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India: Punjab state reaches 1.5 GW of allocated solar PV

Punjab Chandigarh Palace of Assembly.

Punjab's New and Renewable Energy Minister Bikram Singh Majithia confirms that the state now has projects amounting to 1,550 MW at various stages of development; a 172-fold increase in just three years.

The pv magazine weekly news digest

Glass most definitely half full.

Amid new efficiency world records, surging growth for emerging solar markets and a bullish report from IHS predicting 272.4 GW of new capacity by 2019, naysayers and doom mongers are still making their voices heard.

SunLink, Blattner to partner on 112.7 MW solar farm in U.S.

Solar panel project.

Collaboration between solar developer SunLink Corporation and EPC Blattner Energy follows earlier partnership delivering a 148.5 MW solar farm in southeastern U.S.

SolarWorld shipments grow 25% Y/Y over first 9 months

Solar installation.

The German-U.S. solar company confirms preliminary sales and shipments reports, reaching 784 MW of shipments in the first nine months of the year and sales of more than $580 million.

Sunpower introduces new PV module design, offers 2016 guidance

Sunpower has introduced a new PV module series based upon a novel interconnection technology, as well as warning of a fall in revenues and a loss in 2016 as it plows more projects into its yieldco.

Neo Solar Power to expand PV manufacturing to Southeast Asia

Buried in Taiwanese PV maker NSP's Q3 results is a statement that the company is moving production capacity to an un-named Southeast Asian nation.

SMA raises sales forecasts again, Americas inverter sales to increase >35% in 2016

SMA's restructuring plans are paying off

SMA Solar Technology AG has again raised its full year earnings forecasts, despite recording an overall net loss. Restructuring efforts are also paying off, with the company recording cost savings of €100 million. In 2016, it...

Nigeria signs $100m development deal for 50 MW solar farm

Nigeria flag.

Access Infra Africa pens deal with Nigerian Quaint Global Energy Solutions for the creation of a 50 MW solar PV plant in northern Kaduna state; part of funding coming via U.S. Trade and Development Agency.

Thailand aiming for 6 GW of solar by 2036

Bangkok, Thailand

As part of its efforts to increase its share of renewables, the Thai government is attracting major developers for the first phase of a 600 MW solar rollout.

UK: Energy Secretary comes clean about missing renewable energy target

UK Energy and Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd

Proponents of renewable energy have lambasted the Energy Secretary Amber Rudd and the Conservative government for "willfully hiding" the expected shortfall from public scrutiny while cutting support for solar and wind subsidies.

California opens up public land for renewable energy generation

Imperial County, California

State and federal authorities have unveiled an ambitious plan that advances conservation goals in California's desert regions. The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan would introduce a streamlined permitting process,...

UK solar and energy storage: Market enters new phase

UK rooftop (Solarcentury)

The British Photovoltaic Association has published a new report detailing the transition to a new kind of residential PV market. What role is energy storage playing in it?

California utilities agency increases efficiency with new storage system

Chino Hills, California

The advanced energy storage system will optimize renewable energy generation at its water management facilities, providing "an added layer of protection" against power outages and make it easier to share renewable resources.

Iran to host 1.25 GW solar PV project, reports Bloomberg

The Iranian Embassy in Berlin last year announced its clean energy goals, but movement since then has been slow.

A leading Iranian energy official tells Bloomberg that an unnamed German company will build several solar power plants in the province of the nation's capital, Tehran.

IEA talks Energy Transition, but still low-balls future growth of wind and solar

IEA's World Energy Outlook 2015 acknowledges the increasing importance of non-hydro renewable energy, but retains unrealistically pessimistic estimates of cost reduction and future market growth.

UK: Solar again tops popularity charts in latest poll

Rooftop solar installation, England.

Official government opinion poll on public attitudes to energy finds that solar is yet again the most popular, gaining 80% approval in poll that now tests mood of the nation every six, as opposed to three, months.

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