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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.


Array Technologies completes shipping of trackers to 191 MW solar project in California

Supply of trackers to the Springbok 2 solar farm follows on supply to the Springbok 1, for a total of 328 MW of trackers.


Musk's master plan promises solar for all

Elon Musk.

Tesla CEO writes second installment of decade-old master plan, promising solar panels on every house and a battery in every garage.


Vivint moves into PACE with Renovate America partnership

Vivint Solar HQ.

One of the largest U.S. residential solar installers has partnered with a provider of PACE financing in California, with an aim to take the program to other states.


First Reserve to sell 101 MW of Italian solar plants

Solar array, Italy.

The private equity firm is to sell large amounts of its Italian PV portfolio, including the country's biggest plant – a 70.5 MW solar park in the north-eastern Veneto region.


Germany: new renewable law does not spell the end of feed-in tariffs

German solar array

Germany’s peak renewable body has said that the new iteration of the country’s renewable energy legislation, the EEG, does not spell an end of the feed-in tariff system. The German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE) says that...


Off-grid solar lighting could add 2m jobs to developing nations, finds Berkeley Lab

Solar Aid light, Africa.

Adoption of solar-LED lighting systems in some of the world’s most impoverished nations could trigger net job boom, study shows.


Indian EPC Sterling and Wilson to deliver 250 MW of Nigerian solar power

Nigerian flag.

The developer will complete 250 MW of solar capacity in Nigeria over the next two-to-three years having been selected as part of a recent push to get 975 MW online.


Small and large scale solar to reach global grid parity by 2020, says Frost & Sullivan

Solar installation by Belectric.

Global Solar Power Market 2016 report suggests costs of solar to fall dramatically over next five years as Asian market share increases and North America reaches 20 million residential PV prosumers.


UK solar leaders launch comprehensive commercial rooftop PV guide

Commercial solar rooftop installation.

PV booklet produced by the U.K.'s BRE National Solar Centre and the Renewable Energy Association sets out pathways for greater uptake of commercial rooftop solar nationwide.


Sharp to jointly develop a 10 MW solar plant in Mongolia

Plant design rendering image courtesy of Sharp.

The 10 MW site, to be developed by Sharp, Shigemitsu Shoji, and a local Mongolian partner, will be the country’s first large-scale solar plant and will be partially financed by the Japanese government.


Nigeria government signs MoU with IPP consortium for 300 MW of solar power

Nigerian landscape.

Nigus Greenergy and Volt Renewables have signed a memorandum of understanding for the development of 300 MW of solar PV plants in the African country to be developed and commissioned next year.


World's biggest solar + storage projects planned for Australia

Solar plus storage system. Image courtesy of reneweconomy.com

Australian infrastructure investor Lyon Group says it plans to build the world's biggest solar plus storage project in South Australia in the next two years, and sees a huge future for combined solar and battery storage plants.


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