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Thailand's 281 MW solar agreement could unlock $500m investment

Thai solar installation.

Finalization this week of 67 solar farm connection agreements totaling 281.32 MW a could be a watershed moment for the nation's clean energy ambitions, energy regulators believe.

Two-thirds of US solar installers do not offer storage, study finds

Sonnen, Tesla.

A study by EuPD Research shows just 34% of PV installers in the U.S. offer storage solutions to customers, with those reluctant to do so citing cost concerns. However, 26% that currently do not offer storage hope to include it in...

Duke Energy inaugurates 5 MW Mickey Mouse-shaped solar farm at Disney

48,000 solar panels were used across 22 acres to create this 5 MW solar array, built in the shape of Disney's iconic Mickey Mouse silhouette.

The finished installation lies on 22 acres of land near Epcot and will supply clean solar energy to Walt Disney World Resort and Randy Creek Improvement District in Florida.

Yingli signs 200 MW solar module supply deal in Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic.

Arrangement with European EPC partner will see 200 MW of Yingli modules shipped to the Caribbean nation over the course of the next three years.

First Solar unveils two new PV module series

The company will move to a larger format with its Series 6. modules. The Series 6 will be 120 x 180 cm, with an expected output of over 400 watts.

Hanwha Q Cells signs 700 MW supply deal with 1366 Technologies

1366 wafer

Hanwha Q Cells will source 700 MW of kerfless wafers from 1366 Technologies, under a five-year supply contract. The supply deal, announced today, is the largest commercial deployment of kerfless wafer technology, which avoids...

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."

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