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Japan mulls introduction of clean energy power exchange

Solar installation in Japan.

Power exchange solely for renewable energy could deliver boost for solar electricity as more and more Japanese companies seek to 'green' their image, whatever the costs.


200 MW Tranquility solar project begins operation in California

Tranquility Solar Project in California. Image by Recurrent Energy.

The huge utility-scale site was developed by Canadian Solar subsidiary Recurrent Energy and is majority owned by U.S. utility Southern Power, representing a rare new PV development of this scale in the U.S. as the trend shifts...


Solar helping to protect Myanmar village from poisonous snakes

Panasonic Power Supply Station in the village of Yin Ma Chaung, Myanmar. Image by Panasonic.

Panasonic has installed its off-grid solar plus storage Power Supply Station in the village of Yin Ma Chaung, Myanmar, which supplies street lights in an area with poisonous snakes, allowing villages to now move around at night.


MoU signed for 10 MW PV plant in Liberia

Waterside Market in Monrovia, Liberia. Flickr image by Mark Fischer.

Solar project developer Gigawatt Global Cooperatief U.A. signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Liberian government for a 10 MW solar plant in the capital city of Monrovia.


Ups and downs: the pv magazine USA weekly news digest

This week saw bad news and good news in the U.S. Solar market, with layoffs at Enphase and a congressional investigation, but also some positive market momentum in Minnesota and several large projects announced in Western states.


Greece's net metering: success or failure?

Athens, Greece.

Greece has published its latest net metering statistics. Where does that leave the country's net metering PV market today, and what are the immediate business drivers?


China joins low-price solar party with bids of $0.078/kWh in Inner Mongolia: reports

Inner Mongolia

Media reports suggest that Chinese solar power developers have bid as low as 0.52 yuan per kilowatt hour for solar power in a tender held in northern Inner Mongolia.


The pv magazine weekly news digest

Dubai's desert.

Is the new record-low price for PV reported this week in Abu Dhabi a killer-watt for solar? Prices plunge in India too, while Tesla's acquisition of SolarCity stirs up a lawsuit or four.


Enphase Energy to trim workforce by 11%, embarks on $20m cost-cutting drive

Enphase installation.

U.S. microinverter specialist announces restructuring and cost savings initiative that will see the firm reduce its global workforce by around 11% and cut annual operating expenses by $20 million.


Musk to unveil Tesla/SolarCity solar roof next month

Elon Musk.

Tech entrepreneur tweets brisk details of joint Tesla-SolarCity launch next month of integrated solar rooftop, Powerwall 2.0 battery and Tesla charger.


GameChange Solar Wins 100 MW Racking Order

GameChange Solar, based in New York, announced that it has been awarded an order for a 100 MW Max-Span post-driven racking system for a project that will be installed in late 2016.


Avancis partners with Sunpartner for BIPV market

Avancis PowerMax Skala PV modules on a construction in planning in Poland. Image by Avancis.

German PV module manufacturer Avancis has signed a strategic partnership with French solar tech company Sunpartner Technologies to incorporate its CIGS thin-film PV cells into Sunpartner’s energy generating glass.


UK: STA urges government to move quickly on creation of pro-storage policies

Storage installation in the U.K.

The switch to a smarter power network in the U.K. is contingent on supportive government policies that nurture the nation's storage industries, says the Solar Trade Association.


3 GW solar potential in Ireland's brownfield sites

Ireland solar site. Image copyright Mortensen Construction.

A report from U.K.-based renewable energy advisor Dulas has highlighted the 'hidden potential' of solar in Ireland, by analyzing the country’s brownfield sites, outlining the clear incentives, but also the challenges of setting...


First utility-scale Tesla battery being installed in Europe

Tesla Powerpack. Image by Tesla.

Tesla's utility and business energy storage solution, the Powerpack, is being installed by U.K. developer Camborne Energy Storage alongside a PV plant in Somerset, making it the first large-scale Tesla storage unit to be...


Solar can power African home for $56 per year, says IRENA

Solar panel in Africa.

Falling solar costs in Africa can drive solar boom on the continent as prices fall to $1.30 per watt for large-scale PV, and $1.90 per watt for mini-grids, finds new IRENA report.


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