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Blue Earth picks up an all-star cast of executives

The solar developer has hired talent from SunEdison, Recurrent Energy and NRG Renew.

Saskatchewan sets 50% by 2030 renewable energy target

Saskatchewan's plan to double its share of renewable energy generation will include procuring at least 60MW of utility-scale solar through auctions beginning in 2016.

Brazil predicts 4.5 GW of installations through expanded net metering rules

A virtual net metering policy has been introduced and the project size cap has been increased to 5 MW. Under the new rules Brazil's ANEEL expects 4.5 GW of renewable energy installations by 2024.

Sonnenbatterie launches solar+storage community platform

Sonnenbatteries presentation.

German specialized solar battery manufacturer Sonnenbatteries has unveiled its new concept of a virtual network that can pool solar+storage arrays and trade surplus energy on the wholesale market. The goal is to build a virtual...

Low utilization at Yingli results in $581 million Q3 write down

Yingli workers in solar factory.

China’s Yingli Green Energy continues to be plagued by low utilization rates and will book a RMB3,694.2 million (US$581.3 million) "non-cash impairment charge on long lived assets" in Q3.

Ireland's solar landscape could reach 3.7 GW by 2030, says report

KMPG's report analyzes the forecasted levelized cost of solar in Ireland, and suggests that grid parity could be reached by 2030.

Report produced by KPMG and commissioned by the Irish Solar Energy Association foresees a potential nationwide solar sector reaching 3.7 GW by 2030 with just EUR 670 million of support.

Swiss team develops low-temperature deposition for transparent perovskite

EMPA produced flexible perovskite cell.

Researchers have developed a method to produce perovskite PV cells at low temperature, which does not result in a device exhibiting hysteretic current-voltage behavior. The technique employs a semi-transparent indium oxide rear...

India: Punjab state reaches 1.5 GW of allocated solar PV

Punjab Chandigarh Palace of Assembly.

Punjab's New and Renewable Energy Minister Bikram Singh Majithia confirms that the state now has projects amounting to 1,550 MW at various stages of development; a 172-fold increase in just three years.

Sky Solar reaches 242 MW of shovel-ready projects

Sky Solar PV plant.

Hong Kong-based solar firm releases solid third quarter financial report revealing a 1 GW solar park pipeline and year-over-year revenue increase of 17.3%.

World Bank plans $16bn fund to fight African climate change

Solar in Kenya.

World Bank will push for investment from development organizations, private partners and governments, while footing $5.7 billion itself to help stem the causes of climate change in Africa.

Jordan signs 50 MW PPA agreement

Solar in Jordan.

Deal struck between Spain's Fotowatio Renewable Ventures and Jordan's National Electric Power Company for a 50 MW solar plant to be located some 80km north of Amman.

Duke to build a 61 MW PV plant in North Carolina to serve Google data center

Google is the first company to participate in a Duke program from 2013 allowing companies to source their power from renewables.

Canadian Solar to supply 112 MW of PV modules to Sunrun in 2016

This large purchase by the third-largest U.S. residential installer shows diversification away from REC Solar, its main supplier for the last two years.

SunEdison offloads 425 MW Indian solar assets to TerraForm, pays down margin loan

SunEdison power plant.

Yieldco drop-down seen as strategic move designed to boost the U.S. company's flagging balance sheet; move unlikely to trigger wholesale withdrawal from the growing Indian market.

Apple, SunPower join forces to invest in 170 MW of solar in Inner Mongolia

Apple is aiming to power all its facilities with 100% renewable energy

Apple Inc. is investing around 40% of the RMB 659 million required to install 170 MW worth of solar PV plants in Inner Mongolia. SunPower and Zhonghuan Semiconductor are providing the remaining funds.

FOE: Finance for 100% renewables exist, but policies are absent

Solar is again the renewables king, accroding to FOE

In a new report, Friends of the Earth (FOE) calculates that switching to 100% renewable energy in Africa, Latin America and most of Asia by 2030 would cost US$5.15 trillion – equivalent to the amount held by the world’s 782...

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