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Ecoppia module cleaning solution chosen for Bhadla Solar Park in India

Ecoppia's solar panel cleaning solution. Image: Ecoppia

French energy group ENGIE has selected Ecoppia to provide its state-of-the-art, water-free solar panel cleaning system to 168 MW of a 190 MW PV system, to reduce the LCOE and maintain peak energy production of the panels.


Indian solar imports grew 47% in first half of FY 2016, finds Mercom Capital

Installation in India.

Close to $1bn of solar modules and cells imported into India in the first six months of the financial year, while exports rose 12% to reach $52 million, finds latest analysis by Mercom Capital Group.


Bluefield Solar acquires five UK solar plants

Solar installation in England.

The solar investment fund has paid GBP 22.7 million for five sub-5 MW solar PV plants in England and Wales that are due to become operational before March 31, 2017.


Tata Power Solar becomes second Indian module manufacturer to achieve Tier 1 status

Tata Power Solar CEO Ashish Khanna.

Bloomberg New Energy Finance now considers the Indian solar company a Tier 1 operator, becoming only the second in the country after Vikram Solar to earn the accolade.


All-time high in US storage investment in Q3, finds GTM report

Daimler battery storage.

Disclosed venture funding and project finance of energy storage projects in the U.S. in the third quarter reached $660 million, although actual deployments contracted slightly, says GTM Research.


EDF inaugurates 146 MW solar plant in Chile

The company is also building a 115 MW PV plant in the nation.


Poland to hold inaugural 100 MW solar auction later this month

Polish solar installation.

The first auction, to be held on December 30, will be for a total capacity of 100 MW for small, sub-1 MW installations; a further 300 MW of PV capacity will be auctioned in 2017.


SMA to supply 616 MW of inverters to India's Greenko Energies

SMA's Sunny Central 1000CP XT inverter was developed for use in harsher climates in high price pressure regions, the company said.

The German inverter specialist to build on its sizable presence in the growing Indian solar market with supply of 616 MW of its 1000CP XT central inverter to Indian solar power developer Greenko Energies.


India: Demonetization program could boost solar industry, says Mercom Capital

Narendra Modi.

Although chaotic, the Indian government's note recall is likely to benefit banks and distribution companies, potentially loosening lending criteria for solar projects and bringing down interest rates, Mercom Capital believes.


UK: Big brands sign letter urging government to stop solar tax hike

JD rooftop array.

More than 160 NGOs, schools, companies, energy providers and public institutions sign letter addressed to U.K. Chancellor calling on halt to proposed increase in business rates for solar panels.


Enerray, Desert Technologies put 23.1 MW-DC PV plant online in Jordan

The Falcon Ma’an is one of the largest PV plants to go online in the MENA region.


Another rooftop solar boom in Australia – this time with warnings

Image: Jonathan Gifford

Record low solar panel prices, combined with the ratcheting-down or removal of federal and state policy levers, are sparking a boom in Australia’s residential and commercial solar markets, while also prompting warnings to...


Renewables rise to 15% of U.S. electricity generation in Q1-Q3 2016

While solar's share of net U.S. generation was only 1.4%, this is a 40% increase from a year ago.


SECI issues tender to electrify 1,000 Indian villages with solar

Indian landscape.

Global tender issued by the Solar Energy Corporation of India on behalf of Arunachel Pradesh Energy Development Agency to install off-grid solar power packs at more than 1,000 villages.


Amsterdam ArenA to receive 4 MWH storage system built with repurposed EV batteries

The stadium in the Dutch capital will be supplied with a 4 MWh storage system made using 280 repurposed Nissan LEAF batteries.

Storage system to be developed by The Mobility House and Eaton using 280 used Nissan LEAF batteries stored in racks; will eventually replace diesel generators used for back-up power during major events.


Azure breaks ground on 100 MW solar farm in India's Andhra Pradesh

Hyderabad.

The India clean power developer commences construction of another large-scale solar installation in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Azure won the rights to develop the plant under an NTPC auction.


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