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Sungrow connects 20 MW solar+storage microgrid plant in China

Sungrow's central inverters will power the 20 MW microgrid, located in the harsh environs of Shuanghu, Tibet province, China.

At a combined 20 MW, the microgrid plant in Shuanghu is the largest of its kind in the world, comprising 13 MW of solar PV and 7 MW of energy storage.

Leclanché ups 2017 revenue guidance to 75% growth

Leclanche battery cells.

Swiss-headquartered energy storage specialist reveals contract backlog of 85 MWh and ongoing negotiations equating to more than 300 MWh of new storage capacity over coming years.

Gamesa to develop 130 MW of solar in India

Park in Andhra Pradesh.

The Spanish clean energy company has been chosen by Indian developer Atria Power to build two large-scale solar PV plants in the country. Contract is firm's largest order in India to date.

France starts construction of first 1km of solar roadway

The Wattway technology by Colas uses solar PV to create durable and electricity generating roadways.

French energy minister Ségolène Royal inaugurated yesterday the construction of one kilometer of solar road in France's northwestern department Orne.

Which Chinese solar manufacturers will survive module price crunch?

Image: Deutsche Bank

The stunning fall in solar module prices being witnessed in most global markets might be good news for project developers and end-market consumers, but it is going to pose major challenges to many of the big module...

Tata Power to develop 100 MW PV project in Andhra Pradesh

Image: Tata Power

The utility-scale plant will be developed by Tata Power Renewable Energy, the renewable subsidiary of Tata Power, after the company signed a power purchase agreement with the Solar Corp of India.

Perovskite solar cell reaches 20.3% efficiency

Stanford scientist working on perovskite solar cells. Image: Stanford Precourt Institute for energy

Scientists from Stanford University and Oxford University have been working on solar cells made with perovskite crystal stacked in tandem, and in a recent breakthrough have achieved an energy efficiency of 20.3% using the cells,...

More coal means more global poverty, say researchers

Coal and solar in Germany.

Even if only one-third of all planned new coal-fired power plants are built globally, hundreds of millions of people could be pushed into poverty as climate change accelerates, experts warn.

IEA ups renewable forecast 13%, hails "impressive progress" of PV manufacturers

Kingston Energy park. Image: Western Wind Energy Corp.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has increased its mid-term renewable forecast by 13%. Largely on the back of key policy developments in the U.S., India, China and Mexico, the agency has pointed to wind and solar PV’s...

Duke issues RFP for 750 GWh of renewables in the Carolinas

Image: Duke Energy

The utility's solicitation for 750 GWh of renewables could be met with 400 MW of new solar PV.

Venture capital funding in batteries and smart grids declines sharply in Q3: Mercom report

Battery system.

Latest Mercom Capital report finds that just $102 million in VC funding for smart grid, battery storage and efficiency sectors was raised in Q3, down from $433 million in Q2. Project funds for residential and commercial storage...

SMA lowers financial forecast for 2016

Image: SMA Solar Technology

German inverter manufacturer, SMA Solar Technology, has been forced to reduce its financial outlook for 2016, making it the second German solar industry manufacturer to announce forecast reductions today, after SolarWorld made a...

New net metering policy on its way for Jammu and Kashmir in India

Kashmir. Flickr image by Mopop.

The far north Indian state will have a new net metering policy for solar rooftop projects from 1 kW to 500 kW, as the local energy agency continues to build frameworks to help the state achieve its target of 450 MW of rooftop PV...

India: TANGEDCO's 500 MW Tamil Nadu solar tender represents risk, says Mercom

Tamil Nadu.

Known for late payments and curtailment, the latest request for selection by the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation represents something of a risk for developers, says Mercom Capital.

Greece to tender PV capacity in December

Athens, Greece. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Greece will run its first renewable energy tender on 12 December. It is a pilot tender for a total capacity of at least 40 MW, which is reserved solely for solar PV projects.

SolarWorld to miss 2016 forecasts

Image: SolarWorld

The German PV manufacturer announced that although it is set to achieve its shipment forecast for 2016, it is unlikely to meet its revenue and EBIT forecasts for the year, and has already begun to point the finger at Chinese...

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