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Spanish Solar Forum 3: The solar sector debates auctions and other opportunities

The third Spanish Solar Forum organized by UNEF in Madrid brought together the Spanish solar industry, with an opening address by EU Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete.

SolarPower Europe drafts 10 solar+storage policy steers for European Commission

European Commission.

The European solar power body believes that with the right policy priorities delivered by the European Commission, solar and storage can fulfil its potential in helping the EU meet its climate change targets.

Yingli preliminary Q3 financials hint at further earnings slump

Yingli production.

As expected, the third quarter financials for China's Yingli Green Energy reveal large contraction in module shipments, while gross margin limps in way below already lowered expectations.

JA Solar breaks ground on $1bn Vietnam solar cell factory: reports

JA Solar HQ.

Chinese Tier-1 solar developer to invest an initial $320 million in the creation and initial operation of the solar cell factory, rising to $1 billion as the fab is expanded to serve international demand.

India: ReNew Power secures 49 MW in SECI solar rooftop tender

Indian rooftop PV.

The renewable energy company snaps up 10% of the 500 MW rooftop solar mega tender allocation from the Solar Energy Corporation India.

Global Solar Council elects GCL chairman as president

Launch of the SC last year.

Zhu Gongshan to assume role of president of the second committee of the Global Solar Council; issues call to ease malignant competition and resolve trade disputes across solar industry.

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Öresund Bridge between Malmö and Copenhagen.

Sweden made some sweet solar sounds this week, while Tesla finally dotted the Is and crossed the Ts on its SolarCity acquisition, and India deepened its solar love affair.

USAID injects $4 million to African off-grid solar

Solar array in Dakar.

The US government agency USAID announced during the UN Climate conference (COP 22) in Morocco $4 million in funding to solar start-ups that support African off-grid solar energy. The funding is significant because it concerns a...

Adani confirms $300m Australian solar investment

Mining area in Queensland.

The India conglomerate will build one of the world's "most advanced" solar farms near a mining site in Queensland, with an additional PV plant planned for the Whyalla region in south Australia.

India increases its solar exports 66% YoY, says Mercom

Floating solar plant by Vikram Solar.

Analysis by Mercom Capital Group finds 66% growth in Indian-made solar cells and modules between April-August this year; export figure dwarfed by imports, which topped $763 million during that period.

Autumn Statement: UK increases funding to EVs, solar again left in shade

Solar panels in London.

The UK's Chancellor announced yesterday extra funding to electric vehicles (EVs), but overall failed to convince that the government has a low-carbon growth plan that includes solar.

Skytron Energy chosen by Sonnedix to monitor 57.6 MW Puerto Rican solar plant

The Oriana solar PV plant is the largest in the Caribbean.

The German-based tech group has been commissioned by the EPC to provide monitoring and supervision technology to the Oriana solar plant, which is the largest in the Caribbean.

Price of mono PERC keeps rising amid strong demand for high-efficiency modules

After hitting a historic low in Q3 2016, module prices have begun to rise slightly.

Module prices began to bounce back in October, helped by a rise in the prices of multi-crystalline, cell and wafer. Currently, the price of common multi crystalline modules has risen to RMB 3/Watt (US$0.43), from a low of RMB 2.8...

Volkswagen announces shift toward clean energy and electric vehicles

Volkswagen's e-up concept car. The company is now set to focus even more on electric vehicles. Image: scott mcpollux/Flickr

In an effort to rebuild its reputation after last year’s emissions cheating scandal, the German car manufacturer has announced plans to become the world leader in electric vehicles by 2025.

Battery storage may have started mass market take-up in Australia

The Suncrowd team.

A community-based program to encourage the uptake of solar and battery storage in Australian homes and businesses has been so successful that the promoters believe the battery storage sector may be in the early stages of...

China supplied 84% of India's imported solar cells and modules in FY 2016

JA Solar module inspection.

New and renewable energy minister Piyush Goyal confirms that 84% of solar cell and module imports into India in the last fiscal year came from China. These imports amounted to $1.96bn in value.

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