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Tata to pay $1.45bn for Welspun's solar, wind portfolio – reports

Solar EPC service, India.

India's largest utility Tata Power is in the final stages of negotiations to purchase the entire 1.15 GW clean energy portfolio of Welspun Group, according to local media reports.

Greenpeace ranks South African retailers on renewable energy commitments

Johannesburg, South Africa

While some of the country's leading retailers have solar PV installations and pilot projects in the works, Greenpeace says there's "significant room to improve."

Sunrun opens new branch office, warehouse in South Carolina

Sunrun residential installation.

The U.S. residential solar lease provider expands its presence in South Carolina with the inauguration of a new office and supply warehouse in the city of Columbia.

New Development Bank greenlights $811 million for renewable energy in member countries

Cape Town, South Africa

Launched last year by Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, the Shanghai-based New Development Bank has made clean energy a primary focus.

France eyes threefold solar target increase by 2023

40 MW installation, France.

Industry body Conseil Superieur de l'Energie approves increase in solar PV target to 20.2 GW by 2023, up from anticipated 10.2 GW cumulative capacity by the end of 2018. Wind target also revised upwards.

ReneSola signs 81.5 MW of module supply deals in China

ReneSola cell inspection.

The Chinese module producer signs agreement with TBEA Xinjiang Sunoasis to supply 56.5 MW of its 305 W, 310 W and 315 W modules to the company; 25 MW supply deal also agreed with China Foma Group.

Solar Frontier supplies modules for California farm projects

Kern County, California

Staten Solar has selected Solar Frontier modules for more than a dozen solar PV projects on California farms. The EPC company employed its own levee-mounted racking systems for the unique plants.

Wacker opens US polysilicon production site in Tennessee

Wacker US plant, Charleston, Tennessee

At $2.5 billion, the new site is Wacker's largest single investment ever. The German chemcial giant is expecting muscular growth global PV capacity to spur demand for high-grade polysilicon.

Italy's Carlo Maresca to build 50 MW solar PV plant in Iran

Tehran, Iran

The construction and green energy company inked the solar farm deal on the sidelines of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's visit to Iran last week.

US community solar programs could reach 1.5 GW by 2020

Community solar garden

Community solar could potentially capture 2% of the U.S. solar market, according to a new report by Navigant Research.

Germany: Solarwatt acquires storage specialist e-Wolf

Solarwatt's headquarters in Dresden

The German battery technology start-up boasts the storage experts behind Formula 1 team Toyota Racing's kinetic energy recovery system (KERS). Solarwatt expects the acquisition to reduce storage system costs over the long run.

US: New standardization initiative could save billions for solar users

Sunrun residential PV system

Sponsored by the U.S. Energy Department, the Orange Button initiative is expected to reduce the cost of capital as a result of improved access to solar data, which would lower risks and result in savings of nearly $9 billion over...

Rhone Resch to step down as SEIA CEO

The 12-year leader of the U.S. trade group has announced that he will leave the organization, four months after SEIA's historic ITC victory.

imec and Crystal Solar achieve 22.5 percent efficient kerfless nPERT cell

Kerfless wafer production

PV cells produced through kerfless design processes continue to make strides. The latest comes from Belgium research body imec, which has partnered with Crystal Solar to achieve 22.5% efficient n-type PERT cells, using a...

JinkoSolar awarded 188 MW in Mexico solar auction

JinkoSolar will construct three large-scale solar farms in Mexico, totaling 188 MW, after winning out in the first clean energy auction.

Chinese solar company secures rights to develop three solar PV projects in Mexico's inaugural tender auction.

German PV equipment vendors see strong recovery in demand in 2015 and remain optimistic for 2016

PV production equipment

After three years of decline, German PV production equipment vendors report a rise in turnover by 20% for 2015 in comparison to 2014. The VDMA PV production equipment group which held its annual meeting yesterday in Frankfurt and...

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