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A tough week of tariff cuts and bankruptcies for the solar industry, although a few success stories from California, India and the Middle East serve to lighten the mood. The strange story of a potential lifeline for SunEdison, as...


PyroGenesis' Purevap process for transforming quartz into solar grade metal exceeds expectation during first test

First nuggets of high purity silicon metal produced using the Purevap process. Image by PyroGenesis Canada.

The innovative process that transforms quartz into solar grade metal in one-step is being funded by Canadian exploration company HPQ Silicon Resources, and has achieved encouraging purity levels as high as 99.97% during the first...


California bills to dramatically expand distributed energy storage

An Aquion storage battery. Image: Abby Wilcox

Four bills signed by California governor Brown will mandate a distributed energy storage procurement, fund incentives for behind-the-meter storage, and more.


Europe hits 100 GW of solar, but rocky road ahead says MEP

Claude Turmes, MEP, believes that the EC requires more backbone on facing down the might of the more traditional energy sectors if solar is to stand a fighting chance of more growth.

Claude Turmes, Member of the European Parliament for Luxembourg's Green Party, issues rallying call to European solar industry at SolarPower Europe 100 GW event.


Israel: New 1GW PV tender on the horizon

Israel Dead Sea PV plant. Image by KACO.

It's fair to say that, overall, renewable energy development has been disappointing in Israel, however, the tide appears to be shifting. To announce this new momentum, in the coming weeks a new wave of PV installations is...


Inconsistent tax policy for commercial solar owners in the UK

UK commercial PV rooftop installation. Image by Solarcentury.

The U.K.'s Valuation Office Agency (VOA) released its draft business tax rates for businesses that own solar arrays, dropping tax rates for 'mainly exports,' but spiking tax for self-consumers, in another unexpected attack on the...


ABB to build hybrid-solar microgrid for Red Cross in Africa

ABB offices. Image by ABB.

The Swiss technology company will incorporate solar PV and diesel into a single microgrid for the International Committee of the Red Cross in Nairobi, Kenya, to supply the hub with reliable power for the first time, while also...


Off-grid solar going from strength to strength in eastern Africa

Off-grid solar project in east Africa. Image by REN21.

A new report by the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) found that approximately 50% of global investment made in off-grid solar in 2015 was in the eastern African region, as falling PV prices and...


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Egypt and the EBRD join forces to boost MENA PV

A solar installation in the Egyptian desert. Photo: Desertec.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Egypt-based Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) join forces to promote renewable energy in the southern and eastern Mediterranean...


4.8 TWh awarded to PV projects in Mexico auction

Arua solar PV plant in Mexico.

Acciona, X-Elio Energy, OPDE, Ienova, and Grenergy are among the winners of PV projects within the second clean energy tender in Mexico. Altogether 8.9 TWh of energy per year and 8.9 million Clean Energy Certificates were awarded...


Some of lowest ever prices for rooftop solar entered in India bid

ACME EPC services in India. Image by ACME.

Prices went as low as Rs.3 (USD 0.0448) per kWh from bidders in the 500 MW solar rooftop auction in India, according to a list of the lowest prices in the auction released by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI).


Breaking: China looking to dramatically cut solar PV FIT

China's national flag. Flickr image by Renato Ganoza.

A recent document from China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) confirmed the rumor that China will continue to cut its FIT for renewable energy starting from 2017. It also indicated it may be a dramatic cut.


Meyer Burger announce major restructuring

Meyer Burger's headquarters in Thun, Switzerland. Image: Meyer Burger

Swiss solar technology provider Meyer Burger today announced a company wide restructuring program. The program aims to reduce the company’s overall operating costs by CHF 50 million.


Google solar project wins UN climate solutions award

Google-led Project Sunroof. Image by Google.

Project Sunroof, an initiative led by Google, has been announced as one of 13 winners of the United Nations 'Momentum for Change' climate change award, by enabling tens of millions of Americans to evaluate the solar potential of...


Bank of America may be interested in bailing out SunEdison

SunEdison's financial woes have trundled along for most of 2016.

Court documents reveal potential "enthusiastic interest" from the Charlotte, N.C. banking giant to provide money to the cratering solar installer.


Video tales from SPI: talking backsheets and 1,500v with Coveme

Michele Vannini from Coveme discusses the U.S. solar manufacturing landscape with Jonathan Gifford.

In the first video of the latest series of pv magazine LIVE reports, Jonathan Gifford discusses 1,500v module production and the U.S. solar market with Coveme.


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