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New technologies will push costs down, says Lux Research

In its latest "Silicon solar cell and module roadmap" report, Lux Research says that emerging technologies like PERC and bifacial cells will aid in pushing down module costs in 2020.


SunPower buys SolarBridge Technologies

SolarBridge microinverter

The PV group, which is majority owned by French oil and gas giant Total, says SolarBridge's high-performance microinverter technology offers system design flexibility and a lower cost of installation.


European power prices up 6.5% in October due to scarce solar, wind output in Germany

Belectric 67.7 MW solar PV plant

German solar and wind output in October was down 22% year-on-year to 5.75 terawatt hours, according to Platts. German day-ahead power prices averaged EUR 35.42/MWh in October, the highest level since January and 2% higher than in...


Scatec Solar secures $100 million in financing for solar plants in Jordan

Linde solar plant, South Africa

The Norwegian company and its Jordanian partners will receiving funding from the EBRD and France's Proparco for the planned 43 MW of projects.


pv magazine weekly news roundup: Oct 31-Nov 7

Project Salvador by SunPower.

A busy week for solar saw SunPower connect the world's largest merchant PV plant in Chile, Brazil unveil its first solar-only federal auction, and German solar ambitions suffer yet another blow.


UK: Solar companies lose High Court battle

Solar park, U.K.

Challenge to DECC's decision to close the Renewable Obligation scheme two years early thrown out by High Court in London.


Neoen breaks ground on 300 MW French solar plant

Cestas, near Bordeaux.

The installation near Bordeaux will become the biggest solar park in Europe once complete in October 2015, and will swell France's solar output.


Solar supplies just 50 MW of SCE's 2.2 GW of new energy

Battery storage.

Latest power generation contracts illustrate just how far solar is lagging the 'dash for gas' Stateside. But utility commissioned five times its mandated amount of energy from storage.


SolarCity outlook disappoints despite 20% Q3 revenue increase

Rooftop installation, SolarCity.

The U.S. solar panel leasing company generated third-quarter revenue of $58 million, booking 230 MW of new projects during that period.


First Solar and Belectric start 46 MW solar project in Oxford

Sheep grazing at a solar PV installation in England.

New utility-scale development will be able to power one quarter of households in the famous old city, says Belectric.


World's first solar-powered cycle path to open in Amsterdam

SolaRoad being installed in Amsterdam.

A 70-meter stretch of the cycle path in the Dutch capital has been fitted with solar panels that will generate clean power for the local grid.


First Solar to expand manufacturing capacities, but no yieldco

In its third-quarter results, First Solar announced that it will expand manufacturing capacities in Malaysia and Ohio. The company also revealed that it will not be pursuing a yieldco vehicle at this time.


Scatec Solar sales skyrocket in third quarter

Scatec Solar Kalkbult project, South Africa

The Norwegian company nearly doubled its installed production capacity to 220 MW following the grid connection of three solar power plants in South Africa and Rwanda, which drove revenue and profit growth.


Canadian Solar wins 114 MW of solar power projects in Brazil

Vazante, Minas Gerais, Brazil

The Canadian PV developer is parnering with local company Solatio on three projects in the state of Minas Gerais.


SMA: Net loss grows in first nine months amidst declining orders

SMA inverter production

The leading inverter manufacturer attributed declining sales to project delays in key foreign markets and a sharp drop in European demand due to lower subsidies.


Aussie farmer sends message to G20 attendees

Big crop with the words "Go Solar" carved into it.

An Australian farmer has sent a pro-solar message to the attendees of the G20 Leaders' summit, by carving "Go Solar" into his fields. The farmer has made the move after the Brisbane Airport rejected a billboard calling for...


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