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India: Telangana gets lowest bid

Another low bid of INR5.17 (US$0.08) per kWh has been quoted by SkyPower in the Telangana solar tender. The financial bids for some 2,000MW opened yesterday in the southern Indian state.

US: Georgia Power to build 30 MW solar plant on Navy land

Georgia Power should have the solar PV plant online by the end of 2016

U.S. utility, Georgia Power has signed an agreement with the Department of the Navy to install a 30 MW solar PV plant at the naval Submarine Base (SUBASE) Kings Bay in St. Marys, Georgia.

Philippine government under pressure to deliver more solar support

Philippines skyline.

Leading solar companies operating in the country to apply pressure on government to expand the size of its solar FIT scheme from 500 MW to 2 GW.

Island leaders endorse renewables action plan

Island leaders discuss and approve the Martinique Action Plan on renewable energy deployment in Small Island Developing States.

Small Island Developing States approve new plan designed to bring greater levels of renewable power autonomy to island nations around the world.

Juwi to begin work on hybrid solar farm at Australian copper mine

A CGI mock-up of how the solar PV hybrid array will look once completed at the DeGrussa copper mine in Western Australia.

The solar developer will begin construction of the 10.6 MW solar PV plant at the DeGrussa copper mine, Western Australia, later this month.

Tenth of Chinese solar production capacity located overseas by end of 2015

A worker inspects a module at a JA Solar facility.

Data from BNEF finds Chinese companies have amassed more than 5 GW of solar cell production capacity abroad as they attempt to circumnavigate U.S. and EU trade duties.

Imec perovskite breakthrough yields 11.9% efficiency

Imec's perovskite thin film PV module has achieved conversion efficiencies above 11% in recent tests.

Belgian nano-electronics researchers Imec achieve record active area efficiency on thin film perovskite PV cell, measured over an aperture area of 16cm2.

Yingli unveils new 1,500 V utility-scale solar panel

Module production at Yingli Solar.

Introduced at Intersolar North America, the 1,500 V panel has been specifically designed for use in larger solar plants and to reduce balance-of-system costs for the developer.

ARENA to use ACT-style auctions for 200MW of large-scale solar

Large-scale solar PV remains in its infancy in Australia with only three projects commissioned and a further two under construction

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency is going to adopt the auction-process successfully pioneered by the ACT government to spend up to AU$100 million and target up to 200 MW of large-scale solar, as part of its new funding...

US: Utility-scale solar more cost effective than residential rooftop

US utility-scale solar PV remained the most cost-effective option in the Brattle Group scenarios

U.S. utility-scale solar PV systems are "significantly" more cost-effective than those for residential rooftop, concludes a study by the Brattle Group. Under its scenarios, 50% of carbon emissions are also avoided with...

Oxis Energy to work with Anesco on UK lithium sulfur battery roll out

The Li-S battery from Oxis.

The Oxford-based battery developer will enlist the assistance of energy efficiency solutions company Anesco to introduce its lithium sulfur batteries to the residential and commercial U.K. market.

Canadian Solar JV to construct 500 MW India solar plant

Indian state of Maharashtra.

Sarus Solar, comprised of three Canadian renewable energy companies, will develop a 500 MW solar PV plant in the Indian state of Maharashtra, JV will partner with local firm during construction.

US: Commercial rooftop opportunity opening up with project finance

Commercial rooftop.

New project finance provider Open Energy Group believes vast potential of the U.S. commercial rooftop market is set to be tapped. Financing can be extended to solar+storage projects.

Thai solar market on course to grow by around 1 GW in 2015

Thai solar farm.

Thailand on course to outstrip all other Southeast Asian nations this year, with various reports suggesting the country's solar market to add between 700 MW and 1.2 GW capacity this year.

Solar Impulse grounded following 'irreversible' battery damage

The Si2, which is equipped with 17,248 of SunPower’s monocrystalline solar cells, has an average speed of just 70 km/h

The record-breaking Solar Impulse team has been grounded in Hawaii following "irreversible" damage to the plane’s batteries. The solar-powered aircraft has just completed the longest leg of its journey around the world.

Construction underway on 45 MW Sandstone solar project in Arizona

The solar PV project is located in Florence, Arizona

Construction has begun on the 45 MW Sandstone solar PV project in Arizona, announces sPower. The generated energy will be sold under a 21 year PPA, upon project completion, scheduled for the end of this year.

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