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Solar Impulse co-founder expects passenger electric planes within 10 years, SolarStratos aircraft unveiled

Akon and Bertrand Piccard.

Bertrand Piccard, pilot and co-founder of groundbreaking Solar Impulse project, believes electric planes powered by solar energy can carry passengers within the next decade. SolarStratos project aims to become first solar-powered...

Volkswagen announces shift toward clean energy and electric vehicles

Volkswagen's e-up concept car. The company is now set to focus even more on electric vehicles. Image: scott mcpollux/Flickr

In an effort to rebuild its reputation after last year’s emissions cheating scandal, the German car manufacturer has announced plans to become the world leader in electric vehicles by 2025.

Battery storage may have started mass market take-up in Australia

The Suncrowd team.

A community-based program to encourage the uptake of solar and battery storage in Australian homes and businesses has been so successful that the promoters believe the battery storage sector may be in the early stages of...

China supplied 84% of India's imported solar cells and modules in FY 2016

JA Solar module inspection.

New and renewable energy minister Piyush Goyal confirms that 84% of solar cell and module imports into India in the last fiscal year came from China. These imports amounted to $1.96bn in value.

Tesla/SolarCity completes PV and battery system to power Samoan island

The solar array will replace the diesel generators that were previously used to provide power, which required fuel which was shipped in from ports thousands of miles away.

The 1.4 MW solar and 6 MWh battery system will supply power to the 600 residents of Ta'u, replacing the island's diesel generators.

Sweden to effectively scrap solar energy tax: reports

Swedish flag.

The Swedish government is poised to introduce a 98% cut to a controversial tax on solar energy after receiving sustained criticism from environmentalists, reports Reuters.

Module price slump weighs on Canadian Solar Q3 revenue

Canadian Solar installation.

The Tier-1 Chinese solar company sees third quarter revenue contract 18.4% sequentially and 22.7% year-on-year due to tumbling module prices; shipments come in below guidance.

India will add 5.1 GW of solar PV this year, finds Bridge to India

India is poised to become the world's third-largest solar PV market in 2017.

Analyst's report reveals that India now has more than 10 GW of utility-scale, rooftop and off-grid solar PV installed nationwide, with the sector growing 137% this year alone. India on course to be world’s third largest solar...

Hanwha Q Cells teams with Asia Clean Capital on 200 MW Chinese solar pipeline

Asia Clean Capital CEO Thomas Lapham (left) signed the cooperation agreement with Hanwha Q Cells president Jongseo Kim.

The South Korean solar company will provide modules and technical support to assist Asia Clean Capital's rooftop solar ventures in China.

JA Solar posts steady shipment and revenue growth for Q3

JA Solar HQ.

The Chinese solar company increases its total shipments 10% YoY and 1% sequentially, and it was a similar story in terms of revenue, which hit $624.3 million for the quarter.

Solar demand to contract 7% next year before sustained growth, finds GTM report

Solar installation in Europe.

Research suggests next year's lull in solar demand to be less steep than originally feared, with compound annual growth rate of 9% to return in 2018 through 2021.

First Solar to ramp Series 6 production in 2018, lay off 1,600 workers

First Solar installation.

The thin-film maker has announced a shift in strategy which will eliminate its Series 5, reduce 2017 output to 2.2 GW, and reduce its global workforce by 27%.

US: BLM codifies new solar leasing rules

Father and son out walking.

After five years of careful consideration, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management announced new rules governing the leasing of public lands for renewable energy projects.

More than 20 countries sign International Solar Alliance Framework

Narendra Modi and solar.

Last year's Narendra Modi-driven goal to create an international solar alliance became a reality this week as more than 20 nations formally signed the framework agreement to set it on the path towards UN recognition

Solar to be a clear winner in global energy over next 25 years, says IEA

Solar farm in Germany.

The International Energy Agency's World Energy Outlook 2016 identifies solar, wind and gas as the clear energy winners over the next 25 years as coal consumption flatlines.

String inverters on the rise

The 12 MW Vouzance PV plant is located a couple of hours outside of Lyon, and has Huawei string inverters working in tandem with SolarWorld modules.

The growing adoption of string inverters for utility-scale solar plants was a hot topic at Huawei's FusionSolar Conference in Lyon, France, earlier in the month, as market analysts predict that high-power and high-voltage string...

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