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Greece: new renewable energy law provides feed-in premiums and virtual net-metering

Athens, Greece.

Greece's solar PV market has been a roller coaster over the last decade. The new law, approved last week by Greece's parliament, in support of renewable energies attempts to establish the country's clean energy sector with some...


Motech returns to the black during Q3 2015

Taiwan's largest solar cell maker has reported its first positive operating margin since the second quarter of 2014, as well as its highest revenues in four years.


Europe: No discrimination for battery storage on primary frequency control market

The commission has decided on technology-neutral, market based rules

The EU Commission has ruled that battery storage units looking to provide primary frequency control regulation must achieve authorized maximum demand for 15 minutes, like all other power plants, instead of 30 minutes, as was...


COP21: Africa calls for $55 billion annual energy investment, 1.5°C limit to global temperature rise

AfDB says there is 11,000 GW of solar potential on the African continent

Africa has been well and truly in the spotlight at this round of climate talks. Identifying over 11,000 GW of renewables potential, it has called for an annual energy investment of US$55 billion, annual climate financing of $11...


CrossBoundary closes on $8 million fund for C&I solar in Africa

This is the first dedicated fund for commercial and industrial solar in Africa. The company plans to finance the deployment of over $25 million in African PV over the next 18 months.


Brazil's BNDES obtains US$100 million for renewables from Japanese banks

These resources will be channeled to BNDES' Green Line for climate projects.


GEI Global seeking solar partner for major Tanzanian project

Chumbi Village, Rufiji River, Tanzania

The U.S. fuel cell electric power generation company is working with the Tanzanian government and international partners to develop major solar projects in the East African country.


India: Jharkhand's 1.2 GW tender boosts solar but also sparks concerns

The Indian city of Jamshedpur

Consulting group Bridge to India welcomes increased solar deployment but warns that improved coordination between state and central governments to ensure the pace of solar tender project development can actually be achieved.


Enel Green Power boosts rural electrification in Kenya

Solar plant in Mombassa, Kenya

The country's low electrification rate coupled with its high mobile phone penetration makes it ideal for innovative solutions that integrate the electrification of rural areas with renewable energy generation, storage facilities...


Trina chief Jifan Gao elected co-chairman of Global Solar Council

Jifan Gao, chairman and CEO of Trina and co-chairman of GSC

Officially launched on Sunday at COP21, the Global Solar Council is expected to be based in China. The organization, Gao says, "will form a unified force representing all members that share the same goal."


Austria's Heinzel Energy buys 51% stake in 3F Solar Technologies

3F Solar Technologies' Solar One hybrid collectors

Vienna-based start-up 3F Solar Technologies has developed a solar hybrid collector that combines photovoltaic and solar thermal energy panels, which the company says is ideal for single-family homes, housing projects, businesses...


COP21: Global Solar Council launches with call to end all trade barriers by 2020

Board members of the Global Solar Council sign a MoU with the Terrawatt Initiative, which will work towards installing 1 TW of solar PV worldwide by 2030.

Canadian Solar CEO and guest speaker at the Global Solar Council launch Shawn Qu says solar can only tackle climate change effectively if there is global commitment to free trade.


EU Commission: solar dumping duties and minimum price to remain

The EU

The European Commission has ruled that its antidumping and antisubsidy measures will not be allowed to expire, with a review to be launched that could take up to 15 months to complete. Imports on Chinese cells however may be...


Google's Chilean data center to be powered by Acciona's massive El Romero PV plant

A portion of the power from the 247 MW PV project will supply electricity to Google's data center near Santiago, beginning in 2017.


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Abengoa’s stumble leaves questions marks as to its U.S. yieldco, Europe’s biggest PV plant flicks the switch and bold aspirations for renewables provides reasons to be cheerful. Big developers, projects and renewable ambitions in...


Paris COP21: Climate talks may not matter, because coal and oil will be redundant anyway

COP21

There is considerable concern in Paris – and elsewhere – about whether the deal negotiated at the UN climate change conference will be strong enough to drive the global decarbonization effort that everyone recognizes is needed.


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