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UK: Lightsource eyes GBP 600m buyback of installed solar systems

Installed solar array in England.

The British solar developer is looking to dip into a pot of GBP 600 million to purchase installed arrays, offering customers an upfront lump sum to transfer the FIT; customers will still receive free energy generated by the...


India: Demonetization program could boost solar industry, says Mercom Capital

Narendra Modi.

Although chaotic, the Indian government's note recall is likely to benefit banks and distribution companies, potentially loosening lending criteria for solar projects and bringing down interest rates, Mercom Capital believes.


Gibraltar Industries to exit European solar racking business, future of Renusol unclear

Gibraltar Industries has made the strategic decision to exit Europe's solar racking business.

The U.S.-headquartered building products manufacturer confirms it is stepping away from selling residential solar racking in Europe as it attempts to balance its books. Subsidiary Renusol could face job cuts.


UK: Big brands sign letter urging government to stop solar tax hike

JD rooftop array.

More than 160 NGOs, schools, companies, energy providers and public institutions sign letter addressed to U.K. Chancellor calling on halt to proposed increase in business rates for solar panels.


Good signs: The pv magazine weekly news digest

This week was filled with positive news for the global PV industry, including the signing of the world’s lowest-price PPA in Dubai


Spanish Solar Forum 3: The solar sector debates auctions and other opportunities

The third Spanish Solar Forum organized by UNEF in Madrid brought together the Spanish solar industry, with an opening address by EU Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete.


Sale of Verengo assets to Crius clears another hurdle

Since the company received only one bid for its more than 20,000 installed systems, the sale of them to Crius Energy is set to move forward


Finnish scientists claim leaf-like polymer coating can deliver 17% solar cell output increase

By applying this leaf-like structure to solar cells, reflection is reduced, thereby increasing energy output.

Physicists at the University of Oulu have developed a nano surface that mimics the structure of plant leaves and can, they claim, increase the output of solar cells by 17%.


Lumos raises $90m for pay-as-you-go solar in Nigeria

Nigeria landscape.

The Dutch off-grid solar provider raises mixture of private equity investment and financing from development banks to roll out power systems in Nigeria.


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.


Amsterdam ArenA to receive 4 MWH storage system built with repurposed EV batteries

The stadium in the Dutch capital will be supplied with a 4 MWh storage system made using 280 repurposed Nissan LEAF batteries.

Storage system to be developed by The Mobility House and Eaton using 280 used Nissan LEAF batteries stored in racks; will eventually replace diesel generators used for back-up power during major events.


Azure breaks ground on 100 MW solar farm in India's Andhra Pradesh

Hyderabad.

The India clean power developer commences construction of another large-scale solar installation in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Azure won the rights to develop the plant under an NTPC auction.


Cologne PV workshop: A life in the day of a solar module

The focus of the event was on topics related to increasing the lifetime of solar modules as well as the avoidance and identification of failures in photovoltaic systems.

Around 150 experts headed to Cologne for the 13th TÜV-Module workshop. The focus of the event was on topics related to increasing the lifetime of solar modules and the avoidance and identification of failures in PV systems.


EU Energy Union package lacks ambition, says SolarPower Europe

EU Parliament, Brussels.

Still much to be done at EU level if continent is to seize chance to build solar-powered electricity system, says SolarPower Europe in wake of disappointing European Commission Energy Union package.


Professor Eicke Weber to retire from Fraunhofer ISE

After ten years heading one of the world’s leading solar energy research institutes, Eicke Weber has announced his retirement from Germany's Fraunhofer ISE as of the end of the year. It is not known who his replacement will be.


UK, France should put citizen solar ahead of nuclear, says former EDF chief

Hinkley Point C protest.

Gérard Magnin, the former director of EDF who stepped down from the board in July in protest at the Hinkley Point C approval, says French nuclear industry is in its worst situation ever, and calls on UK to promote citizen solar.


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