Mercedes-Benz has already begun exploring ways to repurpose its used EV batteries for stationary storage projects.

25/08/16: 'Second-life' EV batteries could drive low-cost storage sector, says BNEF report

According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, used electric vehicle batteries will amount to 29 GWh by 2025, with around one-third of that total viable for second life use as low-cost, stationary storage.

Solar installation in Portugal.

25/08/16: Europe's solar PV pipeline holds immense promise, says IHS Markit

A post-slump solar recovery could arrive in Europe as early as 2018 should policy support sufficiently smooth the path for dormant solar pipelines on the continent, says IHS Markit.

JinkoSolar rooftop solar array.

25/08/16: JinkoSolar steady on Q2 shipments and revenue, downstream activity surges

Vertically integrated Chinese solar firm increases sequential module shipments by 7.3% and revenue by 8.9%, while solar power projects generate 55.5% revenue increase over same period.

Solar installation in France.

25/08/16: France ushers in 3 GW solar tender across six rounds

Energy ministry confirms series of six tenders of 500 MW each to be launched between 2017 and 2020 as country gradually reignites efforts to boost its solar PV sector.

ReneSola HQ.

25/08/16: ReneSola revenue and margin falls in Q2 on slow domestic demand

China's second half slowdown drags module shipments down 19.5% sequentially, while lower wafer ASPs cause revenue contraction despite increased shipments.

24/08/16: BREAKING: SolarCity to lay off 108 workers in the SF Bay Area

The company will eliminate 80 employees from its San Mateo headquarters and another 28 from its offices in San Francisco.

24/08/16: Berkeley Lab: U.S. PV contract prices fell below $50/MWh in 2015

The national lab’s latest report finds ongoing declines in PV system prices, with residential system prices falling to $4 per watt in 2015.

Sao Paulo.

24/08/16: Brazil mulls request for amicable cancelation of 670 MW of solar awarded in first tender

Following the devaluation of the Brazilian real against the U.S. dollar, six companies that won PPAs in 2014 may now be able to cancel the solar development contracts. Small penalties likely to apply.

CGL polysilicon factory in China.

24/08/16: GCL-Poly posts 28% revenue increase for H1

The polysilicon and wafer producer reports strong first half financials, growing revenue by 28%, gross profit by 66% as income more than doubles in space of a year.

COP21 celebration.

24/08/16: Ratify Paris Agreement early to attract better RE investment, G20 countries told

A consortium of 130 global institutions that control $13 trillion investments has called upon G20 countries to move fast on ratifying the Paris Agreement in order to deliver greater policy certainty and more investment in...

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25/08/16: Tesla wins anti-trust approval to buy SolarCity

The ruling clears a legal roadblock for the acquisition, which still must be approved by shareholders of both companies.

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25/08/16: RES chooses high reliability trackers from Array Technologies, Inc.

Construction has started on the 131 MW (dc) / 102 MW (ac) solar facility in Lamesa, Texas.

By: Array Technologies, Inc.

25/08/16: DESERT photovoltaic machinery delivered to first brazilian customer

With a capacity of 30 MW, this is a small semi-automatic DESERT production line, but still a flagship in terms of DESERT solar module production and electricity generation in the country, now fully functional and ready to start...

By: J. v. G. Thoma GmbH

25/08/16: Ginlong presents Solis 6-10kW residential inverters and 36-40kW commercial inverters in Las Vegas

Solar Power International (SPI) is the largest solar trade show in North America and will take place September 12-15, 2016 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas NV.

By: Ginlong

25/08/16: Fronius presents intelligent solutions for 24 hours of sun

Fronius USA is pleased to announce its participation at this year's Solar Power International tradeshow in Las Vegas and will present intelligent solutions for 24 hours of sun.

By: Fronius

25/08/16: Huawei hosts FusionSolar Seminar in Malaysia

The Malaysia solar PV industry development is also supported by the country existing policies and regulations and looking forward to bring advanced products and technologies to Malaysia PV market high-tech enterprises such as...

By: Huawei

25/08/16: meteocontrol provides monitoring system for a Japanese solar park

Park uses ten monitoring stations with blue’Log X-6000 data loggers and 300 string combiner boxes with interfaces to inverters and sensors ensure the highest quality and reliability of data recording, monitoring and control.

By: meteocontrol

24/08/16: MGM Resorts International rolls out solar powered mobile device charging solution: the ZON Powersol

Powersol is a solar powered, mobile device charging station, ensuring guests can charge up devices conveniently, sustainably, and quickly at MGM properties.

By: MGM Resorts International

24/08/16: PV wholesaler Krannich Solar now with online shop in Switzerland

From now on, Swiss customers can benefit from the advantages of online shopping

By: Krannich Solar

23/08/16: Enersave launches sonnenBatterie offering in the Northeast

Electric storage is growing in the Northeast.

By: Enersave

23/08/16: FreeWave Technologies announces partnership with Solis Energy

New partnership delivers revolutionary electric power alternatives for industrial-grade remote network infrastructures by conquering installation challenges, and enabling critical applications and communications from any location.

By: FreeWave Technologies, Inc.

23/08/16: Colorado launches first low-income rooftop solar project within its Weatherization Assistance Program

Colorado launches first low-income rooftop solar project within its Weatherization Assistance Program

By: Colorado Energy Office

23/08/16: BioSolar adds engineering team from North Carolina A&T State University to strengthen its efforts to increase the capacity and reduce the cost of lithium-Ion batteries

University brings extensive experience in high energy lithium battery design and environmentally friendly process development

By: BioSolar

23/08/16: Monitoring with Solar-Log - Recognize faults quickly and avoid yield losses

Monitoring has become essential for the solar industry and is almost always included for new PV plants. However, looking at the past, it can be said that the role of monitoring today is much more vital to PV plants. Even If PV...

By: Solare Datensysteme GmbH

23/08/16: Hotels and resorts are excellent first movers for new renewable energy and storage technologies

THEnergy sets an additional strategic focus and assists hotels and resorts, as well as renewable energy companies, in identifying and evaluating hospitality sector-related opportunities.

By: THEnergy

22/08/16: GameChange Solar Passes One Gigawatt Sold

GameChange Solar announced that it has passed one gigawatt in sales and expects to have substantially over one gigawatt installed by year end 2016.

By: GameChange Solar

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