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Australia: Ausgrid to slash fees, fast-track solar+storage applications

Sydney Harbour, Australia

The changes will make it easier and cheaper for customers to become more energy efficient, according to the state-owned grid operator. Ausgrid supplies electricity to nearly 1.7 million customers in New South Wales.


Deutsche Bank: U.S. utility-scale solar costs to fall below $1 per watt

The bank says that lower-than-expected U.S. demand coupled with significant new module supply is leading to greatly reduced costs and prices in the U.S. market.


Total control: billion-dollar buyout of Saft completed

Total insignia.

The French giant has finalized the acquisition of the battery producer in a deal thought to be worth $1.1 billion, via the completion of a successful share tender.


Nigeria government signs MoU with IPP consortium for 300 MW of solar power

Nigerian landscape.

Nigus Greenergy and Volt Renewables have signed a memorandum of understanding for the development of 300 MW of solar PV plants in the African country to be developed and commissioned next year.


India to double large-scale solar target to 40 GW by 2020, says minister

Solar in India.

Secretary of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy confirms new generation target of 40,000 MW of solar park capacity likely to be signed off by PM Modi as India seeks buffer to SunEdison-type dangers.


China's Hubei Province added 800 MW of new PV in first six months of 2016

Solar in Hubei.

State Electricity Supervision Bureau of North China claims, as of June 30, 2016, grid-connected PV capacity in Hubei Province exceeded 1 GW, reaching a total of 1.28 GW. Newly added installations during the first half of 2016...


British fossil fuel energy veterans invest in storage startup Moixa Technology

Moixa's Maslow battery is available in three different sizes.

Three former bosses of large U.K. energy firms confirmed as private backers of new London-based battery technology provider Moixa Technology.


Kaco New Energy restructures Germany site, eyes global opportunities

Kaco inverter production.

The German inverter supplier to cut 80 jobs at its Neckarsulm HQ as part of restructuring process, some roles to be transferred to the firm’s U.S. and South Korean operations.


California ISO hits new solar record

Solar installation, U.S.

The Californian Independent Solar Operator Corporation unveils data showing the state hit a new record of 8,030 MW of solar generation this week.


The pv magazine weekly news digest

Hemlock Semiconductor HQ.

The SolarWorld-Hemlock case dominated the news this week, but Intersolar North America, EU investigation into alleged Chinese malpractice and India’s soaring PV ambitions also turned heads.


India will meet climate goals ahead of schedule, says outgoing energy minister

Solar installation, India.

Prakash Javadekar, who is to soon vacate his post as India's climate minister, has told a Delhi conference that India could meet its renewables and carbon reduction goals earlier than planned.


Trina Solar pushes industrial-scale multi PERC efficiency to 20.16%

Trina Solar module production.

The Chinese solar firm achieves new record efficiency for its industrially produced multicrystalline silicon PERC cells, and also ups efficiency of its P-type double print cells to 18.7%.


Sungrow announces $170m storage partnership with Samsung

Samsung storage series.

The Chinese inverter specialist officially launches the Sungrow-Samsung SDI Energy Storage Power Supply Co., Ltd joint venture in China.


SolarWorld ready to appeal Hemlock case

SolarWorld logo

The German PV group says it is optimistic that Hemlock will not succeed in actually enforcing any claims against it in Germany, arguing that the disputed silicon supply contract at the center of the legal dispute violates EU...


US: Commercial storage to be economically attractive in 19 states by 2021, finds GTM report

Belectric storage unit.

Financially viable in just a handful of states today, commercial storage will make economic sense across 19 states by 2021 as battery costs fall, finds a GTM Research report.


New Zealand Electricity Authority rules in favor of controversial solar 'tax'

New Zealand landscape.

The EA has stated that a decision by a Hawke's Bay utility company to charge residential solar customers an additional fee is not in violation of any power regulations, potentially opening the door for more solar 'taxes' by other...


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