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New solar tenders planned for Jordan

Jordan’s Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Ibrahim Seif with MESIA's president. Image by MESIA.

Jordan is preparing to launch Round 3 of its solar energy project and Round 2 of its wind energy project, with somewhere between 400 MW and 800 MW expected to be on offer, according to the Middle East Solar Industry Association.


Trina Solar sets efficiency record with c-Si cell

Trina Solar PV module production

Trina Solar has announced a new efficiency record of 22.13% for its p-type mono-crystalline silicon solar cell.


Japan edges closer to solar auction introduction

Fukuoka, Japan.

Committee of Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) concludes meeting discussing the introduction of an auction process for large-scale solar projects. System likely to begin in FY 2017.


IDB loan to beef up Honduras renewables sectors

Honduras.

Inter-American Development Bank to loan $40 million to boost the Honduran electricity sector, specifically to support a reform process anchored in renewable energy.


ITC extension talk boosts US solar shares

U.S. rooftop solar installation.

Hopes that Congress can agree a deal to extend the Investment Tax Credit scheme beyond 2016 have prompted a jump in the shares of leading U.S. solar company such as SunPower and SunEdison.


Japan's SoftBank wins bid for 350 MW Indian solar farm

Andhra Pradesh scene.

Andhra Pradesh state-backed utility NTPC awards tender to Softbank under Phase-II, Batch-II, Tranche-I of the National Solar Mission at a tariff of $0.07/kWh for 25 years.


Paris deal: Great for renewables, and a $46 trillion hit to fossil fuels

Renewables have emerged a winner at COP21

The fossil fuel industry is facing a US$33 trillion hit to its expected revenues over the next 20 years, following the dramatic and unexpected result of the Paris climate change conference last weekend. RenewEconomy reports.


Mercom: Global PV installations to reach 64.7 GW in 2016

Mercom Capital forecasts that the global PV market will grow only 13% in 2016, with the United States surpassing Japan to become the #2 installer of PV globally.


UK: Capacity market auction slows decarbonization process

Gas tower.

The results of the UK’s second capacity market auction were published last week. Overall, the auction remunerated GBP 300 million of public subsidies in polluting diesel and small gas generators at a time when support for solar...


Paris Agreement heaps pressure on UK solar approach, says industry

U.K. solar farm.

Government urged to back its praise for the Paris Agreement with hard actions ahead of consultation this week on decision to cut FIT by 87%; u-turns also required on other clean energy targets, experts say.


Trina Solar receives management buyout proposal

Jifan Gao.

Chinese solar company receives preliminary proposal from CEO Jifan Gao and Shanghai Xingsheng Equity Investment & Management Co to take the company private; board reviewing the proposal.


Triton Solar signs deal for $100m printed solar cell fab in India

Organic PV image.

The U.S.-based developer of printed solar cells signs $100 million agreement to open manufacturing facility in Indian state of Karnataka; production set to commence as early as August 2016.


Kyocera to hit 1.2 GW panel shipments by end of fiscal year

Kyocera installation, Thailand.

Push into the U.S. market has underpinned shipment expansion as the company enjoys strong growth in domestic large-scale market; expands storage and solar charging stations footprint.


COP21: Paris climate agreement a watershed moment, says Irena

UN and global leaders join hands to hail the singing of the Paris Agreement at the COP21 summit.

Agreement among nearly 200 countries to hold temperature increase to below 1.5C hailed as a progressive step by Irena, but green groups say aspirations are meaningless unless appropriate measures put in place.


Children's rights NGO, SkyPower to bring solar-powered light to rural Kenya

SkyPower and Plan International plan to distribute two million home solar kits over a five-year period, with an aim to reduce reliance on kerosene.


IDB to fund 100 MW solar PV project in El Salvador

The bank will provide US$88 million in loans to build the project, which could be the first large utility-scale solar plant in El Salvador.


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