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RWE to acquire PV and storage specialist Belectric Solar & Battery

RWE AG HQ Essen, Germany. Baikonur wikimedia commons

The German utility's renewable energy arm, innogy SE, has signed the contract to acquire Belectric Solar & Battery, a solar developer who has built more than 1.5 GWp of PV projects worldwide, significantly enhancing the company's...


TrinaBEST to expand into Japan

Trina Solar logo. Courtesy of Trina Solar

The new storage arm of Trina Solar, Trina Energy Storage Solutions, otherwise known as TrinaBEST, has announced the establishment of a Japanese subsidiary, TrinaBEST Japan to help grow its energy storage business in Japan.


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.


Storage shows its worth in UK's first Enhanced Frequency Response auction

Kokam large scale storage.

A total of 1.4 GW of projects were put forward under the 200 MW tender, with energy storage projects taking positive steps forward, says Renewable Energy Agency.


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.


Sun Brilliance plans upsized 100 MW solar farm in Western Australia

The area of land near the town of Cunderdin, which is wheatbelt country some 158 KM inland from Perth, and the spot for the 100 MW solar farm.

Having originally announced details of a 25 MW project, the Perth-based solar power integrator has now secured a larger tract of land and promising funding to upsize the plant to 100 MW.


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.


Europe's solar PV pipeline holds immense promise, says IHS Markit

Solar installation in Portugal.

A post-slump solar recovery could arrive in Europe as early as 2018 should policy support sufficiently smooth the path for dormant solar pipelines on the continent, says IHS Markit.


JinkoSolar steady on Q2 shipments and revenue, downstream activity surges

JinkoSolar rooftop solar array.

Vertically integrated Chinese solar firm increases sequential module shipments by 7.3% and revenue by 8.9%, while solar power projects generate 55.5% revenue increase over same period.


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.


GCL-Poly posts 28% revenue increase for H1

CGL polysilicon factory in China.

The polysilicon and wafer producer reports strong first half financials, growing revenue by 28%, gross profit by 66% as income more than doubles in space of a year.


Ratify Paris Agreement early to attract better RE investment, G20 countries told

COP21 celebration.

A consortium of 130 global institutions that control $13 trillion investments has called upon G20 countries to move fast on ratifying the Paris Agreement in order to deliver greater policy certainty and more investment in...


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