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A tough week of tariff cuts and bankruptcies for the solar industry, although a few success stories from California, India and the Middle East serve to lighten the mood. The strange story of a potential lifeline for SunEdison, as...


Israel: New 1GW PV tender on the horizon

Israel Dead Sea PV plant. Image by KACO.

It's fair to say that, overall, renewable energy development has been disappointing in Israel, however, the tide appears to be shifting. To announce this new momentum, in the coming weeks a new wave of PV installations is...


Inconsistent tax policy for commercial solar owners in the UK

UK commercial PV rooftop installation. Image by Solarcentury.

The U.K.'s Valuation Office Agency (VOA) released its draft business tax rates for businesses that own solar arrays, dropping tax rates for 'mainly exports,' but spiking tax for self-consumers, in another unexpected attack on the...


Lyon partners with Mitsubishi for 1 GW solar + battery storage plan

Lyon Group, in partnership with Mitsubishi, plan to develop 1 GW of solar by 2020. Image: Reneweconomy

While the political storm rages over this week’s state-wide South Australian power outage, the Lyon Group has announced a partnership with Mitsubishi Corporation which it says will seek to roll out 1GW of solar + 500MWh of...


Canadian Solar subsidiary completes 60 MW California project.

Another of Recurrent Energy's recently completed projects in California. Image: Recurrent Energy

Canadian Solar announced two big wins this week for its California based subsidiary Recurrent Energy. The company announced commercial operation on its 78 MWp Barren Ridge Project, as well as the signing of a new PPA with...


ABB to build hybrid-solar microgrid for Red Cross in Africa

ABB offices. Image by ABB.

The Swiss technology company will incorporate solar PV and diesel into a single microgrid for the International Committee of the Red Cross in Nairobi, Kenya, to supply the hub with reliable power for the first time, while also...


Off-grid solar going from strength to strength in eastern Africa

Off-grid solar project in east Africa. Image by REN21.

A new report by the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) found that approximately 50% of global investment made in off-grid solar in 2015 was in the eastern African region, as falling PV prices and...


NREL: U.S. utility-scale solar falls below $1.50 per watt

The latest report by NREL shows an ongoing decline in costs across sectors, with soft costs remaining stubbornly high for residential installations.


ARENA funding for Canadian Solar

Canadian Solar has secured US$3.5 million funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) for two large-scale solar projects in Queensland Australia, totaling 47MWp.


4.8 TWh awarded to PV projects in Mexico auction

Arua solar PV plant in Mexico.

Acciona, X-Elio Energy, OPDE, Ienova, and Grenergy are among the winners of PV projects within the second clean energy tender in Mexico. Altogether 8.9 TWh of energy per year and 8.9 million Clean Energy Certificates were awarded...


San Diego schools solar splurge

News on commercial scale deployments across two of San Diego’s school districts shows a strong commitment to the industry. Two contracts alone expect to save $1.6 million over 10 years and $21 million over 25 years.


China regulators may cut solar subsidy by 13% in some regions, say reports

China landscape.

The National Development and Reform Commission is mulling a 13% reduction in the tariff of solar PV plants located in China's least sunny regions, according to Bloomberg.


UK switches on nation's largest community-owned solar array

The solar array atop the Prodrive HQ features 2,446 solar panels that will mitigate the effects of 5,600 tonnes of CO2 a year.

The 636 kW rooftop PV array at the headquarters of Prodrive in Oxfordshire was completed by social enterprise Low Carbon Hub and is the largest such installation in the country.


Solaria files IP lawsuit against GCL over module production infringement

Solaria solar module.

The Californian solar module developer alleges misappropriation by China's GCL Solar over trade secrets pertaining to its patented production technique.


TerraForm Global clears way for sale of SunEdison India and Uruguay assets

SunEdison worker.

SunEdison yieldco has consented to the third party sale of the bankrupt clean energy developer's 425 MW Indian solar portfolio and further assets in Uruguay. Firm will receive a portion of the proceeds.


First US presidential debate: Candidates spar over solar energy

Donald Trump.

pv magazine presents a news analysis of the role solar energy played in the first presidential debate.


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