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BBOXX raises $20m funding to boost African off-grid solar presence

Kigali, Rwanda.

The London-based solar systems provider has secured investment from a consortium of backers, including Engie SA, to help support its expansion plans in Cameroon and the Ivory Coast.


Australia readies for big solar boom as PV costs continue fall

Solar farm in Australia. Image courtesy of Renew Economy.

Australia is poised to experience its biggest ever boom in large-scale solar construction over the next year as a range of international market factors and local policy incentives take hold.


GCL-Poly agrees to buy $150 million of SunEdison's manufacturing business

GCL-Poly polysilicon facilities in China. Image by GCL-Poly.

The Chinese company will buy three of SunEdison's manufacturing businesses involved in polysilicon and cell production, amid rumors that it is also planning to make a bid for SunEdison’s controlling stake in TerraForm Power.


Enerray to build 104 MWp PV plant in Brazil

State of Bahia, Brazil. Wimimedia image by TR2HG

It is the second contract that the Italian company has won from Enel Green Power for a large-scale solar plant in Brazil, after it began construction on the mega 254 MWp Ituverava PV plant late last year.


Germany's BayernLB funds purchase of eight UK solar farms

Eight solar farms have passed into the hands of German ownership.

The German lender provides GBP 30 million in financing for the solar plants of up to 5 MW each and located across five sites in England and Wales.


Dyesol secures $1m funding for Perovskite cell research

Dyesol's research has uncovered efficiency improvement potential when combing TiO2 with Perovskite cells.

The grant from the U.K.'s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council will enable the Australian organic cell developer to better understand the impact of halide modified titania on Perovskite cell performance.


Sharp mulls China solar cell market entry

Sharp Japan.

Japanese electronics giant is preparing to expand into the Chinese solar market with an eye on supplying megasolar plants being planned across the country. Strategy could prove risky, experts say.


'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.


France ushers in 3 GW solar tender across six rounds

Solar installation in France.

Energy ministry confirms series of six tenders of 500 MW each to be launched between 2017 and 2020 as country gradually reignites efforts to boost its solar PV sector.


ReneSola revenue and margin falls in Q2 on slow domestic demand

ReneSola HQ.

China's second half slowdown drags module shipments down 19.5% sequentially, while lower wafer ASPs cause revenue contraction despite increased shipments.


Brazil mulls request for amicable cancelation of 670 MW of solar awarded in first tender

Sao Paulo.

Following the devaluation of the Brazilian real against the U.S. dollar, six companies that won PPAs in 2014 may now be able to cancel the solar development contracts. Small penalties likely to apply.


Sungevity enters partnership with leading Belgian solar firm

Sungevity out and about.

The U.S. distributed solar installer has partnered with Belgium's Electrabel to begin installing rooftop solar panels across the country.


Japanese government agency funds $9.7m Nigerian solar project

Abuja, Nigeria.

The Japan International Cooperation Agency has donated to the Nigerian federal government funding for the execution of a 1.2 MW solar PV development project at the Usman Dam Water Treatment Plant.


Essel Green Energy snaps up 240 MW solar project in Indian state of Odisha

Indian flag.

The subsidiary of Essel Group has secured the bulk of a 270 MW tender issued by the Solar Energy Corporation of India in the state, marking the firm's largest solar PV project to date.


Brazil: Huawei will sign a MOU with Steelcons at Intersolar South America

Huawei FusionsSolar Smart PV plant in Trowbridge, UK.

The agreement would mean that the Chinese company would fit its SolarFusion system to the 90 MW of solar projects that were awarded to Steelcons during the November 2015 tender.


Canadian/Recurrent puts online 100 MW-AC solar project in California

Canadian Solar predicts that Recurrent will complete more than 1 GW of PV projects in the United States this year.


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