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Amtech announces new appointments for chief technology officer, managing director for Amtech Europe
24 May 2016 at 1:30am
PV equipment supplier Amtech Systems announced today that Dr. Albert Hasper has been appointed as managing director of Amtech Europe, while Dr. Jan-Marc Luchies will take over as chief technology officer of Amtech Systems.

GTM: Top 10 developers account for just 42% of US commercial solar market
23 May 2016 at 5:25pm
GTM Research’s latest report, US Commercial Solar Landscape 2016-2020, details how the top ten developers in the country account for just 42% of the overall commercial solar market.

ReneSola’s module shipments continue decline on refocused wafer and project business
23 May 2016 at 1:47pm
PV wafer and module manufacturer ReneSola reported first quarter 2016 results inline with guidance as the company continues to shift away from its OEM module business and focus on downstream PV power plant projects.

SNEC 2016: Views on global solar manufacturing
23 May 2016 at 1:34pm
The first day at SNEC PV Power Expo saw a plethora of opinions from key figures on the state of the solar equipment manufacturing industry.

Energy storage ‘doubles savings’ from PV for California’s renting families
23 May 2016 at 1:14pm
The economic benefits of adding energy storage to solar in California at affordable multi-family dwellings could far outweigh the costs, even doubling savings on energy bills, a new report claims.

Netherlands reached almost 1.5GW of PV capacity at the end of 2015
23 May 2016 at 1:10pm
According to latest findings from Dutch statistics authority, the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), the Netherlands’ cumulative PV capacity hit 1,485MW by the end of December 2015.

Japan’s latest golf course installation sees 51MW mega-solar project completed
23 May 2016 at 12:17pm
Another large-scale solar PV plant has been completed on a former golf course in Japan, a 51MW project built by financial services company Orix Corporation.

Li Hejun resigns as an executive director and chairman of majority owned Hanergy Thin Film
23 May 2016 at 12:13pm
The majority owner of Hanergy Thin Film Power Group, Li Hejun has resigned his positions as an executive director and chairman as part of a management reshuffle as it attempts to improve its corporate governance position.

EDF inaugurates Israel’s largest solar plant
23 May 2016 at 11:49am
On Sunday EDF inaugurated the 50MW Zmorot solar park located in the northern Negev desert, covering more than 60 hectares and comprised of more than 200,000 solar panels supplied by French silicon PV module manufacturer Photowatt.

SNEC 2016: Canadian Solar launching PERC mono-module
23 May 2016 at 11:32am
‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) member Canadian Solar is launching its first monocrystalline PERC (Passivated Emitter Rear Cell) based module at SNEC PV Power Expo this week.

SNEC 2016: M10 Industries showcasing 3D simulation of ‘Kubus’ stringer
23 May 2016 at 11:12am
PV module manufacturing equipment specialist M10 Industries is using SNEC 2016 to highlight its new ‘Kubus MTS 5000’ stringer via 3D simulation demonstrations at the event being held this week in Shanghai, China.

SNEC 2016: RENA secures major technology order win in China for copper plating
23 May 2016 at 10:00am
Specialist PV manufacturing equipment supplier RENA Technologies has secured a significant technology order win from a major solar cell producer in China, its first production order for its advanced copper plating technology.

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EDF Energies Nouvelles commissions the 50 MW Zmorot solar PV plant in Israel
24 May 2016 at 8:36am
EDF Energies Nouvelles (Paris, France) on May 23rd, 2016 announced the commissioning of the 50 MWp Zmorot solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant by its local subsidiary EDF EN Israël. The PV facility, one of the most powerful in the country, was inaugurated by the French Prime Minister during his official visit to Israel, together with Israeli Ministers of the Environment Protection and of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water and Antoine Cahuzac, Chief Executive Officer of EDF Energies Nouvelles.

The world's first metro to run on solar energy powered by Total and SunPower
24 May 2016 at 8:34am
Total and SunPower Corp. on May 23rd, 2016 announced that SunPower has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) for the supply of 300 gigawatt hours (GWh) per year of solar power to Metro of Santiago, Chile. With this agreement, Metro of Santiago will become the first public transportation system in the world to run mostly on solar energy. Metro of Santiago currently serves 2.2 million passengers per day.

Residential solar PV provider Vivint Solar closes tax equity investment fund with a new investor
24 May 2016 at 8:30am
Vivint Solar (Lehi, Utah, US), a provider of distributed solar PV systems in the United States, on May 23rd, 2016 announced it closed a tax equity investment fund with a new investor, with an aggregate funding commitment of USD 75 million, which will enable the company to install more than 45 megawatts of residential solar PV systems.

GTM Research: Top 10 project developers account for just 42% of the U.S. commercial solar PV market
23 May 2016 at 10:00am
According to GTM Research’s (Boston, Mass., US) latest report, “U.S. Commercial Solar Landscape 2016-2020”, the top ten developers account for just 42 percent of the U.S. commercial solar market. This contrasts with the much more consolidated residential PV market, where the top three companies installed nearly half of the segment’s total in 2015.

ReneSola Q1, 2016 results: 350.7 MW of solar PV modules shipped; revenue down 12.0% q/q
23 May 2016 at 3:02pm
ReneSola Ltd (Shanghai, China) on May 23rd, 2016 announced its unaudited financial results for the first quarter ended March 31st, 2016. The company’s total external solar PV module shipments were 350.7 MW while module shipments to the Company's downstream projects were 20.1 MW. ReneSola’s revenue of USD 260.7 million was down 12.0% q/q and 25.3% y/y. However, revenue was in-line with the guidance of USD 260-USD 270 million.

PV manufacturer JinkoSolar to receive Q+ Certification from TUV Rheinland
23 May 2016 at 3:00pm
JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. (Shanghai, China) on May 23, 2016 announced that it has become the first Chinese photovoltaic manufacturer to have its modules receive Qualification Plus (Q+) certification from TUV Rheinland (Germany). Q+ certification is now recommended by the California Energy Commission, which implies that it could become a requirement for entering California's renewable energy market in the future, JinkoSolar notes.

Canadian Solar closes USD 52 million PV project refinancing with BayernLB
23 May 2016 at 2:56pm
Canadian Solar Inc. (Guelph, Ontario) on May 23rd, 2016 announced that it has closed a GBP 36.4 million (USD 52 million) project financing facility with BayernLB (Munich, Germany) to refinance a portfolio of four solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants, totaling 40.2 megawatts in the UK.

Norwegian Polar Institute, partner companies realise Antarctic solar PV pilot project “Troll Green Station”
23 May 2016 at 2:54pm
The Norwegian Polar Institute’s research station in Antarctica, located at 1.275 m above sea level in Dronning Maud Land attempts to minimize energy consumption by the integration of renewable energy, with focus on solar photovoltaics (PV). The project called “Troll Green Station” has decided to build a pilot solar PV array on the roof of one of the buildings (Blåbo-I) in order to build competence and collect data.

Solar PV manufacturing in Iran: IDRO and SCHMID Group start collaboration
23 May 2016 at 9:43am
The Industrial Development & Renovation Organization of Iran (IDRO) and SCHMID Group (Freudenstadt, Germany) will start a collaboration to establish a fully integrated solar photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing plant in Iran. The PV production facility will include the entire photovoltaics value chain, including production of polysilicon, solar wafer, solar cell and PV module, SCHMID announced.

ReneSola to develop solar PV projects totaling 116 MW in Turkey
23 May 2016 at 8:59am
ReneSola Ltd. (Shanghai, China) on May 20th, 2016 announced that it has formed a partnership with UCK Group, a leading Turkish solar energy provider to develop a pipeline of solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in Turkey with a total installed capacity of 116 MW.

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