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Spain's government approves the “sun tax”

A new self-consumption decree states that installations up to 100 kW provide electricity to the grid as a gift. High taxes are spared only partially for systems up to 10 kW and plants on islands off the coast of Spain.

New York State plans for solar on 150,000 homes and businesses by 2020

NY Governor Cuomo has deepened the state's solar commitment and made other pledges as part of an international MOU to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Fraunhofer solar cell research.

The race for solar panel efficiency heats up, SunEdison goes for a more streamlined model, Europe wants to nip the MIP in the bud, and Germany lends a helping hand to India.

Solar Decathlon kicks off amidst NREL layoffs

The U.S. Energy Department's Solar Decathlon kicks off Oct. 8, 2015

As international university teams compete on innovative solar home designs, the U.S. Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, which has been instrumental in organizing the popular challenge, is facing increasing...

Nigeria Alternative Energy Expo sets sights on solar

Abuja, Nigeria

The conference will seek to match renewable energy project developers with global investors and examine innovative solar financing programs and off-grid solutions.

China increases solar installation target for 2015

20 MW Golmud PV plant

The country's National Energy Administration is requiring new projects to be completed by the end of 2015 and connected to the grid by the end of June next year, a move that has led to increased installations for the year.

Punjab aims for full sustainability

Inauguration of Welspun PV plant in Punjab, India, October 2015

Leaders in the Indian state have reiterated their commitment to solar photovoltaic power as they inaugurate the region's largest green energy project.

Global solar investment shows flat growth in Q3 2015

Bloomberg New Energy Finance reports a 1% year-over-year fall in global solar investment to $43.9 billion, but notes distortion by currency effects.

UK: First round of solar job losses announced as FIT cuts bite

Solar rooftop installation.

Solar panel insulation company Mark Group calls in administrators as 939 staff made redundant following decision by SunEdison to offload the subsidiary as it exits U.K. market; company directly blames FIT cuts.

Singulus lowers 2015 forecast despite solar sales uptick

Singulus CEO Dr. Stefan Rinck.

German equipment manufacturer's optical disc segment failing to meet expected demand, forcing an overall revision downwards of revenue for the year despite sales in solar segment expected to double.

IRENA calls for energy roadmaps to integrate renewables

"Power sector transformation should focus on a transition of the system as a whole, and not treat the integration of renewable power generation as a separate issue."

IRENA has released a new report outlining measures for the development of national roadmaps to assist in the transition to renewables in a country’s power grid. Policy makers will need play a central role in successfully...

Energy Storage Systems secures $3.2 million flow battery VC funding

Battery system.

Pangaea Ventures invests in the Oregon-based developer's All-Iron Redox Flow Battery as part of a wider $4.5 million round of fundraising the company has secured to aid production ramp up.

GE creates $1 billion energy startup, 200 new jobs

Current is headquartered in Boston

With the aim of "transforming" the energy sector, GE has bundled its LED, solar, energy storage and electric vehicle businesses into an over US$1 billion new startup. Current will utilize GE’s Predix platform to deliver...

All Energy: Hunt leaves door open for storage subsidies

Battery energy stroage.

Australian Minister for the Environment Greg Hunt appears to be shaping towards initiating subsidies for the installation of battery storage. The Minister addressed attendees on the opening day of the All Energy trade show in...

1366 chooses New York to build its first commercial-scale wafer facility

After years of delays, 1366 Technologies has announced plans to break ground on the factory to produce its proprietary Direct Wafers no later than the second quarter of 2016.

California Governor Brown signs 50% renewable portfolio standard into law

The mandate of 50% renewables by 2030 is one of the strongest in the nation, and is expected to drive substantial investment into solar.

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