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German PV tender: Prices fall below EUR 0.07 per kWh

Belectric Acker Solar photovoltaic park in Germany. Image: Belectric.

27 bids with a total capacity of 163 MW won contracts in the tender, with the lowest bid as low as EUR 0.0626 per kWh. The tender was, however, largely oversubscribed.

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SunPower installation.

Another week of ups and downs in the solar world saw sizable job losses at SunPower, a welcome hiring push for Tesla, Enphase offload its O&M arm and India announce details of a 1 GW rooftop solar tender.

Approval granted for 100 MW PV plant in Western Australia

Image: Sun Brilliance

Sun Brilliance has received approval from the Mid-West development assessment panel (DAP) for the largest solar installation in Western Australia, with the solar developer still needed to finalize financing for the project.

UK: Lightsource eyes GBP 600m buyback of installed solar systems

Installed solar array in England.

The British solar developer is looking to dip into a pot of GBP 600 million to purchase installed arrays, offering customers an upfront lump sum to transfer the FIT; customers will still receive free energy generated by the...

sPower signs 105 MW PPA under community choice aggregation program

sPower PV project. Image: sPower

sPower has secured a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for 105 MW-AC of solar power with community choice aggregator MCE in California, making it sPower’s largest contract of this type to date, and the largest community...

Tesla/SolarCity starts aggressive hiring process at Buffalo gigafactory

Image: Tesla Motors

Despite some early setbacks, the combined companies are looking for 34 positions — out of an expected 1,400 jobs — to staff their new facility.

Global inverter shipments to contract 5% in 2017 before steady recovery, says GTM Research

Huawei's smart fusion.

Consolidation of top 10 suppliers continues as Chinese inverter firms Huawei and Sungrow top shipment chart, while SMA's U.S. strength sees it cling on to top spot for revenue, report shows.

Finland's first solar power investment fund set up by Evli and Nordic Shine

Suvilahti plant in Finland

Finnish Evli Bank has become the majority shareholder in Finnish solar company Nordic Shine, as the two companies combine to create the country's first ever solar investment fund, to expand the possibilities of distributed solar...

Yingli losses push past $50m in Q3


The Chinese solar company cites weak demand in China and module oversupply for lower revenues, profit and margin; will pivot towards higher efficiency sales in 2017.

Two more Chinese companies ousted from EU price undertaking

Image: Flickr Remko Tanis

Seraphim and Huashun have now been added to a growing list of Chinese solar manufacturers that have either left, or been excluded from, the European Commission's minimum import price (MIP) for PV modules and cells, inviting...

Solar Impulse co-founder expects passenger electric planes within 10 years, SolarStratos aircraft unveiled

Akon and Bertrand Piccard.

Bertrand Piccard, pilot and co-founder of groundbreaking Solar Impulse project, believes electric planes powered by solar energy can carry passengers within the next decade. SolarStratos project aims to become first solar-powered...

Financing secured for 30 MW plant in Senegal

Solar array in Dakar, Senegal.

The Ten Merina 30 MW solar park is being financed by French private investment firm Meridiam, who has already financed a similar project in the country, as it looks to diversify its energy mix with all types of solar energy.

India's SECI to issue 1 GW rooftop solar tender

Gujarat, India.

The Solar Energy Corporation of India will tomorrow issue a tender call for the installation of 1 GW of rooftop PV atop government buildings nationwide; buildings already identified, reserve price being assessed.

EnergyAustralia signs foundation contracts for 500 MW solar and wind PPAs

NSW flag.

The energy company is close to agreeing AUS$1.5 billion worth of power purchase agreements for solar and wind projects located in eastern Australia.

EBRD continues support for renewables in Turkey with EUR 400 million funding

Image: Flickr KLMircea

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is boosting Turkey’s small-scale renewable energy and energy efficiency projects with a further EUR 400 million in funding. A significant portion of the new funds are...

Ecoppia module cleaning solution chosen for Bhadla Solar Park in India

Ecoppia's solar panel cleaning solution. Image: Ecoppia

French energy group ENGIE has selected Ecoppia to provide its state-of-the-art, water-free solar panel cleaning system to 168 MW of a 190 MW PV system, to reduce the LCOE and maintain peak energy production of the panels.

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