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Clean Disruption: German utility E.ON offers UK households solar panels with battery storage

German utility E.ON launched a combined solar panel and battery storage product for British customers which could cut rising electricity bills by 50 percent, it said on Wednesday. Britain’s energy providers are under pressure from the government to help customers find ways to reduce bills after five of the country’s big six suppliers, including E.ON […]

ENGIE enters solar PV business in China

ENGIE (Paris, France) on April 18th, 2017 announced an agreement for a 30% equity investment through capital increase in UNISUN, a Chinese solar photovoltaic (PV) company. According to the press release, since 2014, UNISUN has successfully developed PV projects totaling around 500 MW. ENGIE aims to support UNISUN in the field of photovoltaic business’ development, […]

Solar in Europe: German Solar Business Climate Rises Most Since 2010, Survey Says

Germany’s solar industry’s business climate improved the most this decade as consumers increase purchases of cheaper rooftop systems and batteries, a quarterly survey shows.   The BSW solar industry’s business climate index rose in the first quarter to the highest since 2010 in a sign that companies are confident of boosting sales this year, the Berlin-based group […]

Solar in LATAM: Solarcentury acquires PV projects totaling 400 MW

Four new solar industry professionals have joined Solarcentury’s (London, UK) Latin American business, from private equity investor ECOSolar. Enhancing the LatAm team strengthens Solarcentury’s ambition to become the leading developer in the region.  The 400MW of utility-scale pipeline acquired from ECOSolar includes solar photovoltaic (PV) projects that are a mix of ready to build and […]

Solar in Middle East: Saudis to Seek Bids for 700-Megawatt Wind and Solar Projects

Energy Ministry qualifies 51 companies to bid for power plants First Solar, renewables unit of EDF among qualified companies Saudi Arabia will begin seeking bids next week from renewable-energy companies to build wind and solar plants with a combined capacity of 700 megawatts as part of the kingdom’s $50 billion program to boost power generation and […]

Solar in LATAM: BYD launches R$150 million solar panel factory in Brazil

Renewable energy technology company BYD has launched a solar panel factory in the southeastern Brazilian city of Campinas, the country’s first zero ecosystem project. With an initial investment of R$150 million, the plant will have a production capacity of 200 megawatts and generate 360 jobs. BYD Brazil’s solar panels contain the exclusive state-of-the-art technology Double […]

Moving The World Together – Solar Business Club’s Leaders Michael Bellmer & Matthias Altieri at WFES 2017 in Abu Dhabi

After a very successful Kick-Off Gala of  “SOLAR FUTURE.TODAY, the WORLD Solar & Cleantech Influencers FORUM” and Kick-Off Breakfast Meeting of the Solar Business Club, H2H (Human To Human) Network of Trusted Solar & Cleantech Industry Leaders that took place at WFES 2017 in Abu Dhabi, we spoke with two leaders of  Solar Business Club about the rationals behind creation of […]

Solar in LATAM: Enel Green Power starts construction of the 238 MW Don José solar PV project in Mexico

Enel Green Power (EGP, Rome, Italy), through its Mexican renewable energy subsidiary Enel Green Power México (EGPM), has begun construction of Don José solar photovoltaic (PV) plant, which is located in San Luis de la Paz, in the country’s North-Central state of Guanajuato.  Don José will have an installed capacity of 238 MW and once completed […]

PV EXPO Japan 2017: Revolution in the Japanese electricity system – Bin Guo, Director of Energy Storage Business Development, BYD

Today, in our special coverage of PV EXPO Japan 2017 held recently in Tokyo, we present you our exclusive talk to Bin Guo, Director of Energy Storage Business Development at BYD about the company’s expansion in Japan. According to Bin Guo, we experience true revolution in the Japanese electricity system, where owners of solar power […]

Clean Power Lives On Even as Trump Ends Obama ‘Clean Power Plan’

Wind, solar forecast to boom even without Clean Power Plan Economics and tax credits are key drivers for renewables President Donald Trump’s long-expected executive order to roll back climate change regulations is drawing cheers from fossil-fuel producers and howls from environmentalists. The reaction from clean-energy companies? While repealing the Clean Power Plan is deeply symbolic, the move […]

Brookfield Finds Solar ‘Entry Point’ After SunEdison’s Collapse

Operates 10,700 megawatts of clean power with almost no solar Small hydropower plants make up bulk of Brookfield portfolio Brookfield Asset Management Inc., one of the biggest owners of hydropower, is about to make its first major move into solar power. Canada’s largest alternative asset manager has about 10,700 megawatts of clean-energy plants around the world, […]

SolarPower Summit 2017: ABB’s Electric Car Coming? Leonardo Botti, Global Head of Product Management – PG Solar at ABB

SolarPV.TV,  the Official TV Partner of the SolarPower Summit 2017 organized by SolarPower Europe, speaks to Leonardo Botti, Global Head of Product Management – PG Solar at ABB about the company’s performance in the solar business but also about the company plans within the whole clean energy sector. Will ABB introduce electric vehicles to its clean energy products portfolio? You […]

Solar in USA: Rooftop Solar Facing U.S. Consolidation as “Weaker Hands” Fold

Demand for residential power systems is slowing in U.S. ‘Likely see more acquisitions or bankruptcies,’ BNEF says It’s not the best time to be a midsize U.S. rooftop solar company. Growth is slowing nationally, especially in California, the biggest solar market. Interest rates are creeping up. As larger rivals gain share and expand into new cities and states, […]

PV EXPO Japan 2017: Brining German Quality & Worldwide Experience to Japan – Yuka Matsuura, Mounting Systems

Today, in our special coverage of PV EXPO Japan 2017 held recently in Tokyo, we present you our exclusive talk to Yuka Matsuura, Key Account Manager, Mounting Systems K.K. about the company’s activities in Japan but also other neighboring markets. Mounting Systems GmbH, an ISO certified company, headquarters in Rangsdorf/Berlin, is one of the world’s largest producers of […]

IEA finds CO2 emissions flat for third straight year even as global economy grew in 2016

Global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions were flat for a third straight year in 2016 even as the global economy grew, according to the International Energy Agency, signaling a continuing decoupling of emissions and economic activity. This was the result of growing renewable power generation, switches from coal to natural gas, improvements in energy efficiency, as […]

PV EXPO Japan 2017: Marubeni’s Solar & Cleantech Business At a Glance – Alessandro Fujisaka, Marubeni America Corporation

Today, in our special coverage of PV EXPO Japan 2017 held recently in Tokyo, we present you our exclusive talk to Alessandro Fujisaka, Department Manager at Marubeni America Corporation. It was interesting to learn about 25 years Marubeni’s history in solar but even more interesting about its current milestones and strategy for the years to come.

Solar in Europe: We reached the bottom, time to revamp! Pietro Radoia, Senior Analyst, Solar Insight at Bloomberg New Energy Finance

SolarPV.TV,  the Official TV Partner of the SolarPower Summit 2017 organized by SolarPower Europe, speaks to Pietro Radoia, Senior Analyst, Solar Insight at Bloomberg New Energy Finance about the solar business in Europe. Pietro, who started his solar adventure at EPIA (European Photovoltaic Industry Association) – today’s SolarPower Europe, over 10 years ago also shares with us, how in […]

Canadian Solar Signs PPAs with SECI to Develop 80 MWac Solar Power Projects in India

Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ), one of the world’s largest solar power companies, today announced that it has secured Power Purchase Agreements for an aggregate 80 MWac of solar power projects with the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), a public sector undertaking of the Government of India. Canadian Solar was awarded these projects under […]