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Indian solar imports grew 47% in first half of FY 2016, finds Mercom Capital

Installation in India.

Close to $1bn of solar modules and cells imported into India in the first six months of the financial year, while exports rose 12% to reach $52 million, finds latest analysis by Mercom Capital Group.

India: ReNew Power secures 49 MW in SECI solar rooftop tender

Indian rooftop PV.

The renewable energy company snaps up 10% of the 500 MW rooftop solar mega tender allocation from the Solar Energy Corporation India.

Global Solar Council elects GCL chairman as president

Launch of the SC last year.

Zhu Gongshan to assume role of president of the second committee of the Global Solar Council; issues call to ease malignant competition and resolve trade disputes across solar industry.

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Öresund Bridge between Malmö and Copenhagen.

Sweden made some sweet solar sounds this week, while Tesla finally dotted the Is and crossed the Ts on its SolarCity acquisition, and India deepened its solar love affair.

USAID injects $4 million to African off-grid solar

Solar array in Dakar.

The US government agency USAID announced during the UN Climate conference (COP 22) in Morocco $4 million in funding to solar start-ups that support African off-grid solar energy. The funding is significant because it concerns a...

Adani confirms $300m Australian solar investment

Mining area in Queensland.

The India conglomerate will build one of the world's "most advanced" solar farms near a mining site in Queensland, with an additional PV plant planned for the Whyalla region in south Australia.

India increases its solar exports 66% YoY, says Mercom

Floating solar plant by Vikram Solar.

Analysis by Mercom Capital Group finds 66% growth in Indian-made solar cells and modules between April-August this year; export figure dwarfed by imports, which topped $763 million during that period.

Autumn Statement: UK increases funding to EVs, solar again left in shade

Solar panels in London.

The UK's Chancellor announced yesterday extra funding to electric vehicles (EVs), but overall failed to convince that the government has a low-carbon growth plan that includes solar.

Skytron Energy chosen by Sonnedix to monitor 57.6 MW Puerto Rican solar plant

The Oriana solar PV plant is the largest in the Caribbean.

The German-based tech group has been commissioned by the EPC to provide monitoring and supervision technology to the Oriana solar plant, which is the largest in the Caribbean.

Price of mono PERC keeps rising amid strong demand for high-efficiency modules

After hitting a historic low in Q3 2016, module prices have begun to rise slightly.

Module prices began to bounce back in October, helped by a rise in the prices of multi-crystalline, cell and wafer. Currently, the price of common multi crystalline modules has risen to RMB 3/Watt (US$0.43), from a low of RMB 2.8...

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.

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