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Tales from Taiwan Part 2: GCL and LONGi Silicon align to carve out solar industry spoils
18 Oct 2016 at 6:55pm
This blog contains the concluding part of my Tales from Taiwan feature, with the first blog - Tales from Taiwan Part 1: more capacity comes online, but not in Taiwan - appearing on PV-Tech earlier this week.

NextEra Energy commissions 10MW project in Colorado
21 Oct 2016 at 8:41pm
Officials from Colorado Springs Utilities and NextEra Energy Resources celebrated the commissioning of the Clear Spring Ranch Solar Array — just south of Colorado Springs.

Ecoplexus begins construction on 30MW of PV projects in North Carolina
21 Oct 2016 at 8:29pm
PV project developer Ecoplexus announced Friday that it has started construction on three ground-mounted PV projects in North Carolina.

ROUND UP: BrightSpot installs first LoadSpot system, Trina Solar carport, Dominion acquisition
21 Oct 2016 at 1:22pm
BrightSpot has installed its first LoadSpot panel durability testing system at the FSEC, Trina supplies 4MW carport for German airport, Dominion acquires 60MWac solar development in North Carolina from SunEnergy1.

India’s Discom losses could halve by 2019 but concerns remain
21 Oct 2016 at 12:06pm
The losses of Indian distribution companies (Discoms) that have joined the government’s major rescue package Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojna (UDAY) could more than halve from their current level by FY2019, according to new research from global analysis firm CRISIL.

Movers & Shakers: SunShot Initiative, First Solar, Vivint Solar, Sungevity, Australian CEFC and more
21 Oct 2016 at 11:00am
This week's Movers & Shakers features some of the US' biggest integrated solar companies, including Vivint Solar, First Solar and Sungevity. PV Tech also reports on management shuffles in Australia and speaks with new SunShot Initiative director Charlie Gay on what is driving US solar's success.

Tamil Nadu issues RfS for 500MWac solar capacity
21 Oct 2016 at 10:41am
Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) has issued a request for submission (RfS) to procure 500MWac of solar power capacity in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

Trina Solar dumps module assembly sub-contractor in Japan
21 Oct 2016 at 10:40am
‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) member Trina Solar has recently pulled out of a deal to have its PV modules assembled in Japan by module assembly equipment supplier and assembly sub-contractor, NPC Group.

Strata Solar selects Huawei string inverter for US utility-scale PV power plants
21 Oct 2016 at 8:47am
Leading PV inverter company Huawei said it had formed a strategic partnership with PV project developer and EPC firm, Strata Solar, which will include the supply of Huawei’s flagship Sun2000 string inverters to planned utility-scale solar power plant projects in North America.

US Department of Energy invests US$21 million in 17 projects
21 Oct 2016 at 1:30am
The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced that it will invest US$21.4 million in funding for 17 new projects in order to cut down on the “soft costs” normally found in PV energy — such as installation, permitting and connecting to the grid.

Radiance Solar completes solar research facility at University of Georgia
21 Oct 2016 at 1:15am
Radiance Solar announced that it has completed a grid-tied, 1.25MW solar research project designed for studying solar panel performance at the University of Georgia.

Deutsche Bank expects final ‘gold rush’ in the US solar market to begin in 2017
20 Oct 2016 at 1:51pm
According to the latest analysis by Deutsche Bank and in contrast to market research firms, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) and GTM Research the US solar market is expected to grow in 2017, heralding in the last ‘gold rush’ period through 2020.

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Solar for All 2016: Boond Engineering and Mera Gao Power awarded first prize
21 Oct 2016 at 10:26am
The Canopus Foundation and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, who collaboratively organized the 2nd “Solar for All” Contest for Innovative Community Solar Electrification Solutions, on October 19th, 2016 announced the winners. The Indian companies Boond Engineering and Mera Gao Power have been awarded the first prize, both ...

Research and Markets: Rapid growth in solar PV drives the polysilicon market
21 Oct 2016 at 9:20am
Research and Markets (Dublin) has published a new report on the global polysilicon market. “Polysilicon Market – Global Forecast to 2021” estimates this market to reach USD 8.90 billion by 2021 at a CAGR of 13%. The solar PV industry is the fastest growing end-use industry in the global polysilicon market. Increasing consumer awareness coupl...

Georgia electric cooperatives offer solar energy alternative without rooftop installation
21 Oct 2016 at 8:43am
Customers of electric cooperatives across Georgia are now enjoying the benefits of solar energy without the costs and complications of rooftop solar panels through a new program known as “Cooperative Solar”. Developed by the electric cooperatives (co-ops) and their renewable energy provider, Green Power EMC the program simulates rooftop solar s...

Intersolar India: Indian solar market is experiencing strong growth
20 Oct 2016 at 11:53am
The Indian solar market is experiencing strong growth, bringing it ever closer to the Indian government’s goal of increasing the installed photovoltaic capacity to 100 gigawatts by 2022. Against the backdrop of this progress, Intersolar India is taking place from October 19–21, 2016 in the Bombay Exhibition Center in Mumbai. Over 230 exhibito...

Energy Watch Group: IEA to lift its solar PV and wind projections
20 Oct 2016 at 11:37am
Following extensive critique in 2015, the International Energy Agency (IEA, Paris) will finally raise its projections for solar photovoltaics (PV) and wind capacity in its forthcoming 2017 World Energy Outlook, the Energy Watch Group (EWG, Berlin), announces in a newsletter.

8minutenergy announces capital raise, investment opportunity into over 500 MW of solar PV projects
20 Oct 2016 at 8:15am
8minutenergy Renewables LLC (Folsom, California, U.S.), an independent solar photovoltaic (PV) developer in the United States, on October 19th, 2016 announced it is initiating a capital raising process to fuel growth of its 5.5 gigawatt (GW) U.S. pipeline, including over 500 megawatts (MW) of wholly-owned near shovel ready projects with long ter...

New SEIA report names Target the top corporate solar PV installer in the U.S.
20 Oct 2016 at 8:06am
Retail store chain Target Corporation (Minneapolis, MN, U.S.) has grabbed the top spot among American businesses that are going solar, the U.S. Solar Energy Industries Association reports. SEIA revealed Target's ascension to the top of the list in its 2016 Solar Means Business report, issued on October 19th, 2016, which found that more America...

Dominion acquires development rights for the 60 MW(AC) Summit Farms solar PV facility in Currituck County, NC
20 Oct 2016 at 7:58am
As part of its long-term plan to bring online at least 500 megawatts of solar electric generating capacity in North Carolina and Virginia, Dominion Virginia Power (Richmond, Virginia, U.S.) on October 19th, 2016 announced it has acquired the development rights for the 60 MW(AC) Summit Farms solar photovoltaic (PV) facility in Currituck County, N...

Solar-plus-storage: sonnen provides resiliency for affordable zero energy housing development in rural Vermont
20 Oct 2016 at 7:53am
sonnen, Inc. (Los Angeles, CA, U.S.) celebrated a milestone on October 19th, 2016 at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the McKnight Lane Affordable Housing Development in Waltham, Vermont, a net-zero, low-income rental housing development. The project is led by the Addison County Community Trust and Cathedral Square, and it represents the efforts...

Consortium celebrates ground-breaking for 100 MW Kathu solar project in the Northern Cape of South Africa
19 Oct 2016 at 1:46pm
An ENGIE-led consortium with partners, SENER and ACCIONA, on October 18th, 2016 held a ground-breaking ceremony for their Kathu Solar Park in the town of Kathu, in the Northern Cape Province. Construction has begun following the signing of a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) between ENGIE and Eskom, South Africa’s state-owned power utili...

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