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Poland to hold inaugural 100 MW solar auction later this month

Polish solar installation.

The first auction, to be held on December 30, will be for a total capacity of 100 MW for small, sub-1 MW installations; a further 300 MW of PV capacity will be auctioned in 2017.

First Solar to ramp Series 6 production in 2018, lay off 1,600 workers

First Solar installation.

The thin-film maker has announced a shift in strategy which will eliminate its Series 5, reduce 2017 output to 2.2 GW, and reduce its global workforce by 27%.

US: BLM codifies new solar leasing rules

Father and son out walking.

After five years of careful consideration, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management announced new rules governing the leasing of public lands for renewable energy projects.

More than 20 countries sign International Solar Alliance Framework

Narendra Modi and solar.

Last year's Narendra Modi-driven goal to create an international solar alliance became a reality this week as more than 20 nations formally signed the framework agreement to set it on the path towards UN recognition

Solar to be a clear winner in global energy over next 25 years, says IEA

Solar farm in Germany.

The International Energy Agency's World Energy Outlook 2016 identifies solar, wind and gas as the clear energy winners over the next 25 years as coal consumption flatlines.

String inverters on the rise

The 12 MW Vouzance PV plant is located a couple of hours outside of Lyon, and has Huawei string inverters working in tandem with SolarWorld modules.

The growing adoption of string inverters for utility-scale solar plants was a hot topic at Huawei's FusionSolar Conference in Lyon, France, earlier in the month, as market analysts predict that high-power and high-voltage string...

EU confirms withdrawal of five additional Chinese solar firms from MIP

Suntech production facility.

The European Commission confirmed yesterday that JinkoSolar, JA Solar, Wuxi Suntech, Risen Energy, and Phono Solar are now withdrawn from the minimum import price undertaking for solar components imported into the EU.

Astronergy equips Bangladesh post offices with solar modules

Astronergy will produce modules for a major project funded by the Government of Bangladesh. Photo: Astronergy

Solar module manufacturers Astronergy will provide solar modules for 8500 post offices across the nation of Bangladesh. The modules will provide a reliable off grid power source to post offices in remote regions where power cuts...

India: 750 MW of solar tendered at record low price


The Rajasthan tender by the Solar Energy Corporation of India saw a new low benchmark price of INR 3.93/kWh for large-scale PV, besting the country’s previous low.

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Solar needs a lie down this week. We all do.

Trump up the volume: there was no escaping The Donald this week as the U.S. presidential election rocked the world, and with it, the solar sector. Other stuff happened too. Promise.

Australia to ratify Paris climate agreement, but has much work to do

Malcolm Turnbull.

"When Australia makes a commitment to a global agreement, we follow through and that is exactly what we are doing," said Malcolm Turnbull after government announced plan to ratify Paris Agreement by end of year.

Chile: Acciona inaugurates the 246 MW El Romero Solar plant

The 246 MW solar PV plant is the largest in Latin America and was brought online by Acciona ahead of schedule.

The largest PV plant in Latin America began commercial operation last week after a 13-month construction period.

Etrion financial improvement continues in Q3

Project Salvador.

The Swiss power producer ups revenues and EBITDA year-over-year for Q3, one time impairment expense of $75.7 million on Chileasn solar write-down sees net loss soar, however.

Oxford PV to open perovskite fab in Germany

Henry Snaith, Oxford PV.

British solar technology pioneer acquires former thin-film production site of Bosch Solar in Brandenburg an der Havel, and will equip fab with pilot-scale capacity for perovskite wafers.

Sunrun sprinting to 2016 finish line on strong Q3 results

Sunrun van.

Third party U.S. residential PV provider raises its outlook for the year after posting solid revenue and deployment figures in its third quarter financials.

SunPower results improve during Q3

SunPower reported impressive operational results, but continued losses and warned of impacts over the next few quarters as it copes with intense module price pressures.

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