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Leading U.S. residential solar PV financiers, 2014. Market shares in this figure include each company’s 2014 financed systems (both TPO and direct) as a portion of all 2014 residential installed PV. Source: GTM Research U.S. Residential Solar Financing 2015–2020

GTM Research: 72% of U.S. residential solar PV installed in 2014 was third-party owned


Of the 1.2 gigawatts (GW) of residential solar photovoltaics (PV) installed in the U.S. last year, 72 percent was third-party owned (TPO) in the form of leases and PPAs, GTM Research (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.) announced. The remainder was directly owned by the customer, much of it through loans, according to the newest report from GTM Research, U.S. Residential Solar Financing 2015–2020. Read more...

Utility-scale PV power plant in China

China installs 7.73 GW of new PV capacity in the first half of 2015


From January to June 2015, China added 7.73 gigawatts (GW) of new solar photovoltaic (PV) generation capacity, according to figures published by the National Energy Administration (NEA) on July 28th, 2015. For the whole year, China aims at 17.8 GW of new PV capacity. Read more...

SunEdison’s 69.5 MW San Andres PV project in Chile (imaged) was completed in Q1, 2014

SunEdison closes financing, starts construction of a 110 MW PV plant in the Metropolitan region of Chile


SunEdison, Inc. (Belmont, California, U.S.) on July 28th, 2015 announced that it has secured financing and started construction on the 110-megawatt MW Quilapilun solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in the Metropolitan Region of Chile. Once completed, the power plant will be SunEdison's first solar project in Santiago and is expected to be its largest solar project in Latin America. The Quilapilun PV plant is expected to generate 242 GWh of solar power annually, enough to power 117,000 homes. Read more...

Hareon Solar PV production facility in China

Hareon Solar announces 1 GW solar cell manufacturing facility in India through a joint PV venture with Dalmia Group


Hareon Solar Technology Company Ltd. (Shanghai, China) on July 28th, 2015 announced a strategic partnership, with the signing of a joint venture (JV) agreement with India’s renowned Dalmia Group. Hareon Solar, Dalmia through the JV company Hareon Solar Power Private Limited, aim to build a solar photovoltaic (PV) cell facility in India to manufacture up to 1000 MW/yr. of silicon solar cells. Read more...

PV plant with trackers by SunPower

SunPower acquires 1.5 GW solar PV project pipeline in the U.S.


SunPower Corp. (San Jose, California, U.S.) on July 27th, 2015 announced that it has acquired 1.5 gigawatts of U.S. solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant development assets from Australia-based Infigen Energy. With the acquisition, SunPower has assumed ownership of projects in varying stages of development across 11 states. Included in the development portfolio are three PV projects totaling 55 megawatts (AC) with power purchase agreements (PPAs) with Southern California Edison. All three are located in Kern County, California. Read more...

Connor, Clark & Lunn Infrastructure has partnered with Samsung Renewable Energy Inc. and Six Nations of the Grand River to provide funding for the 100 megawatt Grand Renewable Solar Project (GRS), the largest of its kind in Canada and one of the largest in North America

Canadian Solar completes construction on 100 MW AC utility-scale PV plant in Ontario


Canadian Solar Inc. (Guelph, Ontario) on July 27th, 2015 announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Canadian Solar Solutions Inc., reached substantial completion on its 100 MW AC (133 MW DC) utility-scale Grand Renewable Solar Project (GRS). This solar photovoltaic (PV) plant, located in the county of Haldimand, consists of approximately 445,000 CS6X MaxPower Ontario-made modules, and carries the proud distinction of being the largest operational solar farm in the nation. Read more...

1 MW solar PV plant Taua in the Ceara state of Brazil

Reserve power auction in Brazil: 649 solar PV projects registered with a total capacity of 21 GW


On July 21st, 2015 the deadline for registration for the 2nd Auction Power Reserve (RSI) of the Brazilian government in 2015 ended. The 2nd tender attracted a total of 1,379 projects, representing 38,917 megawatts (MW) in installed capacity. Of the total registered, 730 projects relate to wind power, adding 17,964 MW, and 649 solar photovoltaic (PV) projects have been submitted with 20,953 MW. Read more...

SkyPower's First Light I project, one of the first fully operational utility-scale solar PV projects in North America, was completed in 2009

SkyPower announces historic 1 GW solar PV agreement with government of Kenya


SkyPower Global (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), a developer and owner of utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) energy projects, is to sign a landmark agreement with the Kenyan Ministry of Energy and Petroleum for the development of solar PV projects totaling 1 gigawatt (GW) in Kenya over the next five years, the company announced on July 24th, 2015. The historic USD 2.2 billion agreement will be signed in Nairobi at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES). Read more...

A 13.2 megawatt SunPower PV plant has been operational at Nellis Air Force Base since 2007

SunPower to build a 100 MW AC PV plant in Nevada for NV Energy


SunPower Corp. (San Jose, California, U.S.) on July 23rd, 2015 announced that it has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with NV Energy (Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.) to build a 100 megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant planned for construction in the Eldorado Valley of Boulder City, Nevada. “Today, power generated from solar plants is cost-competitive with power from traditional, fossil fuel burning plants – and becoming more cost-competitive every day,” said Tom Werner, SunPower CEO and president. Read more...

It has been 4 years since the first CIS PV modules were shipped from Solar Frontier’s 900 MW Kunitomi Plant in Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan

Solar Frontier surpasses 3 GW of global CIS PV module shipments


Solar Frontier (Tokyo, Japan), the world’s largest CIS solar energy solutions provider, has marked the significant milestone of shipping over 3 gigawatts (GW) of its CIS PV modules worldwide to date. It has been 4 years since the first CIS modules were shipped from Solar Frontier’s 900 MW Kunitomi Plant in Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan, and 8 years since the company first commercialized its technology in 2007. Read more...

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