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SECI issues tender to electrify 1,000 Indian villages with solar

Indian landscape.

Global tender issued by the Solar Energy Corporation of India on behalf of Arunachel Pradesh Energy Development Agency to install off-grid solar power packs at more than 1,000 villages.

UK's REA strengthens ties with India on decentralized energy

London rooftop array.

The Renewable Energy Association this week hosted six Indian MPs in London to discuss ways of accelerated the deployment of decentralized renewable energy in India.

Kong Sun, China Kangfu sign PV financing deal

The two companies have agreed to jointly fund and develop renewable-energy projects together in China.

Manz and unnamed cooperation partners to form R&D company for CIGSfab

Manz HQ.

Manz has signed a framework agreement with unnamed "leading companies" that will see a new R&D company formed to take over the operation of its CIGS research and small-scale production facility.

Phanes Group to build 300 MW of solar PV in Nigeria

Nigerian flag.

The Dubai-based developer signs PPA initiative to construct 100 MW solar farm in Sokoto in 2018, with two further 100 MW plants to follow in 2019.

Climate change minister casts long shadow over Irish solar hopes

Solar installation in Ireland.

Touted as a solar market to watch in the coming years, Irish politician Denis Naughten has poured cold water over hopes of further government support, suggesting subsidies could lead to excessive electricity bill increases.

Pakistan passes 1 GW of RE capacity, targets 1.8 GW of PV by 2018: reports

The South Asian country’s cumulative installed renewables capacity has reached 1.135 GW, according to local media outlets.

Taiwan among world’s top 10 solar markets in 2017: report

The government is targeting 1.52GW of PV capacity additions through the middle of 2018, with cumulative installations to hit 20GW by 2025, according to EnergyTrend.

First Solar revenues fall, but profit and technology progress remain strong

The thin-film solar maker and developer continues to report significant increases in its module efficiency, as it moves towards more module-only sales.

Oil's big guns to club together on global renewable energy fund, says Reuters

Dubai skyline.

News agency reports that chief executives from BP, Shell, Total, Statoil, Repsol, Eni and Saudi Aramco to announce investment fund for renewable energy development as oil industry steps up role in climate change fight.

JA Solar settles $1bn Hemlock lawsuit

Hemlock HQ.

Facing a lawsuit in the region of $1 billion filed by polysilicon producer Hemlock Semiconductor Corporation, the Chinese Tier 1 solar company has today reached a settlement at the Supreme Court of the State of New York.

Kyocera's H1 net profit falls 28.8% YoY

The Japanese company posted net income of JPY 36,153 million ($350 million) in the first half of fiscal 2017, partly due to the weakness of its solar business.

Enphase grows Q3 revenue 12%, shipments 10%, but net losses continue

Enphase's AC Battery.

The U.S. microinverters specialist stems recent downward trend, posting solid Q3 revenue of $88.7 million and increasing microinverter shipments to 869,000. AC Battery rollout boosts performance.

First Solar sells skytron to Liberta Partners

skytron-monitored PV installation.

The U.S. solar power developer offloads monitoring platform skytron to Germany-based Liberta Partners for an undisclosed sum.

Renewables at risk of losing priority dispatch status on European grids: report

Solar installation in Spain.

Report by the Guardian reveals leaked impact assessment models that suggest solar and wind power could lose status as a priority source of power on European electricity grids.

REC Silicon blames China trade dispute for suppressed Q3 revenue, job losses

Moses Lake, Washington.

The Norwegian-based polysilicon maker posts third quarter revenue of $50.9 million and cites disruption of China trade spat with U.S., plus expiration of the Chinese FIT, as reasons for lowered margins.

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