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Istanbul’s energy paradox: shortages but no embrace of PV

Turkish capital Istanbul

Turkey’s largest city, with a population about 14 million people, could face an acute electricity shortage, confirms the Turkish energy minister. However, paradoxically, Turkey’s energy ministry has not made plans for a solar...


USD 1 billion energy storage market in Germany by 2021

Battery storage system. Image by Solarpraxis' Andreas Schlegel.

A new report from GTM Research forecasts that the energy storage market in Germany will have an annual value exceeding USD1 billion by 2021, as a collection of factors feed the market’s growth within the country.


ARENA reveals 20 final applicants for utility scale program, capacity set to grow

Nyngan solar plant in Australia.

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency has published the list of the 20 final applications it has received under its AU$100 million ($75 million) utility scale solar grant program. The falling cost of solar has resulted in a...


Will Iran turn to PV?

British Photovoltaic Association (BPVA) and The Renewable Energy Organisation of Iran (SUNA) signing a cooperation agreement.

Eye-catching news regarding solar PV in Iran is coming thick and fast, which is piquing the interest of investors in the Iranian energy market. But how realistic is Iran’s anticipated solar PV renaissance?


TerraForm Power reveals preliminary 2015, Q1 2016 results

SunEdison PV plant with worker.

The yieldco's most recent financial data shows continued losses despite a slowing of project acquisitions in Q1.


Chernobyl's exclusion zone to be revived with solar

Ukrainian flags

The Ukrainian government has announced plans to use Chernobyl's nuclear wasteland for solar energy generation. Meanwhile in Belarus, a 22.3 MW PV plant is already under construction in Brahin district, around 20 miles from...


Report: IT giants needed to push DG over the top

Google headquarters

The distributed generation landscape is still in its early stages, with lots of players but no definitive winners, according to Lux Research. Large industrial conglomerates are and renewables-focused installers are the best...


CEFC increases investments 73% YoY, steps up participation in new green capital products

Degruss mine solar array

Australia's Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) has strengthened its role in creating new clean energy capital products. Increasing its annual investment figure to AU$837 million in the Australian financial year 2015-16,...


JA Solar hits 7 GW of mono PV module shipments

Module inspection at JA Solar fab.

The past ten years have seen the Chinese Tier-1 solar company ship more than 7 GW of monocrystalline PV modules globally, data shows.


India invites bids for 300 MW of solar+storage projects

Bangalore in Karnataka.

Two Indian states, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, are poised to offer solar+storage development contracts to the Solar Energy Corp. of India worth a combined 300 MW, reports say.


One in three UK solar jobs lost in past 12 months, data shows

Solar park in England.

Since government-backed changes in policy were introduced, the U.K. solar industry has seen a third of its jobs disappear, with 30% of companies likely cut employment further over next 12 months.


New SolarPower Europe guidelines on tendering place emphasis on high-realization rates

Solar installation in Romania.

The group's tendering task force develops new best practice guidelines for new tendering laws due to be introduced across the EU on January 1 2017 for plants larger than 1 MW.


Australia: FRV gets approval for 30 MW Queensland solar farm

Origin Australia solar rooftop

Spanish PV developer Fotowatio Renewable Ventures has received council approval to develop a 30 MW PV power plant in the Western Downs region of Queensland. The northeastern Australian state is proving attractive to PV...


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Solar installation in Czech Republic.

Talking 'bout a resolution: SolarWorld comes under pressure to reach an agreement on the Hemlock case, Turkey's political troubles shake the sector, and NASA goes all 3D in its quest for higher solar efficiencies.


China triples H1 solar installations to 20 GW

Chinese scene.

Data from state news agency Xinhua suggests that China has added 20 GW of new solar PV capacity in the first half of 2016, three times more than same period last year.


Photon Energy adds 28 MW to its solar O&M portfolio

Czech installation.

Photon Energy Operations, a subsidiary of the solar firm Photo Energy, acquires O&M contracts of 17 solar plants in the Czech Republic totaling 28.5 MWp.


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