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UNSW takes out CZTS efficiency world record

UNSW researcher with solar cell.

Researchers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) have achieved a world record conversion efficiency of 7.6% for a 1cm2 copper zinc tin sulfide (CZTS) solar cell. Japan's Solar Frontier, with IBM and Tokyo Ohka Kogyo, have...


Lux tips perovskite PV commercialization by 2019-2020

Oxford PV perovskite cell.

PV cells deploying a perovskite semiconductor layer are likely to reach commercial deployment around 2019-2020, reports Lux Research in a recent report. Lux notes that there are new opportunities for partnerships with...


Indian energy minister threatens to file 16 solar cases against US with WTO

Piyush Goyal.

Warning shot fired by Piyush Goyal is latest in tit for tat dispute between India and the U.S. over the former's domestic content requirements for solar. Comments draw ire from industry.


Fourth German solar tender draws 128 MW at average price of EUR 7.41 cents/kWh

Bundesnetzagentur building, Bonn.

Germany's Federal Network Agency publishes results of the fourth solar PV project tender, which will deliver 128 MW solar capacity at a volume-weighted value of EUR 7.41 cents per kilowatt hour.


China connects world's largest fishpond solar plant to grid

The 20 MW fishponds PV array is located at a coal mining subsidence area near to Huainan City, Anhui Province, China.

Announced by the Energy Bureau of Anhui Province last Wednesday, China has installed the largest floating PV plant atop a fishpond. The 20 MW array is located at a coal mining subsidence area of Huainan City and was connected to...


Enel begins production at 79 MW Chile solar plant

Enel's 79 MW solar PV plant is located in the sunny Chilean region of Antofagasta.

Enel Green Power Chile completes and connects the 79 MW Pampa Norte solar plant in Chile's Antofagasta Region. Project cost $150 million and has secured a PPA with local utility.


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Tesla Model 3

Tesla continued to shake up the auto industry this week with a new, more affordable model. In addition, a new forecast by BNEF sees solar capacity reaching stratospheric levels in the next 15 years while troubled SunEdison is...


Germany's Abakus Solar applies for preliminary insolvency

Abakus Solar's 38.1 MW Great Wilbraham PV park near Cambridge, England.

German PV company Abakus Solar AG on Thursday applied for the initiation of preliminary insolvency proceedings in a local court in the city of Essen.


SolarCity closes $150 million financing facility for commercial solar and battery storage

SolarCity - ZEP installation

In addition to its new financing vehicle, which is aimed at solar projects for businesses, schools and government agencies, SolarCity has appointed former FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff as its new chief policy officer.


SMA acquires stake in US firm Tigo Energy

Tigo Energy’s TS4 Retrofit platform for module optimization

The leading German inverter manufacturer has purchased a 27% share in the California-based company with the aim of tapping into the smart module technology market.


IEA PVPS: Installed PV capacity at 227 GW worldwide

India PV installation

China remains the world's biggest market, heading towards 15.3 GW, well ahead of the EU and the U.S. with more than 7 GW each. The IEA PVPS describes India, with 2 GW, as "the rising star in the PV sector."


Turkey's solar market heats up

Istanbul, Turkey

A new manufacturing facility and increased activitiy from domestic as well as foreign players is boosting Turkey's solar sector despite some regulatory obstacles.


India: NTPC greenlights 510 MW solar power investment

Madhya Pradesh, India.

Board of the state-owned utility clears investment funding for two solar power projects, including 260 MW project in Rajasthan and 250 MW project in Madhya Pradesh. Investment total to reach $467 million.


Hawaiian Electric partners with Varentec to test island PV integration technology

Solar rooftop installation in Hawaii.

The Hawaiian utility embarks on pilot project using Varentec's grid optimizers and management systems to test ways to minimize voltage fluctuations on island grids with high solar penetration.


Welspun Energy and ABB report 700 MW of PV installed in India

India's National Solar Mission has a cumulative installed capacity target of 100 GW of solar PV by 2022

ABB and Welspun Energy have together installed about 700 MW of solar PV projects in India.


SolarPower Europe leads cross-sector clarion call for more flexible power markets in EU

European Commission.

Industry associations including wind, solar, gas and storage sign declaration calling on EU to drive electricity market reforms this year that will deliver more flexible power markets and systems compatible with renewable energy...


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