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More coal means more global poverty, say researchers

Coal and solar in Germany.

Even if only one-third of all planned new coal-fired power plants are built globally, hundreds of millions of people could be pushed into poverty as climate change accelerates, experts warn.

Venture capital funding in batteries and smart grids declines sharply in Q3: Mercom report

Battery system.

Latest Mercom Capital report finds that just $102 million in VC funding for smart grid, battery storage and efficiency sectors was raised in Q3, down from $433 million in Q2. Project funds for residential and commercial storage...

India: TANGEDCO's 500 MW Tamil Nadu solar tender represents risk, says Mercom

Tamil Nadu.

Known for late payments and curtailment, the latest request for selection by the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation represents something of a risk for developers, says Mercom Capital.

Masdar signs PPA with Jordan's NEPCO for 200 MW solar plant

Solar array in Jordan.

The UAE-based clean energy developer has agreed a PPA deal for its 200 MW PV plant in Jordan with the Kingdom's National Electric Power Company.

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Under the planned agreement, Panasonic will manufacture cells and modules at Tesla's plant in Buffalo, New York.

It’s been a week of broken records and big investments for the global solar industry. The Indian market still looks unstoppable, while Tesla continue to make big moves in the U.S. industry, despite not yet knowing if and when...

Turkey to launch 1 GW tender

Turkish flag.

Turkey will tender for up to 1 GW of PV to be developed in the central region of Konya. Turkish press is reporting that the tender will be for a 1 GW array, titled the Karapinar solar project, and that a 2,000 hectare site has...

Neo Solar Power raises $120 million via bond offering

The Taiwanese company’s third placement of credit-enhanced zero coupon convertible bonds (ECBs) earlier this week was twice-oversubscribed.

Former coal boss seeks approval for 300 MW solar plant in Port Augusta

The proposed project area for the plant, outside of Port Augusta. Image: Google maps/Renew Economy

The former head of Australia’s most polluting brown coal generator is proposing a 10-fold increase in the size of a solar PV plant he proposes fills in the market gap created by the closure of Port Augusta’s own brown coal-fired...

Success for solar in electricity auctions in Latin America

Chile Atacama desert 100 MW array.

The drop of solar module prices has been key to the competitiveness of solar energy in international electricity auctions over the last year.

UK: Latest poll puts public support for solar at 83%

Solar rooftop installation in UK.

The ComRes poll commissioned by climate change charity 10:10 shows solar PV is favored renewable technology of 83% of the population, but only 10% of those polled believe more than half of population is supports it.

Koyo to open PV panel factory in Tanzania

The Japanese company has revealed that it is setting up a subsidiary in the East African country, with plans for a solar panel assembly plant.

Canadian Solar enters India with 30 MW

The Tier-1 PV module supplier will make its first downstream foray into the country via a joint venture with Indian wind-power group Suzlon.

BRICS not building enough investment in clean energy, study finds

Brazilian solar installation.

Analysis by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis finds Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa need to up their investment in renewables in order to meet climate change targets.

Solar Impulse pilots awarded Switzerland's World Solar Prize

Solar Impulse pilots and co-founders Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg.

Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg recognized for attracting unmatched international attention to solar energy for their successful solar-powered circumnavigation of the globe.

Developer stumps up fees for SunEdison's 500 MW India solar project

the rights to develop a 500 MW solar farm in Andhra Pradesh were previously won by SunEdison, and now SECI says payment of fees to continue with the project have been received.

A power developer has paid a reported INR 2 billion in government fees to Solar Energy Corporation India to enable it to develop solar project initially won by bankrupt U.S. firm SunEdison.

SolarCity to offer Airbnb hosts solar installation incentive

Airbnb logo.

The solar leasing provider will offer a $1,000 rebate to Airbnb hosts who install a rooftop solar array on their home-sharing property in areas where both companies are active.

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