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New fund targets over 1 GW of Australian renewable projects

Solar plant Australia

Australian investment manager QIC has launched an AU$2 - 3 billion fund ($1.5 - $2.24 billion), through which it plans to acquire or develop more than 1 GW of large scale renewable assets. The Power Australian Renewables Fund...

Intersolar North America: SmartFlower unfurls Its dual-axis tracker

The Smartflower dual-axis tracker is 2.5 kWh but delivers the equivalent of a 4 kWh rooftop system.

Austrian firm launches its 4kWh-equivalent standalone solar system at the exhibition.

Installation Innovation Award winner: Maxx-Solar Energy

Maxx-Solar Energy is the winner of the inaugural pv magazine Hanwha Q CELLS Installation Innovation Award - Europe.

After three weeks of intense voting, pv magazine and Hanwha Q CELLS is happy to declare Maxx-Solar Energy as the winner for its inventive project: delivering innovative financing solutions for solar PV in Africa.

Solar Frontier Americas breaks ground on 107 MW of solar projects

Construction work has now begun in Imperial County, California, on both large-scale solar PV plants from Solar Frontier.

The U.S. subsidiary of the Japanese CIS solar specialist has seen construction begin on two large-scale U.S. solar projects in California's Imperial County.

Chinese wind firm Goldwind to build 20 MW solar plant in Australia

Queensland, Australia.

Chinese wind power group Goldwind has secured approval to develop a 20MW (AC) solar project in Australia. 

African Development Bank leads on $1.34bn loan for South Africa's electricity future

Solar installation at Cape Town.

The funds, with the bulk drawn from nine commercial banks, will be steered towards utility Eskom to augment its electricity infrastructure, support renewable policies, and boost generation to neighboring countries.

Sungrow supplies inverters for 50 MW, 1500 volt solar plant in China

1500 Sungrow central inverter.

The Chinese inverter specialist supplied its SG3000HV-MV inverters for the solar plant in Datong, Shangxi province. Installation becomes China’s largest 1500 volt array.

Solar Impulse begins penultimate leg of round-the-world flight

Solar Impulse in the skies.

Trip to Cairo in Egypt expected to take 50 hours and 30 minutes and is 16th leg of the global circumnavigation, with just the final leg to Abu Dhabi, UAE, remaining.

UK: Brexit clean energy turmoil continues

London skyline.

The annual event of the U.K.'s All-Party Parliamentary Group for Renewable and Sustainable Energy (PRASEG) that took place this week in London depicted the turbulent phase the U.K. economy in general and the British clean energy...

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Solar PV installation in Spain.

Another seven days of solar brings a call from SolarPower Europe for the EU to end trade duties on Chinese components, the unveiling of Hanergy's zero charge EVs, and the first shoots of Nigeria's solar market.

Singulus receives order from Russian firm Hevel for heterojunction cell production tool

Singulus HQ.

The German manufacturer of production equipment for solar PV signs contract for delivery of its SILEX II processing machine for wet-chemical treatment of heterojunction solar cells.

Bank of China raises $3bn in green bonds for clean energy

China flag.

Bank of China has raised approximately $3.03bn via a multi-currency green bond issuance that wrapped up earlier this week, in a transaction the lender says will provide financing to PV projects throughout the world.

Germany: First 15 MW Steag storage system complete

Installation of the 15 MW battery at Lünen.

Located in Lünen, the first of six large-scale storage projects has now been installed and has begun its test run. The project aims to install 90 MW of lithium-ion storage capacity across Germany by next year.

D.E. Shaw offers $80m for SunEdison's stake in 150 MW Californian solar plant

SunEdison installation.

The hedge fund has confirmed the offer to purchase a controlling interest in the Mt. Signal 2 project, which is part-owned by bankrupt U.S. renewable energy developer SunEdison.

Solar becoming irreversible mainstream energy source, says Frost & Sullivan

Solar installation.

The analysts point to technological efficiency improvements, cost reduction and leading nations' readiness to adopt solar as reasons behind irreversible surge to the mainstream.

IHS inverter scorecard praises leading suppliers' tenacity and ambition

Sungrow inverter, California.

The analyst's holistic review of the inverter landscape finds SMA, SolarEdge, Schneider Electric, Sungrow, Huawei and ABB each boast certain strengths that enable them to serve various markets.

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