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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.

Wacker revenue, sales hold steady during positive Q3

Wacker U.S. plant in Tennessee.

The German polysilicon producer sees third quarter sales contract slightly by 1% year-over-year, while EBITDA increases 14% and cash flow grows to EUR 229 million.

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.

ITRPV: PERC, n-type mono and copper wire interconnection to gain market shares

Meyer Burger Smartwire technology

VDMA’s guide to technology trends in the PV industry expects rapid change in the cell and module space.

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.

Suzlon & Ostro announce 50 MW project in Telangana

The plant in Telangana State, India will be Ostro Energy's first solar project.

Suzlon and Ostro Energy, two names more commonly associated with India’s wind energy industry, have announced plans to jointly develop a 50 MW solar project at Wanaparthy, Telangana, according to Mercom Capital. Both companies...

Tesla breaks into the black in Q3 results

The EV and battery maker maintains that its battery gigafactory will be ready to support Model 3 rollout in H2 2017, three weeks before a shareholder vote on the acquisition of SolarCity.

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.

D.E. Shaw proposes to take over as TerraForm sponsor

The renewable energy investor says that the taking TerraForm off SunEdison’s hands could allow the company to recover.

Tesla gigafactory to combine Silevo, Panasonic HIT solar technologies

Panasonic will operate the Buffalo "gigafactory", and sell modules to Tesla/SolarCity.

RENA picks up wet chemistry, junction isolation order from Lerri Solar

RENA tool

German wet chemistry specialist RENA has picked up a double-digit million euro order from Chinese monocrystalline wafer, cell and module producer Lerri Solar. The production equipment will be for 2 GW of mono cell production.

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