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Australia receives proposals for energy storage auction

Energy battery storage. Image pv magazine Mirco Sieg

The government of the Australian Capital Territory has received 17 proposals for its Next Generation energy storage auction, under which as much as AUD$2 million ($1.5 million) will be allocated and shared between five companies...

Neo Solar Power to transfer cell lines to Malaysia, China

In a move to avoid U.S. tariffs on Chinese and Taiwanese PV, the cell maker plans to begin production in Malaysia with a 70 MW cell line in Q1 2016.

SolarPower Europe: Removing trade barriers could create 50,000 solar jobs

Jobs in the European solar industry have decreased since 2008, although moderate growth is forecast to 2020

According to a new study, removing trade barriers associated with the import of solar PV products into the European Union will positively benefit the European jobs market. Between 2008 and 2014, both the number of jobs created...

From the Mag: A selection of stories from the December issue

The December issue of pv magazine is out now.

It's December, and do we have some gifts in store: from a comprehensive update of India's solar market to a near-the-knuckle muck-rake of unscrupulous solar sales practices, it's all in this month's issue.

Kingfisher pledges $75 million renewables investment

Currently, Kingfisher is installing solar at the Screwfix distribution center in Trentham

Kingfisher, owner of companies including B&Q and Screwfix, has announced a £50 million (around US$75 million) investment in renewables, the majority of which will be channeled into solar energy. The move is part of the company’s...

California's PG&E announces first 75 MW of storage contracts

The Ivanpah CSP plant in California.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company unveils details of first tranche of storage contracts offered in the state under California's Energy Storage Decision, which has targeted procurement of 1.32 GW of storage by investor-owned...

US: EIA to begin including small-scale solar output in new data

Rooftop PV array, U.S.

The Energy Information Administration of the DOE will begin including monthly estimates of small-scale distributed solar PV capacity and generation by state and sector; finds distributed PV accounted for 30% of electricity in...

Japan: Solar tax breaks will be removed, PV accounts for 3.3% in Q3

Solar is the second biggest renewable energy in Japan

As part of the plan to liberalize its energy market, Japan will end tax breaks for commercial solar installations at the end of next March. A tax reform plan is expected this month. In other solar news, PV accounted for 3.3% of...

Delta to showcase energy conservation efforts at COP21

Delta's Taipei HQ.

Group founder and various management executives of the Taiwanese power management company are in Paris to actively support the goals of the conference and showcase Delta's efforts in renewables, green buildings and energy...

Yingli Q3 revenues slide further on low utilization

Manufacturing at Yingli.

The Chinese solar company posts third-quarter revenues of $351.5 million, down sequentially and some way below Q3 2014; non-cash impairment charge on long-lived assets of $598.5 million.

Egypt solar program allocated $500m EBRD funding

Solar array, Egypt.

Funds from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) allocated to assist Egypt's solar program, which aims to add 2 GW of PV capacity over the next few years.

M-Kopa Solar secures $19 million equity investment

M-Kopa's PAYG model has already reached three-quarters-of-a-million people in Africa.

The U.S. startup and provider of pay-as-you-go solar energy in Africa secures funding from Generation Investment Management for the wider development of its off-grid leapfrog model in East Africa.

Etrion refinances Italian solar plants for $235 million

Merano, Italy.

The Swiss solar power developer leverages long-term, non-recourse bank debt and project loans totaling EUR 222 million to complete refinancing of the majority of its Italian solar parks.

COP21: Sir David Attenborough says solar can protect "happiness of humanity"

Eiffel Tower, Paris.

Day three of the UN Climate Change Summit in Paris continues to draw the opinions of some of the world's foremost climate advocates, with naturalist Sir David Attenborough urging greater investment in the sun.

Austrian scientists launch 'climate adaptive PV' project

CTR's high tech campus in Villach will be the site of much of the PV research.

The Infinity project, led by the Austrian Institute of Technology and research center Carinthian Tech Research, will examine the climate sensitive long-time reliability of PV and develop systems that adapt to the climate.

France's 300 MW Cestas solar plant inaugurated

Cestas solar PV plant, France.

Europe's largest solar PV installation has been officially inaugurated this week. Located across 250 hectares near Bordeaux, Cestas will produce solar energy cheaper than new nuclear plants.

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