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Solar Impulse secures $20m funding to complete second leg of journey

Solar Impulse 2 at its home hangar in Switzerland.

The solar-powered aircraft, grounded in Hawaii since July, has raised the funds required to complete its round-the-world journey attempt, confirms pilot and co-founder Andre Borschberg.

Germany: Just 45 MW of new solar added in October

Newly registered solar PV systems total 1.174 GW in the first 10 months of 2015.

Just 45 MW of new solar PV capacity was added in October, according to the German Federal Network Agency. The FIT tariffs will, as a consequence of the weakened demand, not change in December. For the first 10 months of the year,...

Ecosolifer chooses Santa Catarina for its Brazilian PV module factory

The company plans to manufacture its multi-junction PV modules in the Southern Brazilian state, and is currently investigating locations.

Abengoa US yieldco faces uncertainty as parent company opens insolvency proceedings

280 MW CSP plant from Abengoa.

Commencement of insolvency proceedings in Spain sparks real fears of contagion for Abengoa Yield, the U.S.-based subsidiary of the Spanish renewable energy company.

India plans $1bn private equity fund for solar and renewables

Indian solar installation.

Government aims to raise that investment goal to around $4 billion per year within 3-4 years and will identify opportunities to source low-cost foreign investment, said energy minister Piyush Goyal.

Yingli, R.Power expand Polish solar portfolio to 60 MW

The two companies want to take advantage of Poland's renewable energy auctions

Yingli Green Energy and R.Power Sp. z o.o. have said they will build 60 MW worth of ground-mounted solar PV projects in Poland, up from the 30 MW announced last year. They are scheduled to be included in the country’s 2016 and...

TSMC announces complete solar exit

TSMC solar campus.

Chinese semiconductor giant TSMC has announced its intention to withdraw completely from the solar sector. It will immediately sell a 6% stake in Motech Industries, with its remaining 6% to be divested "in an orderly manner."

India and France to launch solar alliance on opening day of COP21

The COP21 summit in Paris begins today, kickstarting two weeks that could prove crucial in determining the world's stance on tackling climate change.

Solar alliance first of many anticipated agreements and pledges over the coming two weeks in Paris, which could prove crucial in determining how the globe tackles climate change in the few years.

Forum Solarpraxis: From energy decentralization to digitization

The 16th Forum Solarpraxis discussed the transition from energy decentralization to digitilization

The energy sector has undergone huge changes over the last years, mainly due to the decentralization of energy systems and the increasing role of renewables. While the sector’s defining characteristics continue to shift, a new...

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Berlin, Germany

The 16th Forum Solarpraxis kicked off in the German capital this week showcasing international developments in technology and policy and offering market assessments from industry reps. Developments in Germany and the U.K. could...

The world could be 100% renewable by 2050

Stanford 100% renewables by 2050 world map

Researchers from Stanford University have layed out exactly how the planet could forego fossil fuel and nuclear power and adopt renewable energy across the board.

Qatari firm to offer solar training for Syrian refugees

Zaatari refugee camp, Jordan

GreenGulf is partnering with the Norwegian Refugee Council and other organizations to improve the quality of life for residents with solar installations and a training program. The project is part of a greater effort to meet the...

Forum Solarpraxis: It's all political for Europe's big two solar powers

Attendees at the 16th Forum Solarpraxis in Berlin have been buoyed by the news that the German storage subsidy is set to be extended for three years.

Contrasting fortunes for the German and U.K. solar PV markets in 2016 will suppress the European solar landscape as policy changes take effect.

NREL: Economic potential of renewable power rising fast

Solar engineer, Aurora, Colorado

"In just four years, thanks to falling renewable energy technology costs, economic potential has more than tripled," the National Renewable Energy Laboratory says.

DOE: New report paves way for energy future

National Solar Thermal Test Facility, Sandia National Laboratory

Solar PV power has increased tenfold over the past four years, according to the U.S. Department of Energy's 2015 Quadrennial Technology Review.

IRENA: Renewables set to deliver climate solution

IRENA's REthinking Energy 2015 report

The renewable energy organization's latest report outlines actions that can limit the global temperature increase to below 2 degrees Celsius by accelerating the transition to renewable energy.

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