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New SolarPower Europe guidelines on tendering place emphasis on high-realization rates

Solar installation in Romania.

The group's tendering task force develops new best practice guidelines for new tendering laws due to be introduced across the EU on January 1 2017 for plants larger than 1 MW.


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.


Berkeley Lab discovery could push perovskites to 31 percent efficiency

Berkeley Lab perovskite research team.

New research has indicated a pathway for perovskites to achieve a conversion efficiency of 31%. The findings were published by researchers from Berkeley Lab this week. Nanoscale images of perovskite solar cells revealed a...


India: SECI issues 650 MW tender for solar in Andhra Pradesh

Solar PV installation in India.

The Solar Energy Corporation of India has issued a request for selection tender for 650 MW of new solar PV capacity in the state of Andhra Pradesh.


First Solar's Malaysian fab to begin Series 5 module assembly

Module production at First Solar.

U.S. solar firm will end production of its TetraSun crystalline silicon solar panels at the plant, and expects to incur impairment charges of around $100 million as transition is made.


China's shifting solar landscape driving inverter product mix, says IHS

Central inverter.

Despite installing a record 18.6 GW of solar in 2015, grid-connection delays at large-scale are driving a diversification of China's PV sector, which will spur the evolution of the inverter market to accommodate more three-phase...


UK: STA calls on government to halt impending tax hike for commercial solar

Marks & Spencer array.

Solar Trade Association warns that some businesses may have to remove their solar arrays if the proposed increase in tax goes ahead.


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Boris Johnson.

A week shaped by the shadow of Brexit and the aftermath of a successful Intersolar Europe exhibition still managed to write headlines unconnected to the two.


Sharp to up Asian cell supply, eyes European market re-entry

Sharp solar hq.

The solar arm of Japanese electronics giant Sharp will, according to local media reports, seek to boost its solar cell business in the Philippines and Indonesia while also re-launching its panel business in Europe.


8point3 Energy Partners once again beats guidance in Q2 filing

First Solar installation.

The yieldco of First Solar and SunPower saw second quarter performance beat CAFD guidance, generating revenue of $13.5 million and lowering net losses to just $0.2 million.


Tools downed but UK solar summer sees flurry of finance activity

Primrose Solar in Hampshire.

The rush to build may have subsided, but three large financing deals show that interest in the U.K.'s ground-mounted solar sector remains high.


France rolls out solar tenders for 20 GW by 2023

Solar in Paris.

French environment and energy minister Segolene Royal greenlights raft of new tenders for solar energy, including a three-fold increase in installed PV capacity, eyeing 20 GW by 2023.


UK clean energy groups welcome post-Brexit carbon budget adoption, but solar questions remain

David Cameron at Hinkley.

Amid the ashes of the U.K.'s post-Brexit political landscape comes the reassurance that the government will adopt the fifth carbon budget, but solar sights appear to have been lowered once more.


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