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Perovskite solar cell reaches 20.3% efficiency

Stanford scientist working on perovskite solar cells. Image: Stanford Precourt Institute for energy

Scientists from Stanford University and Oxford University have been working on solar cells made with perovskite crystal stacked in tandem, and in a recent breakthrough have achieved an energy efficiency of 20.3% using the cells,...

More coal means more global poverty, say researchers

Coal and solar in Germany.

Even if only one-third of all planned new coal-fired power plants are built globally, hundreds of millions of people could be pushed into poverty as climate change accelerates, experts warn.

IEA ups renewable forecast 13%, hails "impressive progress" of PV manufacturers

Kingston Energy park. Image: Western Wind Energy Corp.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has increased its mid-term renewable forecast by 13%. Largely on the back of key policy developments in the U.S., India, China and Mexico, the agency has pointed to wind and solar PV’s...

Duke issues RFP for 750 GWh of renewables in the Carolinas

Image: Duke Energy

The utility's solicitation for 750 GWh of renewables could be met with 400 MW of new solar PV.

Venture capital funding in batteries and smart grids declines sharply in Q3: Mercom report

Battery system.

Latest Mercom Capital report finds that just $102 million in VC funding for smart grid, battery storage and efficiency sectors was raised in Q3, down from $433 million in Q2. Project funds for residential and commercial storage...

SMA lowers financial forecast for 2016

Image: SMA Solar Technology

German inverter manufacturer, SMA Solar Technology, has been forced to reduce its financial outlook for 2016, making it the second German solar industry manufacturer to announce forecast reductions today, after SolarWorld made a...

New net metering policy on its way for Jammu and Kashmir in India

Kashmir. Flickr image by Mopop.

The far north Indian state will have a new net metering policy for solar rooftop projects from 1 kW to 500 kW, as the local energy agency continues to build frameworks to help the state achieve its target of 450 MW of rooftop PV...

India: TANGEDCO's 500 MW Tamil Nadu solar tender represents risk, says Mercom

Tamil Nadu.

Known for late payments and curtailment, the latest request for selection by the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation represents something of a risk for developers, says Mercom Capital.

Greece to tender PV capacity in December

Athens, Greece. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Greece will run its first renewable energy tender on 12 December. It is a pilot tender for a total capacity of at least 40 MW, which is reserved solely for solar PV projects.

SolarWorld to miss 2016 forecasts

Image: SolarWorld

The German PV manufacturer announced that although it is set to achieve its shipment forecast for 2016, it is unlikely to meet its revenue and EBIT forecasts for the year, and has already begun to point the finger at Chinese...

Target displaces Walmart as the top corporate installer of solar

California Walmart store. Image: Walmart

Target has reached 147.5 MW of solar capacity, installing 69 MW in the first nine months of 2016 alone.

Masdar signs PPA with Jordan's NEPCO for 200 MW solar plant

Solar array in Jordan.

The UAE-based clean energy developer has agreed a PPA deal for its 200 MW PV plant in Jordan with the Kingdom's National Electric Power Company.

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Under the planned agreement, Panasonic will manufacture cells and modules at Tesla's plant in Buffalo, New York.

It’s been a week of broken records and big investments for the global solar industry. The Indian market still looks unstoppable, while Tesla continue to make big moves in the U.S. industry, despite not yet knowing if and when...

Jordan initiates the Green Corridor tender; increases PV target

Jordan has begun to process bids for the first of its Green Corridor Project tenders.

The week has seen excellent news for solar in Jordan, which has initiated the tender of the vital Green Corridor project and increased its national target for solar PV. pv magazine reports the latest development from Jordan's...

Neo Solar Power raises $120 million via bond offering

The Taiwanese company’s third placement of credit-enhanced zero coupon convertible bonds (ECBs) earlier this week was twice-oversubscribed.

Former coal boss seeks approval for 300 MW solar plant in Port Augusta

The proposed project area for the plant, outside of Port Augusta. Image: Google maps/Renew Economy

The former head of Australia’s most polluting brown coal generator is proposing a 10-fold increase in the size of a solar PV plant he proposes fills in the market gap created by the closure of Port Augusta’s own brown coal-fired...

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