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UK embraces nuclear, gives energy intensive sector free ride

George Osborne, chancellor of the Exchequer

David Cameron's government is aiming to make the U.K. a leader in nuclear reactor technology while spending billions on cleaning up ageing nuclear sites. While eliminating environmental tariffs for big industry, it's also...

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Blue Earth picks up an all-star cast of executives

The solar developer has hired talent from SunEdison, Recurrent Energy and NRG Renew.

Sonnenbatterie launches solar+storage community platform

Sonnenbatteries presentation.

German specialized solar battery manufacturer Sonnenbatteries has unveiled its new concept of a virtual network that can pool solar+storage arrays and trade surplus energy on the wholesale market. The goal is to build a virtual...

Low utilization at Yingli results in $581 million Q3 write down

Yingli workers in solar factory.

China’s Yingli Green Energy continues to be plagued by low utilization rates and will book a RMB3,694.2 million (US$581.3 million) "non-cash impairment charge on long lived assets" in Q3.

Ireland's solar landscape could reach 3.7 GW by 2030, says report

KMPG's report analyzes the forecasted levelized cost of solar in Ireland, and suggests that grid parity could be reached by 2030.

Report produced by KPMG and commissioned by the Irish Solar Energy Association foresees a potential nationwide solar sector reaching 3.7 GW by 2030 with just EUR 670 million of support.

Swiss team develops low-temperature deposition for transparent perovskite

EMPA produced flexible perovskite cell.

Researchers have developed a method to produce perovskite PV cells at low temperature, which does not result in a device exhibiting hysteretic current-voltage behavior. The technique employs a semi-transparent indium oxide rear...

India: Punjab state reaches 1.5 GW of allocated solar PV

Punjab Chandigarh Palace of Assembly.

Punjab's New and Renewable Energy Minister Bikram Singh Majithia confirms that the state now has projects amounting to 1,550 MW at various stages of development; a 172-fold increase in just three years.

Sky Solar reaches 242 MW of shovel-ready projects

Sky Solar PV plant.

Hong Kong-based solar firm releases solid third quarter financial report revealing a 1 GW solar park pipeline and year-over-year revenue increase of 17.3%.

World Bank plans $16bn fund to fight African climate change

Solar in Kenya.

World Bank will push for investment from development organizations, private partners and governments, while footing $5.7 billion itself to help stem the causes of climate change in Africa.

Jordan signs 50 MW PPA agreement

Solar in Jordan.

Deal struck between Spain's Fotowatio Renewable Ventures and Jordan's National Electric Power Company for a 50 MW solar plant to be located some 80km north of Amman.

Canadian Solar to supply 112 MW of PV modules to Sunrun in 2016

This large purchase by the third-largest U.S. residential installer shows diversification away from REC Solar, its main supplier for the last two years.

SunEdison offloads 425 MW Indian solar assets to TerraForm, pays down margin loan

SunEdison power plant.

Yieldco drop-down seen as strategic move designed to boost the U.S. company's flagging balance sheet; move unlikely to trigger wholesale withdrawal from the growing Indian market.

Apple, SunPower join forces to invest in 170 MW of solar in Inner Mongolia

Apple is aiming to power all its facilities with 100% renewable energy

Apple Inc. is investing around 40% of the RMB 659 million required to install 170 MW worth of solar PV plants in Inner Mongolia. SunPower and Zhonghuan Semiconductor are providing the remaining funds.

India: Waaree wins contract for 75 MW PV plant, orders 100 MW Huawei inverters

Huawei string inverters.

The Indian EPC last week secured the rights to develop a 75 MW solar PV plant in the Indian state of Gujarat, prompting an order for 100 MW of inverters and smart PV solutions from China's Huawei.

End of German energy storage funding will see market drop 13% in 2016

A further effect of the expiring subsidies is an expected end of year rush from those looking to profit from the scheme

The expiration of Germany’s energy storage program this December is expected to see market growth contract 13% in 2016, says EuPD Research. This year, up to 16,000 small scale solar+storage systems are forecast to be installed in...

British public vastly overestimate solar support levels, poll finds

Solar BIPV, U.K.

According to a new YouGov poll commissioned by the Solar Trade Association, subsidies for U.K. solar power are 22 times less than people actually think, comprising just GBP 9 per consumer per year.

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