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Energy modelling software picked up by Sharp’s storage and CALSEIA’s solar analysis

Aug 28, 2015

Sharp Electronics will add software modelling the performance of energy storage systems made by Energy Toolbase to its Smartstorage systems, following an earlier announcement that the California Solar Energy Industries’ Association (CALSEIA) will also use the software platform.

UK solar industry condemns proposals for ‘shattering’ FiT cuts

Aug 28, 2015

UK government proposals to cut its feed-in-tariff (FiT) rates for solar PV installations by as much as 87% have shocked the solar industry, which is already reeling from a recent wave of potentially damaging policy proposals, according the UK’s Solar Trade Association (STA).

Hanergy ejected from MSCI investment indexes

Aug 28, 2015

Further adding to its woes, struggling Hong Kong PV manufacturer Hanergy Thin Film Power is to be dropped from investment indexes compiled by MSCI.

Yingli Green warns of a collapse in margins in Q2

Aug 28, 2015

Tier-one PV manufacturer Yingli Green Energy has taken the unusual step of issuing only piecemeal preliminary financial results for the second quarter of 2015 and delaying full quarterly results until September 8.

US DOE seeks to tap potential of micro-CPV with US$24 million awards

Aug 28, 2015

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has backed teams working on 11 new solar technologies based on micro-CPV (concentrated PV), awarding funding of between just under US$1 million and US$3.5 million to each.

Cypress Creek Renewables to invest US$20 million in South Carolina solar rush

Aug 28, 2015

Renewable energy developer Cypress Creek Renewables is to invest more than US$20 million in two new projects in South Carolina as it looks to capitalise on the US state’s solar boom.

US and Japan top solar module shipments for Hanwha Q CELLS in Q2

Aug 27, 2015

Tier-one PV manufacturer Hanwha Q CELLS’ PV module shipments have increased 12.2% quarter-over-quarter, driven by shipments to the US, which accounted for 37% of total shipments by revenue in the second quarter.

UK government proposes ‘hugely damaging’ solar support cuts

Aug 27, 2015

The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is proposing to cut the feed-in tariff (FiT) rates for solar PV installations by as much as 87%.

SunEdison’s and TerraForm’s long-term growth potential questioned - Baird Equity Research

Aug 27, 2015

The recent global stock market sell-offs, including US majors NYSE and NASDAQ, are having repercussions for both SunEdison and its US-centric yieldco, TerraForm, according to Baird Equity Research analyst, Ben Kallo.

Energy Storage Association: ITC and storage support needed ‘until US market values clean energy’

Aug 27, 2015

Until clean energy is properly valued in the US, legislation-based storage procurement mandates and solar incentives such as the ITC will remain necessary to support low-carbon technologies like solar and solar-plus-storage, a prominent energy storage industry figure has said.

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REC Group celebrates U.S. market success with showcase of new PV solutions at SPI 2015

Aug 28, 2015

REC Group, the largest European solar PV brand, will be exhibiting its high-quality, tariff-free solar solutions at Solar Power International 2015 (SPI 2015) in Anaheim, California, U.S. REC has seen remarkable success in the U.S. solar photovoltaic (PV) market since the 2014 SPI trade show, reaching several key milestones over the past year. These achievements will be highlighted during the show.

Swiss software company Vela Solaris launches training courses for solar engineers in China

Aug 28, 2015

In order to meet the growing demand for solar engineers in China, software manufacturer Vela Solaris (Winterthur, Switzerland) together with its partner NERCRE and the Swiss university ZHAW, have launched a training program which will produce 400 solar engineers per year.

1.1 MW solar PV array facilitates optimized energy use at leading California dairy

Aug 28, 2015

Congressman David Valadao (R-CA) presided over the dedication of a significant new solar power system in the Central Valley - at Medeiros & Son Dairy. The 1.1 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) system was designed and deployed by Visalia-based CalCom Solar, a developer of solar projects for agribusinesses and water districts.

Semprius awarded USD 2.9 million from ARPA-E to develop high efficiency, low-cost CPV-PV hybrid solar technology

Aug 28, 2015

Semprius, Inc. (Durham, North Carolina, U.S.), a developer of high concentration solar photovoltaic (HCPV) modules, was awarded a competitive USD 2.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). The funding will be used to develop technologies that lower the cost of solar-generated electricity while dramatically increasing system efficiencies and energy yields, the company announces.

Hanwha Q CELLS Q2, 2015 results: PV module shipments increased 12.2% quarter-over-quarter; Gross margin exceeds guidance

Aug 27, 2015

Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd. (Seoul, South Korea) on August 27th, 2015 reported its unaudited financial results for the three months ended June 30th, 2015. Hanwha Q CELLS shipped solar photovoltaic (PV) modules totaling 614 MW in Q2, 2015, an increase of 12.2% quarter-over-quarter. Total shipments include 561 MW of external shipments, 25 MW of OEM and 28 MW of shipments to the Company's own downstream projects.

STA: U.K. government publishes “alarming” review of feed-in tariff; Consultation process begins

Aug 27, 2015

The British government has published its review of the Feed-in Tariff scheme for supporting small-scale renewables on homes, offices and public buildings on August 27th, 2015. The scheme is dominated by solar PV installations, which is the UK’s most popular energy source according to DECC polling. Stakeholders can now feed back to the government, with the deadline for responses 23rd October 2015, the Solar Trade Association (STA, Milton Keynes, UK) reports.

U.S. Interior Department approves 485 MW Blythe Mesa solar PV project in California

Aug 27, 2015

As part of U.S. President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to reduce carbon pollution, create jobs and move our economy toward clean energy sources, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has approved the Blythe Mesa Solar project in California. The 485-megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) facility will be constructed in Riverside County and will produce enough solar power to supply more than 145,000 homes in California.

Principal Solar, Entropy to build 100 MW PV plant in Cumberland County, North Carolina

Aug 27, 2015

Principal Solar, Inc. (Addison, Texas, U.S.), a solar photovoltaic (PV) developer and operator, has agreed to terms to co-develop its first major solar asset with affiliates of Entropy Investment Management, LLC (Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.). The 100 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) facility, located in Cumberland County, North Carolina, will produce enough electricity to power approximately 20,000 average American homes.

Sharp integrates software to streamline the proposal creation process for energy storage installations

Aug 27, 2015

Sharp Electronics Corporation’s Energy Systems and Services Group (Sharp) on August 26th, 2015 announced the integration of Energy Toolbase as its software platform of choice for accurately calculating peak demand savings for “SmartStorage” energy storage system installations. Sharp is the first to integrate its proprietary SmartStorage operating algorithms with Energy Toolbase’s powerful optimization tools to quickly generate specific proposals. Users can accurately determine the dollar savings of SmartStorage projects that are integrated with a solar photovoltaic (PV) system, or as a standalone energy storage system.

E.ON Solar announces start of construction on the 20 MW (AC) PV plant Maricopa West in in Kern County, California

Aug 27, 2015

E.ON Solar (San Francisco, California, U.S.), a subsidiary of E.ON SE (Dusseldorf, Germany), on August 26th, 2015 announced that Maricopa West, a 20 MW (AC) solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Kern County, California, has entered the construction phase. Maricopa West occupies land in Southern California purchased by E.ON Solar from Maricopa Orchards, LLC. The PV plant will utilize a single-axis tracking system and consist of 89,000 solar panels. It will be fully operational later this year.