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Solar modules packed and ready to be shipped.

German behemoths SolarWorld and SMA both lowered their financial forecasts this week; Tesla reveals details of its Panasonic partnership, and the IEA ups its renewables forecast, albeit only slightly.

IEA still low-balling solar growth, says Energy Watch Group

Solar installation in Czech Republic.

The Energy Watch Group has again called out the International Energy Agency for what it says is a "heavy underestimation" of the growth of solar and wind in its latest report.

36 new schools in Canada's Alberta province to be gifted rooftop solar

New schools currently being planned in Alberta will be fitted with rooftop solar arrays at the government's expense.

The government-led initiative will see more than CAD$9 million invested in the initial phase, with a consultation to discuss expanding the program over time expected to follow.

Solar provides 2% of electricity in the Western United States

Image: TerraForm Power

The latest figures by the U.S. Department of Energy show the wide disparity in renewable energy deployment between the eastern and western grids.

Australia: Network lobby proposes special tariff to keep households on grid

Australia's national flag. Flickr image by thewamphyri.

Australia's main network lobby is proposing a new tariff for stand-alone power systems that it says will encourage more than one million households with large amounts of solar and battery storage to stay connected to the main...

Fotowatio awarded 300 MW project in Mexican auction

Fotowatio Renewable Ventures' Moree solar farm. Image: Fotowatio Renewable Ventures

The Spanish solar developer has revealed that it was awarded a 300 MW project in the second Mexican power auction that took place in September, with a lower than average bid of USD 26.99 per MWh.

Commissioning delay for 181 MW of solar projects in Uttarakhand

Kalindi mountain Uttarakhand, India. Image: Sharada Prasad

The commissioning of a total of 23 solar projects has been delayed for five months in Uttarakhand, after disagreements and delays related to the local distribution company and the Uttarakhand Renewable Energy Development Agency.

Operations start at Kuwait's first ever PV plant

Kuwait City. Wikimedia commons image.

Electricity started flowing at the landmark 10 MW Sidrah 500 PV plant in Kuwait on Wednesday, marking the beginning of utility-scale solar generation in the country, as the region begins to warm to the idea of PV deployment.

Sunrun to deploy LG Chem batteries in the US market

The partnership will see Sunrun install LG Chem's RESU battery.

Sunrun will offer LG Chem RESU batteries for the U.S. residential market through its BrightBox offering and subsidiary AEE Solar

Chinese ministry poised to alter land administration rights for agri-PV

Inner Mongolia.

Ministry of Land & Resources emphasizes land to be administrated as construction land for Agri-PV projects.

UK slips to lowest position ever in EY's renewables attractiveness index

Solar installation, England.

14th place for U.K. comes on back of Brexit uncertainty and go-ahead of Hinkley Point nuclear plant. However, Europe generally on the rise according to Ernst & Young analysts.

Sungrow connects 20 MW solar+storage microgrid plant in China

Sungrow's central inverters will power the 20 MW microgrid, located in the harsh environs of Shuanghu, Tibet province, China.

At a combined 20 MW, the microgrid plant in Shuanghu is the largest of its kind in the world, comprising 13 MW of solar PV and 7 MW of energy storage.

Leclanché ups 2017 revenue guidance to 75% growth

Leclanche battery cells.

Swiss-headquartered energy storage specialist reveals contract backlog of 85 MWh and ongoing negotiations equating to more than 300 MWh of new storage capacity over coming years.

Gamesa to develop 130 MW of solar in India

Park in Andhra Pradesh.

The Spanish clean energy company has been chosen by Indian developer Atria Power to build two large-scale solar PV plants in the country. Contract is firm's largest order in India to date.

France starts construction of first 1km of solar roadway

The Wattway technology by Colas uses solar PV to create durable and electricity generating roadways.

French energy minister Ségolène Royal inaugurated on Monday the construction of one kilometer of solar road in France's northwestern department Orne.

Which Chinese solar manufacturers will survive module price crunch?

Image: Deutsche Bank

The stunning fall in solar module prices being witnessed in most global markets might be good news for project developers and end-market consumers, but it is going to pose major challenges to many of the big module...

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