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SunPower installation.

Another week of ups and downs in the solar world saw sizable job losses at SunPower, a welcome hiring push for Tesla, Enphase offload its O&M arm and India announce details of a 1 GW rooftop solar tender.


Approval granted for 100 MW PV plant in Western Australia

Image: Sun Brilliance

Sun Brilliance has received approval from the Mid-West development assessment panel (DAP) for the largest solar installation in Western Australia, with the solar developer still needed to finalize financing for the project.


NextEra & First Solar commission 250 MW-AC project in Nevada

Does this mean that the age of mega-solar projects is over at last?


UK: Lightsource eyes GBP 600m buyback of installed solar systems

Installed solar array in England.

The British solar developer is looking to dip into a pot of GBP 600 million to purchase installed arrays, offering customers an upfront lump sum to transfer the FIT; customers will still receive free energy generated by the...


sPower signs 105 MW PPA under community choice aggregation program

sPower PV project. Image: sPower

sPower has secured a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for 105 MW-AC of solar power with community choice aggregator MCE in California, making it sPower’s largest contract of this type to date, and the largest community...


Global inverter shipments to contract 5% in 2017 before steady recovery, says GTM Research

Huawei's smart fusion.

Consolidation of top 10 suppliers continues as Chinese inverter firms Huawei and Sungrow top shipment chart, while SMA's U.S. strength sees it cling on to top spot for revenue, report shows.


Financing secured for 30 MW plant in Senegal

Solar array in Dakar, Senegal.

The Ten Merina 30 MW solar park is being financed by French private investment firm Meridiam, who has already financed a similar project in the country, as it looks to diversify its energy mix with all types of solar energy.


EnergyAustralia signs foundation contracts for 500 MW solar and wind PPAs

NSW flag.

The energy company is close to agreeing AUS$1.5 billion worth of power purchase agreements for solar and wind projects located in eastern Australia.


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.


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