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From the Mag: A selection of stories from the October issue

100% solar powered.

Following a vibrant Solar Power International exhibition, pv magazine investigates the deepening relationship between U.S. utilities and the solar industry, plus Australia and home storage are also in the spotlight.

European Parliament calls for end to solar MIP, duties

More calls to end the MIP and solar PV duties have been made

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have called for an end to the minimum import price (MIP), and anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties on solar PV products coming into the EU from China, claiming the measures are slowing...

Kyocera, Q Cells Japan settle patent infringement lawsuit

Kyocera has dropped the lawsuit

Kyocera Corporation and Q Cells Japan Co. Ltd have resolved their patent infringement lawsuit, launched last year, having concluded a technology licensing agreement.

Germany calls for 200 MW in last PV tender of 2015

200 MW of solar PV have been called for in the final tender of 2015

In the third, and final, solar PV auction of the year, the Federal Network Agency is looking to invite 200 MW worth of tenders for ground-mounted installations. The deadline for tender submissions is December 1. Again, the price...

UK: Energy minister gets 'tough' on subsidies, backs fracking

Amber Rudd in India.

Speaking at the Conservative conference, Amber Rudd says that there is no magic money tree to support the transition to low carbon economy, cites attractiveness of fracking as a "cheaper alternative".

South Africa announces 1.5 GW solar park plan

Solar-powered mine.

Energy ministry 'putting in plans' to develop large-scale PV plant in Northern Cape, augmenting wider aim to add 1 GW of renewable power to the grid to ease current constraints.

LCOE for renewables decreases, fossil fuels see increase

Solar PV is continuing to get cheaper, finds BNEF

The generating cost comparison between renewable energies and fossil fuels is narrowing, with 2015 recording a "significant shift," says BNEF. Overall, levelised costs of electricity (LCOEs) for renewable energies are decreasing,...

Update: SunEdison to cut 15% of global workforce

SunEdison has seen its share value slide around 80% this year

Following rumors, SunEdison Inc. has confirmed it will be cutting a significant portion of its global workforce. Around 15% of its 7,300 workers will go. Charges of up to US$40 million will be incurred in Q3 2015 and Q1 2016.

JinkoSolar to hold off on building a factory in Brazil

JinkoSolar has announced that it will postpone building a factory in the nation, which is in the midst of an economic crisis.

German government to invest EUR 1.5 billion to aid India's solar transition

Angela Merkel.

German chancellor Angela Merkel meets Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss development of clean energy corridor, with investment in solar power chief on the agenda.

Skylar to develop 180 MW PV Nevada plant

The 180 MW project is located in Nevada

Skylar Resources LP has acquired the rights to develop a 180 MW solar PV plant in Nevada, the U.S. The financial details were not disclosed.

SunEdison to streamline business operations, rumors of job cuts

SunEdison's acquisition of residential solar company, Vivint Solar has been seen as strange by some, given its utility-scale focus

Global renewable energy giant SunEdison has said it will streamline its business operations. A presentation has been scheduled for Wednesday, where the CEO is expected to discuss the new plans. Media reports have indicated the...

Enel Green Power offloads $1bn of Portuguese clean power assets

Portuguese solar installation.

Assets sold to Portugal's First State Wind Energy Investments as Enel looks to ease its debts and target faster-growing markets in Africa and Latin America, company says.

Renewables could meet 22% of Africa’s energy needs by 2030, PV capacity to reach 55 GW

South Africa is blazing the continent's solar trail

Up from just 5% in 2013, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) says renewable energies could meet 22% of Africa’s energy needs by 2030. With favorable irradiation across the continent, cumulative solar PV capacity has...

Enphase enters development and supply agreement with Eliiy Power

Enphase AC Battery.

California-headquartered microinverter specialist agrees six year contract with Japanese battery developer for the exclusive supply of battery cells and management units for Enphase's AC Battery.

HHI to convert to PERL technology

HHI says it will manufacture 200 MW of the high efficiency cells

Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has said it will convert all its solar cell production to PERL (passivated emitter, rear locally diffused) technology by 2016. It is targeting a capacity of 200 MW, and an efficiency of 21.4%.

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