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United Photovoltaics completes 100MW CPV project
24 Jun 2016 at 4:48pm
PV energy provider United Photovoltaics Group, part of China Merchants Group (CMG), has completed and grid connected a 100MW CPV power plant in Shanxi Province, China as part of the Top Runner program that promotes leading solar technology adoption in the country.

Tornado severely damages Canadian Solar’s Funing cell plant
24 Jun 2016 at 1:14pm
‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) member Canadian Solar has confirmed that a tornado had severely damaged its joint venture solar cell manufacturing plant with GCL in Funing County, Jiangsu Province, China.

Tesla-SolarCity deal will make the most of synergies, says BNEF
24 Jun 2016 at 12:39pm
The future for Tesla-SolarCity could lie in aggregating rooftop PV with stationary energy storage, EVs and other distributed energy resources, the head of energy storage market analysis at Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) has said.

Commoditisation of Li-ion not necessarily a direct parallel with solar, manufacturer says
24 Jun 2016 at 12:31pm
The prospect of the ‘commoditisation’ of lithium-ion batteries is not likely to be as clear-cut as has been seen in the PV industry, one manufacturer has said.

Brexit result prompts renewed calls for low-carbon investment certainty
24 Jun 2016 at 11:45am
Confirmation that the UK has voted to leave the European Union has prompted fresh calls for the low-carbon sector to be granted more investment certainty.

Sunworks nets US$24 million in new commercial orders
24 Jun 2016 at 1:45am
Solar power solutions provider Sunworks announced that its agricultural and commercial divisions have collectively been awarded approximately US$24 million in new commercial solar solution orders totaling over 12MW since the company unveiled its first quarter 2016 earning in May.

AET completes 5MW solar project in Puerto Rico
24 Jun 2016 at 1:30am
Applied Energy Technologies (AET) announced that it has completed a 5MW solar installation project with Rosendin Construction Puerto Rico, in Juncos, Puerto Rico. The modules added to the project are Hanwha Q Cells 300W. The installation is expected to generate power to a Medtronic Pharmaceuticals site.

Beamreach Solar launches lightweight PV module system for flat commercial rooftops
23 Jun 2016 at 5:01pm
Beamreach Solar, formerly Solexel has showcased its new ‘Sprint’ lightweight PV module system for flat commercial rooftops at Intersolar Europe 2016 and features maximum power capacities ranging from 290 watts to 320 watts.

Daqo secures US$76 million for polysilicon production expansion
23 Jun 2016 at 4:28pm
Rapidly expanding China-based polysilicon and wafer producer Daqo New Energy has secured a RMB500 million (US$76.05 million) line of credit from Chongqing Rural Commercial Bank to expand polysilicon production by nearly 50%.

SunEdison sells installed commercial rooftop solar portfolio in India
23 Jun 2016 at 3:52pm
Bankrupt renewable energy developer SunEdison has sold its commercial and industrial rooftop solar PV portfolio in India to India-based solar installer Amplus Energy Solutions (Amplus Solar) for an undisclosed sum.

Trina Best targets IPO by 2020, vertical integration
23 Jun 2016 at 2:55pm
Trina Best, the energy storage company begun as part of Trina Solar but now a separate entity in its own right, wants to go public by 2020 and has not ruled out building its own battery cell production facilities in future.

Intersolar panel calls on investors to act fast to reap Brazilian PV rewards
23 Jun 2016 at 2:27pm
Brazil’s emerging PV market poses significant opportunities for foreign investors as it is still at a stage before consolidation occurs and the market becomes more saturated. A panel of experts at Intersolar Europe discussed why now is the right time to penetrate the Brazilian market.

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Global Solar Council launches Corporate Leadership Forum at Intersolar Europe
24 Jun 2016 at 7:27am
On June 23rd, 2016 the Global Solar Council (GSC) launched its Corporate Leadership Forum at InterSolar Europe. “The launch of the Global Solar Council Corporate Leadership Forum at InterSolar Europe is another important milestone for the industry,” said John Smirnow, Secretary-General.

SolarWorld Einstein Award goes to Peter Adelmann, a pioneer in rural electrification
24 Jun 2016 at 7:08am
Peter Adelmann, university professor in Ulm, founder and CEO of the “Institute for Decentralized Electrification, Entrepreneurship and Education” (id-eee) was presented with the SolarWorld Einstein Award. The award honored the commitment of the solar pioneer, developer and manager to rural electrification and sustainable solar projects. For years, Peter Adelmann has ensured the electrification of rural areas in Africa or Asia, for example.

Schneider Electric at Intersolar 2016: Innovations in efficiency, cloud connectivity and collaboration lead new solutions lineup
24 Jun 2016 at 6:54am
Schneider Electric (Rueil-Malmaison, France), a global specialist in energy management and automation, solar solutions and energy storage power conversion chain, presented solar PV innovations at Intersolar 2016.

IRENA report: Solar PV could meet up to 13% of global power needs by 2030
23 Jun 2016 at 8:55am
The share of global electricity generated by solar photovoltaics (PV) could increase from 2 percent today to as much as 13 per cent by 2030, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Released on June 22nd, 2016 at Intersolar Europe “Letting in the Light: How Solar Photovoltaics Will Revolutionize the Electricity System” finds the solar industry is poised for massive expansion, driven primarily by cost reductions.

Intersolar Award 2016 winners convincing by efficiency and innovation
23 Jun 2016 at 8:45am
With the solar industry currently experiencing a wave of innovations, numerous companies are presenting the results of their intensive research and development. Intersolar Europe 2016, as the world’s leading exhibition for the solar industry and its partners, is the ideal platform for this purpose. With the Intersolar AWARD, marking the ninth year in a row, the prize has been presented to especially groundbreaking solutions. In the photovoltaics category, the coveted award went to LG Electronics Deutschland GmbH, M10 Industries AG and SolarEdge Technologies Inc., while projects submitted by Jakson Engineers Limited, ME SOLshare Ltd., Schneider Electric SE, SMA Sunbelt Energy GmbH and S.O.L.I.D. Gesellschaft fuer Solarinstallation und Design mbH impressed the panel in the new category of Outstanding Solar Projects.

Ferroamp Elektronik, LG Chem and SMA are the winners of the ees AWARD 2016
23 Jun 2016 at 7:53am
The ceremony saw Europe’s largest exhibition for batteries and energy storage systems celebrate the industry’s outstanding innovations. This year, the companies Ferroamp Elektronik AB, LG Chem, Ltd., and SMA Solar Technology AG were able to impress the panel of judges.

TrinaBEST introduces residential and utility-scale energy storage systems at Intersolar Europe 2016
21 Jun 2016 at 5:19pm
TrinaBEST (Battery Energy Storage by Trina, Changzhou, China) on June 20th, 2016 announced that the company will showcase TrinaHome series at Intersolar Europe (Booth 480, Hall A1) in Munich from June 22nd to 24th, 2016. In addition, other TrinaBEST products for commercial & industrial (C&I) applications and a utility-scale energy storage system named TrinaMega, to be launched in July will be on display at Intersolar as well.

SEIA further simplifies residential solar PV for consumers
21 Jun 2016 at 5:03pm
Adding another tool to help consumers understand rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) investments, the U.S. Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is introducing standardized disclosure statements covering the most common residential transactions.

Solar PV cleaning: Ecoppia announces new VP Asia markets, India expansion
21 Jun 2016 at 5:11pm
Ecoppia (Herzliya, Israel) a developer of automated, water-free solar photovoltaic (PV) panel cleaning solutions, has begun building its Indian and Asian operations, starting with hiring a new VP for the region, Nalin Sharma. The announcement follows a recently signed partnership agreement with Fortune 500 OEM Sanmina Corporation to produce up to a GW worth of robots at a new facility in southern India.

Beamreach Solar introduces new lightweight PV panel enables millions of flat commercial roofs to go solar
23 Jun 2016 at 6:47am
Beamreach Solar (Milpitas, CA, U.S.), formerly Solexel, on June 21st, 2016 announced the introduction of “Sprint”, its new lightweight solar photovoltaic (PV) panel system for flat commercial roofs. Sprint’s light weight allows it to be installed on nearly all commercial roofs that cannot currently support heavy conventional solar systems (which account for millions of commercial roofs around the world), dramatically expanding the commercial solar power market, the company emphasizes.

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