (Frederick, MD, U.S.) Distributed Generation Fund (DG Fund) for commercial and industrial (C&I) solar photovoltaic (PV) projects originated and developed by Empower and its co-development partners.

New Jersey BPU approves 33 MW extension to PSE&G Solar 4 All program
1 Dec 2016 at 8:41am
Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G, Newark, NJ, U.S.) on November 30th, 2016 announced that the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) has approved an extension to the utility's “Solar 4 All” program. The approval authorizes PSE&G to invest up to USD 80 million over the next three years to build an additional 33 megawatts of so...


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