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'Second-life' EV batteries could drive low-cost storage sector, says BNEF report

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

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.


France ushers in 3 GW solar tender across six rounds

Solar installation in France.

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 revenue and margin falls in Q2 on slow domestic demand

ReneSola HQ.

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


Brazil mulls request for amicable cancelation of 670 MW of solar awarded in first tender

Sao Paulo.

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.


Sungevity enters partnership with leading Belgian solar firm

Sungevity out and about.

The U.S. distributed solar installer has partnered with Belgium's Electrabel to begin installing rooftop solar panels across the country.


Japanese government agency funds $9.7m Nigerian solar project

Abuja, Nigeria.

The Japan International Cooperation Agency has donated to the Nigerian federal government funding for the execution of a 1.2 MW solar PV development project at the Usman Dam Water Treatment Plant.


Essel Green Energy snaps up 240 MW solar project in Indian state of Odisha

Indian flag.

The subsidiary of Essel Group has secured the bulk of a 270 MW tender issued by the Solar Energy Corporation of India in the state, marking the firm's largest solar PV project to date.


Brazil: Huawei will sign a MOU with Steelcons at Intersolar South America

Huawei FusionsSolar Smart PV plant in Trowbridge, UK.

The agreement would mean that the Chinese company would fit its SolarFusion system to the 90 MW of solar projects that were awarded to Steelcons during the November 2015 tender.


Canadian/Recurrent puts online 100 MW-AC solar project in California

Canadian Solar predicts that Recurrent will complete more than 1 GW of PV projects in the United States this year.


Trina Solar back to sequential growth with revenue and sales increases

Cell manufacturing at Trina Solar.

The Chinese PV manufacturing powerhouse posted another set of impressive quarterly results, which saw significant sequential and year/year growth in revenues and sales, during a quarter in which the company broke a number of cell...


Hanwha Q Cells' Q2 profit soars to $151 million

Hanwha Q Cells.

An 88.8% year-on-year increase in revenues underpins a strong quarter for the Korean solar company, with positive figures across the board.


World-leading solar and battery storage project lures BHP

A world leading large-scale solar and battery storage project in north Queensland has drawn interest from the world’s biggest miner, BHP Billiton, which says it is looking at the technology for its remote and off-grid mine sites.


20 MW solar plant being developed at earthquake-stricken Italian town

L'Aquila, Abruzzo, Italy. A goverment's office disrupted by the 2009 earthquake. Image by TheWiz83.

U.K. investment firm Quercus Assets Selection has provided an official grant for the project in the small Italian town of Celano in the Abruzzo region that was hit by an earthquake in 2009.


EU reimposes AD solar duties on three more Chinese companies

European Commission

Osda Solar, Qixin Solar Electrical Appliance and Shandong Linuo Photovoltaic Hi-Tech all deemed to be in breach of the terms of the MIP undertaking.


AES to supply, integrate 37.5 MW of battery systems for San Diego utility

The San Diego utility says that the batteries will allow it to improve reliability and integrate higher levels of renewables. AES plans to finish the systems by the end of January 2017.


Engie finalizes deal with Solairedirect for up to 400 MW of PV in Chile

Chile national flag. Flickr image by keepitsurreal.

The two companies have agreed to collaborate on the development of 400 MW of PV projects in northern and central Chile.


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