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'Second-life' EV batteries could drive low-cost storage sector, says BNEF report

Mercedes-Benz has already begun exploring ways to repurpose its used EV batteries for stationary storage projects.

According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, used electric vehicle batteries will amount to 29 GWh by 2025, with around one-third of that total viable for second life use as low-cost, stationary storage.

Yingli's preliminary Q2 results showing positive signs

Yingli PV production. Images by Yingli Green Energy.

China's Yingli Green Energy likely surpassed its guidance for PV module shipments in the second quarter, but expects to post a slightly lower gross margin than in the preceding three-month period.

Russia's Solar Energy given the all clear to develop 90 MW of solar plants

Moscow, Russia.

The Russian solar group has been granted to right to build six solar power plants, each with a 15 MW capacity, in Russia's southern Astrakhan Region, according to a statement from the regional government.

DP Energy secures approval to develop 375MW of solar, wind in Australia

Australian outback. Flickr image by Anniemullinsuk.

The state authorities in South Australia have given the Irish developer the green light to move forward with the A$680M ($517.7m) project, which will be built in Port Augusta.

France gets a step closer to solar roads

The worlds largest PV sound barrier at Freising, Germany. Image by

French energy minister Ségolène Royal has inaugurated a manufacturing plant that will produce the so-called "Wattway" paving, made of solar PV. One of its pilot projects will be a 1 kilometer solar road, built in the same region...

Danish university develops tungsten-based technique to capture broader solar wavelength

Aalborg University.

Researchers at Aalborg University are working on a new approach at capturing a broader spectrum of sunlight using new, high-temperature materials that can withstand 800 degrees Celsius and convert sunlight into electricity.

H2 2016 solar slowdown will preface 10% global contraction in 2017, says GTM

Solar park in Europe.

Analysts expect installations in China, U.K. and Japan to slow over the second half of the year, but U.S. project spillover and India's large pipeline will hold course despite global slowdown forecast for 2017.

JinkoSolar signs three PPAs for 188 MW of solar in Mexico

Solar power farm in Mexico.

The Chinese solar power firm has signed long-term power purchase agreements with Mexico's Federal Electricity Commission for three solar projects awarded in April's inaugural power auction.

University of West of England to install largest single rooftop PV array in UK higher education sector

Frenchay Campus, on the outskirts of Bristol, will soon host the largest single-rooftop PV array across the U.K.'s higher education spectrum.

The university in Bristol has announced plans for a 450 kW solar installation atop its Enterprise Zone and Robotics Laboratory. Once complete the array will be the largest on any university in Britain.

Spain: Extremadura submits public information of a 500 MW solar project

Spain national flag. Flickr image by Cesarastudillo.

The project is located in the municipality of Usagre, in the southwest of Spain.

Hevel begins construction on a 15 MW PV plant in Russia

Hevel solar park in Russia

Russia’s largest integrated solar company, Hevel LLC, has begun construction on a 15 MW solar PV plant in Russia’s Saratov Region, as the company continues to expand both its project pipeline and its manufacturing capability.

UK: First Contracts for Difference solar farm connected to grid

Aerial view of the 11.94 MW solar farm from Lightsource, the first in the U.K. to be connected under the CfD scheme.

The 11.94 MW solar farm has been developed by Lightsource Renewable Energy and is the first such installation to be completed under the CfD scheme.

Isolux Corsan to build 37 MW PV plant on Native American land

The Navajo Nation band. Image by Donovan Shortey.

The Spanish company was awarded the project by the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority for a 37.6 MW plant in Arizona, which will be the company’s second utility-scale solar plant in the United States.

Solar Frontier completes 30 MW solar plant at Nagasaki Airport

Representatives, including Solar Frontier CEO Atsuhiko Hirano, in front of a monument symbolizing the PV project at Nagasaki Airport.

The installation is the biggest PV plant in Nagasaki Prefecture, and one of the largest to utilize Solar Frontier's anti-reflective CIS solar panels.

Istanbul’s energy paradox: shortages but no embrace of PV

Turkish capital Istanbul

Turkey’s largest city, with a population about 14 million people, could face an acute electricity shortage, confirms the Turkish energy minister. However, paradoxically, Turkey’s energy ministry has not made plans for a solar...

USD 1 billion energy storage market in Germany by 2021

Battery storage system. Image by Solarpraxis' Andreas Schlegel.

A new report from GTM Research forecasts that the energy storage market in Germany will have an annual value exceeding USD1 billion by 2021, as a collection of factors feed the market’s growth within the country.

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