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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.


India: Demonetization program could boost solar industry, says Mercom Capital

Narendra Modi.

Although chaotic, the Indian government's note recall is likely to benefit banks and distribution companies, potentially loosening lending criteria for solar projects and bringing down interest rates, Mercom Capital believes.


UK: Big brands sign letter urging government to stop solar tax hike

JD rooftop array.

More than 160 NGOs, schools, companies, energy providers and public institutions sign letter addressed to U.K. Chancellor calling on halt to proposed increase in business rates for solar panels.


Enerray, Desert Technologies put 23.1 MW-DC PV plant online in Jordan

The Falcon Ma’an is one of the largest PV plants to go online in the MENA region.


Another rooftop solar boom in Australia – this time with warnings

Image: Jonathan Gifford

Record low solar panel prices, combined with the ratcheting-down or removal of federal and state policy levers, are sparking a boom in Australia’s residential and commercial solar markets, while also prompting warnings to...


Renewables rise to 15% of U.S. electricity generation in Q1-Q3 2016

While solar's share of net U.S. generation was only 1.4%, this is a 40% increase from a year ago.


SECI issues tender to electrify 1,000 Indian villages with solar

Indian landscape.

Global tender issued by the Solar Energy Corporation of India on behalf of Arunachel Pradesh Energy Development Agency to install off-grid solar power packs at more than 1,000 villages.


Amsterdam ArenA to receive 4 MWH storage system built with repurposed EV batteries

The stadium in the Dutch capital will be supplied with a 4 MWh storage system made using 280 repurposed Nissan LEAF batteries.

Storage system to be developed by The Mobility House and Eaton using 280 used Nissan LEAF batteries stored in racks; will eventually replace diesel generators used for back-up power during major events.


Azure breaks ground on 100 MW solar farm in India's Andhra Pradesh

Hyderabad.

The India clean power developer commences construction of another large-scale solar installation in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Azure won the rights to develop the plant under an NTPC auction.


Cologne PV workshop: A life in the day of a solar module

The focus of the event was on topics related to increasing the lifetime of solar modules as well as the avoidance and identification of failures in photovoltaic systems.

Around 150 experts headed to Cologne for the 13th TÜV-Module workshop. The focus of the event was on topics related to increasing the lifetime of solar modules and the avoidance and identification of failures in PV systems.


IKEA to install 1.2 MW solar array on Columbus store

Image: Business Wire

The Swedish retailer continues its march to energy independence using renewable sources, as it sets out plans to install its 46th solar array in the U.S., with a 1.21 MW PV system for the rooftop on its Columbus, Ohio, store that...


EU Energy Union package lacks ambition, says SolarPower Europe

EU Parliament, Brussels.

Still much to be done at EU level if continent is to seize chance to build solar-powered electricity system, says SolarPower Europe in wake of disappointing European Commission Energy Union package.


France's solar road: International solar experts give their analysis

The construction of a solar road in France is turning numerous heads due to the novelty value of the project, however, solar experts have a different view, seeing the construction as economically unviable, and actually damaging...


PPAs for over 1 GW of solar on the horizon in Jharkhand, India

Image: Tata Solar

After various delays, solar developers in Jharkhand, India, are expecting to sign power purchase agreements (PPAs) for 1.1 GW of PV projects in the state, which should receive average tariff rates of USD 79.3 per MWh, according...


Fronius installs solar inverters at former Austrian nuclear plant

The solar array at the former nuclear plant covers 3,700 square meters and is controlled by 43 Fronius string inverters.

Installation at the dormant Zwentendorf an der Donau nuclear site in Austria symbolic of the nation's growing embrace of clean renewable energy, says Fronius.


Kyocera puts online 14.5 MW PV plant in Japan

The plant by Kyocera, Mitsubishi Research Institute and Tokyo Century follows a relatively strong Q2 for utility-scale solar in Japan.


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